All Expectations Met, Except For Ease of Starting
On the whole, I have been pleased with my purchase. The saw is light, easy to work with and has plenty of power. My only disappointment is ease of starting when warm. The saw seems starved for fuel. I have read the owner's manual carefully, but this has not resulted in successful warm starts. As it is, I must gingerly choke / un-choke and very carefully open the throttle to avoid stalls. I would really welcome input from Husqvarna's product development engineers on the "formula" to use for reliable warm starts. Thanks!
May 3, 2014
Husqvarna USED to be the name to get
So after purchasing and returning 2 240's, I thought...maybe I will have a better time with the 435. Bigger, more power etc. For the first week it seemed like my decision was good. Then BAM...it stopped working...would not start, and if it did startup it would immediately DIE. It is a shame. I bought this because my brother in law has had one for years....but then found out Husqvarna bought Poulan and have been using parts from them. Sad day....so I returned it. 3 chainsaws from the same company and I am out.
April 14, 2014
Meets my needs for home use
I occasionally need a chain saw for trimming larger branches and cutting down small trees around my home. I can't judge this saw for professional every day use, but it appears to be well built of good materials. I used it to cut large branches and to cut down a tough old tree with a 12" dia trunk, and it cut easily and exhibited ample power. It was a little bit finicky to start, and I always had to set it on the ground and pull firmly, usually several times, to get it going again, rather than being able to pull the starter cord while holding the saw with my left hand. I think the carburation is on the lean side.
April 7, 2014
Hard Start, Poor Manufacturing
Loved my old Husky saw, so bought a new 435 when the time came for a newer model. Had problems right out of the box with the primer bulb and the saw leaked large amounts of bar and chain oil when not in use. When I could get the saw started it would not idle without stalling. Checked the carb, and there was a problem with it closing off completely just by releasing the throttle (choke lever was in run position but not catching). Combined with starting problems, I returned the saw for a new one.
Read all the reviews and feedback suggesting that people weren't following the starting directions. I follow the directions to the letter and still have a hard time starting this saw. New saw, new gas, and still frequently takes over 30 pulls to start. My old saw with a decompression pin always started in several pulls. Rather than assume that a number of people are incompetent and can't follow the starting directions, maybe look at the starting ability of this model. I will not buy a HQ saw ever again.
March 30, 2014
Adjust the carb
I just bought this second hand. This saw is virtually brand new the original owner also could not get it running on a regular basis I work on a lot of small engines the two problems I found are all affiliated with the negative reviews, yes the oiler does not work as good as it should. but it seems some people can't even get it to start to find out the oiler doesn't work well. Every piece of small equipment I've ever owned needs a tiny bit of carburetor adjustment to get optimal performance just like this one needed. A small low idle carb adjustment recommendation from husqvarna could solve a lot of negative reviews. I believe these things run super lean and clean from the factory for 50 state emissions reasons. I suggest people having starting issues with any brand new saw to bring them to the local dealer for a five minute adjustment. trust me every piece of two stroke equipment could benefit from a tiny carb adjustment. (and running better doesn't always mean faster or louder 2 stroke equipment uses its fuel as a lubricant so running too lean could lead to catastrophic failure just another reason to have the carb adjusted professionally) One other thing I may suggest is that people buy these saws and 2 stroke equipment for $10 more at a Husqvarna dealer instead of a big box store. More than likely this five minute adjustments would be free if purchased at a local dealer. The guy at the big box store wouldn't even know how to open the box to start a repair. P.S. it runs like a champ now starts easy Idles smooth, with a very clean power curve.
March 30, 2014
Won't stay running, makes a mess
I don't know if this is because it is new, but it doesn't want to stay running, even after it has warmed up. I'm using the Husqvarna premixed fuel and chain oil, and unless I'm constantly playing with the throttle, it will die. Additionally, unless I turn off the switch and lift it again to the choke position (fast idle), it won't start again.
I've had it sitting on a shelf in the garage for the past 2 weeks, and today, my wife noticed it has leaked oil all over the shelf. Don't know if this is from the chain (I lightly wiped it down after my last use) or if for some reason it's leaking out of the reservoir.
This being the first chainsaw I've ever owned, I don't know if this is normal or not, but I'm quite disappointed in this saw.
February 18, 2014
Good saw, but a little lightly made for farm use
I bought my Husqvarna 435 when we bought a small farm in July 2010. Because this was my first chainsaw, I didn't want one that was too big or too powerful. In retrospect, I probably should have bought at least the 18-inch saw since I routinely have to deal with down trees that are more than 32-inches in diameter. That's life I guess...
Anyway, this was an excellent and reliable saw until about 6 months ago. Then it stopped functioning because the carburetor was gunked up. The repair guy said that this was because of alcohol in the gas. Even though I was using a gas treatment that was recommended at Tractor Supply for this sort of thing, the repair folks told me to always drain the gas after use and run the saw dry. I have been doing that for a while now and it works great.
I have had two other minor problems since then. One was that the pull starter wore out, and also the chain oiler clogged (an easy fix). I have also acquired a 20-inch Stihl saw for the big trees. The Stihl is bigger, a lot more powerful, and easier to start. But, it is also a lot heavier and less maneuverable than the Husky and cost nearly twice as much.
Life will go on for my trusty Husky. It has reached the point now where I have to fix small things pretty regularly (it has gotten a lot of use though). But, it is so small and light and honestly so darn powerful for such a small saw that it is still very handy. I would say that I will reach for it more frequently than the big Stihl in years to come because it packs so many good things into a handy package.
February 16, 2014
Chain not good
Something is wrong with the Husqvarna 435 chain. It must have soft metal or something.I have 2 brand new Husqvarna 435 chain saws I bought from Lowes plus an extra chain for each. This weekend all 4 chains "burred" or dented the underside of the chain after the chain came off the blade in routine use. The chain would not fit back inside the groove of the blade because it was marred, dented, ate up and pushed up metal. All 4 were brand new chains, 2 that came with the saw and 2 in a separate Husqvarna 435 16" package.
February 11, 2014