HUSQVARNA 440 e-series
Husqvarna 440 & Husqvarna 55 Rancher
Have had the larger saw for several years, used to keep our firewood supply pleantiful. We bought the smaller one to use for trimming branches and cutting smaller diameter wood as well as my more advanced age. Really pleased with both of them.
November 7, 2014
Great saw, please read for help on starting
Hello everyone, I hope this review is helpful... I have had my 440 For a while now and have definitely put it through the paces at the ranch. I have seen peoples problems with the starting mechanism... my response to this is; have you read the instructions? The instructions state that in order to start the saw you must prime it and pull the pull string 5 times to disengage the starting mechanism.... After you disengage this, the saw will start like every other saw. You have to give light pulls not hard thrusts. After the saw has warmed up and has been used a while it gets easier to start... I have found that if you put the saw on the ground and you depress the throttle with your boot, it starts easier cold.
My pros for this saw outweigh the cons by a lot.
Pros: I love the weight of the saw, it is extremly easy to handle and is controllable in strange situations with weird logs. It is amazing of how little fuel it takes to run this saw, I worked a 9 hour day on the ranch using the saw the whole time and I only had to refuel once, but i had to add bar oil about twice.
the only con that I have is the fact that It can only accept a 18 Inch bar. I also wish that the starting mechanism was not there, when you need the saw in a hurry, the mechanism get in your way!.
Other than that it is an overall great saw and I would suggest it over many other saws for medium use.
October 6, 2014
My fifth husky, and the last
I've owned husky chainsaws for twenty years and alway's had good luck with them. Bought the 440e for clearing brush on my farm. It would crank easy and cut well for about 15 minutes or so. Then it would bogg down and stall. Couldn't get it to crank for love nor money. Very frustrating. Took it back to the shop and they couldn't duplicate problem (because they didn't run it long enough I suspect) Anyway, I don't have time for this.
October 2, 2014
First Day of Use
I was very surprised how easy this saw was to use. Started promptly every time after several hours of work. I have learned with experience with my riding mower, blower, weed trimmer and chain saw that you must use non ethanol at least 89 preferably 93 octane if you don't want problems. I was using non ethanol 93 octane in the new saw on this first day.
August 19, 2014
not bad for the price
my dad has the same problem starting this saw as everyone else seems to have, but i don't have that problem at all. you cant just go ripping on the pull start like with older style saws, you have to tug it a little until you feel the cord catch, then yank on it with a second or two between each pull or it will flood. then its like any other saw, if you have the choke on it will fire once and then you turn off the choke and it will usually start by the tenth rip when the engine is cold, once its warm it fires up pretty easy. the other thing is, and your not supposed to do this anyway, but you CAN NOT drop start this saw. it will only start if you have it on the ground with your foot on the handle, like your supposed to do it. a lot of home owners drop start saws because its generally easier on the arms, or they don't know what their doing. but this saw does not work with that method. i don't know if its designed that way or if its totally unintended, but either way it will only start if its sitting on the ground. other then that, any cons with this saw can sort of be expected from a home owner model, if you want true performance you usually have to go up to logging models. other then the bar and chain oil pouring out of the reservoir after the saws been used, i don't have a lot of problems that cant be attributed to the ethinol treated gas (or poo-gas as i call it) thats being forced on us. but the first 440 i bought and exchanged for this one didnt leak oil. i didnt even want to exchange it, the home depot just seemed to rather do that then fix the 20 dollar part that broke in the pull start (probably from being incorrectly ripped on by a frustrated old man)
June 14, 2014
I read the instructions like it appears most with starting problems didn't! Starts easy. Mine doesn't leak oil. I have cut 3 cords of tamarack in 3 days and still sharp. I also have the 455 Rancher and I think it is close in how fast I can saw wood. The fuel efficiency seems better than the 455 too. Also like 3 pounds lighter. There might be a problem with the roller tip, it gets sawdust or pitch jammed in and I have had to take the bar out to free up the chain twice. I like the bar clamp and side chain tensioner that require no tools. I like being able to set the idle fast by moving the choke lever on then off.
May 28, 2014
Very hard to pull. I'm 6'3" and 350 so it isn't me. My boy is 6' 1" and 220 and it won't fire. Needs a decomp button. Just won't start. Tried with the trigger tied on and the choke on. Trigger off and choke off. Just the choke. No go. It's a refurb so it must have run at the factory but not now. Back it goes.
April 17, 2014
Will not crank
I had a Husqvarna chainsaw that lasted me 20 years. I bought this one last week. The thing wears you out trying to crank it. My other one had the decompression button and always cranked with ease. This one wears me out trying to crank it and the pull cord is very rough. I'm very disappointed in this chainsaw. It is going back to Lowe's.
February 23, 2014