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Husqvarna 120i vs Stihl msa 140 – which chainsaw is better?

In this article we will compare the two electric saw models STIHL CORDLESS CHAINSAW MSA 140 C-B and HUSQVARNA 120i.


The STIHL MSA 140 C-B is a lightweight cordless saw, ideal for property maintenance and simple manual work. With a weight of 2.6 kg and a battery life of up to 45 minutes with the included AK30 battery, it strikes a good balance between performance and efficiency. It has a soft grip, the STIHL quick chain tensioner, the QuickStop Super chain brake and a 1/4″ PM3 saw chain. The set also includes a charger.

HUSQVARNA 120i without battery and charger

The HUSQVARNA 120i is another powerful cordless saw known for its power and efficiency. It weighs 2.95 kg, slightly more than the STIHL.

It has a chain speed of 11.5 m/s at maximum power. A notable difference from the STIHL is that it comes without a battery and charger. Their recommended rail length ranges from 30 cm up to 35 cm.

Direct comparison. Technical data

Here is a comparative table highlighting the main features of the two models

Price€ 399.00€ 259.00
weight2.6 kg2.95 kg
Battery included?YesNo
Charger included?YesNo
Battery lifeUp to 45 min (with AK 30)Depending on the selected battery
chain speedNot specified11.5 m/s
saw chain pitch1/4″P3/8″ mini
rail length30 cm30-35 cm
Sound power level94 dB(A)101 dB(A)
Vibration value3.4/3.2 m/s²2.64/2.76 m/s²
Battery technologyLithium-Ion COMPACTLi-Ion
chain brakeQuickStop SuperNot specified
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Please note that although the HUSQVARNA 120i is cheaper, it comes without a battery and charger, which will incur additional costs. Both saws are good for DIY and light work, but the choice depends heavily on specific needs and budget.

In terms of weight, both saws are comparable, although the STIHL is slightly lighter. Both models have a bar length of 30 cm, but the HUSQVARNA can work with a bar of up to 35 cm.

Based on the given ratings, I have created the following table summarizing the advantages and disadvantages of the two models:

BenefitsLightweight and portable, ideal for small gardens and DIY jobs. Easy handling and low vibration. Fast and effective sawing with a well-sharpened chain. Quick chain tensioner, chain brake and transparent oil tank. Battery lasts about 30-40 minutes and charges quickly.Ideal for home use, gardening and small woodwork. Light and quiet. The battery and charger are included. Minimum oil consumption. The grip is typical for Husqvarna, which makes the work pleasant.
DisadvantagesThe customers did not name any specific disadvantages for this model.price is quite high. Chain tension needs to be checked often. Chainsaw oil tends to leak.

Both models have received positive feedback from users. They’re both quiet, lightweight and portable, making them ideal for home use and smaller jobs. The main difference is in the price and some design features. Some customers have noticed that the HUSQVARNA 120i starts to leak oil and the chain tension needs to be checked regularly. Overall, however, both models seem to meet customers’ needs well.


Both models have their strengths and weaknesses. Which saw is right for you depends on your individual needs. If you value longer battery life and a complete set, the STIHL might be a better choice.

However, if you are on a budget and prefer more chain speed, the HUSQVARNA might be worth considering.

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