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Old 07-17-2011, 03:28 AM
 
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The Husqvarna 235 answers the question of whether it's possible to combine affordability with what is arguably the most highly-respected name in chainsaws. Yes, it's possible, provided you're not planning to do serious logging.

With many homeowner-level products available at the $200 price-point, Husqvarna has "raised the bar" with the 235 (MSRP $199.95) and provides features that are typically found only on high-end chainsaws. Air injection keeps the engine free of wood particles that often shut down lesser saws; plus, a clever low-vibration system prevents the strain that is commonly associated with large chainsaw jobs. At just over 10 lbs., the nimble 16" saw is an ergonomic pleasure to hold and easy to maneuver through thick brush and limbs (impossible with corded electric chainsaws, many of which are priced roughly the same).

The first "tour of duty" with a new chainsaw can be wonderful, but usually the honeymoon ends abruptly after only a few short weeks. Air filters frequently clog, chains pop off the bar and sometimes the saw simply refuses to crank up. Not so with the "Husky." This handsome orange chainsaw makes the drudgery of clearing trees and brush almost enjoyable.

Most consumer chainsaws have a common flaw - they are difficult to start. It is especially frustrating if you're working in the yard and the chainsaw stalls and can't be restarted, even though the engine is still warm. Then it's necessary to trudge back to your workshop and take the saw apart to find out what the matter is. Not to mention the fact that by the time you finally do get it started, your arms are already sore from pulling the cord repeatedly. The Husqvarna puts an end to all that wasted time and effort through a combination choke/stop control that prevents the engine from flooding.

This chainsaw is a breeze to maintain. The chain guard is easily removed and can be cleaned in the kitchen sink. Any sludge that has accumulated around the chain drive can be removed with a shot of compressed air.

It's important to remember that, as with all light duty chainsaws, the power is modest. While the Husky's 34.4cc engine is more than sufficient for removing small to medium diameter trunks and trimming limbs, it would prove disappointing if large-scale felling was required. That's simply not what this residential tool was designed for. On the other hand, with a smaller engine comes less noise, a major concern when used in a suburban neighborhood.

However, with its dependable Swedish engineering, reliable start-up and ease of use, the Husqvarna 235 is a bargain at this price. And a pleasure to use!
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:42 AM
 
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How much is a husqvarna 235 x-torq with a 16 inch bar that's about 6 months old that's in great shape is worth
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