If you are reading this, then chances are that you are in the market for a chainsaw. Be it your first chainsaw or another addition to your arsenal of yard tools, congratulations!
Your choice is most likely the Husqvarna 435; an excellent all-around full-size saw. Or perhaps you may be considering the newer Husqvarna 435e II, which boasts fuel injection with reduced emissions, better ergonomics, and lighter weight than its predecessor.
This article aims to compare the differences between these two phenomenal products. It will cover everything from horsepower & torque output to bar length and vibration control. My goal is that by the end of this article you will have sufficient knowledge about each model.
When we compared the two powerhouses it soon became very clear that this was no ordinary comparison test; not only because of their radically different engine types but also due to obvious differences in weight and dimensions.
If you are not familiar with the differences between a Husqvarna 435 chainsaw and a Husqvarna 435e II chainsaw, here’s a small breakdown:
Husqvarna 435E ll
2.2 hp, 1.6 kW
2.2 hp, 1.6 kW
Maximum Power Speed
Maximum Bar Length
Husqvarna 435 Chainsaw
After having tested the new Husqvarna 435 chainsaw for some time now, I am truly impressed. The 435 is a well-engineered and constructed machine that ran without a single problem during testing: it even handled the overloading and subsequent consumer abuse with ease.
The engine started easily and was not too loud at fast idle, but hushed to an acceptable level as soon as the throttle was opened up – any louder than this and you might as well go buy yourself a handheld blower for home use.
As far as power goes, the 435 has plenty of it, regardless of what kind of wood we were cutting through. It never bogged down or stalled regardless of how much pressure we put on it. The 435 is a little on the loud side but it’s not bad and we will take that any day if it means we can cut through some good-sized trees.
Husqvarna 435e II Chainsaw
This is one of the best chainsaws on the market and it’s also very good value for money. You will like the design and layout of it as well as how easy it is to turn on and off with a reassuringly safe handlebar clutch switch that won’t allow you to pull the trigger without depressing first or risk damaging your leg. It has a high power-to-weight ratio which makes sawing through wood fast and efficient, thus saving time too.
The saw is able to make fast work on 6-14 inch trunks with no problem; the 435e II never bogged down at all. This saw is extremely powerful, make sure you understand how to use this machine before doing anything with it.
Husqvarna 435 vs. Husqvarna 435E II: Similarities
Husqvarna 435 vs 435E II produces an average of 88 grams CO2/hr which is more than 80% of regular 2-strokes on the market today.
Easy to use
Their controls are very easy to use: on/off switch, stop switch, and choke controls. A user can operate these functions by using one hand only since they are strategically placed around the handlebar area. You do not need to lift your hand which means you can maintain maximum control of your saw at all times.
They’re very noisy with a noise-to-weight ratio of 110 dBA per lb which is higher than most electric and 2-stroke gas chainsaws.
Both models weigh 19 lbs which makes them relatively lightweight compared to other 2-stroke gas chainsaws.
Air filtration systems
They share almost identical air filtration systems – aftermarket paper pre-cleaners (Type “A”) and standard foam filters (Type “B”). This aspect is extremely important as it ensures that the engine runs smoothly without triggering any fault codes or error messages during operation.
Automatic oil injection
Both engines utilize automatic oil injection and electronic ignition with a single spark plug. The models’ manuals offer more detailed information on the maintenance procedures.
Engines have two types of fuel options
Unleaded Fuel / Mix (2 Cycle Oil Ratio for Medium Hard Oils) & Unleaded Gasoline Only. These settings can be found in the User’s Manual of each model. Some people may wonder why there are two different specifications for each engine. The difference here lies in the compression ratio that makes them suitable for different types of fuel.
Lastly, both use the same hardware components – bar nuts, sprocket, etc.
Husqvarna 435 vs 435E II: What’s the Difference?
Both models come standard with a 13/49 gear set, but the Husqvarna 435 places an 18/54 option. If you opt for the 18/54 gearing on the 435, it will lower your top speed from 72 km/h (45 mph) down to 67 km/h (41 mph).
The more expensive 435E II comes standard with an 18/50 gear set, which also gives you slightly better acceleration than the base model 435. Like its gas-powered counterpart, the 435E II can also be fitted with an 18/54 gear set. With this gearing installed you should see top speeds around 68 km/h (42 mph).
The base Husqvarna 435 comes equipped with a 25.4 hp(18 kW) 4-stroke single-cylinder engine while the more expensive 435E II has a 24.5 hp (17kW) electric motor and is powered by a 36-volt battery system and supplying power to an electric starter motor. The difference in weight between these two is minimal at 21 lbs (9.54 kg) with the 435E II being slightly heavier due to its battery pack.
Structure & Handling
The 435E II comes standard with an adjustable handlebar which provides a little more comfort when riding in the standing position. The only downside is that you aren’t able to fold up the handlebars in order to transport them via pickup truck or ATV trailer.
Performance & Handling
Both machines function virtually identical in terms of performance and handling. The main difference between the two models is how they are powered – one uses a traditional gasoline engine while the other has an electric motor with a 36-volt battery system. This gives the 435E II an advantage over its counterpart as it offers better acceleration, but requires charging after being ridden for 30 minutes or so.
Transmission & Running Costs
Both machines come standard with a 2-speed automatic gearbox with reversing capabilities. The gearing is virtually identical between both models, therefore neither one has an advantage over another here.
The cost for a complete rebuild on either machine is estimated to be $1,500 + depending on your location and service shop of choice. This would include replacing valves, piston rings, rods, and standard engine rebore of the cylinder. The only downside here is that you won’t be able to get a full engine rebuild until around 500 hours which can seem like a long time if you need it done quickly.
Product Support & Warranties
Husqvarna provides 3 years or 60 hours of coverage on its gasoline-powered 450s (435 models) while the 435E II comes with 2 years or 100 hours included at no charge (warranty for the electric motor). Both machines offer similar warranties when it comes to clutch, brakes, and electrical components.
The downside here is that if your machine requires a large amount of service or needs a part replaced during the first couple of years – you will have to pay for it yourself. This can run upwards of $500 depending on what went wrong with it in the first place.
The model numbers will help you identify the significant changes that differentiate these two chainsaws. For example, 435E II has an upgraded muffler protection cover to improve its durability and resistance against harsh elements in the environment. It also provides better protection for the operator (you) as it prevents debris from hitting you during operation. Other updates include ball bearing support for improved sprocket efficiency, an automatic decompression system to reduce user fatigue, and noise reduction at startup for quieter operation.
The majority of parts used for the Husqvarna 435E II chainsaw are interchangeable with those of the original 435. This has been made possible as a result of the adjustments that have been incorporated into the design.
Both models have their own advantages which make them excellent choices for situations. The difference lies in their power ratings. If you are looking for a chainsaw that is powerful enough to cut large trunks in your place, then 435 can be the best choice. This model is also suitable for cutting wood in awkward angles since it has a shorter tooth pitch compared to its successor which only comes with 3/8 inches tooth pitch.
On the other hand, Husqvarna 435E II is perfect when you need more power than the previous version but not as much as what 435 has. There are users who say that this version can still manage to cut down tree branches with large diameters but this would depend on how big the branch is and how sharp the chain of your saw is.