Husqvarna 435 Gas Chainsaw Review

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In Brief: Husqvarna 435 Chainsaw Review

The Husqvarna 435 is a 16-inch gas chainsaw that cuts through thick and thin branches and logs. Used both commercially and by homeowners, the 435 40.9-cc chainsaw can handle most small-scale cutting job at hand. Brandishing the Husqvarna name, you know this is a product you can trust.

Husqvarna is a trusted brand and world-class leader of outdoor power tools. For more than 300 years, they’ve distributed millions of products to satisfied customers across the globe.

Today, we’re at such a product, the 435 16-inch 40.9-cc gas chainsaw, that has been used by pros and homeowners alike to fell trees in the Americas and all across Europe.

Our review of the 435 will tell you everything about owning and using this chainsaw.

Key Specifications of Husqvarna 435

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The 435 by Husqvarna is a gas-powered chainsaw that allows free movement without pesky power cords. With a canister of fuel mix on hand, you can chop trees down all day long.

This chainsaw is packing a 2.2-HP engine that delivers a maximum cutting speed of 9,000 RPM. By moving the chain link at a rate of 75.78 feet per second, it will do quick work out of felling trees in fewer cuts.

Equipped with a self-lubricating mechanism, users need to fill the oil tank after every 15 minutes of usage to continue smooth operations.

As for maximum working time per tankful of fuel mix, operators will get anywhere between 15 and 20 of runtime based on customer estimates.

This video by Seif.Parts demonstrates cutting through a thick log with the 435:

 

The table down below summarizes the key specifications of the 435:

ParametersDetails
Powered Source
Gas
Power (cc)
40.9
Runtime (minutes)
N/A
Bar Length (inches)
13 to 18"
RPM
2,900 to 9,000
Weight (lbs.)
9.25
Noise (dB)
102
Warranty (months)
24
User ManualCheck Manual
Horsepower
2.2
Oil Pump Capacity (pints)
0.52
Chain Speed (feet/second)
75.78

Unique Features

Every Husqvarna chainsaw is packing exclusive features. Let’s see what the 435 has.

X-Torq Engine

The 435 uses the patented X-Torq engine to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while maintaining a stable degree of speed and cutting performance.

The 2.2-HP motor produces enough speed and torque to saw through logs of up to 17 inches thick without fuss.

Felling Mark

On the rear end of the tool right above the recoil cord is a thin groove known as a felling mark. Operators use this line as a rough guide to determine where to cut in tree trunks safely.

Keep in mind that this line is a guide, not an assurance that you’ll fell trees perfectly every time.

SmartStart Ignition

Getting a chainsaw’s engine to start, especially a cold one, can take some effort.

However, thanks to SmartStart technology—a system that combines choke and stop controls with air purging, a priming button, and a compression release button—to kick-start your 435 in fewer pulls of the recoil cord.

 

Performance, Design, and Safety

Here’s a quick rundown of how the 435’s performance, design, and safety features.

Performance

The 435 outclasses several of its 16-inch, gas-guzzling competition. By moving the chain link up to nearly 76 feet per second, it saws easily through green wood or seasoned logs for kindling or woodworking stock.

A shorter bar (13 to 15 inches) offers greater accuracy for trimming, whereas a long 16- inch bar is excellent for felling thick trees.

Design

The 435’s design is straightforward. If you’ve read our review of the 460 or 240, you should have a pretty good idea of how the 435 was designed.

For its motor size and cut capacity, it’s a lightweight tool that is easy to aim and carry. The ergonomic handles make handling the tool strain-free on the wrist and arms.

Safety

The 435 is packed with safety features to keep the operator out of harm’s way. It comes with an inertia hand brake that stops the chain in emergencies. A chain catcher traps a snapped or loosened chain in the middle of usage.

A throttle lockout keeps the throttle control in place while grasping the handle. Finally, this tool is compatible with a spike bumper to limit how deep you’re cutting into thick logs (spike bumper sold separately).

 

Ease of Maintenance, Repairs & Warranty

Here, we’ll quickly go over how easy it is to maintain the 435 and what sort of warranty coverage Husqvarna offers.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs

Gas chainsaws are notorious for requiring frequent and time-consuming maintenance checkups. The most common maintenance issue is slack in the chain.

With the 435,

Warranty

Husqvarna provides a two-year limited warranty covering the cost of repairs and replacing faulty parts as a result of manufacturing slip-ups.

The warranty drops to only 90 days if the buyer uses the 435 for commercial purposes.

If you have questions, you can contact a customer service rep by calling 1-800-487-5951 or by visiting the website at https://www.husqvarna.com/us.

Price of Husqvarna 435

You’ll need a sizable budget to take the 435 home with you. It’s not the most expensive 16-inch gas chainsaw model, but it costs significantly more than comparable models.

Still, like most Husqvarna chainsaws, the 435 is one of the best in its size class. You can easily find a cheaper model, but you might not get the same cutting power and easy mobility as you would with this chainsaw.

 

Who Should Buy Husqvarna 435?

As you can see from the description of the 435’s warranty, Husqvarna created this gas chainsaw for both homeowners (DIY-ers and infrequent users) and professional lumberjacks in mind.

Being able to saw through thick and thin trunks is a tremendous plus for those with dead trees sprawled within their property line.

However, if you are a pro logger, you might want to consider picking up a gas chainsaw with a larger motor, especially if you plan on felling trees of 17 inches and thicker.

If this is the case, we recommend taking a look at the Husqvarna 460 with a cutting depth of more than 20 inches and an even larger motor.

Why We Like It

The 435 is neither the best nor the worst 16-inch chainsaw out there. However, for its price, we expected a lot more in terms of the cut quality.

You can increase your range by swapping the stock bar with an 18-inch one, but the tradeoff is louder noise output and strain on the motor.

 

About Sharon Martin

Sharon is a woman of many talents. She loves to work on power tools and provides handyman services. Sharon has expertise with both woodwork and metalwork, so she's always prepared for any job! When not working, Sharon can be found listening to country music or spending time with her cats.

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