Difference Between Husqvarna 440 and 440e – Which One Wins the Race?

When two power tools, from the same reputed manufacturer, offer nearly identical features, face off against each other, what can come of it? Well, the simplest answer- a better version of an already trusted chainsaw.

The Husqvarna 440 is a staple of the 400 series. However, there were a few shortcomings. That’s why Husqvarna decided to put out an upgraded version for a few extra bucks.

Anyways, before I dive into the details- let me give you a quick rundown. The basic difference between the 440 and 440E is that- the latter offers a tool-free chain adjustment option. The tool-free feature excluded- all the other aspects between the two chainsaws are almost the same.

If you need an even more detailed breakdown of the 440, I’ve got another article about it. With that said, let’s put this Husqvarna 440 vs. 440E debate to rest once and for all.

Comparison Table of Husqvarna 440 vs 440e

BRAND:HUSQVARNAHUSQVARNA
MODEL:HUSQVARNA 440 CHAINSAWHUSQVARNA 440E II GAS CHAINSAW
EDITORS RATINGS:4.2/54.3/5
WEIGHT:11.68 POUNDS9.80 POUNDS
DIMENSION (INCHES): 18.4 X 12.3 X 1137.00 X 9.00 X 11.00
BAR LENGTH:18 INCH16 INCH
POWER SOURCE:GAS POWEREDGAS POWERED
HORSEPOWER:2.42.4
ENGLINE:40.9CC40.9CC

Difference Between Husqvarna 440 and 440E

I’ve already mentioned the primary difference between Husqvarna 440 and 440E. I’ll look into each feature of both these chainsaws to provide more insights on this subject.

Age of the Models Play a Part

Husqvarna 440 and 440E are two chainsaw models from the same line- the 400 series. These two are quite popular among home users for their performance and quality. Of the two models, the 440E is the newer version. The 440E is made to succeed the standard 440 in the marketplace.

husqvarna 440 vs 440e

Besides, the 500 line of Husqvarna chainsaws are better in every department. For instance, if you look at the Husqvarna 460-rancher, you’ll see that it has more power, better safety options, and increased performance, but the price point is high.

Poor changes in designs sometimes make the old model of a tool better than the newer version, but this isn’t the case with these two.

However, the specific parts of the older model will become more difficult to find, which means using an older chainsaw model like the 435 (or 440 for that matter) could get more expensive over time.

The eventual save in accessory expenses, combined with the slight improvements in design, the 440E would be a better choice over its predecessor.

Adjustments (What Sets the 440E Apart)

When two chainsaws are weighed against each other, all the factors come into account – power, reliability, portability, and price. However, in this case, the decision comes down to a very small change in design.

The 440 requires the use of a T-wrench to adjust chain tension, while the 440E has a tool-less system. The 440 comes with the tool when you purchase it, which means you have to keep an eye on it.

However, with the 440E, you won’t have to worry about keeping track of a tool. Besides, the tool-less adjustment can come in handy when you’re in a bind and don’t have access to a scrench.

All you need to with a 440E is just use the thumbwheel mechanism to get the chain back in action.

Performance (Small Differences)

The difference in power output is really small. In fact, it’s so small that you might never notice it except on paper.

Both of the chainsaws come with a 40.9cc engine. The 440E has 2.41 hp of power, while the 440 kicks out 2.4 hp.

husqvarna 440e vs 440

The 440 is 9.25 pounds, and coming in at 9.7 pounds, the 440E is slightly heavier than its predecessor. This is also a minor difference. However, homeowners who want a chainsaw for light pruning may prefer the lighter 440 over the 440E.

Still, the difference is barely noticeable from what I’ve experienced. So, chances are, you can give the 440E a shot and won’t understand a thing.

Also, this difference can get cancelled out depending on the size of the blade you attach. These are negligible differences on paper. Also, there are little to no differences in practical use.

When it comes to performance, basically, both of the chainsaws are identical (if you count out the .1HP gain of the 44E, which doesn’t add anything significantly).

Features (What Each Chainsaw Offers)

Both Husqvarna 440 and 440E come with the same 40.92 CC 2-cycle X-Torq engine, which can produce a maximum of 9000 rpm speed.

This speed is powerful enough to do small and medium tasks, but these two saws are not recommended to take down trees that have a diameter of more than 18 inches.

While the 440 comes with an 18-inch chain, the newer model comes with a slightly smaller chain. However, the bar length is similar. So, you can add any chain between 13-18 inches.

Another convenient feature of these chainsaws is the visible fuel level, which allows you to see the remaining amount of fuel. So, you are always in the loop about when to refill the fuel.

To minimize accident or injury and to enhance safety, both the Husqvarna 440 and 440E have a kick-back safety design with an inertia-activated chain brake. In addition, the handle is also ergonomically designed for comfortable and easy handling.

On top of that, the Husqvarna 440E and 440 features SmartStart to lessen your trouble when starting the unit.

The resistance in the starter cord is reduced by almost 40% as well as the air purge system boosts the start-up time even more. I’ve even started both chainsaws in the winter without facing any issues.

Both Husqvarna 440E and 440 use a centrifugal air injection cleaning system as well as standard quality tool-free access to the air filter. When it comes to the automatic oiler, the Husqvarna 440 is better as it is adjustable while the 440E is not.

Both of them are portable and flexible enough for precision work. Also, both chainsaws have enough power to cut down some decently sized trees without the help of a chainsaw with more muscle.

