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Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:05:27 am »
This comes from a guy in BC demoing a husqvarna 540xp.


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How good is it? well, I was going to make a vid of my modded 201t, just to reassure people that all is not lost at saying goodbye to the 200t....but upon having the 540 for a day I decided it would be pointless i.e. a stock 540 still beats a ported 201.

 I mean, the stock 201 is still a stihl and good saw....but mainly for pruning and dismantling trees in small sections. Its not what you'd call a take-down saw because it responds and cuts way too slow to keep up with the pull of gravity on any kind of big top or limb....at which point it becomes plain dangerous. However, modifying makes a huge difference as you know.

Like I said, i only had the 540 for a day so I cant predict whether or not the wheels will fall off in a week....but i will say that the throttle response is unsurpassed, huge amount of torque i.e. it just sinks in, well balanced, nice anti-snag profile, very roomy round the handles for you fingers and a lot of other nice touches that you notice in the way its put together. Looks like the spark arrestor will pull out easy enough also, unlike the 201. To do the mods on this saw would be phenomenal....but is pretty dam impressive as is. Love Stihl to bits but the 540 by a mile.
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 07:28:05 pm »
Sounds like Husqvarna might do it again!  ;D

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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 05:42:24 am »
They are not going to start shipping orders until around Oct 1st, but I'm supposed to be getting sample to play with this week.

I'll be giving it to a guy who's a 3rd generation tree service in this area. (His grandfather started the company in 1936. Well before chain saws, but they did own the first chainsaw in the area.) Like many area companies, the only Stihl they run has been the 200. If it gets his stamp of approval, then they've hit the target.
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 05:01:22 pm »
Sounds like Husqvarna might do it again!  ;D

That sure was a promising report!   ;D

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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 11:33:08 pm »
Check out the Husqvarna Canada website, the 540 is now listed and shows it's features.
3 way adjustable top handle. Auto on stop switch. AutoTune. Flippy caps [these ones look tougher then the Stihl type] .
I may go to my dealer tomorrow and put one on order.
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2012, 05:39:35 pm »
Well I was excited for almost 24 hrs :D
My dealer phoned his distributer to order the 540 and was told even though its on their website, it won't be available until February >:(
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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 08:24:43 pm »
Some people out there already have their 540.

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Re: Husqvarna T540xp Demo
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2013, 09:47:37 pm »
Just passing on info. I is not me.




Ok, so I’ve been given a chance to try out one of these saws! I thought given this opportunity I’d share my thoughts and findings on this almost mystical being.

Please bear in mind, this is supposed to be totally unbiased, is just from my initial findings, and as this is a “pre production model” some of the points raised may well be changed on the released machine. Also please note, I have been used to using mainly Stihl gear over the years so I may run the risk of preaching to the converted, if so be gentle with me!

At first sight, it looks odd. Yes, Ive been used to seeing white toppers in my truck, but here goes.

On picking up the saw, it seems well balanced. This one is armed with a 14” bar and certainly doesn’t “tip” like the previous huskys were renown for. I even picked up a 200 with 14” bar to to see if there was much difference, and hopefully the pics will show, there isn’t. If I were to split hairs I’d almost say the Stihl has more of a tip at this bar size, but really nothing in it.



The handle grip. It came with two other “half handles”. This is a gimmick I thought initially, BUT it was slightly slim in my hand so I took more notice. It was fitted with the “large” grip, and the others were “medium” and “extra large” so for the hell of it I thought I’d fit the XL just for the feel. I thought this would be a clip on and off procedure possibly, but no. Four screws in total, and unfortunately one of those is situated behind the side cover. The grip also houses the stop switch, but no big issues really, just not quite the easy on and off I thought it could have been, more like 5 minutes. Dare say it’ll be the type of thing that will get left as a “mid ground size” if there were multiple users, once the newness wears off. Very beneficial though to get the perfect grip for a single user.



Fuelling. Being a Stihl man, I have the auto fill/none spill nozzles on my cans. These will not go in the fuel hole! I guess the husky filling system would be needed here, or the old fashioned “pour in” way! I did note Holman Tree commented he had seen a version with a twisty type cap, but this one was along the lines of the other screw type huskys, only seems very small.


Starting. Choke on, brake on, prime, and pull. Fires, then fiddle, fiddle, fiddle to get the choke off. Not to my liking I’m afraid, I just hope when the production model comes out, someone will have realised the choke lever needs a bigger tag on it!


Running up. Starts well, with the same characteristics as the 550 and 560. Held at full throttle the splutter of the auto tune soon settles down ready for action. Revving up is quick, responsive and with a kick that’s almost expected after all the hype.

In the cut. Yet again, similar traits as the other auto tunes, pulls very hard, revving evenly yet when put under heavier load, it seems to find that little extra punch! Very impressed in hardwood pulling its 14” of .050” ¼” semi chisel.

Use. I note there is a plastic loop at the rear. Very easy to automatically think this is the tool strop ring, but no, its (not so clearly ) marked “no rope”. The tool ring is located immediately to the side of this other loop and is retractable steel loop. I really cannot figure what the other loop is for, I’m very open to suggestions there! Also a nice little cut out for your thumb to rest, it doesn’t look much, but sure gives a feeling you located your hand properly when you pick it up again.



Stopper. Auto reset back to start that I like, perhaps this switch feels a little awkward, but that’s possibly just me. I’m sure with time it won’t be difficult to get used to. Hey, it may even be a smoother more modern one on the released version!

On the bench. Removing the filter cover is straight from the MS200 I think, so easy peasy and I’m sure it can’t get knocked or pulled off by a stray twig in the tree. The filter is easy to clip off and clean. Underneath the filter is some kind of technical magic. Seeing two carb inlet ports has totally left me somewhere in the dark ages! All I could tell is one is butterflied on the choke, the other on the throttle. At this point I decided it was best to put the cover back on! Spark plug seems easy access like the older 338s etc so no extra panels to remove there either.


All the above have been my own findings, with what I hope have been an open mind. Next week my regular climber Ben will put it through its paces and if there’s enough enthusiasm, and I haven’t bored you all to tears, I will report back with his thoughts following a little more "in tree use".
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