Husqvarna 120 Mark II Review
Looking for a compact, easy-start chainsaw with a killer blade, from a reliable company? A chainsaw ideal for lightweight work, everyday tasks like trimming and pruning?
Whether taking down unwanted trees or breaking up firewood in style, the Husquvarna 120 Mark II is perfect for the job.
What Type of Engine Does It Have?
An X-Torq® engine powers this Husqvarna. These engines are designed to increase fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. They’re also designed to reduce exhaust emissions by up to 60 percent.
This 38.2 cc 2-stroke engine provides maximum cutting power by increasing torque over a wide rpm range.
Is It Easy to Start?
It’s easy to start the Husqvarna in comparison to similar chainsaws, especially larger gas-powered chainsaws. This is because of a primer mechanism that removes air from the carburetor and fuel lines. This makes sure the correct mixture of air and fuel is fed to the cylinder with every pull.
Is It Easy to Use?
The Husqvarna weighs 10.7 pounds — excluding the chain and bar. Fully assembled and gassed up, it weighs around 17 pounds. This is pretty light for a chainsaw — some high-end chainsaws weigh 22 pounds and up. Even shaving off just a few pounds can help you with taking this saw out for long sessions in the woods.
Now, if you’re wondering if this is both comfortable to use and easy to maneuver, then it is. This chainsaw — like the rest of the Mark II range — comes with modern clutches and flywheels. These provide a faster response through the throttle and reduce rotational inertia.
What’s the Vibration Like?
Constant vibration can weigh down on you after a while. It messes with your hand and wrist blood flow. This is both uncomfortable and unhealthy after an extended period.
The Mark II series has an improved version of the anti-vibration system. This reduces the impact of vibrations to the handles by using rubber dampers, washers and springs.
Vibration should no longer be an issue with the Husqvarna 120, leaving you able to go on working for hours.
What Should You Use It For?
It’s not built like a tank, so this chainsaw is perfect for casual use. You could use this saw as a pruning saw — this would be great if complementing a felling saw you own or plan on buying.
Even as your only saw, if you don’t try to tackle the mighty oak in the forest, you’re fine.
Note that this isn’t a professional-grade chainsaw. Instead, it’s fantastic when it comes to cutting branches around your home. In addition, you get instant feedback upon pressing the throttle, which is useful when combatting tough branches.
What’s the Gas Tank Like?
The Husqvarna 120 has a larger gas tank than the model it replaces — Husqvarna 240. The tank is fit for 9.34 fl. oz. of gas — 321 percent up from its predecessor, which had a 2.24 fl. oz. tank.
Due to it being a 2-stroke engine, it requires a pre-mix of oil and fuel. The manufacturer recommends you use a 50:1 ratio of gas to oil. Make sure you don’t use fuel for a 4-stroke (four-cycle) engine — this could do severe damage to your tool. Avoid using raw gas and gasohol, too. The ethanol in gasohol can break down rubber and plastic parts.
The gas tank of this chainsaw is easy to fill. There’s a convenient, twist-off fuel cap that’s hard to miss, on the right. It’s easy to open, but it’s very secure.
Be careful not to overfill your tank, and avoid letting your fuel mix sit in the tank unused for too long. You can clog up your carburetor this way. Use fresh fuel if your chainsaw has been sitting around for a few weeks, and dispose of the old fuel at an authorized repository site.
What’s the Difference Between This and the Model It Replaces?
The Husqvarna 120 replaces the Husqvarna 240. The model we’re featuring, the 120, boasts a bigger gas tank and improved cutting performance. The 240’s chain speed was 53.48 ft/s, and the 120’s was a few above that at 55.
The two saws are part of the same family, so the differences aren’t enormous. The 120 has little boosts here and there — the speed and fuel tank capacity come to mind — all making it the more up-to-date, better saw.
Is It Hard to Put Together?
If you know what you’re doing, it’s easy to put this chainsaw together. It can be done in under 10 minutes. The manufacturers even provide you with some of the tools you’ll need for the job. It’d be good to have a good quality screwdriver on hand, though, since none are included.
