Husqvarna 142 

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Weight -10.1lbs
Engine Displacment -40.2cc
Bar Lengths -13-15"
Chain Width -3/8
Engine HP -2.2hp

The Husqvarna 142 is a lightweight, easy to operate and versatile saw for more demanding homeowner and part-time use. A new spring-assisted starter mechanism makes this model very easy to start. Just like all Husqvarna saws, the 142 satisfies the highest demands on safety, easy operation and ergonomics. Useful in gardens and yards as well as for felling applications.

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Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/28/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I cut alot!!!!! I have bought 3 homelite and they all broke:( This saw has cut more than all 3 homelite put together!!! $199.99 at Lowes. I now own 3 husky saws.

Strengths:
The whole saw:)

Weaknesses:
None to mention

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/17/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I am using this saw for jobs, ranging from cutting brush to felling trees. It runs very strong and is forgiving for the abuse, that I give it. For the money and good service, I like Husqvarna alot.

Strengths:
Heavy duty construction, but yet light weight in tight spots.

Weaknesses:
None

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
6/9/2008

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Not worth the money or my time.

Strengths:
Cuts very well, when it starts. I felled and cut up several trees, until it quit on me.

Weaknesses:
Very hard to start, tends to stall after a couple hours of use. After using for three days after buying new, quit starting altogether.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/22/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I bought this saw (first chainsaw) after reading several reviews. Husqvarna is more expensive than Craftsman and Poulan for example but well worth the extra money. There are lots of features that make them better than lower cost saws, automatic oiler, vibration control, etc. easy chain tensioning, etc. I went with this smaller version Husky since it was my first one and wanted something that I would be able to control and out muscle if needed - I was leary about kickback etc. again, new to chainsaws. I cut about 20 face cord (16"x4'x8') of mostly softwood (various varieties of pine ranging from 10" to 16" dia) and 4 smaller oak trees (ranging from 8 to 14" diameter) I have not had any issues starting or poor running. I highly recommend this saw although it is discontinued and replaced with screnchless versions with lower cc's. I didn't compare the Hp to the newer version however. Sear's still carries the 142 so if you want one you best act fast before they are all gone.

Strengths:
Light weight, easy to use, cuts well.

Weaknesses:
Light on power for large diameter cuts. You need to finesse it through deep cuts and plan the cuts well to avoid bar pinching. This is just good practice (technique) anyway.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/23/2009

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
A really good yard clean up and small felling saw, which is exactly what it's aimed at. Far better build quality than it's marginally lesser priced competitors. A few comment on difficult starting but the manual explains it perfectly and it works. Very happy to have a quality name saw.

Strengths:
Easy to start, does not have a primer so a couple of pulls on full choke till it fires, then half choke and it fires up every time. Lightweight. It seems to be well built. Air injection really works well at keeping air filter cleaner for longer. Plenty of dealer for my are if I need parts.

Weaknesses:
It has a constant flow oiler so it's best to pause occassionally to let the bar oil catch up. Fiddly to get to air cleaner but it needs doing less so a non issue really. It's not marketed as a big (14 inch plus) felling saw but it will go there if you take your time. You will find it's performance limits otherwise.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Cash Convertors
Review
Reviewed by:
Bill Davidson
Review Date
7/22/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
great saw never lets me down I have cut about 30 cord of wood cuts very well

Strengths:
lightweight I have a bad back so I chose the 142 I have used it for 2 years now

Weaknesses:
exhaust cover comes loose

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
jerry adams
Review Date
10/20/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I would own two or three of them if they came a with bigger bar selection. If i was to rate this saw 4.75 out of 5...

Strengths:
I have had no problems with this saw and out runs any other saw it is class. I put a 18" bar on it and hasn't slowed it down none. I have had this saw for 2 yrs. and still runs great. I have cut a lot of large trees with it out performs a poulan and sears saw any day.

Weaknesses:
It is a hard starting saw at first but after that it runs like a beaver on a tree.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From tractor suppy company
Review
Reviewed by:
Gabi
Review Date
12/21/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 4
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
It is a good saw for home use. Lot of power for firewood cutting. It starts pretty well (2nd or 3rd pull) depending on the weather. I have to addmit that it was very good for me but now I would buy a bigger one.

