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  1. No obvious smell of oak. I’ll split a bit more later and have another good sniff!
  2. Hmmm, that was my first thought too when I saw it in the yard but the bark seemed too soft and more like a coniferous tree?
  3. That’s it split alongside some sycamore. Splits nicely - very straight grain with few knots.
  4. Dense, appears to have been slow growing (65ish rings in a 12” round). Quite thick bark and very red when split. Cedar maybe?
  5. Yep, I’m definitely reconsidering! 15” bar for the 550 then something a bit bigger to run an 18-20”. Probably a far better option all round! Thanks folks 🙂
  6. I’d definitely like a second saw rather than messing around changing bars in the woods etc. I appreciate the 550 isn’t a heavy saw in the grand scheme of things but a touch lighter would be handy for limbing etc. I was looking at the 435II but presume (based on price) there’s a significant difference in build quality?
  7. I’ve got a 550XP with an 18” bar and really like it - never missed a beat. In addition, I’m looking for something smaller and lighter to use with a 14” bar - predominantly for cutting firewood - domestic use only in all honesty, but I’d like something of similar build quality to the 550XP rather than some of the cheap and cheerful domestic models.


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