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
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
Two 455 ranchers
both of these saws use bar oil running or not. It's best to run them to an empty tank then you don't waste as much. I got them because my Stijl 029 Farm Boss was the most unreliable saw I ever owned and an old Husqvarna 45 that I thought was worn out kept going for several years. They are very comfortable saws and have less vibration than other still and Husqvarna saws I've used. I've always used premium gas in my tools so fuel shouldn't be an issue. Three seasons for one and one for the other, if fuel is ever brought up when I have a problem, I'll buy an Echo next time.
November 17, 2014
455 Rancher Chainsaw
All my adult life I had cheap chainsaws and all the problems that go with them so when my last saw died I wanted something that would last. I did some research and decided on a Husqvarna, I wanted something with a ton of power and big enough to cut through what ever came my way. The 455 Rancher is all that... I love this saw it's great. However this fall I started seeing a puddle of bar oil under the saw after a few minutes of sitting, not sure what it's about but it's still under warranty. It may be nothing... I'll have to look closer before I contact Husqvarna.
October 20, 2014
I had my 455 Rancher for about 5 years now and I cut 6-8 cord a year plus other misc stuff around the house. This saw is as reliable as the year is long. Everything still original except chain. Starts cold 3rd-4th pull everytime. Only problem in 5 years is just recently oiler stopped working. Found you tube video and was able to fix myself in 30 minutes. Never had a problem with bar oil leaking as some report. All I can say is....WORKHORSE! Love this saw!! considering one of their trimmers now.
October 13, 2014
I want to buy a saw and almost bought the 455 Rancher but read the reviews. I see primarily 2 issues throughout the reviews which are scored cylinders and bar oil leaks. The Service Rep answers all the complaints about cylinder scoring by scolding the consumer! Not a single response to their saws leaking that expensive bar oil all over the place! Just tells me they don't care about customers and only about covering up the leak issue. In other words ....poor customer support! They should explain the oil leakage issue and cause repair for each instance. Most important stop scolding the consumer. If you can't answer the oil leakage issue don't bother reprimanding customers for cylinder scoring. Easy to point the finger than resolve the leakage issue?
September 26, 2014