Husqvarna 120 Mark II Review

Husqvarna 120 is easy to use, all-around chainsaw for homeowners. Thanks to sufficient cutting performance the saw makes light work of cutting firewood, light felling or limbing. Features X-Torq® engine technology for low emissions and Air Injection that keeps the filter clean. Low kickback cutting equipment for increased safety.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight
  • Maneauverability
  • Good value for money
  • Not the best in it’s class
  • Hard to start, especially on cold
  • The carburetor may need tweaking


Husqvarna 120 is not without flaws. First of all, out of the box, you may need to tweak the carburetor a bit. And since it’s primarily for homeowners, not everyone will be skilled enough to do that on their own.

There’s also this weird phase with a new saw, where it doesn’t perform to its maximum potential in the first 2 or 3 uses. Once it gets over this weird initial period, it works as expected from Husqvarna. Even after you get through this, you may find it hard to start.

Those are the main cons I’ve noticed. If you can handle all of the above, then the 120 may suit you just fine. But I’d rather pick up a Husqvarna 135 Mark II. It has twice as many features, more power, and only costs a few bucks more.

Husqvarna 120 Video Review


1. Air Purge

Removes air from carburetor and fuel system for easy starting.

2. Combined choke/stop control

Allows for easier starting and reduces the risk of engine flooding.

Air purge and combined choke/stop control features.


3. LowVib

System designed to reduce vibration levels to the operator, which lessens fatigue.

4. Inertia activated chain brake

Reduces the likelihood of injury due to kickback.

LowVib and inertia activated chain brake features.


5. Air Injection

Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter. This results in reduced air filter cleanings and improved engine life.

6. X-Torq

The powerful and efficient X-Torq® engine cuts both engine emissions and fuel consumption. That improves your working environment and saves you money at the gas pump.

Air injection and X-torq features.

Husqvarna 120 Mark II Specs

Husqvarna 120 Mark II
Cylinder displacement38.2 cm³
2.33 in³
Power output1.88 hp
1.4 kW
Maximum power speed9 000 rpm
Idling speed3 000 rpm
Clutch engagement speed (±120)4 250 rpm
Fuel tank volume0.59 US pint
0.28 liters
Fuel consumption428 g/kWh
1.32 lbs/h
Spark plugChampion RCJ7Y
Electrode gap0.02 in
Ignition module air gap0.01 in
Oil pump typeAutomatic
Bar length16 in
40 cm
Recommended bar length (min)14”
35 cm
Recommended bar length (max)18”
45 cm
Chain typeH37
Pitch3/8″ mini
Sprocket typeSpur 6
Size (length x width x height)28 x 9.3 x 10.7 in
71 x 24.1 x 27.2 cm
Weight (without cutting equipment)10.7 lbs
4.85 kg
Lubricant typeHusqvarna 2 stroke or equivalent at 50:1
Oil tank volume0.32 US pint
0.15 liters
Sound and noise
Sound  power level, guaranteed (LWA)113 dB(A)
Sound power level, measured100.7 dB(A)
Sound pressure level at operators ear100.7 dB(A)
Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) front handle2.1 m/s²
Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) rear handle2.7 m/s²
Warranty (homeowner)2 years
Warranty (commercial)90 days

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