HUSQVARNA 440 e-series
Don't not buy this brand of Chainsaw
Purchase the Husqvarna (replacing a Homelite 16 years old, great chainsaw) based on a recommendation from a friend. Cost $229.99 model 440 series didn't use for 2 years, kept it in the original box and packaging in my heated garage. Finally get a chance to use it, followed all the instructions and it wont start. Brand new and it wont start. Oh did i telly you that I was a firefighter for 20 years and started and cleaned many of chainsaw in my life. So now I have a chain saw that wont start. I bring it to the place I purchased the chainsaw and they could get it to work. I bring it to my father and law and after 3 hours of messing about, it started. Now most of my day is shot so I waited to cut the next day. Once again it won't start. Should I be upset, you bet I am! Messed around with it for another 3 hours. Still wont start. Every person that I have talked to about this brand of chainsaw states, " Yes there's an issue with their chainsaws. They don't start well and if they flood you have to let them sit. This is a horrible product. I cannot return it so it's in the trash and I'm out $299.99 and I have no recourse. If you are looking for a chain saw I would not recommend this brand.
April 11, 2015
Great saw. Easy to start and eats up the wood. I am using the husqvarna premix gas/oil fuels and it burns well. No smoking at all.
November 19, 2014
This product is no good
Purchased product. Had to return to retailer because it would not start, Retailer could not start product.
Product was replaced. Have now used product. Over a period of 3 hours during an afternoon, spent 1 hour trying to start product. Two separate saws but the same problem. You have a problem with your saw. It is the most difficult 2 cycle engine I have used. Will not recommend your product. It is worthless.
November 9, 2014
Husqvarna 440 & Husqvarna 55 Rancher
Have had the larger saw for several years, used to keep our firewood supply pleantiful. We bought the smaller one to use for trimming branches and cutting smaller diameter wood as well as my more advanced age. Really pleased with both of them.
November 7, 2014
Great saw, please read for help on starting
Hello everyone, I hope this review is helpful... I have had my 440 For a while now and have definitely put it through the paces at the ranch. I have seen peoples problems with the starting mechanism... my response to this is; have you read the instructions? The instructions state that in order to start the saw you must prime it and pull the pull string 5 times to disengage the starting mechanism.... After you disengage this, the saw will start like every other saw. You have to give light pulls not hard thrusts. After the saw has warmed up and has been used a while it gets easier to start... I have found that if you put the saw on the ground and you depress the throttle with your boot, it starts easier cold.
My pros for this saw outweigh the cons by a lot.
Pros: I love the weight of the saw, it is extremly easy to handle and is controllable in strange situations with weird logs. It is amazing of how little fuel it takes to run this saw, I worked a 9 hour day on the ranch using the saw the whole time and I only had to refuel once, but i had to add bar oil about twice.
the only con that I have is the fact that It can only accept a 18 Inch bar. I also wish that the starting mechanism was not there, when you need the saw in a hurry, the mechanism get in your way!.
Other than that it is an overall great saw and I would suggest it over many other saws for medium use.
October 6, 2014
My fifth husky, and the last
I've owned husky chainsaws for twenty years and alway's had good luck with them. Bought the 440e for clearing brush on my farm. It would crank easy and cut well for about 15 minutes or so. Then it would bogg down and stall. Couldn't get it to crank for love nor money. Very frustrating. Took it back to the shop and they couldn't duplicate problem (because they didn't run it long enough I suspect) Anyway, I don't have time for this.
October 2, 2014
First Day of Use
I was very surprised how easy this saw was to use. Started promptly every time after several hours of work. I have learned with experience with my riding mower, blower, weed trimmer and chain saw that you must use non ethanol at least 89 preferably 93 octane if you don't want problems. I was using non ethanol 93 octane in the new saw on this first day.
August 19, 2014
not bad for the price
my dad has the same problem starting this saw as everyone else seems to have, but i don't have that problem at all. you cant just go ripping on the pull start like with older style saws, you have to tug it a little until you feel the cord catch, then yank on it with a second or two between each pull or it will flood. then its like any other saw, if you have the choke on it will fire once and then you turn off the choke and it will usually start by the tenth rip when the engine is cold, once its warm it fires up pretty easy. the other thing is, and your not supposed to do this anyway, but you CAN NOT drop start this saw. it will only start if you have it on the ground with your foot on the handle, like your supposed to do it. a lot of home owners drop start saws because its generally easier on the arms, or they don't know what their doing. but this saw does not work with that method. i don't know if its designed that way or if its totally unintended, but either way it will only start if its sitting on the ground. other then that, any cons with this saw can sort of be expected from a home owner model, if you want true performance you usually have to go up to logging models. other then the bar and chain oil pouring out of the reservoir after the saws been used, i don't have a lot of problems that cant be attributed to the ethinol treated gas (or poo-gas as i call it) thats being forced on us. but the first 440 i bought and exchanged for this one didnt leak oil. i didnt even want to exchange it, the home depot just seemed to rather do that then fix the 20 dollar part that broke in the pull start (probably from being incorrectly ripped on by a frustrated old man)
June 14, 2014