Pros: Light, high reving, reasonable on fuel.
Cons: Expensive. Fragile parts. Starts hard, warms up slowly, air filter needs frequent cleaning. Didn't last.
I bought my 345 XP as a second saw to back up my venerable Jonsered 630 that I bought used and was my felling and bucking saw when I was logging on my ranch.
I had a Husky 350, which I found to be ho-hum, and then I ran over it with my bulldozer, putting an end to its short life. When I took it into the Husky saw shop, where I had bought the 630 earlier, I asked them for a pro level saw, like the 350 (which is consumer level) only more power, faster and more long lasting.
Didn't work out that way! The 345 was never right. It always started hard and, even though it is supposed to have a clean air system on it, it proved to be very particular about having a super clean air filter. From the get-go, it took a long time to warm up and would not take throttle from the low speed to the high speed jet until it had been running for a several minutes. I thought it was a break-in problem, so I stuck with it, but it did not get better. I never did get it back into the shop under warranty, but the attitude there was one of surprise that there was any problem, as this was a "pro level" saw. I should have taken it in, but I was simply too busy, put it off and got out of warranty. My bad.
I always dreaded using the saw, because of the starting problem. Once it was warmed up, it would run as advertised, being pretty fast and with reasonable power, also, very high revs.(rated at 14700) It did seem not to like large diameter cuts, though, which really slowed it down. No amount of adjustment gave it adequate torque for the larger stuff.
I used this saw for smaller firewood and limbing for several years and used the old 630 for everything else.Late this season, the saw stopped running while I was going from one cut to the next and no amount of messing with it or cranking on it would get it to start. I had just cleaned the air cleaner and adjusted the carb before starting cutting that day. It was not "screaming" like they do when they are too lean on the high speed jet.
I took it to the shop and it had cooked the piston and cylinder.I now have a $550 pile of junk that never really ran right and I thought I was paying big bucks for a "Pro Saw" I should also mention the gas cap broke in my hand (cracked in half with no tools on it...) and the plastic choke snapped off.In short, Husky has made some pretty bad choices here. This saw should still be going strong and the plastic parts are way too flimsy. It had a much easier life that my much older Jonsered 630 which is still going strong.
I treat my saws good and expect them to work hard; only Husky or Sthil oil, sharp chains, regular cleaning. I have had maybe 20 saws and never had one burn up like this one, which I bought brand new.Was it a lemon? Did it have a carb problem? Possibly, but those plastic parts are certainly all on Husky.
I am not excited about putting in more bucks on the 345 to rebuild it. If I decide to go that way, I will look into getting somebody to do it who really knows the ins and outs of this saw and can address the problems. Stock and out of the box, it was not worth the money. I did get several years of use out of it, but it was never right. Hope this helps somebody out there.