Husqvarna 359 and 390XP

This year’s models from Husqvarna are both powerful chainsaws with oodles of features designed to make them easy-to-use, effective, working tools.
The 359 is based on the best-selling forestry 375XP. It’s a slim, narrow-bodied, easy-to-handle unit with what is best described as raw strength over a wide range of speeds. It’s not as peaky as Husqvarna’s XP models. The torque is that bit flatter and that makes the saw a bit more forgiving. It’s also that bit cheaper. But it certainly has the versatility to keep it busy in a variety of demanding tasks. It also comes in a “G” version for those requiring heated handles.
The 88cc 390XP comes from the Super Professional range and is a very powerful saw for those who make their living from timber. It displays a lot of comfort factors to make extended hours of use more pleasant and less tiring. Because it is aimed at serious professional users, the choke and on/off are on separate switches. There’s also more padding on the handles.
Both units feature SmartStart to reduce the resistance in the starter cord by up to 40 per cent, and have an adjustable oil pump to set lubrication according to your needs. Both feature air injection — a centrifugal air cleaning system for reduced wear and longer operating times between filter cleanings. Each has a forged three-piece crankshaft and the 359 boasts a magnesium crankcase to withstand high rpm.
It’s just a matter of prizing open four clips to gain access to the air filter and spark plug. Side-mounted chain tensioners make for quick and easy chain adjustment with an appropriate tool, and there is well-raised sight line to aid felling work. Well, that’s what you would expect. It’s Husky through and through.

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