Great Saw. Only weak spot is the Chain.
Bought this saw as a Reconditioned Saw at Northern Tools. Brought it home and went to cutting. This thing is a beast. Starting is a bit tricky but figured it out quickly. I have worn out many chainsaws over the many years of tree work and LOVE Husky !!!. The ONLY weakness in this saw is the Chain. And I will add that I'm cutting EASTERN RED CEDAR and there a very hard tree to cut. But the Chain won't hold a sharp edge and stretches very easy when it gets hot. And the paint protection on the bar came off very fast, leaving it very hard to use. BUT, It being a RECONDITIONED Saw, There's no telling what Cheap Brand of Chain and Bar was used. Otherwise VERY HAPPY with this Chainsaw !!. Ohh. And my neighbor who is a Full-time tree guy, loves it also. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SAW !!. Just wish they offered a HEAVY DUTY RIP CHAIN...
June 27, 2015
A bit underpowered compared to my old Jonsered 2050. Also has annoying habit of keeps stalling until been cutting for about 1/2 hour. I was told that Husqvarna and Jonsered were basically the same. I disagree. I will stick with Jonsered from now on.
June 11, 2015
I bought the 440 18in because the 14in I own was to small for the job. I used the 440 three times before it broke meaning the chain and bar almost took my face off. Besides have a hard jerky pull the vibration on it is so bad that the nut holding the bar housing on fell off while I was using it. The bar along with the chain missed my head and face within an inch. I have only had this saw for a little over a year and of course the warranty is out and I cant take it back. I have not used this saw since I would like to keep all of my body parts. I noticed another commentator also mentioned the vibration issue with this saw. Husq needs to fix this before someone either loses body parts or dies. Husq should do the right thing and they should also take this saw back and offer me a safer saw.
June 10, 2015
Having read a bunch of reviews it seems a lot of people have this same issue. It would be logical to assume Husqvarna is aware and has come up with a fix. When it's running it's a great saw. Following all directions in starting it will run for 5 seconds and quit. The primer ball never fills with fuel, telling me it's starving for gas. Should be a simple fix to the fuel delivery system. Otherwise it would be a great saw with lots of power. What's up Husqvarna?
June 9, 2015
New saw and will not start/run
I have a husky mower and could not be happier but their two stroke engines seem to have some quality issues. I suppose once they start they run great but too many including mine just will not start no matter what I do. Bought at Lowes but Lowes will not accept for repair. It is more than 6 months old but has not been used until now and now it will not run. It started 2 times and ran for a short period of time kicking out white smoke. Then it ran for a short period of time but died once I started to use it and now it is an expensive paperweight. Anyone got any suggestions on what is wrong or am I destined to take it to a certified dealer?
May 29, 2015
I had this saw for about two years before it was destroyed in a fire. Until then it was excellent. Very low vibration and good power.
May 29, 2015
Done with this saw
Hard to start, hard to keep running, three broken pull start plastic brackets later I am done with this saw and this company. Saw is two years old and has very minimal use. Very unreliable saw. I bought this saw on name alone so shame on me. Wont make that mistake ever again. The shop that I take it to for repairs knows me by my first name now and dislike these saws as much as I do. I am a Stihl owner now.
May 26, 2015
Have owned several homeowner model saws in the past. They always served the purpose. But we purchased 80 acres mostly timbered last year and knew I would need a higher end saw.
I checked out all the reviews online with comparable models and kept coming up with the Husqvarna.
I even used a friend of mines Stihl saw and just wasnt satisfied. It was hard to start when it got hot and just didnt seem to "rev" up where I wanted it when needed. That made up my mind...
I went out and bought the Husqvarna 440 18" bar...
Took it the very next weekend to our property and can not express how pleased I am with my decision.
It was a little touchy to get it started the first time. I will say make sure you prime it plenty to get fuel through the system.
After that, it has started by the 2nd pull when cold or after use when its hot.
The power is perfect. Makes short work of even larger size trees.
It idles great with out even offering to stall out.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an above average homeowner/ heavy utility saw.
The 18" bar is a necessity. Always use premium chains, oil and gas and you should never have an issue with this saw.
Have had my saw since beginning of April giving it a true workout clearing, cutting standing timber and tons of firewood and it remains as good as the day I bought it.
I can only hope and have no reason to believe otherwise that it willl serve me for many years to come.
May 19, 2015