Husqvarna 353 

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Weight -11.0lbs
Engine Displacment -51.7cc
Bar Lengths -13-20"
Chain Width -.325
Engine HP -3.3hp
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Husqvarna 353 is a powerful and versatile saw with many of the features of a professional saw. For example, it has high-power and low weight, a high center of gravity and smooth body plus exceptionally low vibrations. The saw also features Smart Start for easy starting and is equipped with a chain oiler with adjustable flow and a side-mounted chain tension adjustment.

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Reviewed by:
Tristan Leggett, VT
Review Date
3/22/2009

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

Summary:
Excellent chord wood and limbing saw. Always starts and runs all day if you keep it clean. Great saw, but if your a big guy I might recommend the next model up! No parts replaced so far even running 10% ethanol

Strengths:
Very powerful saw for its size. I would recommend running it with a 18" bar to keep the drag reduced. A great saw for somebody who is cutting firewood up to 20" inches in diameter. My advice is let this saw do the work and don't push it when cutting 14" and greater diameters. The saw is very light and manueverable. I have cut between 30-35 chords and so far no problems. Keep the saw clean before every outing to maximize its performance.

Weaknesses:
It can bind if the chain is not allowed enough space to clear the sawdust. Keep the blade out of the snow:) a no brainer. I am 6'4" and would not recommend this saw for a tall person there is a lot of bending over b/c you can't run a longer bar/chain. When felling it lacks acceleration when you get to 18" diameter or greater.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From
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Reviewed by:
Parky
Review Date
11/11/2009

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

Summary:
Sharp chain and pressing the decompression button on the side is the key to making this saw work well for you. If you've used a 51 in the past you'll like the weight of this but it won't feel as thoug it has as much power. Press the decompression. Find a good chain that isn't a saftey anti kick chain and keep it sharp, and you'll be fine.

Strengths:
Good weight and good power. Runs well. Can take a beating, and keep going.

Weaknesses:
If you forget to press the decompression button on the side the saw becomes a bit moody and may or may not start. When the chain becomes somewhat dull it does bog down.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Dealer
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Reviewed by:
Josh
Review Date
11/19/2010

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

Summary:
I just cut wood for personal use and this saw has been fantastic. Starts easily even after sitting all summer.

Strengths:
Reliable saw that runs strong. I've been running mine for 5 years now and it's still going strong. Still starts easily, idles well, and rips through wood. Easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:
Must buy only Husquvarna parts. I needed a new bar and chain and bought the Oregon brand which claimed to be the same. I had all sorts of trouble keeping the chain tight and the saw running well. I switched back to Husquvarna parts and it's worked great ever since.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Local Hardware store
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Reviewed by:
Maple Grove Tom
Review Date
2/6/2011

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

Summary:
You won't find a better 52cc saw for under $400.00....I tried. Run only 92 octane gas and synthetic oil(40 to 1) and this saw will never let you down. I own 5 Husqvarna saws, this one is the smallest, and gets used the most!

Strengths:
I own several Husqvarna saws, and this one has been an excellent saw. It's lightweight, high reving, reliable, and with an 18" 325 chain will out cut my 359 with a 3/8 chain (both semi-chisel profiles) After 100 face cords of wood, it still hasn't missed a beat....Not a better saw on the market for less than $400.00 I bought a new Stihl MS290 last year (57cc 18" 325 chain)looking for a saw with a little more blocking speed, but it's performance wasn't even on par with this 353, and it weighed more, was wider, and even after tuning, didn't cut as fast(needless to say, sold it and bought a 359) Keep the chain sharp and tight, and you will not find a better saw for firewood cutting. Run only semi-chisel 325 chains.. The square tooth chisels get dull after 1/2 tank of gas, and then you try to use the saw for a lever. This saw always starts in 4-5 pulls cold, & 1 hot.

Weaknesses:
Jetted lean from factory, so cut off the limiters on the fuel fixture adjustment screws to richen them up....Thats it!!!

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From online
Review
Reviewed by:
lafngas
Review Date
4/1/2011

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

Summary:
great saw

Strengths:
very powerful saw, replaced a 025 sthil saw and the difference is very clear! Starts good hot or cold!

Weaknesses:
none found yet

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From local small engine shop
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Reviewed by:
joel h
Review Date
12/19/2011

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

Summary:
tough as a coffin nail and havent seen anything close to its size that can out cut it

Strengths:
fast fast fast keep a sharp chisel or semi chisel chain on it and let it eat wood

Weaknesses:
limiters on idle adjustment screws wont let it be richened up enough to idle more than about 3 seconds (i cut the limiter off) wish it had a little larger fule tank

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
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Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
2/6/2012

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

Summary:
great saw

Strengths:
strong runs sweet fires up every time just bought it tho but hope fully will get some time to cut this weekend

Weaknesses:
bogs if your not used to it inormaly use a 1970s home lite 925 85cc so there is a lot of diffrence ill get used to it tho

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From
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Reviewed by:
F Wright
Review Date
2/8/2012

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

Summary:
Folks, this saw model came highly recommended on arborist forum sites. It is a midweight, commercial saw, with Husky's pro-grade design. You won't find it in a box store with the $300.00 Harry Homeowner saws. They're all E-Tech now, with catalytic mufflers. We purchased a non-cat muffler from Bailey's to replace the stock cat and richened the fuel feed a bit. This mod, while not recommended by Husky, really opened the saw up. It works like a 50cc saw should now. So far I've felled, limbed and bucked over five cords of hardwood with it. I have to take a break on occasion but the 353 doesn't. It just keeps on cutting.

Strengths:
Goes through wood like butter. No plastic parts to break. Servicing air filter and spark plug are easy, just remove the top cover. Keep the guide bar off the ground and away from rocks, snow and ice and it will cut all day. It is well-balanced and doesn't contribute to user fatigue. Vibration is almost nil. It doesn't emit much exhaust smoke either. Starts and runs every time.

Weaknesses:
Comes stock with a cat muffler and lean carb setting. If you replace the cat with a non-cat muffler the adjustment stops have to be cut to richen the fuel feed.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Local dealer
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