Husqvarna 545 FR Brushcutter Review: What’s it all About?
The most popular model of Husqvarna is the Husky 545 FR. It was introduced in 2005 and since then it has been one of the best selling models among its kind. The 545 FR is a medium duty workhorse with good fuel economy, but not quite up to the level of the other Huskies like the 550 or 600 series.
In 2006, the company introduced the new 545 FR, which is essentially a smaller version of the previous model. It still uses many of the same parts from its predecessor (like the air filter), but it features some improvements such as a lower price tag and a lighter weight. The 545 FR has become very popular with both consumers and truckers alike due to its low cost and excellent fuel economy.
What’s so special about this particular model?
Well, let’s take a look at what makes this particular model different from its predecessors.
Price – $1,199
– Price – $1,199 Fuel Economy – 30 mpg (US) / 27 mpg (Canada)
– Fuel Economy – 30 mpg (US) / 27 mpg (Canada) Size & Weight – 5’7″ x 2′ 7″ x 4 lbs. 8 oz.
– Size & Weight – 5’7″ x 2′ 7″ x 4 lbs. 8 oz. Warranty – One Year
New vs. Old
The old and new 545 models are very similar. The most notable differences are the weight of the machine, which has been decreased by more than ten pounds. It also features a lower price point; customers can save around $200 from the initial asking price. The new 545 model also uses a lower octane gasoline than the old one. The older 545 model could use up to 90, while the new one requires a minimum of87.
The air filter is a bit different from the older 545 model. Instead of being housed in the metal housing, it is now located underneath the engine. This does make maintenance slightly more difficult, but it’s still manageable for most people.
The 545 is a fairly heavy-duty machine. It can easily cut through thick patches of heavy brush and weeds, and it can handle just about any landscaping job you throw at it. It packs a 22.2cc single cylinder engine, which is fueled by a low octane gasoline. It also has an automatic compression release, which makes starting the machine a lot easier.
The 545 has a very handy shoulder strap that you can use to carry the machine from place to place. It also has a decent sized toolkit where you can store your essentials. There are also some models of the 545 that come with side bags, which is a nice feature if you need to haul a lot of extra equipment with you.
All in all, Husqvarna does a good job with this model. It has a great fuel economy, it starts up easily, and it can take a bit of punishment. Of course, no machine is perfect, and there are some complaints regarding this model.
The storage options on this model could be better. There are no spots to store any extra equipment (such as extra gas cans), and the built-in toolkit doesn’t have anywhere to store your bolts and nuts. This is a pretty major complaint, especially for people who have to haul a lot of stuff with them.
Some people also don’t like how the fuel tank is located underneath the seat. This can make refueling a bit more dangerous, especially if you are working in dangerous conditions.
The oil fill location is also a bit awkward. There have been some complaints where people overfill the oil by mistake, which can cause a big mess. There have also been some issues with the air filter getting clogged due to debris. The solution to this problem is to buy a paper filter to replace it, but this should really be included with the machine in the first place.
Where To Find It
You can find the 545 at any major retailer that sells outdoor equipment. You should also be able to find it online as well. The price of this machine shouldn’t differ too much between retailers.
As mentioned earlier, the price of this machine has gone down quite a bit since the last model. It still isn’t cheap, but it is cheaper than before. Expect to pay around $600 or more for a used model and anywhere from $700-$1000 for a new one. Just make sure that you inspect the machine carefully before handing over any money.
Of course, if you are handy with tools, you might want to consider building one yourself! There are plenty of sites on the internet that can guide you through the entire process.
Cost Of Ownership
You are probably used to the old Husqvarna’s high fuel consumption, but this model is slightly better. You can expect it to consume around 32-33% less fuel than your older model. This might not seem like much, but it certainly helps when it comes to operating costs.
These machines are known to be extremely reliable. You can use it for hours every day, and you probably won’t have to make too many repairs. Some of the common parts that will need to be replaced are the tires, spark plugs, clutch (if you use it for heavy digging), and the brake pads. Like most other things, you can find replacement parts online or at your local retailer.
There isn’t really a difference when it comes to the cost of ownership between this model and your older one. All of the common replacement parts are about the same price as the older versions.
However, there is one main repair that is much more expensive and that is the valves. If this part breaks, then it is going to cost you quite a bit to get it repaired or replaced. Due to this fact, you may want to consider getting an extended warranty for your machine just in case something does go wrong.
There are some other problems that you might run into, but these are mainly related to the operator and not the equipment. For example, when working in a forest with tall trees, you need to make sure that you don’t run the cable line into one. Covering large areas can also be a problem at times due to the limited range of the battery. You will need to make sure that you take regular breaks to recharge the battery.
All in all, this is a good machine that should last you for many years. It has plenty of power to get the job done and it is also lightweight so that you can carry it over long distances if needed. The price is quite reasonable as well. Just make sure that you follow the maintenance schedule and also keep an eye on the fluid levels.
If you are looking for a good reliable machine, then the 545 should certainly be on your list of things to look at. It isn’t the most feature packed machine out there, but it does have everything that you need to get the job done right.
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