Similar to the popular , the Husqvarna 445 is on the light side for a chainsaw, weighing just 10.8 pounds. However, it still packs plenty of punch and makes short work of softwoods; hardwoods, on the other hand, the 445 may struggle with, so your best bet is to look at a pro-grade chainsaw, if you need a chainsaw for this purpose.
The 445 runs on a 2.8 HP X-Torq engine and features a maximum power speed of 9,000 rpm. The engine is very efficient, as its fuel consmption stands at 481 g/kWh, and the fuel tank has a larger than average volume of 15.22 fl oz.
Typical of all Husqvarna chainsaws, the 445’s engine not only has a lower fuel consumption than similarly priced saws but it has also been designed to keep exhaust emission levels to a minimum.
As mentioned, while the 445 may struggle with harder woods it does an excellent job of cutting through softer woods with ease; therefore, while it can’t be considered as a pro-grade saw it can in fact be considered as an all-rounder, albeit lacking the power that professionals may need.
Due to coming equipped with a combined start/stop switch and fuel pump, the Husqvarna is easy to startup. However, there are other things which come into play to ensure that the 445 starts up just as easily as pro-grade saws.
One of these is its combined choke/stop control, which allows for easier starting whilst also reducing the risk of engine flooding. The other is an air purge function which is able to remove air from both the fuel system and carburetor.
A transparent fuel indicator is also present – something that unfortunately isn’t commonly seen on chainsaws – which makes it easy to check the fuel level.
Common with all Husqvarna saws, the Husqvarna 445 comes packed with several features which have solely been included to offer users a more comfortable experience. The real talking point is the LowVib feature, as it significantly reduces vibration levels to the operator, which lessens fatigue.
However, the inertia activated chain brake shouldn’t be overlooked, as it works to reduce the likelihood of injury occurring due to kickback.
There’s no doubt that chainsaws are loud pieces of machinery, and the 445 is no exception. The sound power level stands at 114 dB, and the sound pressure level at operators ear comes in at 103 dB.
One of the best aspects of the 445 is how easy it is to maintain, which is just as well, considering that the saw has been designed for occasional-frequent use.
The centrifugal air cleaning system is the main reason why the 445 is so easy to maintain, as it removes larger dust and debris particles before they are able to reach the filter. While this results in reduced air filter cleanings, an added benefit is an engine that lasts longer than usual and is unlikely to wear out for many years to come.
Other features, albeit not quite significant as the centrifugal air system, include a quick-release air filter which makes it easier to clean and replace the air filter; as well as a snap-lock cylinder cover, to save time when changing spark plugs; and a side-mounted chain tensioner, to give you easier access to the chain tensioning device.
The Husqvarna 445 is backed by Husqvarna’s standard 2-year warranty.
12.2 x 10 x 37 inches
Husqvarna 445 Reviews
Users have been impressed with the power of the 455 in spite of its small size and lightweight design: “The biggest tree I cut so far has been a bit over 14 inches in diameter… I’ve cut birch, poplar, evergreen, and cedar with it,” “the saw has plenty of power,” “this saw is a great, lightweight beast… and will eat through softwoods like butter, “the saw is powerful, fast and responsive to the throttle.”
The 445’s ease of startup and performance has also been praised: “easy to start and use,” “easy to start and adjust,” “runs very sweetly, has plenty of power,” “it started easily and required no additional adjustments.”
The Husqvarna’s comfort levels should also not be overlooked: “I’ve used it for several days all day without fatigue and vibration,”very comfortable to use.”
However, there have also been a few complaints, mostly to do with chain issues and the exclusion of an adjustable oil flow.
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Anything Else You Should Know?
The 445 is carb complaint, meaning that it can be used in the state of California. It also features a three-piece crankshaft for “maximum durability for the toughest applications” as Husqvarna puts it, as well as felling marks for better felling precision.
You should also know that one user seems to sum it up best when he says “for larger logs, sustained use, and harder woods I’d recommend spending the extra $100-150.” However, if you have no need of a saw for harder woods and sustained use, then the 445 is a good choice.