10 Best Husqvarna Chainsaws + 6 Safety Equipments (2020)

Founded as far back as 1689 and named after the town where it was first established, Swedish power-tool company Husqvarna has grown into a reputable and recognized world brand.

Aside from manufacturing some of the best two-stage snowblowers and zero-turn lawnmowers available today, they’re experts at an eclectic catalog of other outdoor power products.

And of these, they’re perhaps best known for their chainsaws.

Husqvarna offer such an impressive range of these wood-shredding beasts that I decided to do a full review dedicated to their product line.

As usual, a buyer’s guide and FAQ section will follow.

So, without further ado, let’s see if we can find the best Husqvarna chainsaw once and for all.

As they say in Swedish – nu går vi! (Let’s go!)

The 10 Best Husqvarna Chainsaws 2020

Husqvarna 120 Mark II Gas Chainsaw

Let’s get started with the budget end of the Husqvarna chainsaw range, with the 16-inch gas-powered 120 Mark II model. It’s a compact machine for smaller jobs around your property, while still being able to pack a punch with 1.8 horsepower from its 38.2cc engine.

Designed to start easily with low kickback during operation, this lightweight chainsaw is highly maneuverable with excellent ergonomic comfort features.

Ideal for trimming trees, hobby work, or cutting firewood, it’s the perfect entry-level gas-powered chainsaw if you’re not looking to take down anything too large.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Affordable price.
  • Easy tension adjust system.
  • Reduced fuel consumption and gas emissions.
  • Two-cycle oil and bar cover included.

Cons

  • Not suitable for larger jobs.

Conclusion

Probably the best Husqvarna chainsaw for firewood and for the lighter jobs around the home – this is all you’ll ever need and it won’t break the bank.

Husqvarna 120i Cordless Battery Powered Chainsaw

Here we have Husqvarna’s version of a battery-powered, cordless chainsaw, which is a great alternative to gas and has plenty of advantages over oil and fuel machines. With a powerful 40 Volt battery that is compatible with other tools in the range, this low-noise, zero-emissions chainsaw can be part of your Husqvarna garden equipment collection.

Featuring an intuitive key-pad that allows the user to switch between maximum power and maximum run time – you have excellent control over how the chainsaw operates. And the 14-inch bar is ideal for tackling light to medium-weight jobs around your property, while the chain is easily adjusted without the need for additional tools.

Pros

  • Great price for what you get.
  • Battery and charger included.
  • Safety chain-break.
  • Brushless motor.
  • Power saving mode.

Cons

  • Not as powerful as gas.
  • A backup battery is advised for longer jobs.

Conclusion

A part of a family of tools in the Husqvarna back catalog that can share the same battery, this is an excellent chainsaw for residential use. The fact that it’s super-quiet, eco-friendly, and requires little maintenance also gets it a huge thumbs up.

Husqvarna 414EL Corded Electric Chainsaw

Following the battery-powered version, we have this 16-inch, corded electric chainsaw which also offers a good number of advantages over its gas counterparts.

A quiet but powerful operation ensures it’s ideal for indoor use for crafting and woodwork. With an air-injection filter system to reduce filter-replacement and anti-vibration dampeners for a smoother operation that will result in less stress on your arms and joints.

The ergonomic handle sits at 90-degrees to maximize comfort, while the instant-start gets you up and running much faster than a gas-powered machine. Check out our separate article on the best budget chainsaws that includes more quality electric options.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Powerful electric motor.
  • Comparable to some gas machines.

Cons

  • Extension cord required.
  • Expensive for a corded machine.

Conclusion

The best electric chainsaw on the market, this has the power to give a gas machine a run for its money. For an electric model, it’s not cheap, though – but you get what you pay for these days.

Husqvarna 440e II Gas Chainsaw

Our next Husqvarna is this 16-inch gas-powered machine with 2.4 horsepower from a 40.9 cc engine. It’s a lightweight tool at just 9.8 lbs and marketed at homeowners requiring a reliable, compact workhorse that’s efficient and easy-to-use.

The two-cycle engine has an inertia-activated chain brake for safety while operating, and it comes with fuel included.

The automatic chain oiler delivers a steady supply of bar and chain oil for effective use, and with smart-start technology, you’ll get trimming those trees in no time with this maneuverable and compact machine.

Pros

  • Quick-release air-filter.
  • X-torque lower fuel emissions.
  • Branded bar cover included.
  • Relatively lightweight.

Cons

  • Not a tool-less chain adjustment – which might be an issue for some.

Conclusion

A powerful chainsaw that’s not too large and is lighter than most other machines. Another tool that’s ideal for anyone looking for something towards the less daunting end of the chainsaw scale.

