The Husqvarna 440 Chainsaw Review: A Cut Above The Rest

Who still cuts down a tree with an ax or bow saw? It’s too difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming.

A good chainsaw is more efficient and easy to use.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly chainsaw to cut down your first tree, consider the Husqvarna 440 chainsaw. It is an easy-to-use all-round saw that can cut through any branch in just a matter of seconds.

This chainsaw features an X-Torq engine for reduced emission levels and lower fuel consumption. It also comes with a fuel pump, Smart Start, and an Auto return stop switch for easy handling and controlling. There’s also a side-mounted chain tensioner to easily tighten the chain.

Some of the important specifications of this chainsaw include:

  • Power Output: 2.4 HP
  • Cylinder Displacement: 40.9cc
  • Chain Gauge: 50 inches
  • Chain Pitch: 0.325 inches
  • Weight: 9.25 pounds

Husqvarna 440 Chainsaw Features

1. Impressive Engine Power

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With a 40.9cc engine and X-Torq technology, this chainsaw is powerful and lightweight. The x-Torq feature improves the torque of the equipment while reducing exhaust emissions and lowering the fuel consumption.

And with a 13- to 18-inch bar length, this Husqvarna chainsaw is perfect for general cutting tasks both at home and in the field.

2. Ergonomic Handle

Cutting wood with a chainsaw for long periods can lead to backaches. This is because you spend most of the time bending over, holding a heavy chainsaw.

But this is not the case with the Husqvarna 440 chainsaw. It is not only lightweight, but also comes with an ergonomic handle that makes the work easier and more efficient. The handle design will also ensure that you have full control of the machine, eliminating risks of injury.

3. Improved Air Cleaning System

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The 440 comes with a centrifugal air cleaning system that prevents dust and debris from destroying the air filters. This convenient feature reduces that need of cleaning the air filters regularly as with traditional chainsaws. The end result is a smooth-running equipment that works for longer periods and improves the engine life of the machine.

In addition, with the quick release design, the air filter can easily be removed and replaced.

4. Easy and Comfortable Operations

If you have used an 18-inch or 16-inch blade chainsaw before, then you understand how difficult it is to start one.

Most of them come with a pull start which may require a lot of energy to start. This is especially true if you haven’t used the chainsaw for several months or you don’t have the right oil and gas mixture. You can easily wear yourself out and waste a lot of time trying to start a typical chainsaw, but not with the Husqvarna 440.

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Thanks to its Smart Start feature, users can easily start the chainsaw without using a lot of energy. Combine this with its lightweight design, and you get yourself an extremely efficient, easy-to-use chainsaw.

The 440 also sports the Husqvarna's unique LowVib technology which absorbs vibrations, protecting your hands and arms from shock injuries. This also means that you can work for long hours with minimal strain and fatigue.

What’s more, the “stop” and “choke” controls are combined to make operations easier, while the felling marks on the control panel help you to achieve maximum cutting precision.

5. Easy to Maintain

The Husqvarna 440 chainsaw comes with a three-piece crankshaft that offers maximum durability even after plenty of use. There’s also a visible fuel level gauge that ensures you keep your chainsaw running at its best.

Husqvarna 440 Chainsaw Pricing and How It Compares

From Husqvarna official website, the Husqvarna 440 18-inch model retails at $299.95. Other online retailers sell the unit at similar prices.


Husqvarna 440E 16-Inch 40.9cc 2-Stroke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw
  • Tool-less chain tensioning
  • 16-Inch Bar
  • Quick release air filter to facilitate cleaning and replacement of air filter

The Husqvarna 440E is a newer model of the 440 – it was made to supplant the 440’s market demand. This means that replacement parts of the older model may eventually become more difficult and expensive to get.

Nonetheless, the 440E model has a very negligible design change. And while the 440 requires a T-wrench to fine-tune the chain tension, the 440E is a tool-less system.

Features

Apart from the chain tension adjusting system, both saw models have basic Husqvarna features. Everything on the 440 is on the 440E.

Both are easy to start, easy to use, maneuverable, precise, and have enough power to cut down a mid-size tree with no hassle whatsoever.

