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
It is what it is Husqvarna
I bought a 55 rancher in 01 which has been a flawless saw but I wanted something a little smaller so I went to Carolina hardware and explored my options, I picked up the 435 and brought it home, easy to start and very light. Makes an awesome cut, I've already downed and cut up 10 trees from 6 to 14 inches in dia, haven't even started my rancher sense the 435 came into the family. Only draw back is this saw does not oil the best, after about 25 minutes or so you'll notice an extremely dry chain but just run at mid throttle for a minute and she oils back up. Great saw other wise. Thinking about buying the 450 with an 18 inch bar so I'll have a 16,18, and 20. Can't beat a husky
February 3, 2014
I've owned a few poulans and stihls. They always given me problems. Bought this little saw for cutting small trees. it never has given me any problem. its lite weight, with great power. The biggest tree I cut with it was 21 inches without any problems. My dad has owned a few bigger husqvarna saws. Pain in the butt to run due to size and weight.
January 10, 2014
Good all-around saw
The saw was purchased for light limb trimming and to remove a fallen (10") diameter tree. It performed very well, starts, and is comfortable to use.
January 2, 2014
Husqvarna 435 chain oil pump
The chain oiler is weak at best. I looked at YouTube videos for Husqvarna chain oil pump repair/replacement and all show a much better pump system than that installed in the 435. For a $279 saw, the oiler should have had a better design.
December 31, 2013
Pleased with product and exceptional service
Purchased my first Husky recently. Have had several high and low end saws. The new 435 was purchased from Mike at Evans Saw Shop in Green Forest.
The saw is great. Starts first time every time, runs good and cuts spectacularly.
However the service I received from Mike was above and beyond everything I had expected.
Good Job Husqvarna on vetting your dealers.
I am impressed!
November 26, 2013
Does not work with Ethanol in the Gas
I purchased a Husqvarna chainsaw because my brother has had two of them for many years and they are still performing well. I had to return the first one because it was hard starting and would cut out quite often. The second one worked for a couple months and then I had to have it serviced because it would cut out when full power was applied. I was told that the problem was the gas / oil mixture but I was using Husqvarna oil and mixing the recommended amount and still had the problem. I switched to using gas that had no ethanol in it (which luckily just became available at a local gas station) and it has been working better but is still cutting out a lot.
November 21, 2013