Husqvarna T435 Top Handle Saw

The T435 model in the Husqvarna chainsaw range is a tough and durable machine with a top-handle design. It features an anti-vibration system to reduce the stress levels in your arms and prevent early fatigue, while side chain tensioning makes it quick and easy to adjust the tightness of the chain without the use of extra tools.

Like most Husqvarna chainsaws, it delivers lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, making it one of the most eco-friendly gas-powered machines on the market.

A built-in rope attachment makes it easy to hoist up into trees, while the X-cut chain and bar are designed for superior durability and cutting performance. And at just 7.5 lbs, it is the lightest chainsaw in this review.

Pros

  • Chain break window.
  • Perfect for tree pruning and lopping.
  • Maneuverable.
  • Highly rated.

Cons

  • No bar scabbard included.

Conclusion

Perhaps you’ve been using the wrong chainsaw all these years and need to downsize, or you’re looking for something that’s just perfect for residential tree-work and maintenance. Either way – the T435 has you covered.

Husqvarna 445e II Gas Chainsaw

Also featuring the new X-cut and X-force chain bar is this powerful 18-inch gas chainsaw – the 445e II model. Marketed at the homeowner who desires professional-level performance, the 50.2 cc engine certainly gives you a lot under the hood.

Similar to previous products in the review, the 445e also features an automatic chain oiler, a chain brake for safe operation, quick-release air-filter, and all the usual trimmings you would expect with a power tool at this price point.

Pros

  • Versatile design.
  • Branded bar scabbard included.
  • Highly rated.
  • Excellent all-rounder.

Cons

  • None to speak of – let me know if you find any.

Conclusion

For a great mid-range chainsaw that can easily handle most jobs for homeowners, you could do much worse than the 445e. At this price point, it’s probably the best Husqvarna chainsaw for the money.

Husqvarna 450 Rancher II Gas Chainsaw

Coming up next we have the 450 Rancher II Husqvarna, which has a 20-inch bar for tackling the larger jobs around your property. It’s a weighty, beast of a machine, coming in at 11.3 lbs, with a centrifugal air-cleaning system that removes debris and particles before they have the chance to reach the filter.

With a snap-lock cylinder cover to save time when changing the spark plug or for general maintenance, easy-start technology, a 50.2cc engine that offers 3.2 horsepower and 9000 RPM, this is an efficient, durable and powerful chainsaw that will have most jobs done with minimum fuss.

Pros

  • Large guide bar.
  • Low vibration system.
  • Low fuel consumption.

Cons

  • Chain adjustment requires tools.

Conclusion

We’re moving into the serious end of the Husqvarna chainsaw range and this 20-inch behemoth is perfect if you need a larger machine with more power.

Husqvarna 455 Rancher Gas Chainsaw

Stepping up to the next level we have the 455 Rancher which significantly increases the engine size, the horsepower, and – unfortunately – the weight of the chainsaws in this range. But what you have here, is one of the most popular and famous chainsaws in the world.

Offering a monster 55.5cc engine with 3.49 horsepower and a 20-inch guide bar for the chain, this is marketed at more commercial and professional-sized jobs around your property.

With automatic chain oiler, a combined choke/stop control to reduce engine flooding, air-injection system, and reduced fuel consumption, this comes with all the features you’d come to expect from a Husqvarna with the power to match.

Probably the best all-round Husqvarna chainsaw available – and certainly the most popular.

Pros

  • Highly rated.
  • Pre-mix fuel and scabbard included.
  • Improved ergonomics.
  • Anti-vibration system.
  • Ideal for landowners.

Cons

  • Might be overkill for most residential uses.
  • Tool required to adjust the chain.
  • Heavier than previous models in the review.

Conclusion

This is one for the more heavy-duty jobs, with the unit’s weight being the trade-off for more torque, and 9000 RPM is able to tackle just about anything. For a combination of popularity, price, and power, the 455 Rancher is Husqvarna’s chainsaw poster-boy.

Husqvarna 460 Rancher Gas Chainsaw

One of the most powerful commercially available chainsaws on the market today, this 24-inch, 460 Rancher is a monster. With a 60.3cc engine that offers you a tree-busting 3.62 horsepower, this machine is ideal for any outdoor jobs where you need power and reliability.

The adjustable oil pump allows you to control the flow of oil depending on the weather conditions, while the low-vibration, low fuel consumption, and air-injection systems keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

With a maximum of 9000 RPM, this animal is ready to shred large storm-damage trees or anything else that gets in the way.

Pros

  • Superior power and performance.
  • Combined choke/stop control.
  • Flip-up caps for easy refuel and oiling.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • On the expensive side.

