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
I have run saws for 23 years and this is the biggest piece of junk I've ever had the displeasure of using. Purchased new at Lowes, did a little trimming with it and the chain came off....twice. realized the issue was that there was only 1 stud/nut holding the plate on where the clutch, bar and chain are. The nut vibrates loose and allows the chain to come off. Easy fix...put a lock nut on...Great I was back in business, for now. Cut about two cord of before it started giving troubles starting. I took it to the shop and they adjusted the high/low but said that it was way out and would need to be adjusted again soon, which it did...after I fell 1 tree. took it back and got it adjusted. Fell 7 more trees and limbed them out and then had to go back to have it adjusted again, and again they said it would need to be done again soon, which it did. This has been an ongoing process since. I just found out a buddy of mine bought the 440 from a guy for $100. The guy said it was only used to cut a couple of cord of wood and it just wasn't for him. My friend starting telling me the problems he was having and low and behold it's the same issues I am having. Oh, and before Husqvarna replies saying it's the gas, I promise I have mixed the gas according to the manual and have only used ethanol free fuel. I'm buying a 455 Rancher.
May 14, 2015
Worked well overall
I had some problems getting the saw to start initially, but once I got it started, it performed well and restarted without any problems. It's fairly simple to operate and did not lack power. Overall I'm happy with my purchase. I gave it 4 stars vs. 5 due to the trouble getting it started initially.
March 21, 2015
Great chainsaw little hard to crank. I have only used it once, but performed well.
February 17, 2015
Impressed so far!!
I have owned this saw for 12 hours. I have a 440 with 18 inch bar. I filled it with Trufuel 50:1 and Jonsered. Bar&chain oil. Started easily with 5-6 pulls, and it was 18 degrees outside today. I bucked up some branches, the saw still seemed hungry so I fell an 8-10 inch maple, saw wasn't even challenged. I will be headed to my hunting property this weekend to really test it and will review it again based on that. I will say there is clear difference between this saw and my Poulan 38cc 16inch bar. If all Husqvarna products are built lkie this I'm a life customer.
February 3, 2015
Converted Homelite Customer
I used Homelites all my life, when it came time for a new saw the Husqvarna just out preformed and was easier to use. The bar is easier to swap, low bar oil use and chain adjustments are easier. Simple and safe to use, it's just worth the money.
February 3, 2015
best saw I've owned
This saw is absolutely amazing easy to start great power no problem cutting huge red oak and white oak I recommend this saw to any one if your looking for a good durable saw with some pretty good power this is the saw for you easy access to the air filter easy cleaning best saw I have ever owned
February 2, 2015
Very poor product
I cut 2 cords of firewood each year. This is my second Husqvarna chain saw. It may also be my last. This model 440 is nearly impossible to start. The day I bought it (5 days ago) I was finally able to start the saw and help a neighbor clear storm debris. Today I needed to clear a fallen tree from my own yard and had to just give up trying to start the saw. I have followed the starting instructions precisely. It is fueled with clean new gas mixture. It needs a compression release valve. It is going back to Lowes tomorrow.
January 13, 2015