Just picked up one of these today! Unfortunately it's been confiscated until Dec 25th. :P
I went in thinking that I was going to go with the MS261 but it turned out that the 550XP was a bit more compact and also felt really good in my hands.
The shop guys suggested I go with the 20" bar. I had planned on getting an 18" bar, but after trying both it did seem to balance well with the bigger bar. From reading online, a lot of people are running a 16" bar and say the 20" is too much. I've got a 16" on the MS192 and that thing is tiny.
Do you guys think a 20" bar is too big for this saw?
just curious as to what real world pricing would be on a saw like that? MRSP looks pricey….or do they stick pretty close to that price?