Husqvarna 240 was the most entry-level chainsaw you could find in Husqvarna’s line of products. In 2019 it was replaced by the 120 Mark II. The newer saw has over 4 times the size of the fuel tank and can support bigger chain bars, which makes it slightly heavier.
Husqvarna 240 has a 38.2 cc engine, that can produce up to 2 hp. Since this chainsaw is only for casual use, it’s enough power for any homeowner. It certainly can handle light jobs like tree pruning, hobby work and firewood cutting.
The 240 comes with a 16” (40 cm) guide bar, which is standard in this range. With that you can cut a maximum of 32” (81 cm) of material, but to be honest, if you want to do that you should use a higher tier chainsaw. You can even use a smaller chain bar, the minimum being 13” (33 cm). The newer model 120 Mark II allows for bars up to 18” (45 cm).
Once the chain goes dull, it’s easy to remove and replace in a matter of minutes with the tensioning system. If you use the original guide bar, they will not bend or break even under a heavier load.
In terms of safety, the 240 has an inertia activated chain brake, which prevents you from getting cut during a kickback. This is a must-have feature in any chainsaw.
The main advantage of this saw was the price. It was the cheapest one from Husqvarna. The successor, 120 Mark II is slightly more expensive (about $20) and is now the least expensive.
Pros & Cons
- Low vibrations
- Small fuel tank
- Some people report issues with starting
Overall, the 240 is a decent chainsaw. For a premium brand it’s pretty cheap and gets the job done. All the issues with it seem to be fixed with the new 120 Mark II model.
Makes starting easier by removing air from the carburetor and fuel system.
Also standard, this centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter, thus reducing the filter’s cleaning and improving engine life.
Combined choke/stop control
Reduces the risk of engine flooding and allows for easier starting.
This is standard for all Husqvarna’s gas-powered chainsaws. This patented technology reduces fuel consumption by 20% to comply with environmental regulations.
Vibration dampening system designed to reduce vibration levels to the operator, which lessens fatigue.
Inertia activated chain brake
Reduces the likelihood of injury due to kickback.
Husqvarna 240 Specs
|Cylinder displacement||38.2 cm³|
|Power output||2.0 hp|
|Maximum power speed||9 000 RPM|
|Fuel tank volume||0.14 US pint|
2.24 fl oz
|Fuel consumption||0.88 lbs/kWh|
|Idling speed||3 000 RPM|
|Spark plug||Champion RCJ7Y|
|Weight (without cutting equipment)||10.3 lbs|
|Recommended bar length (min)||13in|
|Recommended bar length (max)||16 in|
|Oil tank volume||0.09 US pint|
1.44 fl oz
|Oil pump type||Fixed flow|
|Oil pump capacity (min)||0.27 oz/min|
|Oil pump capacity (max)||0.27 oz/min|
|Sound and Noise|
|Sound power level, guaranteed (LWA)||113 dB(A)|
|Sound power level, measured||113 dB(A)|
|Sound pressure level at operators ear||100.7 dB(A)|
|Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) front handle||6.89 ft/s²|
|Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) rear handle||8.86 ft/s²|
|Warranty (homeowner)||2 years|
|Warranty (commercial)||90 days|