HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
Run Forest... Run.
After much debate amongst the boys at the barber shop in the great Husqvarna/Sthil debate of 2010, my wife decided to call it quits on the arguement and call up one of my Pop's ol' buddies, a professional logger from Oregon and settled the arguement for us. His company uses them exclusively. I took a mosey over to my local Tractor Supply Store and plunked down the requsite $400.00+tax for this wolf in sheep's clothing. Over the years I've used Craftsman, McCulloch, Echo and Sthil but I have never been as impressed with a machine as I have been this 455 Rancher. With two twenty year old sons and two future son-in-laws rolling rounds, splitting and loading the truck and trailer I managed to keep far enough ahead of them to have a sit and sip coffee while I was refueling/re-oiling and touching up the chain. Easy to start, easy to restart, easy to keep clean, easy to chain swap, easy everything, and fellas, she'll chew wood into sawdust faster than it take to tell it. She's been in the woods a solid year now and cut more firewood than I can remember with no breakdowns other than a busted chain.
January 25, 2012
Saw has plenty of power. I have a stihl 290 farmboss with a 20" bar also and there's no comparison.I can cut 2 logs to 1 with the husky over the stihl. I've had this saw since 2006 still runs and starts great, better now then when it was New.
January 19, 2015
Go Get You One
I have owned and used a 55 for 20 years . I cut firewood and clear . This saw is a beast. Yes it is heavy but its a saw. If you don't used good gas good oil and a sharp chain you will have problems with any saw. Keep the air filter clean. My saw will start on three pulls every time no matter the outside temp. Man up Nancy and get one or keep buying your refurbished $100 discount one time use saws. And stop asking to borrow mine.
January 14, 2015
Love the easy start ability and how tough the saw is.
January 7, 2015
if yuor in the market read my review
i have owned this saw for 15months,its a major overacheiver i have many saws,big 70cc -80cc;but i have 5 saws in the 59cc dept,this is 55 so close enought to compair, i hate to admit it but this little 55cc saw has bailed me out 100 times,always stars always runs and cut,well worth the money,it cuts as good as the husky 460,for a 100 less, you can fell good size 24inc diam, trees, buck up 12-20 inch logs ,its great for tops and branches,and very light, it wont cut as fast as the 590 timberwlf from echo,and id does has a lot of vibration,but i think its one of the best buys for the money,will do 90% of what ever you need, and it sounds mean when running'
December 25, 2014
I have had 2 455 Ranchers and the same size comparable Stihl saws for over 5 years now. All 3 start by the 2nd or 3rd pull, Both seem to cut at the same speed or so close you can't really see a difference. I would highly recommend the 455 Rancher to anyone who is going out to buy a saw and wants professional performance.
December 12, 2014
Bought this saw to replace a craftsman saw that always had problems. Paid only 200 dollars on sale at tractor supply as they were going to discontinue carrying this brand put oil and fuel pulled twice and it fired right over have used several times since then works great every time would highly recommend to anybody looking for a saw.
December 10, 2014
I cut firewood (14+ cords / year) for a couple of old widow ladies plus do a lot of timber stand improvement on 180 acres and other various chores for the chainsaw. I have one and purchased another as backup as I do not want to be on the hill with a broken saw. Pretty much the only time I have used the backup is when I get the other one stuck/pinched in a tree but that is usually my error. Start great even when I leave them outside in sub zero. Yeah they leak a little bar oil but most do and I am too lazy to vent the oil cap after a hard day of work. All the power I want and cannot really imagine needing anything better!
December 3, 2014