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Stihl vs Husqvarna Chainsaw – Which Is Better?

Stihl vs Husqvarna Chainsaw

Two high-quality chainsaws, but which one is the best? Finding a chainsaw that meets your needs requires looking at specific aspects of each product. We could debate how each of these is the best, but without looking at them side-by-side, it would never seem fair.

Here are some aspects of both the Stihl and Husqvarna with the two compared to each other. The really difficult part here in declaring that either one is better than the other is the split respect between the users.

Those who commonly use chainsaws like both the Stihl and the Husqvarna chainsaws nearly equally. But, here are the pros and cons, of each. Then you can decide which option is best for you.

Value Section

Most people place value on how they manufacture and develop the product. Both companies are beginning to use more Chinese components than either of their own countries materials. Stihl retains the German ingenuity of design and Husqvarna keeps its Swedish craftsmanship, but both are using cheaper parts.

The carburetors and bars are Chinese, which means lower prices. But, it also means you should carefully look at your warranty before purchasing to make sure that it covers all the parts.

But when you’re looking for value in a chainsaw you should consider these aspects:

  • Appropriate bar length for your job
  • Power
  • Fuel tank size
  • Durability
  • Chainsaw Type

These points all come together to guide you towards the chainsaw that is right for you! We’ve gathered all the information we can find on the top 3 Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws available.

Top 3 Husqvarna Chainsaws

The Husqvarna as a brand designed for professionals is typically higher in the price range. You can also expect the Husqvarna to have a longer bar, bigger engine,and aluminum or magnesium casing.

Longer bars and more power are part of this design so those who work as tree surgeons or loggers can complete their work on larger trees efficiently. But a longer bar and bigger engine raise concern for durability and comfort in handling.

1. Husqvarna 550 XP

Husqvarna 550 XP Mark II Petrol Chain Saw 38 cm, 9676908-35
  • Engine displacement (cm3): 50.1
  • Power: 3.0/4.08 kW/PS
  • Chain spacing ("): 0.325
  • 1 cm cylinder displacement
  • 20” bar length
  • 8-pounds

With a 50.1cc engine and weighing in at just under 11-pounds any job you have will be done in a flash. The throttle is extremely sensitive, and the torque is reasonable, so it never sounds like the engine is overworking.

What We Liked

An unexpected bonus feature on this model was the fold-up handles on the oil and gas caps. This kept these out of the way, and typically they are a nuisance. These fold-up handles and the chain-adjustment screw which mounts on the side were both easy to use. You won’t spend time fiddling with the adjustments on this saw.

What We Didn’t Like

There is a distinct reset feature that starts up whenever the saw gets warm. When this restart process begins, you end up flooding the engine. The downside is that now you need to take regular breaks to prevent the chainsaw from warming up, even though it has all the power and fuel tank size to go for hours.

Our Final Thoughts

Husqvarna’s fuel tanks are rather large which allow for continuous operation. You won’t need to stop and refuel every so often. If you’re looking for fewer interruption so you can get your work done, Husqvarna is the right choice.

Except when you’re dealing with an unwanted restart feature. This is a great model, but not for the professionals that Husqvarna typically aims to please.

2. Husqvarna 440

Husqvarna - 440 Petrol Chainsaw
  • Husqvarna Chainsaw light and multifunctional, ideal for those seeking an exceptionally simple machine to start and manage.
  • Motosierra Husqvarna equipada con motor X-Torq que reduce el consumo y las emisiones de gases.
  • Account also with Smart Start boot system, which facilitates the ignition.

The Husqvarna 450 is a gas-powered model that has an 18-inch bar and brings 50.2cc of engine power. If you’re trying to cut some firewood, fell large trees or do some maintenance around the yard, the Husqvarna 450 delivers. It is a useful option for homeowners, but it’s slightly heavy for most homeowners.

What We Liked

The best feature of the Husqvarna 450 is the felling marks. They are a bonus, but it makes tree felling a breeze. It also uses an inertia brake integrated system to reduce kickback and assure safety. Additional safety features are always a top priority!

What We Didn’t Like

The weight on this machine can make it difficult for homeowners to operate. Although there is a minimal kickback, the weight can still drag on an arm cause a job to get sloppy.

Our Final Thoughts

There are a lot of features on this model that are great to have but not necessary. These added features make it a prime choice for anyone who is looking to make a true investment. If you’re paying for a Husqvarna, you might as well get the model that has the extra features!

3. Husqvarna 435

  • 9 cylinder displacement
  • 9-pounds
  • 2 horsepower

The Husqvarna 435 has a 16-inch bar and uses a 2-stroke gas engine that delivers 40.9cc’s of power. The most popular model among homeowners, and it’s the lightest model available. There’s no getting around the continuous weight issue. The heavier a chainsaw it is, the more difficult it is to handle.

