HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
Durable, powerful, reliable chainsaw
I thought I'd provide a review about my Husqvarna 455 Rancher. Like the vast majority of other reviews posted about this model saw, this review is overwhelmingly positive! My 455 Rancher has been a faithful companion in wood cutting endeavors for more than 7 years, and we've cut 7-10 cords per year of red and white oak, cherry, maple and the occasional pine. Most of the trees are in the 20-24 inch diameter range, with a few big boys up to 36 inches. This saw is still easy to start, cold or warm. I've had to change the bar once and the spark plug once. Clean the air filter and case after each use, and that's the extent of maintenance. Has leaked bar oil when stored in case from day one, despite loosening cap after use. But the durabilty, reliabilty and power of this saw more than make up for this flaw. Will start right up after months of sitting in the case, after I refuel it (I try and run it empty prior to long term storage). The 455 Rancher will eagerly go all day, or at least as long as I can, which is about 6 hours, and then start right up the next morning. Compared to some of the other saws I've owned, which include a Stihl and Partner, it's a winner. Gets a little heavy, especially with the 24 inch bar on it, so usually run it with a 20 inch bar. Bottom line is that in over 7 years of ownership, I've never had a problem with the saw, and it has never let me down. Worth every penny I spent on it.
March 5, 2013
Beware where you buy!!!!
Bought one of these back in October of last year from a retailer who is not also a factory authorized repair center. Did not get a chance to use if for a couple of months, but when I did use it the first time, I got it out of the box, put the fuel oil mixture in the tank, filled the bar and chain oil reservoir with bar and chain oil and started it up. The saw ran great and I made probably 4 or 5 cuts through the trunk of a fallen tree that was probably 14 inches in diameter. The saw cut through the wood superbly. After the first 4 or 5 cuts (no more than 15 minutes of total running time) I shut the saw off to move and re-position some of the wood. When I tried to start the saw again it would not start. I tried for better than 30 minutes (probably 50 to 100 pulls on the starter cord) and it would not fire. I waited a couple of hours and tried again (another 50 to 100 pulls on the starter cord) and again nothing. I checked the spark plug just to make sure it didn't look fouled, but when that looked fine, I decided to take it in for warranty service. I checked the website to find the nearest factory authorized servicing dealer. When I took it in I found out that Husqvarna has this absolutely ridiculous policy of letting their individual authorized service dealers decide if they will or will not perform warranty work on equipment not purchased from that dealer. Bottom line is that my local servicing dealer will not do warranty work on my saw because I did not buy it from them. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED TO BE VERY AWARE OF IF YOU PLAN TO BUY ONE OF THESE SAWS!!! DO NOT BUY FROM A DEALER WHO IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO DO WARRANTY SERVICE ON WHAT THEY SELL!!!!!
So... The service dealer that I took it to said they would check out my saw and see if they could determine what was wrong with it. Foolishly I took that to mean that they would go ahead and get it sorted out for me as a warranty repair issue. But no.... I just got a call from them and they are telling me the ignition coil is bad and needs to be replaced at a cost of something over $80.00. So after running for less than 20 minutes, the ignition coil has failed and I can't get it repaired as a warranty issue. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HUSQVARNA PRODUCT EVER!!!!! Their warranty policy is absolutely STUPID!!!!!!!!!!
Further I will never darken the door of the service dealer in Conroe, TX again and I would strongly caution anyone else considering doing business with this dealer as well!!! Very bad experience in every respect!!!
February 27, 2013
I purchased a 455 Rancher about 7 years ago and it lasted cutting a lot of wood for me. It finally blew the motor and I was told it was the ethanol they are adding to the gas when you buy it. Ok. So I went and got another 455 Rancher as I was so happy with the old one. This one lasted 6 months. Again when brought in for service, I was told it was due to the gas at the station again. Cylinder head walls were scored in both cases. Fuel/oil ratio is per Husqvarna specification in booklet. Really?? Warranty does not cover damage and quoted cost to repair was $300 plus.I have generators, Echo chain saws, weed trimmers, mowers and all sorts of gas run power equipment. NONE of which have ever failed me due to what happens in the Rancher. Now I look at my echo saws of which are 7 and one is 5 years old and think I will go Echo. $400 plus dollars is a lot to spend on a saw and have it go bad. I did want to post this directly to Husky service but it is impossible to do so. Hopefully I am not the only one with this issue and Husky may find a solution for this problem in the saw. Thank you.
February 24, 2013
455 Rancher Chansaw
Excellent chainsaw. You can definitely see and feel the quality of this product. I am very satisfied. Only suggestion I would have is to add some sort of view-strip to each the oil and fuel tanks. Filling these can be a little challenging when just viewing from the opening. Otherwise, no problems with this unit. Good job Husqvarna.
February 19, 2013
This product is what I expected
This product perforoms to my expections and I would recomend this product to my family and friens if they are looking for the best produt on the market look for Husquarna for all their out door needs thank you.
February 19, 2013
husq. 455 rancher
This product is easy to use,very reliable with great power,cuts through trees very well.
February 18, 2013
I have been melting through fire wood with this saw and all I can saw is wow. The anti vib system is a life saver and I am in love.
February 17, 2013
I cut fire wood all last year with ease. I couldn't ask for a better saw.
February 9, 2013