Husqvarna 435E II 16-Inch Gas Chainsaw Review

Husqvarna 435E II is 16-inch gas chainsaw with 2-cycle 40.9 cc engine. Does it deserve to bear Husqvarna name on it?


Husqvarna 435E II cuts very well for its size, weight and price. It’s powerful and dependable, cuts 15 inch diameter trees easily. Handles denser woods quite well that other models might struggle with. It usually starts on second or third pull but can run a bit rough for first few minutes.

Husqvarna 435E II uses X-Cut chain which cuts and digs well. X-Cut chain is pre-stretched at the factory, steel is just right amount of hard and so is chrome layer thickness. With optimal heat treatment and cooling durable molecular structure is created. It also features small arrow-shaped channels that provide great lubrication to chain.


Build quality of Husqvarna 435E II isn’t as great as you might expect. It’s not terrible but some parts do feel cheap or fragile, for example choke/kill switch feels like it can break any time.

Consumer reports also indicate that all sort of issues aren’t uncommon with this unit. Although most feedback is positive there are still relatively many complaints about all kind of issues like safety break seizing, pull cord ripping out of chainsaw, not running properly (in many cases after less than 1 hour of use) and more.

Seems like defective units with this model are more common than with other models. But it’s not a ba if you don’t get unlucky, don’t abuse it

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Husqvarna 435E II has automatic chain oiler, side-mounted chain tensioning system, quick-release air filter, air injection (improves efficiency and engine life, also you don’t have to clean filters as often), two mass principle (minimizes vibrations), inertia chain brake, visible fuel level, forged three-piece crankshaft and more!


Build quality does lack a bit and defective units are more common than usual but Husqvarna 435E II does cut well for its price, weight and size. Obviously it’s not made for commercial use but in most cases performance will be sufficient for landowners.

Husqvarna 435E II 16-Inch Gas Chainsaw Details/Specs:

  • Standard bar length: 13″ (33 cm)
  • Recommended bar lengths: 13 to 18 inches (33 to 45 cm)
  • Pitch: 0.325″ (8.25 mm)
  • Thickness of drive links: 0.05″ (1.3 mm)
  • Drive sprocket type/teeth: Spur/7
  • Engine:
    • Cylinder displacement: 40.9 см³
    • Cylinder bore: 1.61” (41 mm)
    • Stroke: 1.22″ (31 mm)
    • Peak power: 2.2 hp/1.6 kW @ 9,000 RPM
    • Peak torque: 2 Nm
    • Idle: 2,900 RPM
    • Max. RPM: 9,000 RPM
    • Spark plug: NGK BPMR 7A/ Champion RCJ 7Y
    • Electrode gap: 0.02” (0.5 mm)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 12.5 oz (0.37 liters)
  • Oil tank capacity: ~8.4 oz (0.25 litres)
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs / 4.4 kg (without bar, chain & with empty tanks)

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