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Husqvarna 240 Chainsaw
with Side-mounted Chain Tensioner

About four years ago, I was on a canoe trip with a few friends when we realized we’d run out of wood. Being the resourceful group of guys we were, we decided it would be a good idea to try to chop some of our own firewood. It didn’t take long to find a tree that was a good candidate, as there was one right outside our cabin that had been recently struck by lightning. That’s when the problems began. It turns out there wasn’t an axe in the cabin and we ended up having to use a little hand axe that one of the group had brought with them. Needless to say, it took us a long time to take that tree down and chop it up into firewood. As we took turns hacking away at the tree I kept thinking about how a nice it would be to have a chainsaw.

Hopefully, for your sake you never have to live through this type of experience – our shoulders were killing us! If you’re looking for a chainsaw that can help you avoid this type of situation, the Husqvarna 240 2 HP is a great place to start. This is a very capable machine and it’s priced well – under $250.

The Long Reach of the Saw

This chainsaw has a very respectable 16-inch blade bar that will make it easier to reach those areas that might otherwise cause trouble. Believe me, my friends and I would’ve given anything for a chainsaw with a 16-inch reach back at that cabin. To give you an idea of what that really means, consider that the first chainsaw I ever owned had a modest 12-inch reach. Those extra 4 inches, can mean all the difference.

Tension on Demand

If you don’t want to experience the nightmare of the chain on your chainsaw derailing in the middle of cutting down a big branch you need to look for a chainsaw that has some kind of tension adjustment. This model comes equipped with a tension adjust knob for just such occasions. You can quickly tighten and adjust the chainsaw so that it grips tightly every time. With a nice tight chain you’ll get a cleaner cut and avoid wood chips that can fly up and cause serious eye injuries.

Chain Safety

With Husqvarna’s built in safety features you can avoid any issues with your blade becoming stuck on a knot in the wood. In the event that your blade does encounter a knot, this model will automatically stop to prevent injury. It’s highly doubtful that you’ll be able to avoid issues like this every time you try to tackle some wood, so it’s comforting to know that you have this added protection.

Ergonomic Health

You probably wouldn’t think of a chainsaw as an ergonomic tool, but the Husqvarna 952802154 is designed with exactly that in mind. It has a double grip handle that’s contoured to fit snugly against your body. The motor is also enclosed inside a compact housing which provides the perfect fit against your body as well. Cutting branches with a chainsaw can be hard work so it’s good to know that this machine is designed to minimize the strain on your body.

Dual Handles

The double grip handle doesn’t just help to provide a natural fit against your body it also makes it easier to control the chainsaw. By designing this machine so that the two handles are tight together the manufacturer has made it easy to make quick adjustments as you cut. This allows for more precise cuts and will help to drastically reduce the amount of time you spend cutting branches in your backyard.

Easy Start

A nice smooth cutting machine won’t do you a lot of good if you can’t get your chainsaw up and running in the first place. The 952802154 includes Easy Start technology that ensures it starts up reliably every time. Some customers have suggested this doesn’t match the experience they’ve had with this machine, but most confirm that it starts as reliably as the manufacturer claims.

Low Emissions

Any gasoline-powered engine is going to produce some level of emissions, even in a small engine tool like a chainsaw. It’s unavoidable. If you’re bothered by the impact your chainsaw will have on the environment, you’ll be comforted to know that this Husqvarna chainsaw is a low emission machine. It meets the strict guidelines set out by the state of California, which are some of the toughest in the world.


When you think of a chainsaw you would normally picture a bulky, heavy, and awkward machine. That’s not the case with this model. It weighs in at a very manageable 10.3 lbs. Unless you’ve recently suffered some kind of upper body injury, you should have no trouble lifting and maneuvering this chainsaw.

The Not So Good

It’s rare to find any product that doesn’t have a few critics and this chainsaw is no exception. Typical complaints have to do with difficulty getting it started and the difficulty of cutting thick wood with it. Problems with starting this machine that some people have experienced seems to be an infrequent problem, and the issue with cutting thick wood probably has to do with the fact that this really isn’t meant for hardcore tree cutting. It’s designed to be used for pruning trees and chopping smaller pieces of wood.

A Capable Option

The Husqvarna 952802154 gasoline-powered chainsaw is a capable machine. It doesn’t have the power of some of the higher end models, but for some light work in your back yard it’s perfect. Its ergonomic and lightweight design will also help to ensure you’re not in too much pain once you’ve finished the job.

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