Conclusion

The largest, most heavy-duty Husqvarna chainsaw included in this review – it certainly doesn’t come cheap, but you won’t get much better than this unless you’re spending considerably more of your hard-earned cash.

6 Husqvarna Equipment, Apparel, and Extras

Husqvarna Forest & Garden Chain Saw Bar/Chain Oil

Chainsaws need oil. Boy, do they need A LOT of oil! If you’re already using or thinking of purchasing a Husqvarna machine, then pick up their Chainsaw Bar and Chain Oil at the same time.

Specially designed for use with every tool in the entire range, this is a premium blend of base stocks and tackifier additives, which reduces high-speed throw-off while protecting your hardware and improving its longevity.

Regularly applied, chain oil reduces heat and friction during chainsaw operation, so this is an essential addition to your new toy.

(Disclaimer – it’s not a toy – keep reading for something more suitable in that department).

Pros

  • Made specifically for Husqvarna machines.
  • Highly rated.
  • Generous quantity for the price.

Cons

  • Cheaper alternatives are available.

Conclusion

For the best possible oil for your Husqvarna chainsaw – go with the brand who makes the machine in the first place – they should know what they’re doing by now.

Husqvarna Classic Chain Saw Carrying Case

While many chainsaws come with a bar scabbard included, many others do not. Aside from that, having something that will protect the whole machine and not just the business end is a really good idea.

Enter the classic chainsaw case that will keep your baby safe from the elements, while keeping unauthorized fingers and hands safe from it.

With sturdy double-wall construction, this carrying case will fit a large variety of Husqvarna chainsaws, while protecting them from damage during transit or if you need to put it in storage for any length of time.

Check before purchasing to make sure your chosen model is compatible.

Pros

  • Distinctive brand livery.
  • Tough, durable construction.
  • Choice of quantity/bulk-buy offered.

Cons

  • Might be too bulky for some.

Conclusion

Got a chainsaw? Get a carry case. This highly-rated protective offering will cater to most Husqvarna ‘saws and ensure it’s kept in tip-top shape for years to come.

Husqvarna Functional Saw Protection Gloves

When operating one the most lethal power tools you can buy, at the very least you need some protective gear to keep you as safe as possible.

Let’s start with the hands, and while you might be able to get away with a pair of landscaping gloves (which would be better than nothing) you really should be using something more suited to chainsaw protection.

These ‘saw protection gloves are available in medium and large sizes, with cut-resistant material on the left hand, durable, goatskin palms, and comfortable spandex-backs.

Even if you don’t choose Husqvarna for your hand protection – make sure you’re still picking up a pair of quality, durable gloves for all your outdoor work or projects.

Pros

  • Tough and rugged construction.
  • Bright, high-vis colors.
  • Reflective Husqvarna logo.

Cons

  • Not available in small.
  • More heavy-duty gloves are out there.

Conclusion

The first in our choice of essential safety equipment for chainsaw use – you really can’t do this kind of work without a solid pair of gloves. These branded mitts from Husqvarna will do the trick.

Husqvarna Pro Forest Helmet System

If you’re working overhead, or for any serious logging and tree jobs, then having hard hat protection is essential. Sure, it might be a bit much if you’re just trimming a few light branches in the back yard, but for the heavy-duty stuff, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is a one-size-fits-most, high-visibility hard hat with a six-point adjustment system for a secure, comfortable fit.

Additionally, it comes with 25DB NRR hearing protectors (Noise Reduction Rating), a rain shield, and a rain neck protector, and it meets all the required safety standards that such personal protective equipment requires.

Pros

  • Protects head, face, and ears.
  • Well-made, durable construction.
  • Comfortable to wear.

Cons

  • Adjusting the head size isn’t easy.

Conclusion

The instructions might need improving, but this is a quality piece of protective gear that could very well end up saving your life (or at least your hearing) – providing you remember to wear it, that is.

Husqvarna Technical Apron Wrap Chap

Legs are important too. Keep yours protected with these technical apron chaps, designed to significantly reduce the risk or the severity of the injury, and buy you vital seconds of reaction time in case of an accident.

Made from PVC coated 1000 Denier, with Tek-wrap protective layers, the ingenious material has been designed to pull apart and clog the chainsaw sprocket system and stop the chain from rotating.

A lot of factors still depend on the garment’s success, but it’s 100% better than wearing a pair of shorts.

Featuring adjustable waist sizes, generous pockets for gear, and the high-vis look for extra safety, your legs will thank you for wearing them.

Pros

  • Meets all the required safety standards.
  • Machine washable.
  • Look like a pro.
  • Highly rated.

