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Husqvarna 268
« on: March 23, 2011, 07:30:35 pm »
All new territory for me again.  Took a husky 268 in trade  and  it already has a 272 aftermarket top end on it.

How do the 268 and 272 compare to each other?

How does the 272 compare to a 372?

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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 07:57:00 pm »
the 372 has more torque than a 272

it has 1mm longer stroke and 4 transfers

but the 272 has a very good reputation of reliability,they are really tough. it got its power in a higher rpm range

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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 08:08:31 pm »
So was the only difference in the 268 compared to 272 was 50mm v/s 52mm or was 268 open and closed port and 272 closed port only?
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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2011, 09:27:28 pm »
I love the 61 thru 272 family, as well as the Jonny 625/630/670 versions. But the 372/2171 chassis that replaced it was a significant improvement. More power, much better anti-vibe, better cylinder design.

You are correct in that the 268XP and 272XP really only differ in the extra 2mm bore of the 272. Like most examples where two similar models differ by only a few CC's, performance is very close with differences noticed as the wood gets bigger. They are both of what would be called the second generation on this chassis, where as a 266XP is from the early generation. Early being defined as twin coil ignition and lower profile muffler and top cover.

There were two versions of the 268: the closed port XP and the later open port which was not an XP. The open port 268 arrived at about the same time the 272XP replaced the 268XP. For at least part of the time it was on the market, the open port 268 was given the "special" moniker. That open port cylinder was shared with the 268K cutoff saw as well as your gray top 66. The only other cylinder that was shared by two models was the 62CC jug used on both the 162SE and the Jonsered 630 Super. Easy saws to work on, but interchangability between different models can be tricky until you get familiar with them.

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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011, 08:35:02 am »
I thought the "Special" was the XP, made for a while after the 272XP really replaced the 268XP, and?

I have also seen a couple of exemples that the were a 268SE for a very short time before it was redesignated XP.
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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2011, 11:01:54 am »
I thought the "Special" was the XP, made for a while after the 272XP really replaced the 268XP, and?

I have also seen a couple of exemples that the were a 268SE for a very short time before it was redesignated XP.

268SE doesn't sound right to me, are you maybe thinking about the 266?  "SE" was replaced by "XP" during the 266 model run and should have been history by the time the 268 arrived.
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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2011, 12:15:06 pm »
I have seen 268xp with a gold sticker that says SPECIAL and something about 300th anniversary. Dont know if it means anything.
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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2011, 01:15:07 pm »
I thought the "Special" was the XP, made for a while after the 272XP really replaced the 268XP, and?

I have also seen a couple of exemples that the were a 268SE for a very short time before it was redesignated XP.

268SE doesn't sound right to me, are you maybe thinking about the 266?  "SE" was replaced by "XP" during the 266 model run and should have been history by the time the 268 arrived.

The 268 never really replaced the 266 in general, but may have done so in the US. In Europe it was still sold several years after the 268XP had been discontinued. The newest 266XP manual I have seen was dated 1997.  ;)

I also had a hard time believing there ever was a 268SE, but I finally became satisfied by the evidense that some actually were made.


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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2011, 06:44:00 pm »
I also had a hard time believing there ever was a 268SE, but I finally became satisfied by the evidense that some actually were made.

Just picked up the 268 and looked at it while looking for some parts.

 Black tag has 268 SE.  Recoil has 268xp.

I will get pics later.
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Re: Husqvarna 268
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2011, 10:21:36 pm »
Wow, I've got to run downstairs and check all of my 266's and 268's!!!!

This is getting interesting, isn't it.  ???

Here's what I found. I have two 268XP's, one a 1988 and one a 1990. The ID tags  have neither SE or XP written on them; they just say 268. The decals both say XP.

I have three 266's One from 1985 has SE on both the ID tag, (silver),  and the starter decal. The other two are both from 1987 and have SE on the ID tag but XP on the starter decal. Those latter two saws, despite the SE on the ID tag, would be considered 266XP's by everyone, including Husky. That's the way it would have been listed in the catelog, on the box, the owner's manual and the receipt when you bought it.

One other thing I'll check tomorrow are a few IPLs and owners manuals. If as I suspect, the cover pages and such refer to these saws as XP's, then that's how they should be defined. At least here in the US, I think that the transition from SE to XP was pretty much like I said earlier. Other markets may be different, as it's really nothing more than a marketing term to begin with.

However............. let me add more mystery here regarding 254's. I have a 254SE and a later 254XP, and there are a few differences. There is a slight difference in the flywheel side of the case as the later saw was altered to accomodate Air Injection. Different muffler deflector and corresponding contour at the front of the case, different flywheel shroud, and the ability to accept the air injection snorkle are the changes I've noticed....so far.
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