I have used several other chainsaws, and the 435 is light weight, but is still very powerful for its size. It is great for the weekend warrior who cuts firewood or needs to clean up storms damage. I think people need to remember what this saw is and isn't. It only has a 16 inch bar, so if you are clearing a forest, this may not be the best choice. For home owners looking to cut down small/medium trees or cut up and haul away a fallen tree, then this is a great saw for you. It has a lot of horsepower for its weights and it cuts like others mentioned, "like a hot knife through butter." My brother has a professional Echo, and he is amazed at the cutting speed and large wood chips that the 435 makes. It just chews through hardwood like its nothing. The quality is great, and after getting used to the single choke/stop switch, I like the design now, its very simple. I will say that this is my second 435. The first one would not stay running, and after a long talk with Husqvarna, they told me to return it for a new one. The first one had oil coming out the muffler and would not idle. I returned it to the store that I bought it from and with no questions asked, they replaced it for me. I got home and fired the new one up, not a single problem. This second 435 runs like it should and it idles perfectly. Even though the quality of the first saw was not there, the service was outstanding and they did everything they could to make it right with me. I did add a con to my review, but I feel that I may have bought a lemon. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase and if this chainsaw ever dies in the future, I will buy another Husqvarna chainsaw without hesitation.
June 18, 2013
Just finished cutting 25 trees off my lot ranging in size from 4" to 12" in diameter. The trees were oaks, ash and a number of osage orange. This thing started up instantly- (choke it until it fires once, then open the choke) and had no problem cutting all day.
I've used a number of cheap saws over the years- this thing is head and shoulders above those and only slightly more expensive.
Great power, low vibration, easy starting at a decent price- what more could you ask for??
June 9, 2013
Good saw for homeowners
I have been very impressed with the power of the 435. Cuts like butter through large limbs. After reading the instructions, I have found the saw very easy to use and maintain. This is my first gas powered saw, and the lesson for me is: read the complete manual before using. I've had to replace 2 chains due to improper use. The first time, I didn't check the tension on the chain out of the box and didn't recheck it as I broke it in -- it eventually threw the chain. The second time, I helped a neighbor cut out a stump, and the grinding in all of the dirt dulled it beyond use. Expensive lessons for me. Unfortunately, a lot of the complaints about the saw probably could have been avoided with proper maintenance and use. This is a great saw for around the house pruning.
June 8, 2013
spend a little more and buy another brand
I will never buy another Husqvarna product. The quality of the steel and plastic parts used in this chainsaw is worse than the cheapest saw I have owned. Yes I said plastic. Spend a little more, go to a dealer and buy another brand. If you properly size the saw for the use you will be able to purchase a saw that will last 5 times longer for a little more. A wise investment. I learned the hard way and hope to save someone else the frustration. I purchased it at Lowe's and purchased the additional warranty, BUT try to get service that is actually covered and that doesn't take months to get it back. A WASTE of money. I will never buy another piece of equipment like this from Lowe's either. I truly hope this helps someone make a wiser decision than I did.
May 25, 2013
May be a lemon
Bought this saw and after using for 30 minutes on oak the chain kept tightening and freezing. Took in for warranty work and they cleaned the sprocket and replaced the chain. Said it was full of debris. They also charged me $48.30. I have cut wood for over 30 years and never had this problem before. My old stihl just keeps on cutting. Wont buy this one again.
April 21, 2013
The firt 435 I brought home, after 2 pulls, not sure but I must have bumped the trigger safety device. It broke in half. The saw was not dropped or hit. I never even got the saw started. I took it back and they gave me a new saw. The new one was hard starting from day one. Sometimes 50 or 60 pulls, sometimes it would not start at all. Today it world not start so I checked the plug and I was getting no spark. I put my finger into the plug wire to make sure, no spark. I took it back again and am now the proud owner of a Stihl. Husqvarna was 0 for 2 and with a new product that was more than enough. My old Husqvarna was OK but not a great saw. At least it ran. About half a pull and the Stihl fires right up and has a lot more power. No comparison Stihl in by far a superior saw.
April 6, 2013
had trouble but my mistake
I bought my saw in Nov from my local Lowes. It started fine from cold but wouldn't start after hot and had a very rough idle till it would stall out completely. After messing with it for a few nights and comparing it to dads saw [a few years older version] it was night and day between the 2, his was perfect. I adjusted the T screw for the idle and that problem was fixed. Now for the hot starting issue...With the new one piece start/choke I would flip it up and prime then pull forever and nothing. Then after looking at the picture instructions on the saw I finally seen my error. For a hot start you need to flip it up, prime it, then flip it back down to running position [cold start, you leave it up, till it "puff" starts, then put it down] and a pull or 2 later its running like a champ. I asked a local dealer about the rough idle and he said they (dealers) adjust that before you buy them, where hardware stores just sell them as is. I do like the older 2 piece start but the one piece is growing on me. Sorry for the long post but trying to help people from my mistake.
March 23, 2013
Hard to start
Have owned the 435 over 2 years. has become hard to start. Took the saw to an authorized dealer. He said is was just flooded. Took it home, still hard to start. Took the saw to another repair shop, they found a broken ring!!
Still hard to start. I do not prime and still the saw floods.
March 18, 2013