Husqvarna 435E II Chainsaw Review

When looking at the best chainsaws on the market, there isn’t a brand that appears as regularly as Husqvarna. Husqvarna products have a reputation for being easy to use at all levels whilst consistently scoring high in both durability and effectiveness.

The Husqvarna 435E II, one of their flagship products, is just one example of how they have gained such a great reputation.

The 435E II is an extremely popular chainsaw, amongst all users and skill levels. Whether you have been using a chainsaw since you were old enough to work, or you are in the market for your first chainsaw, the 435e II does an excellent job at catering for everyone.

In this review, I am going to show you why this chainsaw is the best on the market, and we are going to review all of the amazing features Husqvarna has packed into this magnificent tool. We are also going to discuss some of the small shortcomings it has.

If you do not want to read the entire review, here is the quick rundown on the tool’s best and worst features.

Husqvarna 16 inch 435e II

Pros

  • Lightweight and efficient all-rounder
  • High-quality 40.9cc gas engine provides great power
  • 16-inch chainsaw chain cuts with ease
  • Inertia activated chain brake for safety
  • Automatic chain oiler
  • Husqvarna brand quality
  • Advanced air filtration system
  • Low maintenance

Cons

  • Can be hard to get started in the cold
  • Struggles on thick hardwood trees
  • Expensive

Specifications

Brand: Husqvarna

Model: 435

Engine power: 40.9 cc

Power output: 2.2 hp

Weight: 9.2 lbs.

Max. length: 16 in.

Max. power speed: 9000 rpm

Fuel capacity: 5.9 fl.oz.

Sound level: 102 dB

Features of the Husqvarna 435E Chain Saw

Here are some of the features that make this one of the best chainsaws on the market.

Ergonomics

One of the main selling points of this chain saw is the innovation and thought that has gone into making it comfortable for the user to use. Husqvarna has been making chainsaws for years, and they know that a heavy, unwieldy chainsaw is a nuisance.

In the 435e II, they have balanced the weight perfectly, and on top of that, this chainsaw is stuffed full of anti-vibration technology. The mix of these two factors makes the 435e II one of the easiest and comfortable to wield chainsaws we have ever reviewed.

Fatigue is much less of an issue because of this and as a result, you can use this chainsaw for hours on end without feeling tired. The lowering of fatigue is not just beneficial for your body either, and it is also a great safety feature.

Most chainsaw accidents happen due to human error as a result of fatigue; Husqvarna are making great strides to combat this.

Innovative Air Filtration System

Another innovation you will find in this chainsaw is Husqvarna’s new centrifugal air filter system. This works by catching both large and small pieces of debris before they can clog up the air filter. By doing this, they have drastically reduced the amount of time you will spend replacing the air filter over the tool life.

It also prolongs the life of your air filters and, ultimately, the life of your chainsaw. This means you can spend more time working and less time with your tool in pieces on the yard floor.

Guide Bar

The guide bar on the 435e II is perhaps the reason why most people love using this tool. The bar is constructed of high-quality, heavy-duty materials. This is not a bar that is going to bend and break during strenuous work or cuts.

The durability of the bar gives this chainsaw a great foundation for a high spin speed. The chain is made so that it can handle anything up to 10,000 rpm which is exceedingly fast.

The guide bar can actually be detached, too, although we see no reason as to why you would want to swap the bar out for anything else. It is nice to see the option, nonetheless.

Safety

If you have read any of our other articles, you will know that we value safety very highly here. Chainsaws are one of the most dangerous tools that are readily available to anyone.

One of the main safety concerns when using a chainsaw is kickback. Kickback happens when the chain slips, and due to the high speed of the motor, it causes the chainsaw to jump a little bit unpredictably.

Husqvarna obviously knows about the dangers of kickback and you can see they are trying their absolute hardest to protect its users. The 435e II has an inertia activated chain brake, and this is an automatic feature that puts the brakes on the chainsaw when it is lifted from the cut.

When a kickback happens, this means the blade will be slowing down instantly, instead of waiting for you to release the trigger.

