HUSQVARNA 460 Rancher
I bought both a 460 Rancher and a 350 as I have had Huskys in the past,the last being a 266. I have always been happy with their reliability and performance. I ' am a little disappointed with the 460 however. I feel it is a little underpowered and heavy . I always prefer the 350 as it is lighter and cuts faster. Even cutting oak it out performs my 460 and with less fatigue. Lastly to add insult, it is always harder to start. I plan to try the new 555 for my felling saw. Hoping for better performance.
May 13, 2015
Great all-around homeowner saw.
I bought this saw to cut up a 42" willow that my 445 wasn't up to cutting. The saw is a little bit under powered for the 24" bar and chain, but will work if you take your time cutting. I have run the saw with the 24" B&C for about 5-6 years now. I just bought a 365 to run a 24" B&C so I will be installing a 20" B&C on the 460. They really scream with the 20".
I don't have too many hours on the machine, maybe 100hrs. However, the saw has not had a hiccup since I walked out of the shop with it. If you are going to be just cleaning up a farm or cutting firewood this saw should work fine. I just use my saws for firewood.
I mentioned above that I have a 445, that saw has been awesome for me. I have probably run that 300+ hours and have not even rebuilt it yet. Not bad for a home owner saw.
April 24, 2015
While I have run Husqvarna chainsaws, and am very impressed by their performance, and I prefer them, there is one point I would like to bring up. Would it be possible for Husqvarna to come out with another saw (Carburetor) fed?
And preferably in the 65cc range? The only reason I have brought this up is that you currently do not have one to compete with the Stihl ms 391. Maybe I am looking at it wrong and the 555 is the saw to compete with it, but some people like to have the ability to tune their saw. Just a Thought.
Thank you for your consideration.
March 26, 2015
Husqvarna Rancher 460
I have had this saw for over a year now and burn wood regularly thru the winter months. I was hesitant to buy the husky since all I have ever owned was stihl. At first, the saw was much harder to start than advertised however once the saw was worked in a little it starts with within two or three pulls every time. The power is pretty good and handles the 24 inch bar no problem but really this would be ideal with a 20 in bar. Its nice that Husqvarn gives us the option that other manufacturers do not. I will definitely be buying more Husqvarna saws
February 14, 2015
What a workhorse!
I am coming from the consumer chain saws and needed a more powerful saw. Our Mcculloch 380 is also a good one for smaller jobs, but when it comes to more demanding job that saw is at its limits - not so strange, this is the saw is made for.
To this 460 Rancher:
The very first impression when it comes out of the box is impressive. It got the 24 inch bar completely assembled version.
First handling is very good, the saw is heavy, but not too bad. Its well balanced. When you hold it at the upper handle it stays horizontal.
The saw body is solid with being too wide. Its a nice and slim saw, but it still has its price due to the motor of 60 cc.
The quick cover remover are no longer in place on this 2014 model. They have been replaced with 4 screws instead - previosly there was the quick replease snappers. not a disavantage.
The clutch cover is made in Sweden and made in MG to save weight. When you remove the cover you find a big steel plate to hold the bar with the clutch over on the other - The McCulloch has just a tiny plate here. The Rancher is much more solid.
The upper handle is held in grey color and tilted. Makes its really easier to hold. Its made in plastic, but solid made.
Underneath the upper handle is the cylinder value to ease starting. Helps really since the engine displacement is not small.
The bar librification is no longer automatic on the 2014 Rancher, its manual. The oiler is accessible from underneath. Symbols explanin very simple how to increase and how to decrease the oil flow. Generally more oil is needed on larger bars, less on smaller.
The manual bar oiler is of advantage when you change between different bar length. It gives the fleibility to adjust the flow accoring to the bar.
The 24 inch bar is huge. This bar is no longer a tiny consumer bar, its very solid. It takes 84 link chain.
First tests show that this saw cuts wood like with butter. What a difference to the McCulloch.
The saw is about 100 bucks more expensive as we 455, but its worth the money when you go for the 24 inch bar.
Did not regret to extended my saws with this one!
January 19, 2015
No nonsense workhorse.
Bought this saw to cut firewood here in France. Debated long and hard on the old chestnut Stihl or Husqvarna issue but then chose Husky for 3 reasons. (1) I have (or rather my ex.wife has) and still uses a Husky I bought about 30 years ago-it's only ever been serviced once and still starts 2nd or 3rd pull and cuts well. (2) I used to work in a sawmill using only stihl saws and I remember the problems I had with them.(3) There are at least 4 Husky dealers within about 15 miles of where I live.
I do not regret the choice at all. Put the bar and chain on, fuel and oil in, started it on 3rd pull and put it straight to work. No problems whatsoever. 24 inch bar and ripped through 20 inch oak which had been down at least 2 years. IMPRESSED!!!!! Have since bought 18 inch bar and chain for smaller jobs. Looking forward to tackling some big trees soon.
January 13, 2015
Works great love this saw
This saw is great it cuts great starts easy never had a problem with it you can use it all day with out a problem and is great if you are going to cut down big trees
It's a little heaven but it's a big saw so it's understandable and has great power and with a perfectly sharp chain it will cut through nut like butter
December 28, 2014
WILL NOT OIL ! !
I bought this saw on it's reputation. Kill switch broke right away. Took back and fixed under warranty. Broke again in a week. Now, I choke to stop. Absolutely WILL NOT OIL ! ! I have replaced the plastic oil pump drive gear at least a couple of times. Last time I ordered two gears. figured I'd need them. I did. I carry a squeeze bottle to oil the chain. Dealer went out of business, so no warranty. Chain gets hot and then won't spin and won't cut. Out comes the squeeze bottle. Fill the gas, check the oil, . .still full from last time. Seems like a good saw, but hasn't been good for me. I'd like to sell it and get one that works. Like the chain tightener screw. That's cool. Why don't others do that ? Like the compression release too.
November 7, 2014