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The Husqvarna 345 chainsaw first appeared around 2002 and was replaced in the product range around 2008. Although machines are occasionally listed for sale on Ebay, Gumtree and other used markets it’s increasingly difficult to get hold of one of these machines in 2019.
The great news is that many of these veteran machines appear to be alive and well if the wealth of availability of spares is anything to go by. There are over 270 listings on Ebay for related spare parts and more than 130 items on Amazon.
Consumables such as bars, chains, air filters and fuel filters are easy to find and purchase. Engine spares, ignition parts and clutch kits are also still widely available. If you have an old 345 or have found a used one for purchase it looks like you’ll find all the parts you need to keep it running for a few years yet.
The Husqvarna 345 chain saw is a useful all-round saw that is especially suitable for homeowners who are buying power equipment for the first time. At 4.7 kg, the chain saw is light enough to operate comfortably. This makes it safer for first time power tool user because they have more control over the machine and can react promptly should a dangerous situation occur. Light weight also gives owners greater manoeuvrability, allowing them to adapt to a variety of tasks.
Featuring a power output of only 2.2kW / 3hp, the Husqvarna 345 was obviously not made with heavy-duty work in mind. However, it is more than capable of performing simple chores around the home: trimming shrubs, pruning, cutting small trees, cutting firewood just to name a few.
Low weight on all moving engine parts contributes to faster acceleration which is an added advantage and helps the user cut quickly and precisely. Rubber suspension in the carburettor and separation of the handles from the engine reduces vibrations and provides users with a smoother operation and the Smart Start™ feature makes for easy starting.
The Husqvarna 345 has multiple safety features that will benefit newbies; a double acting chain brake, a right hand guard and a chain catcher. Other user-friendly qualities include a side-mounted chain tensioner, a centrifugal air cleaning system and an ergonomic handle.
The 345 has been replaced in the current Husqvarna line-up by the Husqvarna 445, similar engine, a little more power and a tiny bit heavier. There are plenty of choices available on Ebay if you are considering buying brand new.
The great news is that it’s not too late for your trusty 345 if you already own one or if you have one needing a bit of care. There are still plenty of spare parts available for this trusty saw and you’ll find a handy copy of the workshop manual on Scribd.
|Model Name||Husqvarna 345|
|Engine Type||single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Spark Plug Type||NGK BPMR 7A or Champion RCJ 7Y|
|Spark Plug Gap||0.5mm|
|Carburetor Type||Zama C3-EL 18|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.5 litre|
|Fuel Mixture||50:1 with Husqvarna two-stroke engine oil|
|Chain Lubrication Type||Automatic oil pump|
|Oil Tank Capacity||0.25 litre|
It’s clear from many forums that this is a trusty machine that owners enjoy using. Most users find the saw easy to start; just a few pulls of the cord when the engine is cold and once warm the saw will often start on the first pull. If your saw is proving difficult to start then it’s probably time to get it serviced because poor starting problems aren’t common for this saw.
Most people find the level of vibration acceptable so I guess the vibration damping features must work reasonable well!
Not many! The only consistent complaint is that it’s rather loud when running. That’s not unusual for many chainsaws and can be easily overcome by wearing suitable ear defenders!