  • Husqvarna 440 build quality rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 440E build quality rating: 4.5 out of 5

Performance

When it comes to power output, these two chainsaws are almost similar. They both have a 40.9cc engine and crank out 2.41 HP.

The 440 is, however, lighter than the 440E by 0.45 pounds. This is a negligible difference that many users won’t notice. From a practical point of view, there is no difference between the two.

  • Husqvarna 440 Performance rating: 4.7 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 440E Performance rating: 4.7 out of 5

Pricing

The Husqvarna’s 440E  retails at $299.95. . This is also the price tag on the 440 model from the site. Therefore, if you compare the features, additions, and price, it will be advisable to go for the newer model.


Warranty

Consumers who buy Husqvarna 2-stroke chainsaws for household purposes (non-income purposes) are not only entitled to a standard 2-year warranty, but they also have the option to extend it to a 3-year or 4-year limited warranty if they purchase at least three 32-ounce fuel cans of Husqvarna’s pre-mix fuel. The chainsaw needs to be registered online for it to qualify for the extended warranty.

  • Husqvarna 440 warranty rating: 5 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 440E warranty rating: 5 out of 5

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Both models are simple, versatile, and easy-to-use. They can be used in a range of maintenance activities including firewood cutting and pruning. However, the 440 is a small step ahead of its competitor. From the design and power specifications, it is a little bit more convenient to use.

Features

The 440 and 435 models were made for users who want something more than just a budding saw. They have a higher engine displacement, which helps to cut wood faster and more precisely.

The bar length is another distinct feature between the two. The 440 sports a bar length of 13 to 18 inches while the 435’s bar is 16 inches in length. While this may not seem like a huge difference, the 440 can be able to take down a tree and not just a branch.

  • Husqvarna 440 build quality rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 435 build quality rating: 4.3 out of 5

Performance

Both chainsaws are powered by 2-step gas-powered engines that run at a top speed of 9000rpm. The only difference between the two comes in their power output. The 440 is slightly more powerful giving it an edge in terms of performance.

In addition, there have been numerous complains that the 435 is slow and difficult to start. The 440, on the other hand, comes with the Smart Start technology which starts the engine with very little effort.

  • Husqvarna 440 performance rating: 4.7 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 435 performance rating: 4.5 out of 5

Pricing

The Husqvarna 435 chainsaw retails at $295. This makes it slightly cheaper than the 440.

Warranty

Consumers who buy Husqvarna 2-stroke chainsaws for household purposes are not only entitled to a standard 2-year warranty, but they also have the option to extend it to a 3-year or 4-year limited warranty if they purchase at least three 32-ounce fuel cans of Husqvarna’s pre-mix fuel. The chainsaw needs to be registered online for it to qualify for the extended warranty.

  • Husqvarna 440 warranty rating: 5 out of 5
  • Husqvarna 435 warranty rating: 5 out of 5

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The Husqvarna 440 and Stihl 211 are both powerful, handheld chainsaws, made for basic household use.

Features

The 440 has a more ergonomically designed than its Stihl counterpart – it comes with a lopsided handle with a soft inlay, making it easier to use for longer periods. When it comes to weight, the difference is negligible – the Stihl chainsaw is only .1 pounds heavier.

In addition, Stihl recommends a bar length of between 12 to 18 inches for the 211, while Husqvarna recommends 13 to 18 inches range for the 440 model.

Both of the chainsaws come with a sided chain tensioner which allows you to adjust the chain’s tension with a T-wrench.

  • Husqvarna 440 built quality rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Stihl MS 211 built quality rating: 4.6 out of 5

Performance

Even though the Husqvarna is lighter, it is packed with more power. The Stihl 211 comes with a 35.2cc engine which chunks out 2.3 HP. However, it is more fuel efficient than the 440.

And in place of the 440’s Smart Start, the Stihl 211 has the Elasto-Start feature which gives you a powerful grip to easily start the chainsaw. This feature comes with a built-in shock absorber for enhanced safety.

The Stihl 211 is also equipped with a patented QuickStop brake that stops the chain’s rotation in case of a kickback. And in place of an air filter system, the 211 has a pre-separation filter that reduces the need for regular maintenance and extends the filter life.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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