HUSQVARNA 316E Electric
316 Electric Exceeds Expectations
I bought the 316 Electric Chainsaw because of great reviews and better safety features than other electrics. I also appreciate that this saw is Made in Norway! I have used this saw for seven years for cutting firewood that I bring home and it's never let me down. I have cut some really large Locust and Maple down to size and it does not hesitate at all.
I like the slim profile and the balance of the saw and the fume-free performance, total quiet between cuts, and relatively quiet operation. This has been a durable tool that I appreciate.
By the way, I too thought this saw was DOA, but I asked and found out one has to pop the chain-brake lever toward oneself in the beginning to get it set for operating. It's like fastening one's seat-belt before driving!
June 19, 2014
Quietest saw on the market
To beat the high oil prices, we heat our house with wood. I have used various gas and electric chain saws in the past. Then I got the 316E to cut up the logs that we collect all summer. This saw has had multiple sharpening's and 2 chains since purchased several years ago. It still runs fine with no problems. It is important to Keep the chain sharp. (Invest in an electric powered chain sharpener (Item #68221 from Harbor Freight tools.# To test for sharpness, try a cut using the right hand on the trigger handle and the left hand loosely holding the upper handle. If it cuts normally under it's own weight, it's sharp. This saw has encountered nails, rocks, metal fence pieces, glass and iron pipe hidden in the wood. After sharpening, it still cuts as if new. I highly recommend this saw for homeowners using wood heat. Suggestions: #1#, It would be nice to make adjustments without tools. #2), It should come with a simple device to prevent the extension cord from detaching. Overall, It's a great saw.
January 30, 2014
a darn good saw
I own a hundred acres of woodland in western Manitoba and therefore keep busy cutting dead fall, nuisance trees, scrub etc. I have used a number of gas saws over the years with mixed results including a McCullough and a couple of Poulans. Anyhow since I travel around in the non winter months with a 5200 watt generator in the back of my truck I felt perhaps it was time to try out an electric so a number of years back I got my 316. Pluses: I like the light weight of the saw, its fairly powerful for its size, well balanced, controls are relatively ergonomic, quiet for city dwellers. Minuses: chain oil tank could be bigger, shroud on plug in cord requires a special extension cord, cords come unplugged fairly easily, the saw isn't really suited to bigger trees. My saw has endured quite a bit of abuse at my hands and certainly is now approaching replacement as I don't know what shape the armature is in, its sparking quite a bit. One unfortunate thing is that if you are working off grid and depend on the generator, its tough to get the generator going in extreme cold. Otherwise I highly recommend the 316 for property owners and general purpose yard work.
December 30, 2013
Returning Product to Store
I would not recommend this product. Husqvarna used misleading and deceptive advertising to lure a prospective customer to buy their chainsaws and then did not honor their rebate offer on the grounds that the Husqvarna chainsaw purchased did not qualify for the rebate. That may be a very slick marketing ploy, but it makes me a very disappointed customer. If a company has to stoop to this deceitful practice, then how can I be sure that they stand behind their product and warranty.
I am returning it and buying another chainsaw from different manufacturer. If anyone has a recommendation of a manufacturer with integrity, that stands behind their product and agreements, please inform me.
December 2, 2013
Power Switch is no Good
It was a good little saw until the power switch stopped working. Intermittently, the switch would sometimes work, and sometimes not. Now, it no longer works. I will be happy to buy a chainsaw from another manufacturer for less than it will cost to repair this unreliable chainsaw. I made the mistake of paying too much for an unreliable chainsaw. Customer Service said that bad power switches are not covered by the warranty.
November 5, 2013
Great Homeowner Saw
An electric chain saw works for me because I only need it on my heavily wooded lot. Yes it requires a cord (make sure you use the proper gage to protect the motor) but what I gain is a simple and dependable electric motor and not having to deal with a gas engine and all the maintenance and care that gas engines require. I've had two electrics by other manufacturers before the Husqvarna and both eventually broke on me due to heavy use and because they lacked the internal clutch that the 316 has (if your cheaper electric gets jammed in a tree the motor can strip the internal gears). I've heavily used my 316E now for a number of years with no issues at all and I expect to get a lifetime of service from it.
September 30, 2013
From my experience, you are much better off buying a noisier $60 electric saw from the local hardware store. They last longer and perform better, they just run louder than than the 316e. My second one just smoked in my hands and wasn't cutting anything. My first one went through 4 trigger switches before they gave me another saw. The second one has lasted a whole week before it literally went up in smoke. Husqvarna lost me as a devout customer. $300 of garbage. My saws spend more time in the shop than in my hands. I want my $$$ back.
February 2, 2013
Disposable Chainsaw, AVOID!
This is a DISPOSABLE chainsaw. That's because you CANNOT FIND A REPLACEMENT BAR! BARS WEAR OUT! It's like buying a car for which you cannot get replacement brake pads.
And contacting Husqvarna is NO HELP EITHER! I called and THEY CAN'T IDENTIFY a replacement bar! (They broke a promise to get back to me, haven't heard a thing in two weeks!)
DON'T buy this chainsaw unless you're willing to throw it away when the bar wears out! (And WHAT'S UP with the way too short power cord?)
November 26, 2012