Husqvarna 545 Mark II Review

The second generation of Husqvarna’s 545 chainsaw is a 50cc unit that’s ready for your felling, limbing, and bucking of small and midsize trees. Designed for professional forestry and tree care crews, this durable saw has improved power and a slimmed-down design. A host of innovative features guarantee a comfortable and efficient operation, season after season.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight
  • Well balanced
  • Improved cooling
  • Easy to start & use
  • Powerful for medium usage
  • Pricey
  • Might be tricky to start on cold


The 545 Mark II offers impressive chain speed and has enough power to cut through 25” logs. Hardwood too. The build quality is on point and with enough maintenance, the saw should last long. As price is a major deciding factor, the Husky is a bit cheaper than its main counterpart – Stihl MS 261.


1. Flip-up tank cap

Easy to open and close when refueling. Even with thick winter gloves.

2. Adjustable oil pump

You can control oil flow based on application and weather conditions.

3. Side-mounted chain tensioner

Easier access to chain tensioning device compared to the front tensioning.

4. Felling sight to last a lifetime

Perfect sight is critical when felling. Distinct, colored marks on the chainsaw body used for aiming the direction of tree fall.

5. Retained bar nuts

Prevents losing the bar nuts.

6. Retained starter screws

Prevents losing the screws holding the starter.

7. Quick-release air filter

Easily removable air filter, when you need to clean it or replace it.

8. Snap-lock cylinder cover

When you need to change anything inside the saw or do some cleaning, you just pop the snap-lock on each side of the saw.

9. Visible fuel level

The fuel tank is transparent, so you can see how much fuel is left.

10. Slimmed-down design

The chainsaw is easy and convenient to handle in any situation thanks to its low and slender body.


1. Excellent cooling capacity for a longer engine life

The new cooling system is optimized in every detail to give you a reliable chainsaw for any situation.

2. Air Injection

The centrifugal air cleaning system prevents larger dust and debris particles from reaching the air filter. In return, you get improved engine life and less maintenance cleaning the air filter. All Husqvarnas have this.

3. Magnesium crankcase

Sturdily built crankcase withstands high RPMs and tough professional use. This ensures a long service life.

4. Three-piece crankshaft

Forged three-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications.


1. LowVib

The vibration dampening system called LowVib is present in all Husky chainsaws. Metal springs in the engine suspension reduce vibrations felt by the operator. This allows you to work longer without your hands getting exhausted and it also prevents developing medical conditions.

The front handle and handguard are offset by 7° to provide a more natural holding position.

2. Inertia activated chain brake

In the case of kickback, the inertia mechanism will stop the chain from running. This significantly reduces the risk of injury.


1. Smart Start

Engine and starter design to start the machine quickly with minimum effort.

2. X-Torq

Probably the best thing about newer Husqvarna saws. It reduces emissions by up to 75% and fuel consumption by up to 20%. You spend less on gas and breathe less fumes. It also makes the saw CARB compliant.

3. AutoTune

Gives optimal engine performance throughout automatic engine setting. No time spent on carburetor adjustments. It compensates for different fuels, altitude, humidity, temperature and clogged air filter.

Husqvarna 545 Mark II Features

Husqvarna 545Husqvarna 545 Mark II
Flip-up tank cap
Air Injection
Easy to start
Excellent cooling capacity for a longer life
Adjustable oil pump
Side-mounted chain tensioner
Magnesium crankcase
Snap-lock cylinder cover
Three-piece crankshaft
Inertia activated chain brake
Smart start
Slimmed-down design
Felling marks
Visible fuel level
Air Purge
Quick-release air filter
Retained bar nuts
Retained starter screws

Husqvarna 545 Mark II Specs

Husqvarna 545Husqvarna 545 Mark IIStihl MS 261
Cylinder displacement50.1 cm³
3.06 in³
50.1 cm³
3.06 in³
50.2 cm³
3.06 in³
Power output3.35 hp
2.5 kW
3.6 hp
2.68 kW
4 hp
3 kW
Weight10.8 lbs
4.9 kg
11.7 lbs
5.3 kg
10.8 lbs
4.9 kg
Maximum power speed9 600 RPM9 900 RPM10 000 RPM
Fuel tank volume1.1 US pint
0.52 liters
1.12 US pint
0.53 liters
1.06 US pint
0.5 liters
Fuel consumption424 g/kWh432 g/kWh
Idling speed2 800 RPM2 800 RPM
Electrode gap0.02 in0.02 in
Torque (max)2.69 Nm2.95 Nm
Recommended bar length (min)13 in
33 cm
13 in
33 cm
16 in
40 cm
Recommended bar length (max)20 in
50 cm
20 in
50 cm
20 in
50 cm
Oil tank volume0.57 US pint
0.27 liters
0.68 US pint
0.32 liters
Oil pump typeAutomaticAdjustable flow, no flow at idle
Oil pump capacity (min)5 ml/min
Oil pump capacity (max)12 ml/min
Sound and noise
Sound power level, guaranteed (LWA)116 dB(A)116 dB(A)116 dB(A)
Sound power level, measured114 dB(A)114 dB(A)113 dB(A)
Sound pressure level at operators ear106 dB(A)106 dB(A)105 dB(A)
Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) front handle3.8 m/s²3.6 m/s²3.5 m/s²
Equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) rear handle3.7 m/s²4.1 m/s²3.5 m/s²
Warranty (homeowner)2 years2 years

Product variants

Husqvarna 545Husqvarna 545 Mark II
16” (40 cm)
.058” (1.5 mm)
966 64 85-8216” (40 cm) SN
.058” (1.5 mm) H25
967 69 06-16
16” (40 cm)
.050” (1.3 mm)
966 64 85-8116” (40 cm)
.050” (1.3 mm) SP33G
967 69 06-36
18” (45 cm)
.058” (1.5 mm)
966 64 85-8618” SN
1.5 mm H25
967 69 06-18
18” (45 cm)
.050” (1.3 mm)
966 64 85-8518” SN
1.3 mm SP33G
967 69 06-38
16” (40 cm) RSN
.050” (1.3 mm)
966 64 85-8320” SN
1.3 mm SP33G
967 69 06-02
16” (40 cm) RSN
.058” (1.5 mm)
966 64 85-8420” SN
1.3 mm SP33G
967 69 06-40

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