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
Great saw for it's size and price
Last year I had the unfortunate accident of a tree falling on my very reliable Husqvarna 142 saw. I loved this little saw and it was a very good tool. I needed to get another smaller saw to pair up with my 455 Rancher and after looking at a couple at my farm store it was between the 240 and 435. A couple of small features I liked on the 435 over the 240-
1. The top cover clips instead of the screws that tend to vibrate loose.
2. The integrated choke, stop lever.
3. The engine size, yes, size matters, but still light enough to handle all day.
I used the 435 for a few hours today and it ran flawlessly and had great power and agility. Cutting mostly limbs and smaller logs into burnable pieces, this saw screamed for full throttle cutting into some of the larger logs I handled today. This is my 3rd Husqvarna, and they still have my business.
November 10, 2013
Brand new 435 from Lowe's out of the box, started fine, won't idle...stalls. No power on the high throttle end. Expected more from Husky...digging for receipt now and have to drive 25 min to a Husky dealer. I even splurged for the pre-mixed in-store fuel.
October 29, 2013
Good Saw but has issues
I like Huskvarna products and own two other Husky saws. This one is my least favorite. It is great in most aspects but, as others have noted, it has starting issues. Like the Husky technical guy noted, you should only pull the starter twice on choke (when cold), then switch to half choke (or no choke) before pulling that cord again. I discovered this from the dealer. Many of the Husky string trimmers work this way too. Otherwise the saw can be impossible to start. It is often hard to start when warm too and seems to overheat if you accumulate too much oil and sawdust debris under the chain/drive cover. Once you figure out these idiosyncrasies, it's a great saw. I'd recommend running the narrow kerf .325/.50 chain on a 16" narrow kerf bar for your best cutting speed. I also own an older 41 model that's cut through almost 40 cords in 15 years. It's almost as powerful and much more user friendly but not available new anymore.
September 17, 2013