What We Liked

We enjoy the simplicity of the Husqvarna 435. Although a Husqvarna will last you for years, this lower priced model is a great way to learn how to handle a chainsaw. The best option for beginners or those who aren’t comfortable handling with heavy equipment.

What We Didn’t Like

There is virtually no versatility here. The short bar and lightweight are followed with less power and a weaker engine.

Our Final Thoughts

This model is a great option for homeowners. But if you’re looking for versatility, you won’t find it in this model. The Husqvarna 435 is made for pruning small trees and basic residential needs. This machine starts easily and with little kickback. A tensioner mounted on the side which makes adjustments easy!

Top 3 Stihl Chainsaws

Stihls are known for bars that are a comfortable length coming in just a bit shorter than the Husqvarna. The shortness in the bar and the smaller engine make the Stihl much easier to handle.

1. Stihl MS170

  • 16” bar
  • Straight bar
  • Gas-powered

This Stihl model stands out because of its versatility. It weighs in at about 11-pounds and delivers 30.1cc in power. With weight to power ratio like this, even the those who don’t regularly handle a chainsaw can accomplish a job with ease. The engine is a two-stroke which provides great power.

When that power combines with the sharp blade design on the chains, it is hard to find a better chainsaw. But, keep in mind, these chainsaws cater to homeowners rather than professional loggers or tree surgeons.

What We Liked

The Stihl also has a plastic crankcase, a clear indication that the design was made with homeowners in mind. Because of the lightweight and plastic casing, it’s easy for those who don’t regularly operate a chainsaw to handle this one.

What We Didn’t Like

The bar length usually ranges from 18” to 20,” and the engine displacement power is right around 30cc. The shorter bar length, smaller engine, and smaller fuel tank mean that you will need to take breaks. This time consumption is the concern with the Stihl is that you may damper your work by taking up a lot of time.

Our Final Thoughts

The Stihl MS170 is a high-quality product that is worth its weight, and then some. Whether you’re a homeowner or work with the need for a lightweight chainsaw, this is a good buy.

2. Stihl MS180

Stihl MS180 14"
  • 2-Stroke engine
  • 36cm (14") chain and bar
  • Automatic Chain Oiling
  • 5cc
  • Gas-powered
  • 16” – 20” bar

This model is a bit heavier than other Stihl models, which means that it’s a bit more difficult to handle. But, it makes up for the increase in weight by offsetting torque. The 4 horsepower cuts through wood a much lower rpm. With the engine working less, you aren’t fighting vibration or erratic movement.

What We Liked

The Stihl MS261 is a chainsaw that has a few digital enhancements. For many, these minor additions make a major difference. The M-Tronic microprocessor monitors and compensates for some different working conditions. It takes into consideration aspects such as elevation, fuel quality, and the cleanliness of its air filter! No more manually adjusting for air to fuel ratios.

What We Didn’t Like

Durability is a question with this model. Stihl was founded in 1926 which seems like a long time until you compare it to Husqvarna’s founding year of 1689. In the end, Stihl’s do last for many years. But, they have changed their design, and this could compromise their durability.

Our Final Thoughts

The Stihl MS261 C-M is a great model for homeowners. It allows homeowners to engage with a chainsaw that is powerful enough for big jobs but tame enough to comfort a new chainsaw user. If you’re looking for the first big investment for your yard, this chainsaw will see you through many projects.

3. Stihl MS 171 Magnum

  • Up to 59” long bars
  • Wrap-handle models available

The MS880 is built to contend with the Husqvarna designs. As a professional chainsaw, the MS 8880 has a 121.6cc ability, and a fuel capacity of 1300cc. Its gas powered and can utilize guide bars from 17” up to 59” so there’s quite a bit of versatility.

What We Liked

On this model, we liked the giant range available in guide bars. The means you have about 5 feet to work with on any project. If you’re looking for a professional Stihl model, the MS 880 Magnum is a great option. The handling is easy, and the entire unit is well-known for its reliability.

What We Didn’t Like

The downside on this option is the price. Stihl normally makes extremely versatile models that ride the line between best for homeowners and best for professionals. This model’s focus on meeting every professional need has driven up the price drastically.

Our Final Thoughts

If you are felling large trees daily, or need to have 5 feet of bar, this is a great option for your needs. However, this model doesn’t fit most people’s everyday needs with a chainsaw. Professionals might seek something that has a little more torque, and homeowners might look for something a little less expensive.

The Clear Winner…

The winner here is the Stihl MS170 for its versatility, weight, and ease of handling. The price is a great bonus as well. If you’re looking for an affordable chainsaw that has a balanced air-to-fuel ratio, and substantial amounts of power this is probably your best bet.

With a powerful 2-stroke engine delivering 30.1cc and cutting through most types of wood at about an inch per second we are hard pressed to find another chainsaw that performs on this level at this price.

Although you should keep in mind what type of work you’ll use your chainsaw for most often before making your purchase.We hope we’ve provided all the information you need to find the chainsaw that works best for your needs!

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