Good saw for the money
This was my first chainsaw. I've used it over the last six months to cut about five cords of firewood. Most of that was trees blown down during storms that had been down for at least a year. They were well seasoned. Occasionally I had sparks coming off of the chain, especially when I tried to cut well-seasoned Black Locust. Filing by hand seems to do well with keeping the chain sharp. The saw produces good power for its size. I'm sure a bigger saw would do better, but it's also more expensive. I gave it a "4" on durability only because I had an issue with the starter mechanism. Somehow it fused itself together and would not retract the rope. I had to take it apart, figure out the problem, re-install the very long spring, and re-wind the rope. It works fine again, although I did order a new starter assembly to keep on hand. It occasionally can be difficult to start, as in it may take many pulls over the span of three or four minutes before it starts. Usually, though, following the instructions makes it fire right up. I have to agree with the other reviews, in that sometimes it fails to idle correctly. I've sat it down for as long as two minutes before and it just keep humming right away. I've also let off the throttle for a mere five seconds and had the saw die. Hot starts are randomly difficult. Sometimes setting the high idle results in a one pull start. Sometimes it takes a while. Overall I'm still very happy with the saw. With these chains, I've never had it kick back, either.
November 21, 2013
Don't waste your time
I bought this saw for some emergency storm cleanup and chose it over less expensive saws because of the formerly reputable Husqvarna name. Because this was an emergency, I did not have time (nor electricity) to read reviews. If I had, I would have never purchased this saw.
Like a lot of reviewers here, I could not get the saw started by following the step-by-step instructions in the manual or quick start guide. Talking with other owners reveals the same issue and some cryptic, secret sequence for getting the saw started. Nothing worked and I was not willing to get too wild nor take the saw apart, lest I find myself unable to return it.
I've wasted two full days on this saw and I still have a giant spruce that needs to be cleared. Like other reviewers, I'm baffled as to why the 800 help number is not available on weekends...when most people would need it most.
I'll avoid Husqvarna products for a very long time.
November 17, 2013
easy starting, powerful, good handling, bought to clear trees from property and it handles great and cuts what i need it to.
October 15, 2013
I bought this saw at Lowes while out of town as I had to do some quick tree work at a rental house I had. I am very experienced with a chainsaw, albeit not a professional user by any stretch of the imagination. Out of the box, the saw was difficult to start and when finally starting it (the starting decals devised to help are worthless), I was able to make short work of what I had to do. As long as I didn't put the saw down or held it at idle for any length of time (more than 5-10 seconds) it was fine, otherwise it would stop, forcing an unnecessary and difficult restart. I had to leave the next day and have used the saw one other time since being at home. Same complaints. I have pulled it out to do some work today and it took 30 minutes of pulling to get it to start. I thought that it may have flooded, but after letting it sit, it didn't make much difference. Once started it wouldn't stay running even after warming up. The chain would stop while trying to cut a 12" log (after making certain the chain was sharp). The saw runs very irregularly and seems like it is not firing regularly. Of course there is no way to adjust the carburetor.
Overall, I am very dissatisfied with this saw. I'll need to take it in to have it looked at after only buying 6 weeks ago and having used it 3 times for a total saw time of about 45 minutes. I should have purchased a Stihl, but unfortunately Lowes was the only store open at the time I needed it. I've even owned a Poulan that has run better than this.
September 8, 2013
This is my first chainsaw that wasn't of the cheap and disposable type. Very pleased so far but have only used it twice so I guess time will tell.
September 3, 2013
Not the best choice...
First off, I have used many saws over the years; I know how to use them and do so often. Out of the box, I fueled, added bar & chain oil, followed the simple directions to the letter. Some difficulty getting it running; it eventually started and ran fine. My major complaint is the idling. Once you start it, don't set it down to move a log, or clear brush; it will quit and you'll be forced to restart it. In my opinion, this should not be an issue for a saw of this price. It should work flawlessly right out of the box!! I also have an issue with the chain oiler. It seems to use a lot of it!! It doesn't leak out per say, after you're done and wipe it down, but it uses a lot during simple operation! I looked for the screw to adjust this but it's either hidden or doesn't exist. Other than that its a great saw and gets the job done. I think if I could do anything over again; I might have spent the extra money on a Stihl.
July 1, 2013
I purchased the 440 roughly a month ago. Let me just say....this chainsaw is a beast! I have used it twice in light/moderate applications with wonderful results and zero problems. On the second use, the chain became bound in a rather large tree that I was working on. The chain break kicked in immediately! I was very impressed that the safety features of this machine worked as advertised and without fail. The 440 started up the first time perfectly and runs like a top. I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase, and I would recommend this machine to anyone with moderate to serious chainsaw work to do. I even bought a Husqvarna sticker for my truck (you guys should include one in the chainsaw box).
June 3, 2013
Good butt not a 562XP
I have a 562XP so I have the best of them all but the my 440 is good for what I got to for to cut the small stuff. And as a backup and if a get 562XP hung up.
May 30, 2013