Written on: 06/04/2013 by andysmithal (1 review written)
I have had the Husqvqarna 350 from new since 2006. I became aware of the muffler problem from reviews. For five years it worked fine cutting ten tonnes of timber a year. When I used it to help out in a local forrest and did some serious 'bucking' the saw became very hot the bolts fell out. They are about 100mm long and expand when hot, become loose and the vibrations rattle them out. I tightened them when hot and that worked except that when the bolts cooled they pulled the threads.... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2013
I do not know what the people who write all the horror stories about the 350 muffler bolts that come lose have for justification of this complaint. It's never happened to me! Now any machine needs maintenance. I try to check my bolts after a hard days use. Might be that I'm lucky, I've never found them loose but have found a few others that were. I tighten them- it's no big deal! If all of the complainers can not take time to maintain their machines ; than all I can advise is to hire your... (read more)
Written on: 21/01/2013
Three times the muffler has fallen off the engine and of course I couldn't fine the bolts, so I brought it to the shop and the dealer said when that happens (the muffler comes off) the saw is...."garbage" !!! Boy, I thought I was buying a quality saw but instead I paid for a piece of s.......No more Huskavarna chainsaws for me. Indeed, customer service @ Huskavarna told me they have had lots of problems with the 350 and it was on the "bulletin" for a long time....meaning it was a problem... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2011 by mtessier
Wish I had known about the muffler issue. Lost one bolt and the other one is frozen so I can't tighten it and can't take it out. Also, the plastic handle stripped on the metal brake lever. What a pain for what I thought was a premium saw. (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2011
This saw is junk. Mine scored the cylinder for no apparent reason. I only cut 6 trees (at most). Limited use on my property. I had the correct oil/gas mix. I would warn others, after reading about similar problems with Husqvarna 350s. (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2011
Junk junk junk. The Muffler keeps falling off. 2 dealers looked at it and still couldn't fix it. When I call Husky.....they politely told me too bad.
I love my new stihl!!!
Written on: 19/02/2011
i bought a 350 about 5 years ago the saw does a pretty good job but can'keep the muffler on i was told by the dealer this was a real problem and they no longer carry the saw the company should help (read more)
Written on: 02/02/2011
I run my 350 on a 1:25 mix. It a little harder to start, but has been running great for years now. Overall I am happy with the saw, apart from the muffler bolt problem. I have fitted lock washers recently so I hope that will work. Failing that I will have to come up with another solution. I also have a 61 which is great for large rings 16". However, it is heavy and cumbersome, so the 350 is great for the smaller stuff. When my father is cutting with me he always chooses the 350 to use as... (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2010
Muffler Falling Off: Bought the Huskie 350 last summer 2009 and use it occasionally to trim trees on our two acre lot. Didn't need a larger Huskie for the work. However, the muffler came loose because one of the muffler bolts fell completely out. The other one was coming loose. Why would this happen? Poor manufacturing! Well we'll see if the warranty will fix since it since it's only a year and a couple months old. Funny that while I was in the dealer another guy was standing there... (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2010
There has been some problems with Husky 350. These were a cheaper built husky saw, but for the money it has good power. As for the muffler falling off, I have found installing a muffler bracket off of a 353 chainsaw sometimes fixes the problem. All you need to do is buy a muffler support bracket for a 353, have to cut the left side mounting ear off. (353 has another bolt hole opposite the felling dog.) And install. Husky has a fix out that includes replacing the cylinder and muffler, but at... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2010 by ken sutton (1 review written)
I own a Tree Company and started out with Husky 350 over five years ago. The Stihl Chainsaws I purchased at the same time are still working perfectly. The 350 Husky did well for a year then the body bolts fell out soon followed by the muffler. Body bolts are easily replaced. Unfortunately the muffler is not easily replaced. I have had several repairs on The 350 costing over $200.00 not to mention the aggravation of downtime. The repairs have never been successful for long 30 minutes tops. I... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2010
Husky 350 is a beast! However, I have had problems with muffler. I took it to repair while under warranty and they tried locktite and put another smaller bolt to hold muffler in place. It worked for few jobs but came off again. Now I am considering tapping head with little larger bolt to keep muffler on. Others did tell me to buy stihl but couldn't justify price for what I could get this! I have had mine for about 4years and love the power! But come on Husky get it right!! (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2009
