Husqvarna 357XP

Everybody loves a Husky. And the 357XP is no exception. It revs up well and it's got power. Its lightweight, slim body plus a high centre of gravity, makes this saw extremely manoeuvrable. And it has raw strength that our foresters like.

The 357 it not fitted with Husqvarna’s high-tech E-Tech engine but nevertheless it does have a high-speed engine with aggressive characteristics.
The low weight of this saw means that it’s kinder on the back, shoulders and arms. It’s also a saw that, because of its weight and its slender body, works well in both the snedding and cross-cutting tests.
Quality has not been compromised, despite the reduced weight. This saw has the toughness you would expect of a Husky. But what we really like about the 357XP is those little labour-saving devices that have become synonymous with the Husqvarna brand. Things like Smart Start and air injection to facilitate starting and reduce the number of stoppages required for filter changing. Then there’s the snap-lock filter cover so should you have to stop, access to the air filter is straightforward. Side-mounted chain tensioner and easy-access oil pump adjustment are other convenience features that make the Husky a pleasure to use.
Only one tester has a problem using the 357XP. “The handles are too big for me,” he says. “When I am cross-cutting it’s okay, but for snedding work the handle is too broad for my small hands.”
But he likes the attention to detail, and the way that even fuelling has been made simple. The filler cap has a flick-out support to act as leverage to access the tank. And the tank itself is translucent so you always know how much fuel you’ve got left. A generous capacity increases the time between refuelling.

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