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Weighing just 10.3 pounds, the Husqvarna 235 is a lightweight chainsaw that has been designed for medium-duty jobs such as lighter cutting tasks, pruning, and hobby work. However, while it is best suited for firewood and smaller brush and branches, it also has the power to tackle a bigger project if needed.
Like all Husqvarna chainsaws, the 235 is powered by an X-Torq Engine. Therefore, the same reduced emissions – up to 60% – and increased fuel efficiency – up to 20% – applies.
One look at the engine specs – a 2-cycle, 34.4 cc, 1.8-horsepower engine with a maximum power speed of 9,000 rpm – and it’s clear that the 235 is best suited to medium-duty jobs, particularly when you take into account the fact that the fuel tank has a rather modest capacity of just 2.24 ounces.
It’s also good to see that the engine uses a forged and compressed three-piece crankshaft for durability purposes.
Chainsaws, especially sub $250 models, can often be hard to start up. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with the Husqvarna 235, as it uses a combined choke/stop control, which not only makes the engine easier to statup but also reduces the risk of flooding.
Starting up the engine is also made easier by Husqvarna’s patented Smart Start technology, which reduces the pulling force required to start up the engine.
Several things come into play to make the Husqvarna 235 the “most comfortable saw I’ve ever owned,” as one user puts it.
The chain brake is inertia activated to reduce the likelihood of injury occurring due to kickback. Husqvarna have equipped the 235 with LowVib technology which is able to reduce the vibration level to just 3.4/4.5 m/s² (front/rear handle), to reduce operator fatigue.
The saw’s handle also plays its part, as it features soft inlay, ergonomic trigger and asymmetrical handle.
The 235 is about as loud as other chainsaws in its class. The sound pressure level at operators ear comes in at 98.6 dB, and the guaranteed sound power level stands at 113 dB.
Maintaining the 235 is very simple, which pretty much comes down to one thing – Air Injection Technology. This technology is able to prevent 97% of contaminants from reaching the air filter, which not only means that there is a reduced need to clean the air filter but also has the added benefit of improving the engine’s life.
Just like the Husqvarna 440E, the 235 is backed by a 2-year warranty.
30.5 x 9 x 10 inches
Husqvarna 235 User Reviews
The reviews for the 235 have generally been good. It currently has an average rating of 3.3 out of 5.0 from over 30 reviews.
The general consensus is that the 235 is ideal for medium-duty jobs such as lighter cutting tasks, pruning, and hobby work. For example, one owner found that he had no problem cutting down trees that were around 30 inches in diameter.
Owners have been impressed with the saw’s comfort: “easily the most comfortable saw I’ve ever owned,” particularly as it is “light enough to use all day long.”
However, a few users have mentioned that the tension adjustment and locking mechanism is poorly designed, especially as one user said that the “chain keeps coming off the bar.”
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As mentioned by users, it’s true that the tension adjustment and locking mechanism could have been better designed. Besides this, we also feel that the fuel tank capacity is a little on the small side, so you might have to refuel more often than you would like, although considering that this saw isn’t designed for large jobs, perhaps this isn’t really a problem.
Anything Else You Should Know?
As the Husqvarna 235 is Non-CARB compliant it can’t be used in the state of California. All that is left to say is that one user sums it up best when he says, “if you want a inexpensive 16″ saw of acceptable build quality you should be satisfied.”
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