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The Husqvarna 142 chainsaw appeared in the product lineup around 2005 and is now replaced by a number of options in the light duty category. The most appropriate replacement for similar weight, engine capacity and power is the Husqvarna 135.
A quick search on Ebay for Husqvarna 142 chainsaw turns up only a limited set of results. There appear to be plenty of spares available but very few whole machines. That’s good news for keeping your old saw going but you’ll have to look hard to buy an original machine.
The Husqvarna 142 chain saw is designed for light duty use by homeowners. A minimal weight of only 4.6kg coupled with a compact design makes this machine easy for novices to handle. The technical data in the owners manual lists 1.9kW of engine power. This makes the 142 versatile enough to tackle odd jobs around the garden, cut firewood and even fell the occasional tree.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why the Husqvarna 142 chain saw is a worthy investment. Although it is light enough to be easily manoeuvrable in tight corners, its heavy duty construction makes it tough and durable. It also starts easily due to a spring mechanism installed. Another plus factor of the Husky 142 is its superior cooling system. And it runs more quietly compared to other models too. Both of these features contribute to a longer lifespan.
Although there seem to be very few whole machines available for sale a quick search on EBay yields over 1000 results for a host of different spare parts, new and used ( see spares on EBay ). This wealth of spares should mean that if you invest in a Husqvarna 142 you should be able to keep it going for many years to come.
|Model Name||Husqvarna 142|
|Engine Type||single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Spark Plug Type||Champion RCJ 7Y ( options on EBay )|
|Spark Plug Gap||0.5mm|
|Carburetor Type||Zama W-29 ( options on EBay )|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.37 litre|
|Fuel Mixture||40:1 with two-stroke engine oil ( options on EBay )|
|Chain Lubrication Type||Automatic oil pump|
|Oil Tank Capacity||0.19 litre|
Unfortunately, the Husqvarna 142 has its fair share of shortcomings as well.
Owners report that the muffler heat shield plate often comes loose. This isn’t an unusual issue with gas power tools. Vibration can often expose small design faults that cause fixing bolts and screws to loosen. It’s wise to check your saw before every use to see if everything is tight!
The Husqvarna 142 features a constant flow bar and chain lubrication system. There’s no oil pump, the system is gravity fed. It’s a low cost solution to the important issue of keeping bar and chain lubricated. Unfortunately the other feature of this gravity fed system is that it leaks oil even when not in use! Owners often complain about this issue. Be certain to store your saw carefully where an oil leak can be contained. Apparently it is possible to reach inside the oil tank and hook the feed pipe over the screw thread for the filler cap. This stops it leaking whilst in storage. However, do not forget to unhook the feed pipe before use or you risk a low lubrication disaster!
Some users have reported that they have to adjust the carburetor more often than they would like. It’s important to follow the instructions in the operators manual carefully when you do this.
The debate rages on as to whether this saw is really a re-badged Poulan saw. It’s an accusation disputed by Husqvarna, and by owners who have had the opportunity to compare these saws side by side.
Owners like the 142 because it is relatively light which makes it easy to use around the home and garden. Especially if you suffer which back or joint issues.
Some owners have had their saw for many years and found them to be strong and reliable in use.
It appears to be a great saw for light duty use around the home and garden. Use it for that and this saw will serve you well. If you need to use a saw more often or for heavier cuts then you’ll need to look elsewhere.