What Does XP Mean On Husqvarna Chainsaws? Husqvarna XP Meaning

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What does XP mean on Husqvarna Chainsaws?

The XP designation on Husky chainsaws is a way to distinguish the Pro chainsaws from the homeowner or farm and ranch series chainsaws.

XP stands for Extra Power and an improved power-to-weight ratio.

Husqvarna XP chainsaws are usually bigger and better than their non-XP equivalent.

For example, there is the 60 cc 460 Rancher and the 60 cc 560 XP – the XP is by far the better saw in terms of power, performance, quality of build, and ease of use.

These are some of the differences between XP and non-XP chainsaws.

Husqvarna XP Chainsaw Differences



This video, which was shared on the Husqvarna FB page, shares the differences between their two main ranges of chainsaws.

They said:

What does XP® mean? Improved Power-to-Weight

Our XP® chainsaws set the industry standard for peak performance. With extra power, you can finish the job faster and move on to the next one.

And the video adds that:

XP is Xtra Performance,

To make you more productive,

Including a better power-to-weight ratio,

Letting you handle tougher jobs,

With less fatigue and without switching saws,

So you can work faster, longer, better.

While there were a few joke comments on the post – “Xtra Problems…”, “XPensive…”, “Xtra Plastic…”, “Most times Xtra Patience trying to keep it away from the shop.” – most knew it meant something along the lines of “Best power-to-weight ratio plus a slim easy to handle platform.”

In another post, Husqvarna shared:

XP® chainsaws have larger transfer ports, which carry more fuel and air mixture, creating more acceleration and torque where you need it.

Ultimately, XP chainsaws are professional-grade saws perfect for commercial or demanding work. However, you don’t need to be an arborist or logger to use one. Many homeowners and farmers prefer XP saws for their better build, power, and performance.

XP is not the same as/should not be confused with the X-Torq label, nor is it related to Husqvarna e-series.

Also, it’s important to realize the XP designation wasn’t always around so there are saws that are not marked XP that are professional. One example of a pro saw that’s not always marked as XP is the Husqvarna 281.

Husqvarna XP Chainsaw Lineup

husqvarna 262 chainsaw
A 1990 Husqvarna 262 XP

These are all of Husqvarna’s XP chainsaws – those listed in bold are in production (though not always in the US), while non-bold are no longer in production.

The earliest or first-ever Husqvarna chainsaw with an XP listing is the 2100 XP which entered production in 1975. You can discover when each Husqvarna saw was made here (and help us to fill in the blanks).

Husqvarna 242 XP – 16 – 18″ bar, 42 cc, 10.3 lbs

Husqvarna 246 XP – 13 – 18″ bar, 46 cc, 10.36 lbs

Husqvarna 254 XP – 13 – 20″ bar, 54 cc, 11.9 lbs

Husqvarna 262 XP – 13 – 20″ bar, 62 cc, 12.8 lbs

Husqvarna 266XP – 16 – 32″ bar, 67 cc, 15.6 lbs

Husqvarna 268 XP – 15 – 20″ bar, 67 cc, 13.7 lbs

Husqvarna 272 XP – 15 – 32″ bar, 72 cc, 13.7 lbs

Husqvarna 281 XP – 16 – 36″ bar, 81 cc, 15 lbs

Husqvarna 288 XP – 16 – 36″ bar, 87 cc, 16.3 lbs

Husqvarna 298 XP – 18 – 36″ bar, 99 cc, 18.1 lbs

Husqvarna 2100 XP – 21 – 36″ bar, 99 cc, 19.3 lbs

Husqvarna 2101 XP – 16 – 60″ bar, 99 cc, 20.3 lbs

Husqvarna 335 XP – 12 – 18″ bar, 35cc, 7.4 lbs

Husqvarna 338 XP – 12 – 18″ bar, 38 cc, 7.5 lbs

Husqvarna 339 XP – 12 – 18″ bar, 39 cc, 8.4 lbs

Husqvarna 346 XP – 13 – 20″ bar, 45 cc, 10.6 lbs

Husqvarna 357 XP – 18 – 24″ bar, 57 cc, 12.1 lbs

Husqvarna 362 XP – 20 – 28″ bar, 62 cc, 13.2 lbs

Husqvarna 371 XP – 20 – 32″ bar, 71 cc, 13.4 lbs

Husqvarna 385 XP – 25 – 36″ bar, 84.7 cc, 15.4 lbs

Husqvarna 394 XP – 20 – 48″ bar, 94 cc, 17.4 lbs

Husqvarna 543 XP – 16″ bar, 43cc, 9.9 lbs

Husqvarna 550 XP 16″ bar, 50cc, 11.2 lbs

Husqvarna 560 XP – 18″ bar, 60 cc, 13 lbs

Husqvarna 562 XP 28″ bar, 60cc, 13.4 lbs

Husqvarna 572 XP – 28″ bar, 70cc, 14.6 lbs

Husqvarna 576 XP – 28″ bar, 74cc, 15.2 lbs

Husqvarna 372 XP 28″ bar, 70cc, 14.6 lbs

Husqvarna 390 XP – 28″ bar, 88cc, 16.1 lbs

Husqvarna 592 XP 30″ bar, 90cc, 16.7 lbs

Husqvarna 395 XP28″ bar, 94cc, 17.4 lbs

Husqvarna 3120 XP – 42″ bar, 118cc, 23 lbs

Husqvarna T540 XP 14″ bar, 37cc, 8.6 lbs

Husqvarna T536Li XP12″ bar, 40v battery 5.3 lbs

Husqvarna 535i XP/T535i – 14″ bar, 40v battery, 5.29 lbs

Husqvarna 540i XP – 14″ bar, 40v battery, 6.39 lbs

Running through this list it’s not hard to see how Husqvarna model numbers are generated (generation number + engine cc), and reading Husqvarna serial numbers can be just as easy!

Husqvarna SE Meaning

what does SE mean on husqvarna chainsaws
The Husqvarna 154 SE

Before Husqvarna professional chainsaws were labeled XP, they were marked SE or ‘Special Edition’.

SE chainsaws are the same as XP chainsaws. For example, the Husqvarna 154 SE became the 254 XP. 

If you see SE on a Husqvarna chainsaw, just think ‘Professional-level chainsaw‘.

Husqvarna Professional Chainsaws

husky 550 xp mark ii differences


Professional Husqvarna chainsaws are for those who are using them to make a living or for those who want to get a job done faster with fewer interruptions. 

These saws are stronger and better designed to withstand all-day use in demanding settings. Compared to their homeowner-level counterparts they are much lighter and more powerful.

Ultimately, XP chainsaws from Husqvarna are better. They’re better than the Ranchers and the other non-XP saws. However, there are early pro-level saws that don’t have the XP designation, like the Husqvarna 285 CD. However, there are less of these out there now.

Let us know your thoughts on the Husqvarna XP saws below!


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1 thought on “What Does XP Mean On Husqvarna Chainsaws? Husqvarna XP Meaning”

  1. Bought a 572xp only because my local Stihl dealer couldn’t get me a 462 for over 3 months. My local Husky dealer had a 572xp on his shelf. What a revelation!

    I spend my days in the Australian bush cutting some of the hardest timbers on the Janka scale.

    The husky is absolutely brilliant. A joy to use. No more numb fingers thanks to the well designed handle and all the power I need. Not too heavy and very well balanced.

    In over 40 years of chainsaw use I can genuinely say that this saw is the best I’ve ever used. Many thanks Husqvarna.


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