Husqvarna 120i Review 2023 – 14 Inch 40V Battery Chainsaw

Chainsaws are divided on the basis of their working mechanism – for instance, gas-powered chainsaws use a mixture of gasoline and oil to run, while battery-powered chainsaws utilize power stored in the battery. Despite manufacturing heavy-duty gas-powered chainsaws, Husqvarna also manufactures entry-level to pro-level battery-powered chainsaws. Meanwhile, if you are concerned about small felling trees in your garden which usually happens after a storm, you need to look into the Husqvarna 120i. This is an incredible entry-level chainsaw that serves you for years.

Battery-powered chainsaws have become quite popular for homeowners and loggers who often come across light-duty cutting jobs.

These chainsaws have an excellent power-to-weight ratio; the brushless motor in the chainsaw provides it with the necessary power required to match the cutting speed offered by the gas-powered chainsaws.

Unlike gas-powered chainsaws, the Husqvarna 120i yields low running costs; you only need to take care of the proper lubrication of the chain & guide bar and sharpen the cutting teeth in time.

In short, you can free yourself from the anguish of changing the air filter, engine oil, spark plug and etc.

Husqvarna 120i Features 

When it comes to low-powered chainsaws, users have the option to choose between battery-powered chainsaws and gas-powered chainsaws such as Husqvarna 130 (a comparatively low-powered machine in gas chainsaws). Meanwhile, it appears more feasible to use battery chainsaws for those who need them for lighter jobs.

1. Save Mode

Save mode is among the most alluring features of the Husky 120i – it allows you to use your chainsaws for fifteen more minutes than normal mode. If you have no problem regarding the storage of power in the battery, you can use normal mode which keeps going for 40 minutes.

But if you think that normal mode will drain the battery earlier than the job is done, you can change the mode and shift it to save mode, and use it for an extended period of time.

Usually, while working with save mode, you can conveniently work for 55 minutes – although, save mode can reduce the performance of the chainsaw a bit, it still remains worthwhile.

2. Safety Measurements

Similar to any high-powered gas chainsaw such as the Husky 455 Rancher, the safety parameters in the Husqvarna 120i is also commendable. There is a mechanism of inertia-activated chain brake which minimizes the chances of any serious injury if kickback occurs.

This safety system stops the chain immediately from rotating on the guide bar when kickback happens, and ultimately user remains safe from any serious injury.

Among all cordless Husky chainsaws, the noise level of 120i has been the lowest while operating. Husqvarna describes the maximum noise limit as 101db, but upon testing personally, it didn’t go above 93db.

3. Easy to Use 

This is an extremely easy-to-use machine that allows you to adjust the torque to weight ratio to increase efficiency. The inculcation of a brushless motor in battery-powered 120i has truly improved its durability, and working capacity, and reduced noise level up to a huge extent.

At the same time, there is no need for any tool to adjust the tension in the chain of the chainsaw. It has a tool less chain tensioning system which helps users to adjust tension in the chain without any tool.

Meanwhile, one of the most considerable benefits of the Husky 120i is that it is a cordless machine that you can take anywhere. There are neither emissions nor very loud noise – you can charge batteries hundreds of times.

4. Durability

Choosing the right machine for the right job is not an easy task; especially, when it is to your chainsaw. Durability is one of the most important factors that must be counted before you make a purchase.

However, the durability of the Husqvarna 120i is excellent, and you can use this powerful tool for years if used with care. Materials used in its manufacturing are sturdy enough to handle strong and unexpected kickbacks.

Being a lightweight power tool, it is very easy to handle and use it. In short, if you are looking for a perfect chainsaw for felling small trees, pruning, and cutting, the Husky 120i should be your choice.

5. Ergonomic Design 

The design of the 120i chainsaw is truly impressive – it offers a great grip for holders, and they can use it without being fatigued. With the battery installed in the chainsaw, the net weight remains 4.53kgs – with this much lighter weight, women can also hold and use this without any problem.

Hand in hand, it is a cordless power tool that you can take anywhere with you; remember that this is one of the best chainsaws that you can use to cut the upper branches of trees standing on the ladder.

Therefore, having gone through the features in Husqvarna 120i Review, I would now like to share my personalized test review of this machine.

Personal Testing of Husqvarna 120i 

Being a machinist and chainsaw enthusiast, I keep on using different machines, and so are different chainsaws. I have quite a memorizing experience with the Husqvarna 120i – I used it multiple times for testing as well as for proper use, and all the times, I found this meeting my expectations.

So, the followings are my finding about this particular battery-powered chainsaw. considering these ratings, you can better decide if it suits your requirements or not;

Build Quality
Motor Quality
Reduction in Noise Level
Performance with Save Mode
Electronic Controls
Chain Tensioning System (Plastic Made)

Overall Ratings

So, according to my findings regarding this power tool, I will recommend it those looking for light-weight, durable, battery-powered chainsaw.

You only need to lubricate your chainsaw properly; you will surely be able to use it for an extended period of time.

Overall Rating

Husqvarna 120i Specifications

Followings are some important specifications of this chainsaw;

Husqvarna 120iSpecifications
Battery Power 40 Volt
Type of Battery Lithium-Ion Battery
Recommended Length of Bar 14 Inch
Oil Tank Volume0.2 Iitre
Sound Power Level Guaranteed101 db
Chain TypeH38


Husqvarna has a wide range of chainsaws, and 120i has been among the most important chainsaws of this whole lineup. Users might complain about its plastic chain tensioning system and slowed electronic controls while using, but overall, this is an incredible chainsaw in medium price range.

The battery life is also amazing, and you don’t need to change the battery again and again. Be sure that you have a chain oil for proper lubrication of chain.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the battery life of Husqvarna 120i?

If your chainsaw is fully charged, it is likely to serve you for 40 to 45 minutes at full throttle. Meanwhile, the nature of the job is a major factor that determines the life of the battery. Overall, the battery of this power tool has capacity to serve your cause for years.

Q2. What is the chain speed of Husqvarna 120i chainsaw?

You can adjust the speed of your chainsaw considering your requirements. However, the maximum speed with which chain rotates on the bar is 11.5m/s.

Q3. How many horsepower is Husqvarna 120i?

This battery-powered chainsaw delivers the output of 1.88 horsepower. This is a perfect entry-level chainsaw that helps you perform small-scaled cutting, trimming and pruning jobs.

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