After owning a Husky model 61 for many years I decided to step down to a lighter saw for smaller logs. A Husky 350 seemed to fit the bill. Although not as powerful as the 61, the 350 did all I expected of it. Less vibration than the 61, in my estimation it ran at faster RPM's than the 61 and was more comfortable all around to use than the 61. I did, however, notice that the oiler was not lubricating the chain properly. In-as-much as the oiler is adjustable, it still seemed to inadequately... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2009
I don't own one of these, but work with a guy that took his in for a blown piston. He brought it in, and they told him it would cost more to fix it then to buy it new. He Lowe's hardware and raised a stink so they replaced it at now charge by giving him the 450 series. Both Lowe's and the repair shop said they have been having major troubles with the 350. It may be worth trying to take it back. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2009
I bought my Husqvarna 350 three years ago and it has been a head ache since the day I took it out of the box. The muffler fell off and stripped the bolt, had that repaired and it happened within half an hour. This saw is not worth the money or the wasted time. (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2009
I have read all of the past reviews on the Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw and I know why there is a lot of people with problems with the saw. I think it is great I just finished my 50th cord of wood with this thing and have had it for three years. Not sure exactly who it is that states it should have a 50-1 mix, maybe the EPA. What I can tell you is that this is completely wrong. It makes the saw run too hot, causing the aluminum head to heat up thus mufflers coming off, warping the bar etc....It... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2009
I wish there were more services like husqvarna as it is going to save us quite a bit if money. the reply as prompt & very easy to follow. (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2009 by ABEMJA
My Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw ran awesome, cut great... then muffler came loose. Retightened.. loose again. Took it to an authorized repair facility. "Fixed" it with new bolts, hexicoiled the head due to stripping wear of old bolds, and two washers I assume to assist in vibration dampening. Well after a few uses its off again.
This time one bolt sheared in the head and muffler was just shy of melting into oil reservior. Thought I researched this saw, bought quality (I thought). I realized... (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2009 by wbrenda (1 review written)
Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw won't start right out of box. new!!! no refund, have to have warranty work performed on brand new saw. JUNK!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2009 by cprather (1 review written)
Husqvarna 350 has been a problem since purchased new.
Out of the box saw ran poorly. Took in under warranty and was told it was bad gas despite my protests. Took home and started and still sounded funny, turned off and was unable to restart. Returned to warranty dealer: Motor/carb replaced.
Started and sound great after this. Ran for short period of time when muffler fell off damaging female threads and plastic body of saw.
I have a Homelite 14" saw purchased in 1987 that still works like a... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2009
Ability to use shorter bars, or more aggressive chain if needed. Muffler came loose but was replaced under warranty Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw good weight and balance, held up well to extended use. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2009
I have the Husqvarna 353 saw and this is hands down the best saw i have ever had. In the past i have had Stil and Ecko. Make the smart buy and get a pro Husqvarna saw, just watch the fuel mix, and oil. (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2009 by GLK (1 review written)
The Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw is lightweight and easy to handle--liked the easy start button. Had trouble with 3 bars splitting in the tip in the 1st 10 cords I cut have had the saw for about 6 years. The sprocket that the chain runs on seemed to split for no reason. Saw dies out at high rpm. Very dissatisfied after owning a stihl and jonsered the prior 20 years would not buy another one after the troubles I have had with this one. Doesn't seem to have the power I was told it has (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2009 by ChasDWarren (1 review written)
My local supplier accused me of running my Husqvarna 350 on a weak mixture, which was not correct & indeed 2 Stihls & another Husky (346 XP) were running fine on the same mixture.
After a bit of a fight, they replaced the pot & piston under warranty.Advised me to run it at lower revs on a rich mixture to run it in.
After less than a gallon shared between this saw & a Stihl MS170, I seem to have the same problem again.
