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Old 08-07-13, 05:57 AM
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Husky power equipment

This brand is now in all the big box stores - I thought it used to be a very reliable make and was wondering if the brand has gone el cheepo
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It is really hard to say if they have gone cheap, or just worked their way into the bigger stores.

I've seen it with a few exclusive brands (tools, sporting equipment, etc) where they have gone either direction. My old mtn bike use to be an exclusive brand. It's now a cheapo bike company. They saved themselves by going this direction and actually had to expand to keep up with the demand.
 
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Old 08-07-13, 06:44 AM
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That seems odd. Husky has been a HD exclusive for many years. In fact..they now own the name rights. Have you seen them in other than HD stores?
 
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That seems odd. Husky has been a HD exclusive for many years. In fact..they now own the name rights. Have you seen them in other than HD stores?
Locally, Husky has been sold at small mom & pop shops and other dealers.
Don't think it's been carried by HD in Canada. Also never looked as it's too rich for me.

Side note: Searched HD's Canadian site... Just like boiler parts, not available in their Canadian site/store or at least not listed.
 
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Old 08-07-13, 05:47 PM
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I assume you are talking about Husqvarna, not Huskee, right? Husqvarna has equipment all the way from bottom to the top of the line. What are you looking at, mowers or 2 cycle stuff?
 
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Old 08-08-13, 05:45 AM
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Not looking for anything at the moment - had a Husqvarna string trimmer - bought at a mom and pop store about 4 years ago and the coil is shot - - Had a cheap one before and lasted 14 years --- I had such good luck with my chainsaw that is why I went to Husq. for the trimmer
 
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Old 08-08-13, 09:59 AM
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Husqvarna is owned by AYP (also owns poulan). If it's low priced, it's low quality, no matter the name. Coils go bad on everything... stihl, echo, and all the good ones aren't immune. Most times they last the life of the equipment, but sometimes not. On husquvarnas, look for the made in sweeden tag for the top quality stuff, but be prepared to pay a lot more than you would for the box store units.

I think the name Huskee came out to tag onto the success of the Husqvarna name a little. It's made by MTD. Poor quality across the board.
 
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Old 08-08-13, 10:13 AM
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My chainsaw is branded Poulan (purchased at a Canadian big box store). It has a number of issues which a Google search has indicated to be common with these units (auto-oiler failed, tooless chain adjustment not holding tension, etc).
Not particularly pleased with the quality of their new stuff branded under their own name.
My uncle has a chainsaw (comparable size and spec to mine) just Husqvarna branded and three times the price. It's a much, much better unit. Couldn’t justify the cost for what the little bits I would need it.
Interesting how under their own name, low quality, and under another name (sub-company/branch), a lot better quality. I haven't dug into company history, so I'm wondering if it was an acquisition that brought the two names together.
 
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I have both a Husqvarna rancher and a small Poulan chainsaw. The Husqvarna costs 3-4 times as much as the Poulan and there is no doubt it's a better chainsaw but I favor the Poulan because it's a lot lighter and easier to use for the small jobs. I've not had any issues with either one of them.
 
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Poulan is a brand name of the Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna AB, once a component of the Swedish conglomerate Electrolux. In 2006 Electrolux spun off Husqvarna AB into its own company, with Poulan nested beneath.
I'm now not sure if the OP was asking about Husky or Husqvarna or Huskee (which I'd never heard of).
 
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