Strengths:
I cut with it many cubic meters of beech, hornbeam, fir, red oak, accacia, cherry and apple trees. I could never stop it in 1yr+few mths whatever dia the log had. It has 2.6hp and it cuts very fast (if the chain is well sharpened). I even used it for 1m high stock cuts using a horse similar to Oregon's one. I'm very happy with the power it has - is more than enough for firewood cutting.

Weaknesses:
1. The heat shield plate assembled above the muffler will come loose whatever glue you will use; 2. Because it's a hobby/homeuser chainsaw it needs 3-4 30-60seconds breaks every each fill; 3. I had a problem once: it stopped after a few seconds of running - I suspect the gas; I also had to retune the carburator once.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Husqvarna dealer in Romania
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/20/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 3
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:
I laugh at some of you who talk about how much better this is than a Poulan when it is a REBADGED Poulan painted like a husky. It's the SAME SAW AS A POULAN. Husky Owns Poulan. If you want a real Husky go to an independant dealer Not LOWES. I fell for the hype and when the owner of my local husky dealer showed me my saw (in for service after 6 months) and the poulan he had in the shop that was identical, I traded for a swedish made Husky.

Strengths:
Decent saw

Weaknesses:
Paying for the name. It's really a Poulan

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Larry
Review Date
6/23/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Must give it a 0 if it won't run, I guess I could hit the tree with the saw?

Strengths:
Cut well, until it stopped running

Weaknesses:
Can't get it to start anymore. No reason for it not to run.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
michel
Review Date
11/10/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 3
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
very good.

Strengths:
Good cutting saw. Always starts, runs well.

Weaknesses:
Mufflers are weak/thin metal. Cover comes loose and cuts thin metal muffler before you know it. 2 mufflers in 2 years.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From sears
Review
Reviewed by:
avi
Review Date
12/22/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
i was payed 800 dollers here in Israel but it was worth IT!!! working with it every weekend and it going thourth "fat" woods

Strengths:
very powerfull for a M size. very stable when it runs on high RPM.

Weaknesses:
little bit heavy.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From lola
Review
Reviewed by:
John
Review Date
2/1/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Great small saw.

Strengths:
I have owned my 142 for 5 years now and it has never failed me. If given the opportunity to use my 16 inch Husky or my 20 inch Stihl, I use the Husky everytime. It is much lighter, starts easier, and the chain sharpens more easily. It starts in cold weather on no later than the 3rd try. Definately one to buy. This saw has cut dozens and dozens of rank without fail.

Weaknesses:
None

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Local Town Store
Review
Reviewed by:
Idiot husq owner!
Review Date
3/20/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Not worth the money. Buy a Stihl!

Strengths:
Fast cutting saw WHEN it runs

Weaknesses:
Uses too much bar oil, hard to start, quits too easily, needs constant carb adjustment!

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Hand2ThePlow
Review Date
4/29/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
With the exception of the oil leak, I like the saw alot.

Strengths:
Economical to operate, plenty of power for most homeowner tasks.

Weaknesses:
Leaks oil like the Exxon Valdez. This is a common problem with the 142 but no one seems to know why or how to fix it.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
IMA
Review Date
8/2/2011

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 2
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
It's junk. I did same work concurrently with 20 years old Eager Beaver by McCulloch and it is still running. I had to replace the oil pump on Husqvarna very soon. Now the engine has no compression...zero!! I used same 40:1 mixture as on did on small McCulloch. Support by Husqvarna sucks. No easy contacts. Local Husqvarna repairman would not repair it and suggested that I'll buy new saw. Next I'll try Stihl.

Strengths:
Adequate power for 18"

Weaknesses:
Bad oil pump..plastic Engine died, when cutting long boards. To heavy to climb the trees with

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Borrowed new from son in law
Review
Reviewed by:
Josh
Review Date
8/28/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
A+, Outstanding saw for the money I spent. The thing has paid for itself many times over, just like my other Husky tools. I switched exclusively to Husqvarna (lawnmower, weed-whacker, blower, chainsaw) equipment after spending countless dollars on the "other" brands year after year. My other equipment would only last a year or two of average use around the house, unlike the Husqvarna which goes year after year. The Huskies in my stable are the last power equipment tools that I have purchases, and have lasted. The stuff is very well built and WELL worth the extra money - highly recommended!

