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The Husqvarna 345 chainsaw first appeared around 2002 and was replaced in the product range around 2008. Because of this, and although machines are occasionally listed for sale on Ebay, Gumtree and other used markets it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of one of these machines.
There are over 270 listings on Ebay for related spare parts. In other words there’s a wealth of spares available for the Husqvarna 345. So it’s great news that many of these veteran machines appear to be alive and well if the volume of spares available is anything to go by.
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. So 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 reasonably light so it’s easy 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 improves usability because it 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 because it helps the user cut quickly and precisely. Rubber suspension in the carburettor and separation of the handles from the engine reduces vibrations and so 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, because inexperienced users make more mistakes and need a saw that helps them avoid accidents. So the double acting chain brake, a right hand guard and a chain catcher are all good news for new users. Other notable qualities include a side-mounted chain tensioner, a centrifugal air cleaning system and an ergonomic handle because they all make life easier for users.
The 345 has been replaced in the current Husqvarna line-up by the Husqvarna 445 which has a similar engine, a little more power and it’s a tiny bit heavier. So if you were looking for a 345 you might be out of luck, but there are plenty of choices for buying a 445 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, because there are still plenty of spare parts available on EBay for this trusty saw.
|Model Name||Husqvarna 345|
|Engine Type||single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Spark Plug Type||NGK BPMR 7A (EBay) or Champion RCJ 7Y (EBay)|
|Spark Plug Gap||0.5mm|
|Carburetor Type||Zama C3-EL 18 (EBay)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.5 litre|
|Fuel Mixture||50:1 with Husqvarna two-stroke engine oil (EBay)|
|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 so there’s less effort required from you! 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! (EBay) read our article about chainsaw safety.