Cons

  • None

Conclusion

Clever safety apparel like these chainsaw chaps can be the difference between a nasty cut and an amputated leg.

Husqvarna Rubber Loggers Boots

We’ve covered your head, hands, ears, and legs – but let’s not forget about your toes. It’s very important that you don suitable footwear when you’re doing any outdoor work – especially if you’re using potentially dangerous power tools.

This pair of heavy-duty logger’s boots will ensure your feet stay protected, warm, and dry.

Made with natural rubber, they’re 100% waterproof, chainsaw cut-resistant to meet OSHA standards, with a built-in steel toe that conforms to ANSI and CSA standards to boot. And with cotton pile lining, ankle guard, and heel grip, you can be sure of a firm, safe, and comfortable footing throughout the job.

Pros

  • Oil resistant sole.
  • Rugged, durable construction.
  • Optional liners are available.
  • Deep tread.

Cons

  • They will run hot – wear appropriate wicking socks.
  • Not all sizes are available.

Conclusion

For unbeatable foot protection look no further than these striking orange rubber boots, designed to help keep your limbs where they are. Or, if you just want a flashy pair of galoshes for jumping in puddles.

Husqvarna Kids Plastic Toy Chainsaw

As this review is all about Husqvarna chainsaws, I decided to include a final entry. This awesome kids replica is designed so the younger members of the family can get in on the action as safely as possible.

One of the coolest toys on the market for emulating the adults, help power up your child’s imagination with this realistic chainsaw that looks just like the Husqvarna 440 gas-powered version.

With a rotating chain and chainsaw sounds, it’s part of a full range of child-safe garden tools so the little darlings can be just like mom and dad.

Pros

  • Just like the real thing.
  • Safe for ages three and above.
  • Great for garden play time.

Cons

  • It doesn’t actually cut trees down.
  • Potential to terrorize siblings/family pets/the postman.

Conclusion

Top quality “adulting” for the kids, this is a great range of fun toys to get their imaginations going. And you can use it to train them to do all the work when they’re old enough…

How to Choose the Best Husqvarna Chainsaw

Husqvarna chainsaw on tree trunk

The Husqvarna chainsaw range is so vast that it might have you tearing your hair out when trying to decide which one is suitable for your needs.

Below you’ll find some extra pointers to assist you in your quest. An FAQ section will follow in case there’s anything we’ve missed.

User Experience

Chainsaws are the most dangerous power tool you can own. With that in mind, anyone looking to purchase one should be honest with themselves about their ability to handle the machine.

If you’re new to chainsaws, it might be a good idea to choose a smaller, more lightweight model that has a less powerful engine than the big boys on the block.

With that in mind, if you’ve never used one at all it’s highly recommended you start with an electric model.

More proficient, experienced users will likely prefer something with more torque and weight – for the real heavy-duty jobs.

Don’t overstretch yourself or cut corners with these things – in the US around 36,000 people injure themselves annually with chainsaw-related accidents – many of which are lethal.

Don’t become a statistic because of pride.

Weight

Whatever your level of skill, the weight of the chainsaw should not be discounted and can be a big factor in a safe and successful operation.

Remember that your arms and hands will begin to tire with prolonged use of even the lightest machines.

As well as your skill and ability with the machine, also be aware of and confident in your level of fitness.

And always stop the job when you get too tired.

With these tools, fatigue can be deadly if you just plow on and it’s better to finish the work another day, as opposed to never being able to finish it at all.

Type of Job

When buying any new power tools, you should always ask yourself – “what do I need this for?”

If you just require something to trim the hedges, then you should be looking at one of these gas-powered hedge trimmers instead.

Also, we recommend reading this article on pruning vs trimming to further understand if you actually need to trim or prune those hedges.

Using a chainsaw for such a job is overkill – and not to mention very dangerous – but it can and does happen.

Likewise, having an electric or battery-powered 14-inch version isn’t going to help you tackle that enormous oak that blew down in last night’s storm.

And if you’re simply chopping firewood, then one of Husqvarna’s premium, professional-grade models might be taking things a little too far.

Always suit the tool to the job – and you’ll save yourself a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run.

Bar Size and Power

Husqvarna chainsaw cutting wood

The longer the chainsaw guide bar, the thicker the tree trunk or branch it will be able to cut through.

Likewise, the higher the engine displacement (cc), the more power you’ll have to cut through even the largest diameters.

As a rule of thumb, for most jobs around a residential home, a bar size anywhere between 8-18-inches will be perfectly adequate.

The engine will run anywhere between 30-50cc.

