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Husqvarna 440E Chainsaw Review

Review of Husqvarna 440E


Editor Rating: 4.2/5

Build Quality

Review Summary

Husqvarna chainsaws are known as some of the toughest, most reliable chainsaws on the market. They’re trusted by homeowners and professionals all over when they need a chainsaw they can trust to last through many jobs. Many Husqvarna saws are premium-priced products that are meant for discerning professionals. But the 440E II is a mid-range chainsaw with power and features that make it one of the best all-around chainsaws on the market.

This saw is packed with loads of power and even takes steps to solve one of the most common problems plaguing Husqvarna chainsaws — how hard they are to start. It’s a lightweight machine that punches well above its weight class, offering a perfect solution for most homeowners. There are certainly cheaper options available, but they likely won’t offer the same level of quality, reliability, and ease of use.

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Husqvarna 440E Chainsaw – A Quick Look

Husqvarna 440E II

  • 2.4 HP gas-powered 40.9cc motor
  • Weighs less than 10 pounds
  • X-cut chain and x-force bar
  • Automatic chain oiler
  • Expensive relative to competitors


Brand name: Husqvarna

Model: 440E II Gas Chainsaw

Weight: 9.8 pounds

Bar length: 16″

Max bar length: 18″

Minimum bar length: 13″

Motor size: 40.9cc

Idling speed: 2,900 RPM

Horsepower: 2.4

Homeowner warranty: 2 years

Commercial warranty: 90 days

Operating volume: 114 decibels

person using Husqvarna 440E II

Smart Start Technology

Previously, the most common complaint we heard regarding Husqvarna chainsaws is how difficult they are to start. But Husqvarna heard the complaints, listened, and attempted to fix it with their new Smart Start technology.

So, what is Smart Start Technology? It’s integrated starting technology that makes it much easier to start your chainsaw. In fact, chainsaws equipped with Smart Start technology are the easiest Husqvarna chainsaws to start ever.

On a chainsaw equipped with Smart Start, the cord only needs to be pulled about half as fast to start the machine. Compare this to the old Husqvarnas that required quite a few steps to get started. Perform any step incorrectly and your chainsaw won’t be starting. Instead, you’ll be getting an arm workout, yanking that cord over and over and the only reaction you’ll get is a few weak put-puts from the engine.

Older Husqvarnas needed to be completely warm if you wanted them to start easily. Once warm, you could restart them without much issue. But newer Husqvarnas equipped with Smart Start can start as easily when they’re cold.

Longer Work Time

The Husqvarna 440 II weighs less than 10 pounds, so it doesn’t wear you out like some of the heavier, bulkier chainsaws we’ve used in the past. It’s also equipped with certain features meant to help extend your work time.

Take the X-Torq engine, for instance. This feature reduces the unit’s fuel consumption, increasing its fuel efficiency and extending your overall work time. As an added bonus, the X-Torq engine is also better for the environment, releasing reduced emissions compared to non-X-Torq Husqvarnas.

Husqvarna 440E II top view

Warranties For Commercial and Home use

When you invest in a quality tool, spending more than you would on cheaper versions, you expect to get some sort of warranty to show that the company will stand behind their product. Husqvarna tools are known for their reliability, so it’s not surprising that their tools come with warranties to offer some peace of mind. But how good the warranty is depends on how you use the tool.

For homeowners, Husqvarna warranties the 440E II for two years. But for commercial use, the warranty is a much shorter 90 days. This is a statement about the tool’s intended use. This is a mid-range chainsaw that’s perfect for homeowners and weekend warriors. But professionals who need demanding performance from their chainsaw every day will likely want to look for something that’s built for professional abuse and includes a longer warranty for commercial use.

No Tool-Free Chain Adjustment

Tool-free chain adjustment has become a pretty standard feature on most good chainsaws today. Unfortunately, the US version of the Husqvarna 440E II doesn’t include this feature. You’ll need to carry the little tool around with you to perform adjustments as needed. However, the European model does offer chain adjustments without the need for tools.

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What’s the difference between the 435E and the 440E?

They seem very similar because they are. However, the 440E has 2.4 horsepower while the 435E has 2.2 horsepower. Also, the 440E has a slightly larger fuel tank, allowing you to get more done between fill-ups.

Does the 440E II offer tool-free chain adjustments?

The US version of the 440E II has all the same features of the E-series saw, except for chain-free tool tension adjustment. The European version does have tool-free chain tensioning.

What size bar will fit on this chainsaw?

This particular model comes with a 16-inch bar. However, you can fit a bar up to 18 inches on the 440E II. If you’re looking for a more compact solution, you can also go smaller with bars as short as 13 inches.

Does this chainsaw include a case?

No, this chainsaw doesn’t include a case. You can purchase one that fits it from Husqvarna though if you’d like. You’ll be looking for the Husqvarna 100000107 Powerbox Chainsaw Carrying Case.

What the Users Say

Now that you’ve heard our opinions, we thought it might be helpful to see what other users thought of this chainsaw. We searched all over the internet, reading reviews and checking forums to find other peoples’ opinions about the Husqvarna 440E II.

Many people were thrilled with the power and small size of this chainsaw, with one user saying that it cuts through live limbs “like a hot knife through butter.”

Other users were also happy with the overall longevity of this chainsaw. We saw many reviewers who had posted updates after several years of regular use and were still very happy with the saw’s performance.

However, there were also users who had the opposite experience with a saw that either arrived in non-functioning condition or that needed major repairs shortly after purchase. It should be noted though that these were not common experiences.

Another trait that many users seemed to appreciate about this saw was the Smart Start feature. It appears that, as long as you use the premixed fuel, this machine starts with just a single pull of the cord.

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For the homeowner who needs a reliable chainsaw that will last through years of occasional use, the Husqvarna 440E II is an excellent choice. It’s easy to start, weighs less than 10 pounds, and has plenty of power with a 2.4 horsepower gas engine, and a 2-year warranty. But professionals would be better served by a model that’s intended for professional use since this one only offers a 90-day warranty for commercial use.

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