I buy many power products but only occasionally review tools that either fall far short or go above my expectations. The Husqvarna 966997203 T435 Top Handle Saw easily surpassed my expectations. It is a beast! For a long, I pushed the limits with different cheaper brands of chainsaws. While they did fine for the cost, they couldn't meet all tree trimming needs.
So I went for this Husqvarna T435. It just melts the wood away. It's meant for use season after season by experienced woodworkers. The build quality is exceptional…contrasting with other standard models. With this Husqvarna, I haven't touched any other chainsaw since.That said, the Husqvarna T435 review below will highlight more about the product.
Husqvarna T435 Gasoline Chainsaw Review
The Husqvarna T435 is a 14 inch gas-powered chainsaw, ideal for occasional light cutting jobs. The mid-sized, top handled tool is lightweight and easy to maneuver. Small yet powerful, the chainsaw comes with a new x-cut chain and x-force bar for better cutting and low fuel consumption. Not only does it feature unique aspects but the T435 T also incorporates superior Husqvarna technology and long-lasting durability. It features the following:
- Model : T435
- Power Source : Gas
- Weight : 7.5 lbs
- Blade length : 14 inch
- Max Speed : 9000 RPM
- Horse Power : 2.2 hp
- Engine Power : 36 cc
- Engine Type : 2 Cycle
- Kilowatt : 1.5
- Fuel Capacity : 0.55 US pint
- Warranty : 1 Year
“I’m a full time park warden with over thousands of acres under my care. Anytime I walk a mile to cut a downed limb, I always carry my 435T. It’s incredibly efficient. Quite easy to manage up in a tree and overhead. It has a very fuel-efficient design and has plenty of power for its size," says Donald J.
What Makes it Different?
The guide bar makes the 435T chainsaw an absolute pleasure to work with. It has a narrow tip and a sprocket nose for a minimal kickback. The bar is strongly constructed from solid metal to avoid breakage. The strength offers a solid foundation for the chains to move at high speed of 9000RPM. Such a powerful speed requires a solid guide bar for support. Also, the sprocket nose helps chain movement. You can easily remove the guide bar and fix your customized one. The saw ideally accepts a maximum of 14inch and a minimum of the 10-inch guide bar.
Technical Features & Details
This model is a slight upgrade from the Husqvarna 240T. Therefore, it boosts a beefier motor capable of cutting through a 12-inch wood in a single pass. At the heart of this chainsaw lies a 40.9cc Engine with 2.15 cubic inches output and 35.2cc cylinder displacement. The powerful motor delivers a power output of 2.2 horsepower to handle heavy cutting.
The chainsaw integrates x-torq technology. That way, its x-Tore engine system offers better fuel efficiency and power whilst minimizing exhaust emissions. The maximum power speed for the chainsaw is 9,000 rpm. This guarantees smooth and precise cuts that look both clean and professional. Idling speed at a maximum of 2900RPM will maximize efficiency and power. That way, saw zips easily through logs below 12 inches.
The 435T is simple and easy to handle. First, it features a design with the user in mind. There is a rear handle with an extra soft inset for better handling. A LowVib system minimizes vibrations when working, thus reducing fatigue. The rear handle measures at 4.2 m/s² while the front is 3.8 m/s². That confirms the fact any chainsaw below 5.0 m/s² is considered low. Also, the sound pressure level is 103 dB(A), with a power level of 114 Db(A). At these minimal levels, woodworkers can comfortably cut for more than 3 hours without fatigue.
When it comes to performance, the starting system is equally straightforward. There is an air purge control to clear any air trapped in the fuel system. With a stop/start button, the starting system allows for both ‘cold’ and ‘warm’ starting. To avoid problems during the warm starting, one needs to put the right carburetor settings.
For cutting, the chainsaw comes with a 12-inch bar and chain. This makes it ideal for tree pruning and lighter duties. To handle tough cuts, the saw accepts a maximum recommended bar length of 14-inch. In terms of fuel consumption, gas and oil are mixed at a ratio of 50:1. A minimum octane of 87 is used for better performance. Also, it's recommended to use gas with low ethanol content to avoid damaging engine components.
Side Chain Tensioning
The Husqvarna 435T has a 0.325" pitch and 0.05" gauge. The chain speed is around 17 meters per second. This is relatively fast, especially on light cutting tasks. Also, the chain tensioning is important. The process requires loosening the bar cover nut to adjust the tension crew. This allows for speedy ad convenient chain tightening when cutting.
Design and Construction
Like most Husqvarna’ the 966997203 T435 has a traditional homeowner saw design. With a 3/8" LP chain pitch and bar length 12-inch, Husqvarna T435 weighs 7.5lbs. The chainsaw features a robust three-piece crankshaft for additional support, even in extreme conditions. Snap locks tightly secure the cylinder cover, thereby making it easy to maintain.
On one side, a quick-release air filter allows for the cleaning and replacement of the filter. Next to it is a centrifugal air cleaning system for trapping dust particles and debris—besides, there chain catcher for making smooth and accurate cuts.
Chain Oil System
An adjustable oil pump allows one to control the amount of oil flow. There is also an automatically fixed flow to release oil into the cutting equipment. This allows one to focus on cutting and adjust the rate of flow to match the working conditions. The oil reservoir has a capacity of 240ml. With a fuel capacity of 0.55 US pint, oil is added to the reservoir at the rate of 13 ml per minute. It’s therefore recommended to refill after every 15mins so as to avoid that the reservoir running dry.
Husqvarna 966997203 T435 is packed with all the necessary safety mechanisms. There is a chain catcher to protect the hands in case the chain breaks. Handguards protect the hands from flying dirt, while a low kickback guide bar minimizes kickback frequency. There is also inertia activated chain brake and a throttle lockout switch to prevent accidental operation.
- Operator’s manual,
- Scrunch tool
- The engine is strong and powerful.
- Excellent cutting ability
- Less fuel consumption
- Perfect for maneuvering in tight spaces
- Compact and Lightweight
- Easy to use
- Minimal Vibration
- Difficult to start when warm
- It is rather difficult to adjust the chain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it have an auto-tune?
No. In fact, you don't need any. As long as you keep your filter clean and make the break-in adjustment, the chainsaw is good.
Does the chainsaw have a buck back chain stop?
Yes. On the same, the saw is mostly recommended for professionals woodworkers.
Is it good for cutting a lot of logs into firewood?
Absolutely, yes. The bar length is enough to cut logs
My 435T keeps breaking clutch teeth. Why?
Chances are the chain is too tight or too loose. Do proper chain tensioning or replace the bars.
What is the cc’s of this saw?
35cc. It still delivers much power.
Does this use premixed fuel?
Yes, mixed fuel and oil at a ratio of 50:1.
Does it come with the chain?
Yes, a preinstalled one.