This particular project calls for a flathead screwdriver, so hopefully, you have one handy!
Is There a Warranty?
The Husqvarna 120 comes with a 2-year warranty as standard.
However, Husqvarna offers an excellent extended warranty, which you can extend to a total of 5 years.
To qualify for this extension, you just need to purchase at least 96 fluid oz of Husqvarna premixed fuel on the same sales receipt as the warranted product. Then, you must register your product online here.
You are able to benefit from multiple warranty extensions for different products, so long as you purchase the required amount of fuels for each item.
How Does It Perform?
The Husqvarna 120 has a maximum chain speed of 55 ft/s. This is a 2 percent increase over the older model it’s replacing, maintaining its quality while cutting for long periods.
You’ll find no difficulty in cutting through 10-inch logs of even the hardest woods. Just be careful not to attack multiple thick logs at once.
Be aware; this is a saw for homeowners, not for professionals. The poor, overworked air filter can’t withstand the heat. Don’t make it suffer!
How Safe Is It?
You can’t compromise on safety, and luckily with the Husqvarna 120, you won’t have to. It has low kickback safety features, including a safety break, making operating it less risky.
There’s a throttle lockout switch that prevents you from accidentally driving the chain. If it’s not pressed, then the throttle can’t move — so you can’t cut your arm off by mistake if you weren’t paying attention.
Now that you still have both arms, keep a grip on the chainsaw’s handles. They’re easy to hold onto, strong and crafted wonderfully. The ergonomics are perfect, so you’ll have a solid grip, no matter your height and arm length.
And to keep your legs as well as your arms, there’s a chain catcher to grab any stray chain, avoiding it from whipping dangerously at your limbs. This combines well with the metal bucking spikes.
There’s also next to no chance that’ll you’ll accidentally flood the engine with too many presses of the choke. With this saw, every time you set the choke into position, it automatically sets the engine to run.
If you don’t know why this is good, most basic chainsaws are equipped with separate start and stop switches and chokes. If the engine’s off and you press on the choke, you may flood the cylinder — fuel everywhere! The result is black smoke, engine damage, not to mention wasted time pulling, trying to get it started.
Be sure to read our article about many aspects of chainsaw safety equipment.
And don’t neglect to read the manual!
Does It Stay Cool?
There’s no need to worry about this saw overheating after long periods of use. The cooling performance is excellent — it uses airflow filters, efficient airflow paths and airflow filters in combination with more cooling fins on the cylinder.
A cooler engine is going to last you longer than one prone to heating up. It’ll perform better consistently, too, for longer back-to-back sawing sessions.
Is It Noisy?
Never fear; the days of pounding headaches after sawing are behind you. The X-Torq® engine runs smooth and easy, keeping the noise below 109 db(A).
*Engine: 2-Stroke 38.2 cc X-Torq®
*Chain Speed: 55 ft/s
*Weight: 10.7–17 lbs
*Fuel Tank Volume: 9.34 fluid ounces
*Fuel Ratio: 50:1 oil to gas
*Warranty: 2 years
*Lightweight and compact
*Easy to start in as few as three pulls
*Built-in safety features
*Reduced exhaust emission levels and lower fuel consumption
*Comfortable to use with low vibrations
Occasionally, you might find that the chain loses its sharpness too quickly. This is easily fixed by staying away from rough woods. Replacement chains are widely available, too, along with chain sharpeners.
When brand new, this chainsaw may need a couple of uses before it performs at its fullest potential. This isn’t a huge deal-breaker if you don’t mind allowing time to break the chainsaw in.
If you’re in the market for a reliable, lightweight every-day saw that works well, this is it. It cuts through logs like butter, is good for the environment and burns through fuel slowly. It’s a really good choice for the do-it-yourself type of person.
It’s no wonder this saw is highly rated. It delivers what it promises, and Husqvarna just keeps improving as it releases new saws. It’s really outdone itself with this one — a chainsaw that’ll last you for years to come.
Last update on 2020-06-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API