Price (A Major Difference Maker)

The price is another major difference maker between the two chainsaws. While the Husqvarna 400 is a stellar chainsaw under $300, you will have to shell out an extra $100 for the 440E.

I know the price variation can seem a bit over the top because the models are pretty much the same. However, the 440E is a newer model. So, you’ll have an easy time getting the accessories if anything goes south.

Besides, the tool-less chain adjustment can make up for the extra $100, especially if you’re looking to take on arborist tasks. Although there are a separate set of chainsaws dedicated for arborists only, the 440E, with its tool-less adjustment, can work as an arborist saw as well.

Sometimes manufacturers release an updated model with a new button installed that is good for nothing, and then they charge an arm and leg more for it. The 440E is an exception.

It’s the successor model for the standard 440, and it comes with an easy-to-use tool-less chain tension adjustment system.

With almost the same power, portability, safety features, it makes a small but significant difference. Still, the price can be somewhat of a dealbreaker. I would recommend looking for coupon codes/ discounts when you’re trying to get this chainsaw.

Quick Overview of Husqvarna 440

Husqvarna 440
GLOBAL RATINGS:
(4.2/5)
ACCURACY:
(4.0/5)
EASY TO USE:
(4.0/5)
LIGHTWEIGHT:
(4.0/5)
avarage :
(/5)

In all honesty, the 440 was never a top-of-the-line chainsaw model of Husqvarna. It is designed primarily as a saw for small and medium jobs around the house. If your workload is basic that requires a pretty workaday chainsaw, this one should fit the bill.

However, you should go into this purchase decision, being aware that its chain’s tension has to be adjusted with a wrench. This older model is followed by the E series. The price-point is what makes the 440 so lucrative. If you want to take a budget-friendly route, I’d say put your money on the Husqvarna 440.

Specifications
BRAND:Husqvarna
MODEL NUMBER:440
WEIGHT:15.07 POUNDS
ITEM DIMENSION (INCHES):18.4 × 12.3 × 11
BAR AND CHAIN SIZE:14 IN
HORSPOWER:2.4hp
POWER SOURCE:GAS-POWERED
Pros
  1. Excellent all-round chainsaw
  2. Good for rookies
  3. Good value for the money
Cons
  1. Older model
  2. Adjusting of chain tension requires T-wrench

Quick Overview of Husqvarna 440E

Husqvarna 440E
GLOBAL RATINGS:
(4.3/5)
ACCURACY:
(4.2/5)
EASY TO USE:
(4.2/5)
LIGHTWEIGHT:
(4.0/5)
avarage :
(/5)

Sometimes manufacturers release an updated model with a new button installed that is good for nothing, and then they charge an arm and leg more for it. The 440E is an exception.

It’s the successor model for the standard 440, and it comes with an easy-to-use tool-less chain tension adjustment system.

With almost the same power, portability, safety features, it makes a small but significant difference. Still, the price can be somewhat of a dealbreaker. I would recommend looking for coupon codes/ discounts when you’re trying to get this chainsaw.

Specifications
BRAND:Husqvarna
MODEL NUMBER:440E
WEIGHT:9.8 POUNDS
ITEM DIMENSION (INCHES):37 × 9 × 11
BAR AND CHAIN SIZE:16 IN
HORSPOWER:2.4hp
POWER SOURCE:GAS-POWERED
Pros
  1. Newer model
  2. Great all-round chainsaw
  3. Decent bargain
  4. Excellent for rookies
Cons
  1. Compared to the 440
  2. price-point

FAQ:

  • Which one of these two chainsaws comes with tool-less chain tension system?

The Husqvarna 440E comes with the tool-less system, and the Husqvarna 440 requires a T-wrench for chain tension.

  • Which one of these two chainsaws is the newer model?

The 440E is the successor of the Husqvarna 440.

  • What is the main difference between the Husqvarna 440 and 440E?

The main difference between the Husqvarna 440 and 440E is the chain tension system. One is tool-less where other requires a T-wrench.

Final Thoughts

In the battle between Husqvarna 440 vs. 440E, the choice comes down to two things. One- the tool-less adjustment system (the 440E has it- the 440 doesn’t), and how you prioritize this feature. Second- the price-point. The 440E can take a $100-chunk out of your wallet.

There are a bunch of other Husqvarna chainsaws you can look into if you’re up to it.

That doesn’t mean the 440E is a bad chainsaw by any means. That one feature can make a world of difference to the right people. So, you need to realize what tasks you need the chainsaw for and move forward from there.

As Barney Stinson famously said- new is always better. And I agree with him on this one. The 440E is a better version of the 440 despite the expense. It has a user-friendly design and a bit more power to boot. Still, the Husqvarna 400’s sweet-as-they-come price tag is hard to beat.

Anyways, both chainsaws have their merits and pitfalls. So, as long as the chainsaw matches your project at hand, I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them, cheers!

About Jose Wilson

Hi, I am Jose Wilson. I am an avid DIY woodworker. I love to try out new woodworking tools. In over 6 years I have tried several wood working tools including circular saws, table saws, chain saws, and jigsaw among the rest. My inspiration came from watching my dada work. I also learned that many people didn’t quite understand how to use these tools. Today, I have helped so many people to learn the use, benefits, and how these DIY woodworking tools operate. I have created a number of work-tools related posts, built websites, and developed social media pages. Follow me here to learn more.

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