It will be interesting to see what the dealer says this time (now outside... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2008
I dont use the Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw full time for work but it comes out quite often,ive used it for felling, cutting up fallen trees that were much larger than in width than the 18" guid bar and cut 1000s of logs for the fire,i have owned the saw for just over 3years and it has not failed, i like the 350 very much its the best for all round work i would recomend this saw to anyone (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2008
Overheating on the Husqvarna 350 is not due to fuel mixture - it's poor quality petrol i think. I've never had a problem in a Stihl, yet my 350 has failed twice - probably because they rev higher than the equivalent Stihl and the fuel was UK petrol. Use fresh fuel or Aspen petrol (it's hard to get hold of!) with blue Husky 2 stroke oil to reduce the heat. Also don't run 'em at full chat and you should be OK. (read more)
Written on: 21/10/2008
After reading this forum I bought A stihl ms290 and had really been considering a Husky. I talked to the dealer about these bad reviews (he carries husky,,stihl and echo) He said the only reason the Huskies get these reviews is guys buy them at discount stores like lowes etc and fail to get the fuel mixture right. He says he services them and many brought in have had straight gas run thru them. I paid about $100.00 more than I woulda for a Husky. (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2008
this Husqvarna 350 is a excellent saw i would recommend it to any average wood cutter. excellent chain speed and engine power,light,starts easy,don't vibrate much at all,very comfortable to handle (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2008 by holmeyer
The Husqvarna 350 is a great chain saw. I cut and block about 5 cords of firewood a year, so the saw gets a good workout. No problems with it so far. I've owned the saw for 3 years. (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2008
The Husqvarna 350 is a great Chain Saw, I have had great luck with it. It has never let me down in a major way. I could use more power, but so could all my tools. I do wish I would have bought a bigger saw, weight is not an issue with me. (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2008
Saw failed after 3 years - bad piston and cylinder. Local guy said lack of oil; water in the gas; or an air leak? Gas/oil mixture was right per manufacturer and the gas worked fine in a weed eater. Had a Poulin Pro that had a bad piston and cylinder (owned by Husquavara). Sitting on the shelf and I am thinking about buying a Stihl. Factory Service Support was terrible - never called back as they promised, etc. (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2008 by Full Skip (1 review written)
The studs that hold the bar are mounted in weak plastic and allow the chain to be pinched when the nuts are tighten enough to hold the bar securely. When loose enough to let the chain move freely, the chain tends to come off, damaging the chain in the process.
I've wrecked seven chains and have given up on this saw. I'd take fifty bucks for it, but i would hate for someone else to suffer the same frustration that I have had with that piece of junk. I'll never buy another Husqvarna.
I'm back... (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2008
I also am a home owner. I, however do heat predominantly with wood. Live one 10 acres and cut 5 to 10 cords per year. I put 200 to 300 hours on the saw each year.
I am surprised by the engine failure concerns expressed on in some of these reviews. I have owned the saw for 7 years. As stated above put at least 200 hours on it each year. All I have done so far is replace the spark plug, clean the air filter, blow it out with a compressor, etc. Either the folks who've had problems got a... (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2008 by vintagegamingsystems (1 review written)
Bought this Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw for my Dad for Christmas last year. 8 months later the exhaust fell of and one of the bolts striped. Took it to the dealer and they repaired it for $16. Used it for a week, the exhaust fell off and striped the other bolt. They also said that it was running lean and had a score on the piston. They told use that this saw is for light work, which is what we do. We have a farm and use it occasionally. Anyways, we had it repaired again. Now it runs very poorly... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2008 by Mark West
I love the way the husky 350 runs and cuts. It has alot of power for a small saw and handles like a dream. I bought this saw thinking it would last 10 or 15 years. I don't cut alot of wood maybe 10 cord a year at the most. After 3 years of use the saw is in the shop with the two screws that hold the muffler on completely striped. The shop is not sure if it can be fixed. I hope Husqvarna stands behind this saw. (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2008 by daveJ60 (1 review written)
Used the machine so few times that less than 1 gallon of fuel used and chain had one resharpen (just a touch up). Machine stopped working. Machine stopped due to pick up on piston ring at exhaust port. Dealer says that there was not enough oil mixed with fuel, which is total rubbish. The real reason is bad design. as the barrel is plain, unlined alluminium and only one ring then everything is set and ready for disaster. Add to this the lack of freedom around exhaust when cutting anyting... (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2008 by tfernands (1 review written)
I bought a Husqvarna 350 in November of 2005, it took me a year and a half to get 10 hours of use on it as a homeowner who does not burn wood for heat. In June of 2008 I was cutting some small logs I had cleaned up from around my property line when the saw quit working. I had less than 25 hours on it and less than three gallons of fuel mix had been through it. The ring had folded over by the exhaust port and scored the cylinder wall and piston. After reading several reviews, I learned that... (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2008 by johnsw1
Engine on my Husqvarna 350 chain saw broke in the year - they said it was out of date petrol or petrol oil mix was bad. Not so - as I was running my older saw along side that day and that is fine on same mix. Seems from these reviews I am not alone in having this happe. Got no joy from retailer or Husky.