Professional-grade/commercial-grade chainsaws will be over 20 inches in length, with an engine displacement of anywhere between 60cc to over 100cc.

Choose the one that’s right for your needs.

Power Source

Your choices are gas or electric.

Husqvarna are known for some of the best gas-powered chainsaws available, but their corded and cordless electric models are also highly rated.

In a nutshell, electric machines are cheaper, lighter, and more eco-friendly – both with less noise and zero emissions.

They’re nowhere near as powerful as their gas counterparts, however.

Gas chainsaws are loud, smelly, require constant maintenance, fuel and oil costs.

But nothing comes close when it comes to torque.

Again, match the job to a suitable power source and you won’t go far wrong.

Other Features/Differences in Each Product

Apart from the power source and price, the main difference between each Husqvarna chainsaw will be the length of the guide bar and how strong the motor/engine is.

With that in mind, they almost all have the same features as standard.

You’ll find that most come with anti-vibration dampeners, anti-kickback and easy-start technology, ergonomic handles, and reduced fuel emissions (for gas).

They’re nearly all self-oiling machines, too – which is very important for safe and smooth operation while at work.

One clear difference might be that some models require tools to adjust the chain, while others do not.

Other than that, they will share many similarities and differences might be minuscule. If you’re having a hard time choosing, get your shortlist up side by side to compare and contrast.

Service and Maintenance

Chainsaws – particularly gas-powered models – require regular maintenance to ensure they’re running efficiently, smoothly, and safely, and working to the best of their ability.

Failure to do so will result in poor performance, significantly decreasing the life of the machine, and potentially risking injury.

With that in mind, it’s important to know how to take care of your Husqvarna chainsaw. Watch the informative video below for official tips and tricks from a company expert.

FAQs

Is Husqvarna a good brand?

Operating for over 300 years, Husqvarna is a household name for outdoor power tools and equipment, manufacturing some of the best machines in the world.

In fact, they are the oldest tool manufacturer on the planet, but they actually started out making rifles and didn’t make their now-famous chainsaws until 1979.

And with their distinctive orange livery, they certainly stand out in an often saturated market.

So, yes, is the answer to your question.

If you’d like some more information and a brand battle, check out this interesting article on a Cub Cadet vs John Deere vs Husqvarna lawn tractor stand-off.

Where is Husqvarna Made?

Although the company does have manufacturing facilities in the far-flung corners of the globe, including the USA, Brazil, Europe, and Asia, their main base of operations is still in Sweden.

Production plants can be found in several countries, with components and parts made across the world. However, the vast majority appears to be split between Scandinavian countries and the US.

What is the best Husqvarna chainsaw?

That depends on a number of factors – there is no one product that will be able to fit this question.

The best small Husqvarna chainsaw will certainly be different to the most powerful.

Concentrate on researching the best Husqvarna chainsaw for your particular needs – and you should find a satisfactory answer.

However, if you’re curious as to know what the best Husqvarna chainsaw ever made is, it’s widely regarded that their 455 Rancher model is a good bet for that accolade.

It’s their best-selling machine and an outstanding, versatile, workhorse of a chainsaw that caters for most user’s needs.

Which is better Stihl or Husqvarna?

A topic of much debate in the forestry and chainsaw world – but again, it depends on the user and the particular job.

Some folks swear by Stihl, while others are life-long Husqvarna fans.

One is from Germany, the other from Sweden.

Let’s just call it a draw – they’re both pretty awesome, anyway.

Who is Husqvarna Owned By?

The Husqvarna Group is largely owned by Swedish investment and holding company Investor AB – who own the controlling stake.

Who makes the best chainsaws?

Again, the answer is subjective and comes down to personal preference.

Husqvarna, Stihl, Black & Decker, Poulan Pro, Remington, Craftsman, DeWalt, Echo…and more…the market is awash with quality chainsaw brands.

From my personal research, Husqvarna are definitely in the top five, likely the top two, and possibly the top one.

I think that about answers that question.

Is Husqvarna made in China?

The Husqvarna group does own manufacturing plants in China, but the majority of parts and components are made in Sweden and the US.

Most Husqvarna chainsaws will either say “made in Sweden” or “made in the USA.”

Summary

A reputable company that has been operating since around the time of the Boston revolt and Glorious Revolution, Husqvarna has had a long time to develop into the leading power tool company it is today.

I hope this article and review have been informative and helpful, and above all has managed to guide you to choose the best Husqvarna chainsaw for your needs.

Personally, I would choose the battery-powered, cordless model as I have a smaller property to maintain and I try to avoid gas and oil machines where possible.

Let me know which chainsaw you would choose and why.

Until next time – adjö!

2020-05-03T10:15:25+00:00