Husqvarna 536Li XP And T536Li XP Chainsaw Review: Specs, Features, Price, Alternatives

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The Husqvarna 536Li XP and T536Li XP are 36 volt battery-powered chainsaws.

They are both identical other than that the T536 is a top handle chainsaw making it better for climbing.

The 536Li XP is a regular back handle chainsaw that’s more suitable for on-the-ground work.

Both the 536 and T536 Li XP chainsaws can still be found for sale new, but it has been updated and replaced by the newer Husqvarna 535i XP and T535i XP.

However, the Husqvarna 540i XP and T540i XP appear to be the more popular buying option and better chainsaw.

Husqvarna 536/T536 Li XP Chainsaw

Husqvarna 536 Li XP

  • Older back or top handle saw
  • 36v, Li-Ion, 10 - 14" bar
  • 5.2 lbs
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Husqvarna 540i XP

  • Newer back or top handle saw
  • 40v, Li-Ion, 12 - 16" bar
  • 6.3 lbs
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Husqvarna 120i

  • Cheap Husky battery saw
  • 40v, Li-Ion, 12 - 14" bar
  • 6.5 lbs
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Husqvarna T435

  • Gas top handle chainsaw
  • 35cc, 2.1 hp, 12 - 14" bar
  • 7.5 lbs
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Husqvarna 562 XP

  • Pro limbing, bucking, felling gas saw
  • 59cc, 4.7 hp, 18 - 28" bar
  • 13.4 lbs
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The 536 Li XP is described as:

For professionally oriented users who want a lightweight, high-performance chainsaw. Perfect for carpenters, contractors, and tree care workers. Features excellent ergonomics, high performance and high chain speed.

While the T536 Li XP is described as:

For professional users who want a lightweight, extremely easy-to-use top handle chainsaw with high performance. Perfect for arborists. A robust chainsaw with excellent ergonomics, high performance and high chainspeed.

Both models are really good when you need something quiet, light, and fume-free.

As they are battery-powered chainsaws, they are not ideal for long stretches of work – unless you splash out on a lot of extra batteries.

The batteries do charge reasonably quickly, but they will only last for 30 – 45 minutes of demanding work.

The other great benefit of these types of saws is that they put out very little vibration which is a lot nicer on the hands and arms.

husqvarna 536li xp review
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You can see on this chart how the 536 XP compares with other Husqvarna chainsaws.

The 536LI XP is a lower powered professional chainsaw that is suitable for limbing and tree care.

It’s nothing like the other XP saws listed below it, such asthe 562 XP or the 372 XP, which are both much higher-powered gas chainsaws.

The T563LI XP is one of the 3 top handle saws from Husqvarna and again is the lowest powered model.

It is more comparable in power to the T435 than to those other saws I mentioned, with both being good for arboreal work.

Husqvarna 536Li XP Specs

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Other than the different styles of handle, these two saws have the same specs.

This includes:

  • 36-volt lithium-ion battery
  • More efficient BLDC brushless motor
  • 20 m/s chain speed
  • 106 dB(A) sound power
  • 5.29 lbs dry weight

The 536 and T536 Li XP have the Husqvarna savE feature.

This means there are two different power settings – normal or savE.

As you can guess, the savE mode uses less power and can be used when doing light work, and it will make your battery last longer.

T536li xp review

Features of the 536 XP:

  • Chain brake for safety
  • Belt eyelet for use with backpack battery
  • Retained bar nuts to avoid nut loss
  • Flip-up chain and bar oil cap
  • High-speed chain for efficient cutting
  • Easy to use keypad

You can see the keypad pictured above – on/off button and on/off savE button.

Husqvarna 536 XP Review

For a thorough review watch this video from the Climbing Arborist YouTube Channel (subscribe here).

Most users of the 536Li XP regular and top handle are really happy with the saw.

As far as an electric chainsaw goes, it’s good.

You’ve just got to keep in mind that they have certain limitations compared to gas-powered chainsaws.

Here are the pros and cons as outlined in the video above.


  • Very lightweight
  • Quiet and good for early work
  • Low vibration and no fumes
  • No pull-start easier up trees
  • No idling engine between cuts
  • No fuel costs and possibly free charging
  • Less maintenance on battery chainsaws


  • Not good for plunge cuts
  • Can’t feather the throttle
  • Best not to use in the rain
  • Not for thick hardwood

Husky 536Li XP

So it’s not the most powerful battery-powered Husky, that would be the 540i XP or the T540i XP.

If you were wanting to cut through thicker width logs then one of those would be better.

However, if you’re just after a lightweight saw for light work, the 536Li XP is a good chainsaw.

It is somewhat pricey when you factor in the additional cost of batteries and chargers, but it’s known to be a durable saw that can last for years.

If you don’t already have batteries for the Husqvarna 536Li XP or any other battery-powered Husky, it’s best to buy the saw, batteries, and charger as part of a kit – this ultimately will save you money compared to buying everything separately.

EGO battery-powered chainsaws is a cheaper brand that might suit those who are not wanting a full-time pro saw.


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