The handguard on this unit is also well designed, providing full protection to all parts of the hand; the durable plastic will not shatter easily.

Air Purge

When air accumulates in the fuel system, gas-powered chainsaws can become notoriously difficult to start. Husqvarna has implemented a simple solution.

Simply flick a button on the back of the unit and the air will be removed from the carburetor instantly.

Efficiency

Implementing their new x-cut chains and x-force bars, the efficiency of this chainsaw is extraordinary. On top of these improvements to the cutting edges, Husqvarna has also lowered the idling speed to an efficient 2900 rpm. This chainsaw emits non-toxic fumes, and this is crucial if you are using it in confined spaces.

The Not So Good Bits

We endeavor to provide you with accurate, unbiased reviews, which means being up-front with the things that aren’t so great. Every tool has them and here they are.

Hard to Get Started When Cold

The biggest problem that users are facing after purchasing the 435e II is that it can be tricky to get started, especially in the cold. Nobody enjoys buying a chainsaw and having to spend 30 minutes to get it running.

There are a huge number of users who dispute that claim, however. They point out that if you follow the user manual and use high-performance fuel and oil like it is suggested in the user manual, you will have no problem getting the motor running.

It is key to point out here that even users who report having a hard time getting the 435e II started, all agree that once it is running, it is pretty much faultless.

Struggles With Thick Hardwood

There are reports that this chainsaw may struggle when tackling particularly thick hardwood trees such as oak. As a lightweight and easy to use chainsaw, you may have to consider buying a larger, more powerful model if the task you need it for includes trees like this.

Expensive

Husqvarna has not gained its reputation for quality and innovation selling cheap tools. Their entire range is on the pricey side, and the 435ee II is no different. Targeting the semi-commercial to full commercial user, this is not a cheap DIY chainsaw.

We can definitely confirm, though, that you get what you pay for here. This is a chainsaw that has all the bells and whistles. Yes, there are cheaper chainsaws from different brands, but Husqvarna is one of the best, and if you want a tool that leads the industry in performance, durability and usability, you are going to have to spend a little bit more.

If you are really struggling to justify the money, we suggest you still stick with the Husqvarna brand. Their Husqvarna 240 is another brilliant offering, one that combines the Husqvarna brand build quality and durability, but in a slightly less powerful and affordable offering.

FAQ

Q: Does this tool come with a good warranty?

A: Husqvarna has a great warranty system; this tool includes its standard two-year warranty. They also offer an extension at the time of purchase, which is 100% worth it for the price. Husqvarna takes their warranties seriously, and there is a lot of praise on the internet for how good their customer service and returns department is.

To extend your warranty by one more year for a total of 3 years

purchase a minimum of 6 bottles Husqvarna brand 2 cycle oil at the same time as purchasing the saw, then register your product online.

To extend your warranty by three more years for a total of 5 years

Purchase at least 96 fl. oz. of Husqvarna brand pre-mixed fuel at the same time as purchasing the saw, then register your product online.

Q: Does this chainsaw come with an adjustable oil pump?

A: This model comes with a 13ml per minute pump that is not adjustable.

Q: Does this chainsaw come with a case?

A: The 435e II does not come with a case, if you are looking for a great hard chainsaw case to store your chainsaw, we recommend you use Husqvarna’s highly praised hard case.

Conclusion

We have always thought highly of the Husqvarna brand, they have been at the forefront of innovation in the chainsaw industry for a number of years now. By using innovation and using the highest quality materials in their tools, it is easy to see why they have such a great name.

With a strong focus on safety features and ergonomics mixed with an unrivaled knowledge of the industry, Husqvarna is determined to prove, time and time again, they are the best in the business.

Although this tool is on the slightly expensive side, you know that the extra money you are spending is because of the quality you are receiving. Whilst the up-front cost is higher than a cheaper model, you are almost guaranteed to save money over the tool’s life.

Lower maintenance costs a great warranty, and the use of the highest-grade materials mean that this chainsaw will last as long as you take care of it.

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