Strengths:
It's not a rebranded / rebadged Poulan. My buddy has a Poulan that looks very similar to my 142. He brought his saw over today for a ten hour day of cutting in the wake of Hurricane Irene. When we busted the saws out I commented that his had a lot of similarities to mine. He commented that he probably paid quite a bit less for his - Point taken. As the day and cutting dragged on, the extra $ I spent became very obvious. My Husky kept a taut chain a lot longer, and more importantly started EVERY time on one pull. He even had to partially disassemble his saw at one point to get it started! I started joking with him, saying "Hey Jim,. watch this" and with one pull my Husky would roar into action, adding "that's the difference between a $120 saw and a $250 saw". This really is a great saw though. Fires every time is up for even the toughest jobs around the house. I've used this saw extensively over the past 4 years around the house, from cutting railroad and landscaping ties, to falling and limbing trees up to 18". We've even fell a 24" today with this saw after my buddies similar Poulan saw apparently wasn't up to the task. Great saw for homeowners!

Weaknesses:
The Bar Oil on mine leaks.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
9/30/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Don’t spend your money on this junk. Hardly ever use it. Now the engine has no compression...surprise nothing, zero!!! Customer service is terrible and unwilling to help. Local Husqvarna repairman would not repair it and suggested that I'll buy new saw. My next one is a Stihl. Forget you Husqvarna!!!

Strengths:
NONE

Weaknesses:
no compression

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From LOWES
Review
Reviewed by:
Brandon, NC mtns.
Review Date
10/4/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Fantastic saw but it does leak the bar oil when it's not running. However, there is a built-in fix. Since there's no pump, the oil is essentially gravity and siphon-fed. For storing the saw, there's a little 'flap' on the inside of the bar oil tank where you can 'hook' the oil tube on top of the threads for the oil cap. It's made this way, you just gotta dip your finger in the tank which means getting a little oil on it but you'll see a tapered flap on the top side of the hole, that's what it's for. Otherwise, all the oil will slowly leak out which makes a mess.

Strengths:
Runs great, good power and it's very common so parts and accessories are plentiful and inexpensive. I love this saw, it's perhaps the best value for money on the market. It's been discontinued but it was made for so long and served as standard equipment for so many logging crews that you can get them refurbished (like I did) at places like Northern Tool. I recommend Refurbished, they are broken in, well tested and reliable saws. New ones have more room for defects.

Weaknesses:
Could deal with a little more torque, it has decent power but you have to rev it up and keep the pressure light to get the most out of this saw. It will rip through trees FASTER than many bigger displacement and more powerful models as long as you don't put too much pressure on it and bog it down. It has a bigger bore than stroke which means it's made to rev high and make it's power at the top of the RPM range. 40mm bore, 33mm stroke I believe.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Northern Tool
Review
Reviewed by:
Jared
Review Date
10/18/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I've had this saw for 5-6 years now and it's always performed without issue. Typical usage is on limbing trees around my yard and one or two Saturdays each year out at my parents' to cut, split, and stack their 4-5 cord winter supply. Last week I fell our 15" apple tree which definitely tasked the saw, but it eventually made it through. There's been a few times I wished it had a bit more power, but overall I can't complain. By the way, thanks @Brandon for the bar oil tip. I'll have to try it out this evening! I stored my saw on an old cookie sheet in the garage to contain the oil leak for years. Now I have a saw box for transporting it and it's a cinch to wipe out.

Strengths:
Solid, reliable saw that always gets the job done.

Weaknesses:
None that I've ever run into. The only times I've *thought* it was broken is when I've hit the hand guard / chain brake and locked the chain. I usually get the thing half taken apart before I realize I'm an idiot, reset the brake, and get back to work.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From ACE Hardware
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/12/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Great Saw

Strengths:
Strong Engine, Easy Starting, bar stays tight during use.

Weaknesses:
None

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/23/2011

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Would not buy if I knew how the Bar oil leaked when not in use.

Strengths:
Great saw

Weaknesses:
leaks oil bad, real bad!!

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
John H
Review Date
1/18/2012

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 3

Summary:
Cuts pretty fast, but the poor muffler and oil leaking detract. I also have an old 42 special, way better saw and a new 346XP that really cuts, but they were way more expensive. For the money, it's a pretty good saw.

Strengths:
Light weight, handles well.

Weaknesses:
Light on power, muffler design weak, leaks oil, not enough oil to bar/chain. Carb needs frequent adjustment.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From or Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/28/2012

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:
running like the saw i hoped for now but always needs adjustment on carb

Strengths:
cut well when running right and the husqvarna service plan is well worth it

Weaknesses:
had to have almost the whole saw rebuild after first few uses

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Bob tate
Review Date
8/7/2012

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 4
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Good saw overall.

