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
From a guy in the tree service industry.
Coming from someone with much experience in the landscaping/tree service field, I'm quite pleased with this saw. For professional work I would surely use something more rugged but, for the homeowner this machine exceeds its "small saw" reputation. I bought this chainsaw simply to cut firewood at home but I was so impressed by the raw power and response time that I found myself felling mid-size trees with this little scream machine! A must have for the homeowner.
July 23, 2013
good chainsaw with a leaky problem
Great chain saw, plenty of cutting power, hardwood is a breeze. only draw back i have is it leaks bar oil out the bottom and runs down the bar while stored,only used it two times since i purchased it.
July 20, 2013
Great cutting ability
This chainsaw has what I needed in a professional style, mid-priced model. It cuts through hardwood with ease and is easy to handle with its relative light weight.
The only things I could say negative about this saw is its propensity to stall when releasing the throttle from high RPM and the small handhold (difficult to get your foot in to steady the saw while starting).
I have to slowly drop RPM then release the throttle to not stall. Raising the idle speed appears to help, but not solve the problem. After using it several times I am used to throttling down before releasing.
July 10, 2013
I'm not a logger, I'm not a professional, but I do heat 2 homes with wood and have owned 8 chainsaws over the years. I cut A LOT of wood.... AT LEAST 5 "true cords" a year. This saw is top shelf. I bought this saw to replace a smaller 10 year old Husky 135. This makes the 3rd Husqvarna I have owned over my 50 years of heating with wood and I have loved them all. It starts great cold... it starts great warm. I must confess that I'm a "manual reading junkie" and by following the starting suggestions I find it hard to believe some people are having problems starting them. I dropped and limbed several moderate sized pine and spruce trees with it yesterday right out of the box and will give it a workout on hardwood when I go to our other home in Northern Indiana. I have NO doubt it will excel! SUGGESTION: Spend an extra $10-15 and buy it from a Husqvarna Dealer instead of a big box store and you will get the extra little service, like a tweaking of the factory carb settings prior to sending it out the door. There's a reason I keep coming back to Husqvarna... Guess why!
June 30, 2013
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