Husqvarna 120i 14-in. Brushless Chainsaw
Husqvarna 120i 14-in. Brushless Chainsaw
Lightweight, comfortable & easy to use 40V battery 14-in. Chainsaw. Perfect for felling smaller trees as well as pruning & cutting branches. Featuring an efficient Brushless electric motor with save mode, intuitive keypad & Instant start. The low noise level allows you to work without disturbing the surroundings. 4Ah battery & charger are included. Run longer, stronger, lighter.
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I’ve had this saw about a month and I’m happy with it so far. I live in the mountains of New Mexico among pinon, juniper, and oak. I thin the trees for fire safety and use the wood to heat my house. 75% of what I cut is under 6 inches in diameter, 25% is between 6 and 12 inches diameter, and only occasionally a branch or tree over 12 inches. I’m not cutting continuously because I stop to make decisions about what to cut, and to drag the logs and slash out of the way. In this intermittent, light-duty style of cutting I can work for about three hours on one charge. When I’m doing more continuous cutting, such as bucking a pile of logs into fireplace lengths, the battery lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. It doesn’t seem to make a difference whether I use full-speed mode or e-Save mode. This is small diameter bucking. If you were continuously cutting large diameter logs the battery probably wouldn’t last as long. Keeping your chain sharp prolongs battery life. Charging a fully depleted battery usually takes me 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
I don’t mind that I can only fell for three hours, or buck for 1-1/4 hours, before having to recharge. The saw is lighter and quieter than a gas saw, has less vibration, starts and stops instantly, and it’s really nice not having to mess with gas.
The user needs to be aware that the saw has a few different automatic shutoff features. The owner’s manual is long but it’s worth reading once to make sure you’re aware of those features. Otherwise you might think the saw is malfunctioning when it’s not. If it’s idle for more than 60 seconds the power button needs to be pressed to restart. If the chain brake is engaged it won’t start. If you overload the motor by pushing too aggressively into the wood or by tangling the chain in foliage, the chain will stop. If you back off slightly and try again it will work. This is nice feedback that alerts you to binding, etc.
The “felling direction mark” is handy. It’s a raised ridge of plastic that runs all the way around the body of the saw. Whether you’re making the top cut of your wedge cut or the felling cut from the back of the hinge, point the line to the place you want the tree to fall. It has improved my accuracy.
So far my one complaint is that it’s hard to push the power button. It often takes me two or three tries before it turns on. It seems to require a very firm push directly in the center of the button. I’ve also noticed that the automatic chain oiler does not oil the change nearly as heavily as my other saws. This is nice because the saw isn’t as messy and I don’t use as much oil, but I’ve wondered whether it’s adequate. The manual says you can test this by pointing the bar 8 inches from a light colored surface and running the saw for 60 seconds. It says the oil will make a dark line on the surface. My saw does this, so I guess it’s getting enough oil? If so, I like the more precise use of bar & chain oil with less waste. But I still feel a little nervous about whether it’s enough.
Overall I have found this saw to be effective and easy to use. I am happy with this purchase and would buy this saw again.
Over the weekend I used this saw to cut up a larger hickory tree that had fallen during a severe storm. The diameter of the tree at the base was 25 inches. I was very impressed with how well the saw cut through this tree. It didn’t cut as quickly as a gas powered saw but it did quite well with the tough hickory wood. The chain stayed sharp throughout the whole project. I never let the chain get in the dirt so it stayed sharp. I like the blade access not requiring any tools. It’s easy to change the chain when necessary. I am still using the original chain. The only drawback was the battery life before recharge was needed. I had to recharge the battery 4 times before the tree was finished. The charging time from drained dead to fully charged was about one hour and forty-five minutes. It would be nice to have a backup battery, but the cost of a battery is $160, while the whole saw with battery is $250. Maybe cheaper aftermarket batteries will be available in the future. It would also be nice if it was possible to run this saw from a power cord, as an option to using a battery.
First of all, let me make it clear that I’m giving this five stars based on the chainsaw’s intended use, which is for occasional, “casual” use by homeowners. I don’t mean to imply that a lumberjack should buy this chainsaw. Within its intended user range, however, I can’t find anything to complain about, hence the five stars.
In my own case, I bought it mainly to cut down the occasional tree that’s ready to fall, or to clear the ones that I miss from my driveway or other inconvenient places. I also have two other tools from Husqvarna that use the same battery, so buying this chainsaw seemed a sensible choice.
The setup took about ten minutes, nine of which were spent glancing at the manual. The tenth minute was spent pouring chain oil into the reservoir and inserting the battery. I then walked into my woods to find a fallen tree to test it on, and lo and behold, it cuts. Granted, the tree was long-dead and half-rotted; but it was a fallen tree, and I bought this saw to cut fallen trees.
I’m attaching a video as part of the review. Hopefully it won’t exceed whatever Amazon’s size limit is. If you want the high-res version, search for my account on Vimeo (same user name as here) and you’ll find it.
Ergonomically speaking, the chainsaw seems about as heavy as any other chainsaw of its size I’ve ever used. Maybe a little lighter. I didn’t weigh it. It’s well-balanced and the controls operate smoothly. There’s little noise and no vibration to speak of. Plus, it’s ready for use at any time assuming you have the good sense to keep a charged battery on hand, with no messing around mixing two-cycle fuel that will probably get stale before you need it again. So all in all, the user experience is very nice as chainsaw experiences go.
In summary, if you frequently cut wood for extended periods of time, then I would hesitate to suggest this or any battery-powered chainsaw. But if you’re in my position of only occasionally needing a chainsaw — but really needing one on those occasions — then this is probably as good a choice as any, especially if you also have other Husqvarna tools that use the same battery.
I already own and was impressed with my Husqvarna battery weed eater so when I was looking for a chain saw and found this I ordered it immediately. It cut right through the small tree in the fence line on my property and would be great for removing limbs.
This is a very decent little chainsaw. It won’t do everything a larger gas powered saw will do, but it cuts well, its cleaner and much quieter. So far I’m happy with it. I purchased an extra battery, so o can put one on charge, while using the other. I will use this when I want to do some quick cutting or when I want to generate less noise. It won’t do large trees, of course, but 10” or 12” diameter is possible.