The Swedish brand Husqvarna has made their name in the chainsaw market as one of the best brands that consistently produces high-quality products. They have been in operation for more than 300 years, and have been manufacturring chainsaws for almost 60 years. However, even the best Husqvarna chainsaws are not immune to wear and tear, especially if you don't perform proper maintenance.
Whether you are a professional lumberjack or simply a homeowner trying to get rid of overgrown trees in your yard, you still need to inspect your chainsaw parts from time-to-time. Buying replacement parts is definitely a cheaper alternative compared to repairs, and stocking spare parts is a wise option just in case. In this article, we note the most essential parts of the Husqvarna 350 and 440 chainsaws that often require more care so you can get the most out of your product.
Overview of Husqvarna 350 and 440e Chainsaws
The Husqvarna 350 is one of the older models of the brand. It was released in 2003 and has unfortunately been discontinued. However, if you own 350, then you can attest to the fact that this model holds up to the quality set by its brand, and is built to handle medium to high-level tree-cutting needs of both professional loggers and home users. It's performance is still up to par with newer chainsaw and new parts can still be found for it as well.
A newer product in the line-up is the Husqvarna 440e. This is a great all-around chainsaw. It's compact enough not to intimidate any homeowner looking for a chainsaw, but strong enough to take care of professional projects that require a smaller saw.
Although, it's not designed for heavy-duty tasks, it does a great job for it's intended purpose. The Husqvarna 440e is an excellent choice if you're looking for a chainsaw that is easy to start up and maneuver on the job. It's a great pick for those who are looking for a reasonably priced product from a high-quality company.
Husqvarna Parts Pricing
High quality replacement parts for Husqvarna chainsaws can be conveniently purchased online through the Amazon Husqvarna Store. These products have an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) label on the product description.
Purchasing spare parts, replacements, and accessories from an official provider guarantees the quality of the item and gives you peace of mind that it's covered by Husqvarna Warranty Service.
Husqvarna Spare and Replacement Chain Saw Parts
The following are considered to be essential spare and replacement parts for Husqvarna Chainsaws:
The Bar and The Chain
Since the chain does the principal job of sawing wood, it has to be kept sharp for it to work well. Any chain, regardless of what brand you use, will deteriorate with repeated use. Other factors such as improper usage and minimal lubrication can also hasten the process of wear and tear on your chain. However, if your chain is already dull and you keep cutting with it, you'll experience frequent kickbacks and a decrease in the efficiency of the chainsaw.
The guide bar is used simultaneously with your chain and it needs to be inspected periodically for signs of wear and damage. If your bar can't cut strait and the chain has become too loose, then it's time to look for a replacement. No matter how new or sharp your chain is, it will not function well if you pair it with a worn bar.
Husqvarna Chain Replacement Parts
When purchasing a chain, make sure to match it with the bar length on your chainsaw. For optimal usage and ensured quality, always use direct replacements provided by Husqvarna.
The 350 model typically uses an 18-inch bar, so you'll need a chain with a matching length. A direct replacement part by Husqvarna is readily available online. It is easy to install and offers low kickback and low vibration when use.
The 440e model also has a direct replacement chain. This model uses a 16-inch bar, but it's typically compatible with saw lengths from 13 to 18-inches.
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Husqvarna Bar Replacement Parts
When replacing your bar and chain, Husqvarna offers direct replacements with the same measurements as well. Keep in mind, that product specifications for the replacement bar will often state whether it is compatible with other Husqvarna chainsaw models like the 350, which is highly beneficial if you own different models.
This 16-inch bar will fit the Husqvarna 350.
If you need to upgrade to a longer bar, make sure that you upgrade your chain too. A best practice to check if the bar and chain are perfectly matched is to check the pitch and gauge as specified on the product description. For example, an 18 inch bar with a .325 inch pitch and 0.050 gauge requires a chain with the exact same measurements.
The chainsaw clutch regulates the chains around the bar, and it is activated when the chain brake is pressed. An indicator that you might need to examine your clutch is when it doesn't pull the chain without effort or even at all, or the clutch slips while cutting.
To extract the clutch, you'll need a removal tool or you can use the method shown in the video below. This one will work for the 350 model, and there are various other ones available to match your model. In some cases you may want to replace your clutch cover. This one fits the 350, but their are other covers available to for other models.
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Recoil Starter / Pull Cord
Gas-powered chainsaws use a small rope called a recoil starter or pull cord to turn the engine on, as opposed to a power button on electric chainsaws. Over time the rope will wear and need to be replaced. The recoil starter can be replaced with an original Husqvarna part which also includes the exterior housing.
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Fuel and Lubrication
Husqvarna chainsaws are typically equipped with two-stroke engines that require a mixture of gasoline and oil. While it is possible to create your own mixture, a precise amount of each is needed because even a minute difference in measurement can significantly alter the proportion of the mixture. To avoid this, it's best to purchase a premixed oil from Husqvarna.
Using a Bar & Chain Oil will reduce the friction created by the bar and chain's metal-on-metal contact, and help prevent the chainsaw from wearing out too quickly. Its a best practice to always refill the lubricant tank before using the chainsaw to prevent it from overheating in the middle of a job. Husqvarna provides a premium bar and chain oil at a very reasonable price.
Warranty and Customer Support
Husqvarna Warranty Service offers repair and replacements for defective parts during a limited Warranty Period. OEM Parts will be used as a replacement and no fees will be charged, provided the customer prepares a proof of purchase, a warranty card with complete details, and an invoice or receipt with purchasing details that include the dealer's name and address. Keep in mind that warranty claims on each product may differ, so it's always best to check the warranty material that came with your product.
The warranty does not cover damages that normally result from repeated use, and customer misuse negates the product eligibility regardless of whether it was previously covered by the warranty.
Product registration is available at the point of purchase. You may also opt to register the product yourself. Warranty claims are easier to claim if your purchased product is registered online because it's easier for the company to track your product information and decide whether or not your claims are eligible for warranty coverage.
In case an authorized dealer determines that a defect on your product is not covered by the Legal Warranty, Husqvarna still offers a non-warranty service where they will repair the product or replace it with a genuine item for a fee.
A customer service page is available on Husqvarna's official website. You can also speak to a customer service representative about your concerns from Monday to Saturday during business hours by calling 1-800-487-5951.
Remember that buying official products directly from Husqvarna is the best way to obtain high quality replacement parts for your chainsaws. As one of the leading chainsaw brands, they ensure that no customer will be short-changed on performance.
That's way Husqvarna guarantees that all official products have long usability and are durable enough to withstand repeated use. But of course, to maintain your equipment in perfect condition, proper maintenance from your end is still required.