Oil Leak On New Husky 450


Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
Sand Lake, NY
I put away it away at the end of the summer and noticed oil drippage.
I now put paper towels under it.
Is this a 'thing' with Huskys?
My Stihl never did this.
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Chimney Smoke

Minister of Fire
Nov 24, 2013
Mine does the same thing if left for a long time with bar oil in it. I just put a rag under the saw when I put it in the case, no issues. It's a very slow leak so you shouldn't even notice it.


Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
Downeast Maine
It's a purposeful leak. This is how the moving parts external to the crankcase are lubricated.
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Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
Downeast Maine
It's called a total loss oiling system. Some goes through the bar and a lot just gets thrown at the sprocket/chain. It's just a controlled leak. Car engines at one point had tubes coming off the crank case that vented excess crank pressure right to atmosphere, generally aimed at the road. Oil mist comes out of those tubes. Cars regularly left oil spots wherever they parked. If it stopped dripping, you had real issues.

Kevin Weis

Minister of Fire
Mar 3, 2018
Union Bridge, Md
My 445 does the same thing. Has since it was new. As was said I just put a rag or something underneath of it to keep oil off the floor or whatever.


Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2012
You're right it's not a Stihl, that's all I'm going to say!
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Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
West Michigan
My Dolmar have been known to do it too. On those, it's a rubber elbow under the clutch that comes out of the oil pump. I've cleaned and shimmed mine and stopped. Lots of guys just solve it by draining the oil every time, but I hate leaks.


Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2010
All the saws I've had leak oil to one degree or another. Because of this, I store all my saws on BOOT TRAYS on shelves, if not in a chainsaw case.
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Easy Livin’ 3000

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2015
I put away it away at the end of the summer and noticed oil drippage.
I now put paper towels under it.
Is this a 'thing' with Huskys?
My Stihl never did this.
Yep, it's a thing and it's not on purpose. My 455 does the same thing, there are videos on YouTube about fixing it. Looks like a pain, so I just put it on a peice of cardboard.


Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
Unity/Bangor, Maine
My Husky 350 always leaked oil . . . my Jonsered never seems to leak.


Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
Northern NH
Same with mine. I tend to run my fuel out which also drains the oil tank down before I store the saw and it leaks a lot less. I rarely if ever store the saw fueled and oiled up. I wait until I get to the woods.


Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
WI, Leroy
Try cracking open the oil cap after use,then re-tighten - sometimes you get a bit of pressure built up in the system or just from temp change like those plastic gas cans
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Nov 3, 2016
My 450 did that. I got a new oiler replaced through my warranty at the dealer I bought it from. He even did me one better and replaced it with a steel body oiler, worm and pick up tubes. Never leaked again

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
Northern Maine
My 257XP does leak a little but the 372XP and the 41 doesn't leave a drop.


Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2015
Golden CO
my 445 does it, I even added it to my signature line a while ago :D... i have finally gotten smart and just stopped filling it before I put it away.... run it until it is out of either bar oil, or gas, then I'm done for the day :)


Minister of Fire
Dec 11, 2017
Both of mine leak, the 385 is 10 years old and the 135 has 2 hours on it.


Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
Northern Canada
None are supposed to leak,but many do.
I got a really nice 372 full wrap and heated handles with a pile of dead husky's.It was filthy.And it a name scribed on it after i cleaned off the oily mess.I contacted the PO because it is a small population around here i knew the guy,i asked if he was missing the saw. He said no i gave that piece of chyt away because it leaked oil everywhere.
Which it did.But it was in great shape.The oil pump was leaking,put one off a dead 365 and no more leak.
Most of the time it is an easy fix,because they are not made to leak and make a mess


Minister of Fire
Jun 25, 2012
Northern NY
I've been told by a Husqvarna rep that the saws are supposed to be stored right side up, but with the bar and chain angled downward. I've never tested his claim but I will later this year when I start cutting wood again.

I noticed that Tractor Supply displays their saws like this too.


Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
Older 359 did this and real bad, even with the oiler closed off, new 465 doesn't do this, really loving the new saw.


Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
Lackawaxen PA
That's why I use the Stihl case. the bar sheath drains the oil back into the bottom of the case. The bottom of the case has places for the oil to go with the saw sitting in oil. Every few years I wipe it out.