Seems as if you either get a good one or a bad one and there is no reason for it and if you get a bad one hard luck. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2008
Has enough power but if you try and put any weight into the cut the chain stops. Overall not a bad saw for lighter yard work. Stock bar not as heavy as on the Stihl's and tends to flex allowing chain to fell off. Tip also has a tendency to freeze up. Most of these problems where corrected with an after market bar. I've used a Stihl 025 which is smaller but tends to cut better. Value wise I'll buy a Stihl next. (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2008
Good chainsaw but would like to see a manual over ride on the chain oiler as the Auto chain oiler with only 3 settings. Saying that is starts without hassle and you can work on it nice and easy. (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2008
Like the way this Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw handles, nice and smooth. The cutting action is superb and so far all is well, nothing bad to report. (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2008 by wcprv (1 review written)
I am going through the same thing with my 350 as many other people are. I take the cover off to change chain, and must have bumped chain brake lever...cannot reset the re-install. I COLLECT Chain saws - I own over 30 Stihls, Partners, Homelights, and a MALL two man. I hate this Husqvarna. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008 by powrguy (1 review written)
I've owned Homelite Super XL, Poulan Pro, Poulan Farmhand 2900, and this Husqvarna 350 Chain Saw is by far a superior machine. Not overly heavy to use, and good balance and power. Oiling was set at factory, and works perfectly. Just the right amount of oil and no problem at all. Plenty of guts for the average user, which is my use, and cuts easily through up to 12" - 14" branches/trees with the 18" bar. It can go up to 20" bar length, but the optimum in my opinion is no more than an 18"... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2008 by nolly (1 review written)
Well I just cant resist this.
I have just had a read of these reviews and they seem to be up in the tens or down in the ones.
I just find it hilarious!
The 350 is a superb saw, I cant fault in any way, the engine is sharp and responsive, lovely weight and balance. It starts every time and ticks over like a dream when sat down.
All I can say to the low score reviewers is read the manual, try some oil in the petrol, and don't pull away with the choke on. It will flood then. (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2008
The Husqvarna 350 is a great chain saw for around the house, despite its small size tank. It starts quick and is easy to use and handle due to its lightweight. (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2008
I would recommend this Husqvarna chainsaw for any serious wood cutting work. I have had several other chainsaw brands and an electric chainsaw. The Husky has been the best thus far. It was not the cheapest but it certainly was worth the money and I have not had any problems with it at all. You can tell the difference between this chainsaw and the cheaper brands. I went through several Craftsmens and Homelites in my life thus far! If you want a good, durable chainsaw which performs then buy a... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2008
Worst product I have ever owned. Ran through two tanks of gas and saw would not restart. Took back to dealer and at first they tried to blame on improper fuel mixture. Then after three weeks they found defect with the saw. Fixed it under warranty for no charge (tried to charge 280.00 for repair at first). Got saw back after 10 weeks and it ran ok. But saw would not stay running after second use. Back to the repair shop. saw has had 4 to 5 tanks of gas ran through it. Should have bought a stihl. (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2008
Supplier said the saw has not had any oil or wrong mix used. This seems to be standard. Two stroke isn't that hard to mix. I then went to my local tool hire shop picked up the most worn looking chainsaw in the shop asked how long it had been on hire (seven years)and I bought the same make and model. The local garden/tool shop do have staff that can give you advise but how pro or good this is varies. The tool hire shop gives you chance to see how the tools respond to a hard days work day in... (read more)