Husqvarna 345F x series

Here's a machine with all the buzz words. It's a "LowVib" model, got an "E-tech" engine and is fitted with "Auto Smart Start". But what does it mean?

First, it means that the 345F x is a serious machine. It boasts a wrought, three-piece crankshaft and hard chromium-plated cylinder bore. The technology behind E-tech results in a surprising power-to-weight ratio and reduced emission. This is a rapidly accelerating, high revving, but clean machine.
The Auto Smart Start means it takes less effort to get this machine started. There is also what Husqvarna call an “optimised bevel gear”. Angled at 24?, this should simplify directional felling in dense vegetation. The axle shaft is made of steel and is provided with self-lubricating bearings. Our tester also appreciates the transparent fuel tank that enables the operator to keep an eye on the fuel level. And, with the handle and fuel tank both separated from the engine, vibrations are low.
All good so far, but just look at the design — there’s nowhere for branches and briars to catch, the spark-plug has reinforced protection — it’s all very neat and tidy. The tester is impressed: “I like the fact there are no wires hanging where they could get snagged.”
The 345F x is light and well balanced. The angled handlebar, ergonomic handles and thumb throttle-control add to the comfort, along with Husqvarna’s Trio-Balance harness, which has broad back support and hip belt to distribute the load away from the shoulders.
This machine accelerates so rapidly that the start-up noise is somewhat disconcerting. We asked Husqvarna to check it out.
The manufacturer replied: “The initial start-up noise from the gearbox end of the machine is blade flex.
“This is normal because the engine is designed to accelerate from zero to 13,500rpm in a fraction of a second. Unlike a brushcutter, a clearing saw needs the fast acceleration because of the way that it needs to be used in a forestry application.”

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