Husqvarna 120i Battery Powered Chainsaw Review, Specs, And Best Price

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The Husqvarna 120i is the cheapest battery-powered Husky you can buy – there 3 of them, all of which are 40-volt chainsaws.

It is the only battery chainsaw from Husqvarna that is not an XP (extra-power) model, meaning it’s not ideal for full-time use like the 536li XP. It’s not the best arborist chainsaw or logger chainsaw but is good for around the home.

The battery power length means it’s good for shorter stints on the saw, rather than going all day. It’s a great chainsaw for some, but not for all.

Husqvarna 120i Chainsaw

The 120i is Husqvarna’s entry-level battery chainsaw.

It is designed for homeowner use but is also good to have handy for a range of other applications like work on orchards, vineyards, and farms.

It’s very lightweight at 10.8 lbs, comes with a 14-inch bar, and includes a 40v battery. Battery run time depends on how you’re using it, but it’s designed to last between 1 and 3 hours.

This Husqvarna 120i promo video states this chainsaw has:

  • Outstanding power and run time without all the weight
  • Uses long-lasting interchangeable batteries
  • Push-button start
  • Brushless motor with Lithium-ion battery gives extended run times
  • Push-button power adjust down for light tasks and extended battery time
  • Strong constant power until it runs out
  • Lightweight battery
  • No emissions
  • Very quiet
  • Includes chain brake
  • Auto turn off when left for a period of time

So that’s what they say about the Husqvarna 120i, but is it true?

You can see where the 120i falls among other Husqvarna chainsaws in this chart.

It’s listed as being designed and suitable for ‘light clean up’ tasks.

husqvarna 120i comparison
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It’s listed here as being less powerful and capable than the Husqvarna 240, 135, and 435.

It is a low-powered chainsaw that’s good for pruning and limbing small branches. You can drop small trees with it, but it’s not recommended.

You could also process thin logs/branches for firewood, but again, if that’s what you want a chainsaw for, you’d be better off going with something more powerful – you might even consider the DEWALT battery-powered chainsaws instead.

The Husqvarna 120i chainsaw is a popular chainsaw among those who are using it for light work, but for those wanting to do more, it will be a disappointment.

Husqvarna 120i Specs And Features

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120i specs can vary slightly depending on where and when the chainsaw was manufactured.

Here are the specs on a NEW Husky 120i:

  • Brushless BLDC motor
  • Auto oil pump
  • 36 volt Li-ion battery
  • Sold with a 14 inch bar
  • H38 chain (.o43″ gauge, 3/8″ pitch)
  • Weighs 6.5 lbs without bar, chain, fuel, oil

Features (some of which we’ve already mentioned):

  • SavE mode for increased runtime – a push-button switch between high and low power
  • The motor gives high torque to weight ratio
  • Easy tool-less chain tensioning (including bar assembly)
  • Flip-up fuel and oil tank caps
  • Cordless – a bit obvious by this point!
  • A see-through window on the chain brake
  • Easy to use keypad
  • Inertia activated chain brake for kickback protection
  • Quiet and fume free
  • Easy to wield and maneuver

It’s a well-built machine that is more reliable and constructed of higher quality components and materials than cheaper battery-powered chainsaws.

Husqvarna 120i Battery

The Husqvarna batteries are quick to charge – takes between 2 and 3 hours – and they’re easy to install.

The 12oi takes the battery BLi20, which is a 36V / 4Ah battery.

You can buy replacement batteries OR spare batteries for your Husqvarna electric chainsaw HERE on Acme Tools.

These are the battery numbers that are compatible with the 120i:

  • HUSQVARNA Battery BLi22
  • HUSQVARNA Battery BLi200
  • HUSQVARNA Battery BLi200X
  • HUSQVARNA BLi950X (backpack battery)

These batteries are different Ah and will run longer and harder than the battery that comes included with the 12oi.

Check out the entire range of batteries for the Husqvarna 120i here on Acme Tools – you’ll also find Husqvarna battery chargers there as well.

Battery tip – take it out of the chainsaw when not in use.

Husqvarna 120i Chainsaw Review

The 120i can be used for a range of applications, including:

  • On the building site
  • Orchard, vineyard, or other tree business
  • Climbing to prune trees
  • Pruning small trees/branches
  • In the car for emergencies
  • On the tractor (check out SawHaul)
  • For all light limbing and trimming around the home

The Husky 120i is good for this type of work, but it’s not a workhorse.

If you’re using it for what it was made for it will serve you well – but just don’t expect too much from it.

Here are some comments from those who have tested it out recently.

husqvarna electric chain saw

I’ve seen a number of men say it’s the ‘best chainsaw for the wife’ – but then they take a liking to it.

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And this chap bought the 12oi to use on his Christmas tree farm – interesting!

He also mentions the benefit of not needing to pull a starter cord ‘100 times a day.’

That is one of the big pros of buying an electric chainsaw – that push-button start is great for that.

Husqvarna 12i Pros:

  • Quick and easy to start
  • Different power levels
  • Very light and maneuverable
  • Affordable and accessible
  • Quiet and fume-free

Husqvarna 120i Cons

  • A bit of an ugly design
  • More limited run time than with a gas chainsaw
  • Only for light tasks

Am I the only one who thinks it’s not the best-looking chainsaw?

Husqvarna 120i Price

You can find the 12oi for sale at these retailers:

  • Amazon – free delivery for Prime members
  • Acme Tools – free delivery with purchases over $199
  • Walmart – competitive pricing

Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions about the Husqvarna 120i. Also, share your experiences with this battery-powered Husqvarna chainsaw.

If you’d like to more about the range, see all the Husqvarna chainsaws currently for sale here.

There are plenty of them to choose from, whether you’re into battery or gas-powered chainsaws – available in the homeowner, rancher, and pro series.


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4 thoughts on “Husqvarna 120i Battery Powered Chainsaw Review, Specs, And Best Price”

  1. great saw but first batter lasted 6 months then refused to charge, second lasted 12 months, charges but just flashed red light and won’t work, now on third (and last) battery, husqvarna very unhelpful, will not use them again.

  2. I bought this saw but I’m very unhappy with the battery charger and battery. iIt charged fine out of the box and for the first couple of times and then it sat for a few weeks but when I went to charge the next time it wouldn’t. I took it to the dealer and he said there was something wrong with the battery so he got me a replacement under warranty. He also told me to never leave the battery in the saw when being stored so I went home and charged the replacement up and all was good. I used it a couple of times and again stored the saw and that time kept the battery out . Now I went to use the saw and the battery was dead. I tried to charge it but it wouldn’t so here I am again except no warranty. I’ve been a life long user of their gas powered saws but I’m extremely unhappy with this electric charger and battery powered one.

  3. I like the saw for what it is. Batteries are another issue though. I bought two initially. One went bad way before it should have. They claim to last for thousands of discharges, but it maybe lasted 20 or so. The other one is still doing okay, but would not charge on one occasion using the basic slow charger that came with the kit. Luckily I had purchased the fast charger, tried it, and it charged it. I would have been SOL if I hadn’t had (and tried) the fast charger. Also, the batteries are very expensive, and I have seen no aftermarket versions available. Dewalt’s batteries are expensive also, but there are lots of aftermarket ones available for much better prices. Dewalt also has a much more extensive line of tools to fit their batteries.


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