Strengths:
Plenty of power, starts pretty readily well built.

Weaknesses:
Bar oil leaks when stored. Not enough oil on bar or chain in use. Muffler breaks down too quickly.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/4/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Carried saw to husqvarna dealer was informed the smaller husq saws are made by poulan could have went to wally world and saved a hundred bucks

Strengths:
NONE

Weaknesses:
EVERYTHING:muffler falls off,carb is junk,leaks bar oil terribly

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
logporn572xp
Review Date
12/10/2012

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: N/A
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: N/A
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Even though it is indeed a glorified poulan painted orange with husky badges, it still outromps a regular poulan u can't forget every husky product has thefeatures that husky is famous for like the easy start systems. Clean airflow etc. Even though the powerplant is based on a poulan 2 stroke engine. Hey atleast husky gave em work by letting them build the small homeowner saws so they can focus on the bigger and better commercial grade saws. I respect husky for not leveling poulan out of commission but giving some of their more successful models a successful name to run with. Huge difference between Swedish huskys and American made husky-bought poulan.

Strengths:
This saw was my first "real" saw, spite the fact that it is really a rebadged poulan pro. But for a small saw it took 2 plus years of solid logging I even slapped a big 20 inch bar and chain on it and it took it like a gangbang pornstar. As long as she was sharp and lubed up properly.

Weaknesses:
I replaced the muffler 6 times due to it randomly blowing out or it loosening up and falling onto the moving chain.. the brakes never worked but that's OK the saw didn't have too much power I couldn't handle.. fast but did not like to be forced. And you know when they are ready to retire they randomly shut off and never start again. Had to get the 450 x-torx rancher. But I aint dumping on the 142, for a homeowner saw, it took serious logging tasks for this cheap roughneck

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/11/2013

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I'd recommend this saw.

Strengths:
Very durable and powerfull for a 16" saw. I've cut at least 25 cords of hardwood with this saw. Learn how to sharpen a chain if you don't think this saw cuts well.Parts are cheap.This is a very light saw and easy to use.

Weaknesses:
Hard starts cold. I've replaced the clutch drum and shoes and am ready to again. The muffler also didn't as very long But the saw is easy to work on.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Dennis
Review Date
5/25/2015

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Overall, again for the money, a good little saw.

Strengths:
For the money and what I use it for (fire wood) it's a great little saw. My old saw (Green Machine) ran for over 20 years but NO PARTS available. Don't drop many trees as the Village and/or local arborists will let me take what I want after they've dropped them.

Weaknesses:
Terrible customer support in NC. They are absolutely terrible, know NOTHING. Ask for a Tech. Made the mistake of asking for an Engineer and was told they don't have any instead of sending me to Tech. Support.

Used product for
Purchased From so long ago I forgot. On line CA
Review
Reviewed by:
Dr Dick Thick
Review Date
9/26/2015

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I would rate this saw better if the oiler worked goog But i will give it a B- for performance.I wouldn't recommend this saw for an avid wood cutter either.

Strengths:
Well, i must say, this saw does have alot of rpm's.and it cuts good BUT!!

Weaknesses:
BUT! this saw has a piss poor design on the oiling system.The hole where the oil comes out is covered by a metal plate and it does not seal good which makes this saw leak alot of oil.Now on top of that the oiler has a channel that leads to a bar with no oil holes in it .So basically the bar and chain are not oiling.If any oil is getting to the chain ,it is because it leaks down on it. People is hard to cut wood with a dry bar and chain!!!

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
6/16/2017

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
after 10 years of homeowner use it's lost some parts. Ive been through 10 + chains and have no complaints. I found this page while looking for some screws that vibrated out. the saw is light enough to trim branches, but big enough to fell 30 inch tree's.. id buy another as a backup.

Strengths:
I bought it reconditioned from ebay in 2007. 10 years later..I've loved this saw, keep the chain sharp and it cuts. full choke 2 pulls 1/2 choke 1 pull and it runs every time. no complaints about it starting for 10+ years, granted i'm a home owner who uses it once every 4 months or so, but it's worked well for me. It's a light easy to use saw with all the power I need.

Weaknesses:
I'm a little over 10 years with this saw, the carb shield fell off and it's shat a few scres, easy $30 fix

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From ebay reconditioned
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