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On 15/05/2021 at 23:02, Mr. Squirrel said:

572 is a unit, I love mine and would pick it up over the 500i every time. 

That's interesting. Why 572 over 500i? I've not used either, but from the specs the 500i smokes it.

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On 15/05/2021 at 23:02, Mr. Squirrel said:

Can’t speak for the 201 but the 572 and 661 are both solid saws, highly recommend them. You kinda need something smaller for snedding though, 550 or similar. 
572 is a unit, I love mine and would pick it up over the 500i every time. I run mine on a 20” bar for fast cutting but you could put a 24” on there easily I’d say and save on the 661 for the time being. 
I’d go with top handle, 550 & 572 for the time being. When a big job comes along that you NEED a big saw you can stick a little extra in to go towards the 661 then. 



The 572 is a fantastic saw, a bit of a beast. With a 20" bar it's an animal, but i've run a 28" on mine and it pulls it just fine. It's a bit nose-heavy with a 28 though, put plenty capable.


As you said, 550 is a great smaller saw. Mine runs a 15" and she rips. Very light and balanced, a great little saw to run.


7 hours ago, Jonny H said:

The 201T or TC is great. Not quite the legend that the older 200T is, but still a powerful and reliable top handle.


Everyone bangs on about the 200T. My mate has a couple and sure, it's a reliable capable saw. I'm not a fan of them really. I prefer my T540, better AV and ergonomics, plenty of power. My baby T525 is a little powerhouse, really nice to use. I used 201TCs at a place i worked a few months ago, pretty decent but i prefer the T540.


(Disclaimer: I'm not a professional tree surgeon and as such my experience is limited.)

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