Husqvarna 357XP Chainsaw Review: Specs, Features, Price, Alternatives

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The Husqvarna 357XP is a 56.5cc chainsaw that was produced between 2003 and 2011.

It has a 3.4 hp engine and is built on the same chassis as the very similar, but non-XP, Husqvarna 359.

The 357 is known to be a good saw, so if you’ve come across a tidy model for the right price, it’s usually worth grabbing.

A couple of guys came round to cut firewood at my place the other day. One of them, Kynan, brought his 357XP that is featured throughout this post.

Husqvarna 357 XP Chainsaw

Husqvarna 357XP

  • OEM and aftermarket parts
  • Crackcases, cylinders, carbs
  • Fuel tanks, starter assemblies, bars, chains
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Husqvarna 372XP

  • Higher power professional chainsaw
  • 70cc, 5.5 hp, 16 - 28" bar
  • Weighs 14.6 lbs
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Husqvarna 460 Rancher

  • Powerful non-pro Husky saw
  • 60cc, 3.6 hp, 18 - 24" bar
  • Weighs 14.5 lbs
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The 357XP was replaced in 2011 by the 562XP – a saw that’s still available for sale today.

However, despite being out of producted for over 10 years, there are still thousands of 357s out there, and they sometimes come up for sale on eBay and Facebook.

They don’t come up for sale all that often, as they are popular.

More often than not, when someone is trying to move on a 357, it’s in exchange for another saw like the 372XP.

The 357XP is great for:

  • Bucking firewood
  • Limbing
  • Felling trees

And, in fact, I’ve seen it described by many as ‘the ultimate firewood saw.’

husqvarna 357xp specs

There are plenty of better Husky saws out there – for example, most people would choose the 562 or the 371 over the 357XP – but if a 357 comes along at the right time, they’re a good buy.

Keep in mind that it can do with a few modifications and/or fixes to get it running well, but after that, it’s all go.

The most important thing that needs to be replaced on an original 357 is the plastic clamp on the intake boot.

Replace it with a metal intake clamp (here on Amazon) to avoid an air leak damaging or destroying your piston and cylinder.

Husqvarna 357XP Specs And Features:

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Here’s how Husqvarna described the 357 when it was being sold new at the dealers.

The Husqvarna 357 XP® is among our latest generation of professional saws. It’s the perfect all-around saw for everything from felling, to limbing and to cross-cutting.

High power and rapid acceleration in combination with superior ergonomics, low vibration levels, and a slim body ensure both effectiveness and less effort.

A lightweight, effective, and reliable saw for demanding professional applications.

357 XP specs:

  • 56.5, 3.4 hp
  • 3.2 Kw of power
  • Dry weight of 12.1 lbs
  • 14,000 max RPMs
  • 2,700 idle RPMs
  • 1.81″/46 mm cylinder bore
  • 1.34/34 mm piston stroke
  • Centrifugal clutch
  • Champion RCJ7Y spark plug
  • 101 dB(A) sound pressure for operator

You can see these 357 specs compared with the 359 and 562 in the table below.

The was also a Husqvarna 357 XP G Chainsaw – the G means that it has heated handles for use in cold climates (more Husqvarna chainsaw designations).

There is a 562 XP G model that replaced it.

357 XP features:

  • Low vibe for smoother handling
  • Adjustable oil pump for changing the flow in different seasons/climates
  • Magnesium crankcase that withstands higher RPMs and tougher use
  • Air injection and centrifugal air cleaning system improves engine life
  • Three piece crankshaft makes it more durable
  • Smart Start feature reduces starter cord resistance by up to 40%
  • Ergonomic front handle offset at 7 degrees to reduce fatigue

The 357 was sold by dealers with a 16, 18, or 20″ bar, and it’s recommended for use with 13 – 20″ bars.

However, it’s not uncommon to hear of people who run up to 28″ bars on ported 357s.

357 XP Vs 359 Vs 562 XP

  357 XP 359 562 XP
CCs 56.5 59.0 59.8
HP 3.4 3.6 4.7
Power 3.2 kW 2.9 kW 5.4 kw
Dry Weight 12.1 lbs 12.1 lbs 12.6 lbs
Bar Length 16 – 24″ 16 – 24″ 16 – 24″

The 357 has more power than the 359, being an XP (Extra Power), whereas the 359 is not.

The 357 wasn’t sold as an extreme daily use chainsaw for pro-foresters, loggers, arborists, and so on.

It was (and is) a heavy-duty frequent use chainsaw for semi-pros, farmers, ranchers, and other large property owners with trees to clear.

Husqvarna 357XP Price And Parts

husky 357 parts

How much did the Husqvarna 357XP cost when it was new?

In 2010, not long before it was discontinued, the Husqvarna 357XP had a ‘Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price’ of $689.95 with an 18″ bar.

Nowadays, you can see them listed for sale online for about the same price which makes sense given the ridiculous level of inflation we’re seeing.

Here’s where you can buy a 357 XP or find parts:

Some parts can be difficult to find, so ask around in your local chainsaw groups if you can’t see what you’re looking for on these sites.

Husqvarna 357 Review

You can see how the 357XP runs in this video.

This forestry worker drops a decent-sized tree with the saw and then proceeds to limb and buck up the log – he also might be one of the most efficient workers I’ve seen.

But you’ll see the saw is powerful, gutsy, and lightweight enough to throw around a bit.

Kynan, whose 357 saw is pictured in this post, really likes his saw.

We were using it for ringing up some very dense gum for firewood, and it didn’t have any trouble.

It kept up pretty well with another friend Tim’s Stihl 440 Magnum.

All in all, it’s a good chainsaw for a range of regular heavy-duty tasks.

Pros:

  • Powerful
  • Tough/durable
  • Lightweight and maneuverable

Cons:

  • Auto decompression
  • Plastic intake clamp
  • Parts becoming harder to find

The Husky 357

husquvarna 357xp chainsaw

Is the Husqvarna 357 any good?

I think so!

It’s an excellent chainsaw for firewood and other clearing, pruning, or felling tasks.

I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up if I saw it for a decent price, even if it was only for the chainsaw collection.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments down below.

Lastly, check out the Husqvarna Technical chainsaw chaps if you’re in need of a new pair – they’re really good!

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