Both the Husqvarna model 141 and model 142 chainsaws are appropriate for homeowners who do small maintenance jobs, such as occasional trimming and cutting tasks in the yard and garden. Both have the most advanced safety features available on Husqvarna chainsaws, and both are easy for inexperienced homeowners to operate. Compare Husqvarna model 141 with model 142 using other criteria, such as bar length, engine size, weight and balance, ease of starting and price.
Compare bar lengths. The Husqvarna model 141 comes with either a 14-inch or 16-inch bar. The model 142 comes standard with a 16-inch bar. A smaller bar length means you can cut smaller diameter trees or branches. You can put a longer bar on the saw, but the lightweight motors have trouble handling the extra load.
Compare engine size. The model 142 has a 2.2 horsepower engine, and the model 141 has a 2.6 horsepower engine. A larger HP motor allows the saw to run faster; a smaller HP motor allows the chainsaw to run longer on a single tank of gas. If you want to run the saw with a longer bar than standard, choose the larger HP motor.
Compare weight and balance. Both models 141 and 142 weigh just over 4.54 Kilogram, so they are quite light and easy to handle. Hold both saws as you would if cutting---off to the side, above your shoulder, bent down, etc. Swing the saws in front of you to check the balance. How a chainsaw feels in your hands is highly subjective, so only you can decide if you prefer the model 141 chainsaw or the model 142 chainsaw based on weight.
Compare ease of starting. Ask your dealer to let you start each saw. Follow his directions on the best way to start a Husqvarna, or read the manufacturer's documentation.
Compare price. The various features of these chainsaws should tell you which one fits your application better, but if you find them to be fairly equal in value, use price as the final comparison point. You may want to consider buying rebuilt Husqvarna chainsaws if they are available at your chainsaw dealership.
Buy a saw that will handle the jobs you'll demand of it. Smaller saws should be used for smaller jobs. Larger HP motors and longer bars are needed for high-volume firewood cutting, extensive brushing or clearing land. Allow all chainsaws to cool off occasionally. Running the motor continuously significantly shortens the lifespan of your chainsaw and may cause it to stop suddenly in the middle of a cut.
Use safety equipment and good cutting practices at all times. Never disable safety features on your chainsaw. Keep your chain sharp to avoid overheating your saw and shortening its lifespan.