All around great!
Just recently bought this saw. First year in arborist work. Was climbing with a much heavier saw,this saw is beautiful. Light, balanced well,enough power even with a 16" bar. Add that all up with the price of the saw and you have a really good package. The 14" is more to my liking, but great either way. Yes, there are stronger and more expensive saws out there. The value and performance is hard to beat. LOVE IT! Also, the two rings to tether the saw is a great feature for anyone in the trees!
September 4, 2012
I've been a big fan of the Husqvarna for years. I use to be an ECHO fan when that was 15 years ago and this T-435 is all Husqvarna power
June 12, 2014
Professional Arborist's Best Friend - JUST BUY IT..
Price, Durability, Weight, and Power.
Ok - I've held my peace long enough. I've heard enough from differing manufacturers opinions, as voiced from their marketing and sales departments. It's USING IT that matters, and I use this stuff alot. I have had my first 435 for 3 years working professional jobs. Give me a group of tree cutters and some equipment engineers and we'll get things done. Try me!! Here's the deal..
When you're 100ft off the ground, you cant be worrying about the performance of your saw. It has to start the first time - every time. As an arborist, I cut all types of trees - big, small, hardwood, softwood. Of all my saws on the job site, I use my 435 for 80% of my work, to include work on the ground. I also have little fear of free handing cuts while in the air and on harness and lines - as a top handle arborist saw, it is well balanced and truely a professional grade saw.
The 435 for the price is the best value on the market - even over Stihl's - THERE, I Said it. Not Kidding!! Guys-Ladies (Dont want to miss the lady climbers) - GET SOME SAWS AND RUN THEM SIDE-BY-SIDE. Better take them up the tree and try them. I've run the best of them, and I like the 435. The 435's light weight allows me freedom to climb and hook it to my harness with little to no interference issues - and it's light - emphasis.
Its Power isn't the best in class, but the ratio of cost-pwr-wt, I wouldn't trade. Again, this isn't about marketing, its about getting the job done. And - more power just sucks more fuel, and weighs you down on climbs. Think about it - its about profit margin, Right? Fuel costs money - Right? And - its about retaining your energy while in the tree, Right?
The 435 engine needs about 60 seconds to fully warm up to promote full power - the only drawback I noticed to date. The 14 in bar allows me to cut up to 18 inch material, off the ground, with no sweat. I use a small plastic wedge with wider cuts to prevent pinching the bar. Beyond that, I usually use my larger and much heavier saws for larger cuts.
Although it has a small chain tooth as compared to my bigger saws, it cuts faster than you would think, even through oak, locust, and fruit woods. Just keep the bar oil running and keep the unit clean, and you can get lots of cutting life for each chain. Btw - run aggressive chain types - it can take it.
As for durability - I had a 1800 lb 16 ft log section on a surgical controlled drop that accidentally severed the loading strap as the log approached ground level, then, of course it went where it wanted from there. Unfortunately my 435 was directly in its path and got pile drived by the full impact of the log. The ground was moderately soft but still hard enough that you couldn't dig your boot heel in more than an inch. After digging the saw out of 8 inches of now compressed earth - it had moderate damage to plastic parts, but started right back up. I was stunned!!
The cracked parts caused the throttle trigger to stick, and was a $15 part replacement. After that - I bought a second 435. Nuff said.
Now - My biggest problem on the site isn't getting stuff chopped up anymore. Its loading and hauling that now takes my time. That - I could use some recommendations.
Git 'er Done...
Proud owner of 4 Husqvarna saw machines.
May 13, 2014
I own and operate a small tree business.I am a climber and the low weight and high power is a fantastic combination great value.saw starts easy and runs all day long without a hiccup. I would recommend this to anybody in this market for a saw of the style.I also do some custom climbing for companies in my town they have stihl and echo saws and this runs circles around both of them.
February 12, 2014
Expensive weak garbage
Had to sell my stihl 192 then needed a saw so bought t435.( 85$ more than stihl) Off the bat found it to be under powered. idled was rough took a while to get mostly right never really went good. Up in the tree limbed a bit and it kept stalling then would start hard when hot u can't run this saw hard at all also felt very awkward and unbalanced in tree bottom line it is not for me sold it at a loss and bought a used 192 still using
February 1, 2014
I'm not a pro but I do cut a hec of a lot, mostly firewood but some climbing and trimming. This saw has all the power you need. Fires up every time. Love it.
January 21, 2014
works even when set-up is wrong
The Chain saw was sold to me set-up incorrectly by Merhar's Ace Hardware in Ely Minnesota. Even though it was put together wrong, it worked for 3 days pruning about 700 trees. The chain brake assembly failed in the process. Merhar's claimed it was not their fault so I had to call your warrantee department. A very nice lady named Monica helped me with the problem and I received a new chain brake assembly and the saw is working fine again. Its nice to know a company stands behind there product even when a seller doesn't. If you would like to see pictures of the problem please contact my E-mail. Thank You,
December 15, 2013
Good value ... with reservations
The saw works well ... most of the time, and within its appropriate applications.
My carburetor went to acting up very early on, and we tried all sorts of fixes. Finally, about a year ago, my distributor replaced the carburetor, and the saw has run well since.
The material quality of this saw does not seem to be up to that of the more expensive saws.
Be careful about jerking this saw around when/if it gets stuck in the wood! You can easily break off one of the aluminum suspension points for the power head.
September 25, 2013