Husqvarna 576 XP

A more powerful chainsaw, the 576 XP is intended for felling. It is solidly constructed with a magnesium crankcase. The underside is smooth, the starter cover rounded and the controls well protected. Clearly this saw has been designed to stand up to life in the woods.

Husqvarna 576 XP chainsaw - image: HW
Husqvarna 576 XP chainsaw - image: HW

It features Husqvarna's X-Torq engine. This gives you higher torque over a very wide rpm range. It also combines low fuel consumption with low exhaust emission levels.

We find this saw comfortable to use. It has a full wrap handle that is easy to clutch and turn. One tester notes that the front hand shield "is really reachable and easy to use - your thumb doesn't pop out from round the handle".

But the same tester, despite not having particularly big feet, has difficulty holding the saw to the ground when pulling the starter cord. "I can't get my boot into the handle," he complains.

THE REVIEW PANEL

Caroline Bartlett, learning support co-ordinator, Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies, Bridgwater College, Somerset

Darren Chambers, arboriculture tutor, Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies, Bridgwater College, Somerset

TRAINEES

  • - Joe Branch
  • - Hayden Davies
  • - Mark Evans
  • - Jack Malone
  • - Jack Nicolas
  • - Dave Richards

We took a range of new chainsaws to the Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies at Bridgwater College in Somerset and asked tutors and trainees for their opinions.

We find out why Makita is confident its 4301 is going to be popular, look at the latest upgrades from Echo, try a Solo chainsaw for the first time and consider the advantages of the latest technology-packed Stihls and Husqvarnas. Conditions on the day were dry, warm and sunny.

AT A GLANCE

Displacement: 73.5cc

Power output: 4.2kW

Weight: 6.6kg

Bar length: 38cm to 71cm

List price ex VAT: £740

Contact: Husqvarna on 0844 844567

 


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