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
Nice Homeowner Chainsaw
I've only used this saw several times but it is just right for the homeowner that has occasional trees, limbs, to cut up. It seems durable, and has started fairly easily. The build quality seems heavy-duty and it is easy to add gas and bar oil. I had one fairly large, and 3 smaller willows, to cut down and limb out. It performed this task easily. This is the first gas chainsaw I have owned and it is nice. I have had numerous electric chainsaws, but this one is much more powerful and more portable. Our property is large enough electric is out of the question. This saw will be all I ever need and the price was reasonable. I feel very positive about this purchase!
September 10, 2013
A great homeowner level chainsaw
Right out of the box, I had trouble starting. I'm not a newbie, I was in the landscaping business and owned 3 heavy duty chainsaws, and other motored tools, so I'm quite familiar with the starting procedure. I couldn't get it fired once following the direction that came with the tool. I even went online to get some help, but only thing they offered was the support group, other users, and their advice was nothing new and didn't help to start the machine. I finally had to take it to the dealer service and ever since, it starts consistently. Once warmed up, it can idle without conking out, which is always a challenge for a small power tools such as 435. My only complaint other than the out-of-box starting problem, is the thinness of left grip (tube diameter) I don't even have a large hand but even for me I would prefer a little thicker grip. I was getting a cramp on my hand after an hour of cutting. After an hour of use, no oil dripping, and easy tension adjustment which typically requires frequently. A solid product at the end of the day.
September 9, 2013
Great saw terrible oiler design
This saw is lite great power for its size (medium size hardwood) Runs great if you get if you do a lot of cutting at one time the chain over heats causing the saw to work harder. There is no adjustment for chain oil which is why i am not happy with the saw their design controls oil flow via a hole in the bar. Not only can it clog easily, it does not allow enough oil on the bar. For whatever reason it will eventually leak and then you have to get a new bar to fix it.
August 3, 2013
This saw would cut better if it ran long enought to cut a limb
I purchased this saw came home ad started up on second pull, started cutting 6 in limb above my head saw quit and would not start. Back in box it went and returned with saw # 2. It started up cut for 20 minutes and was done . tried to start next day and it was leaking oil and fuel . Back in the box again. I have a 455 that is a monster, will cut anything in my way but wanted small saw for limbs. the 435 is a saw that doesn't run long enough to see if it is any good. It is of no use to sit on shelf. If it would stay running long enough I assume it would cut wood. I have all Husqvarna power equipment and this was the last item I purchased. Even bought the fuel for extended warranty but returned saw . expensive fuel for nothing. I wanted a small chainsaw not a water faucet . I bought a Husqvarna to use not look pretty
July 30, 2013
Its a Husky
Aint used it yet. Purchased for "Hurricane Clean-up" and it looks as though I might get to use it shortly. Fueled it, Put Bar Oil in and it fired right off. Husky produces some fine products as I own a few. When needed I'm sure this saw will not dissappoint.
July 27, 2013
Great little saw - hard to start when warm
We bought this saw at Lowes following a major storm which took down some trees. After running for about an hour, it wouldn't start - even after 50 pulls. Letting it rest overnight (in case it was flooded# didn't make a difference. We exchanged it at Lowes for another one, but it had the same issue after running for a while #even with Husqvarna fuel). We called the support number and they suggested bringing it to a local dealer. The local dealer finally got it running and adjusted it. When it was running, it cut through trees and limbs like butter. We've always had good luck with Husqvarna equipment, so maybe we just got a bad batch.
July 23, 2013
Great - when it will start
I bought one of these from Lowes. It came with oil mix for fuel, but no bar oil - so make sure you pick up bar oil before you check out. It was hard to start but cut through my downed trees like butter. After running for about an hour, we took a break for lunch. After lunch, it refused to start. I must have pulled 50 times. Then my wife pulled, then my teenager. We followed every direction in the manual with no result. We let it rest overnight and tried again the next day - still nothing.
We returned it to Lowes and got another one. I even bought the Husqvarna fuel to be on the ultra-safe side. Started right up and almost finished my job when it wouldn't start again. I called the Husqvarna help line. Absolutely no help. I was looking for how to adjust the carb, or anything else that might get it to start. There was a big piece of paper that said "DO NOT RETURN TO STORE" and instead call. I ignored it the previous day, but decided to call this time. Useless. All the woman could tell me was to bring it to a local dealer for adjustment.
We took it to the dealer and they finally got it going after 40+ pulls. They adjusted it, we got it home and finished up the job. Haven't tried it since, but was thoroughly unimpressed by its reliability out of the box.
Great little saw - when it runs. It's that last part that's tricky.
July 23, 2013