The Husqvarna 240 e-series features engine technology that is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. It also has Smart Start technology for easy starting, tool-free chain tensioning, an inertia-activated chain brake and a vibration-dampening system, including anti-vibration handles, which help combat fatigue. With a 38.2 cc engine, it has plenty of power for moderate to heavy cutting -- the kind done most often by homeowners. If you plan to use your chainsaw less regularly and want to spend less for a gas model, experts recommend the Poulan Pro PP3516AVX (*Est. $150) .
We found the most credible review of the Husqvarna 240 e-series in Popular Mechanics, based on tests of seven fairly new gas chainsaws. We also looked at owner reviews posted on NorthernTool.com, although there are fewer than 10 of them. Reviews of the more expensive and consistently high-rated Husqvarna 455 Rancher (*Est. $400) can also be helpful, because the two models share some common features; certain observations may apply to both models.
Our Sources: Husqvarna Chainsaw Reviews
To test seven gas chainsaws with engine sizes from 35 cc to 38 cc, a Popular Mechanics team "spent three days pruning an ancient orchard, felling trees and crosscutting them into logs." Based on the results, each of the seven chainsaws is given a rating of up to 5 stars. The Husqvarna 240e is rated a perfect 5 out of 5. Reviewers praise its Smart Start technology, smooth operation and vibration-dampening system. They conclude, "This is a great saw." Husqvarna recommends a 13- to 16-inch bar; the bar used for this test was 16 inches long.
Review: 7 New Chain Saws Reviewed: Comparison Test, Thomas Klenck, Oct. 2008
Close to 80 owners post ratings and reviews of the Husqvarna 240 e-series on the Husqvarna website, giving it an average rating of 4.2 out of 5. About 85 percent say they would recommend this chainsaw to a friend. A few complain that they have trouble starting it despite its Smart Start technology, which is supposed to reduce starting effort. The vast majority, however, are quite satisfied.
Review: Husqvarna 240 E-Series, Contributors to Husqvarna.com
About a dozen owners post reviews and give the Husqvarna 240 e-series an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. All of them say they would recommend this saw to a friend. One writes that it is a "very good saw for all around use, nice and light, smooth runner, good starter perfect for the home owner and small land owner."
Review: Husqvarna Model# 240e - 16in. Chain Saw – 38cc, 16in. Bar, Contributors to NorthernTool.com