Husqvarna 450 Rancher
dripping chain oil
I used a new saw for an hour. After use I cleaned it as instructed. Next day I saw a paddle of chain oil under the chainsaw. At the beginning I did not worry about it because some of extra oil could be in the bar grove. I cleaned the oil and did not pay attention to it for the next few days. After that period of time I saw again a big paddle of oil on box floor. The saw was not used for that time. For me it is obvious either the oil tank or oil system components are broken or not assembled right way. I will not recommend the product to anybody which is good for one hour
May 24, 2015
I had same problem as others. Oiler stop working. Now trying to figure out what to do to fix that problem. Need to buy a new bar now. Chain drive broke. Husqvarna wanted just shy of $60 for the drive with shipping. Bought one on ebay for $20 and a few dollars for shipping. Will not be buying any of the husqvana products again.
May 13, 2015
its a beast
for anyone looking for a manual ...... http://cdn.husqvarna.com/ddoc/HUSO/HUSO2010_USen/HUSO2010_USen__1153136-95.pdf and if that isnt your specific year go to the husq website do a search for 445 it will come up with all 450 and 450 e model year manuals
February 12, 2015
The chainsaw worked great when it was working. Chain fell off while operating and ruined the bar. Like the gentleman below, the first recommended chain I bought at Lowes was incorrect. Had to bring chain with me and open the packages to compare chains before I found one.Tried to download the manuel from their website but they don't have one for this model. Downloaded one for the 450 II but not sure if it is correct. When changing the chain, this manual stated to remove the transortation ring after removing clutch cover. My saw didn't have one. Did anyone find a correct manual anywhere?
January 23, 2015
Try to find a chain for this model - good luck!
Strongly do not recommend this product. Before buying try to find the "manual" for a 450 Rancher on their website. It does not exist when searching 450 Rancher but that is the title here and what is printed on the side of my saw. The unit I purchased (450 Rancher w/20" bar) stopped oiling the first time I tried to use it. After several weeks trying to get it fixed - several repair shops outright refused to work on it because it was ordered "on-line". On the third attempt speaking with Husqvarna support I finally got a dealer that figured out that some parts were loose and they fixed it. Then it did cut several large tree trunks (35-40") well - full day of cutting. So I was optimistic that the oiler issue was a fluke and I would be happy with the unit. I then went to replace the chain but try to find one that "works". It is not possible to find one in a local store (and I live in an area with every type of store possible). On-line information, that I can find, states it is 78 link chain (one listed here on the site - 501 84 08-78 say 78 links). But the one I took off has 80 links. Tried to get the Oregon H78 (78 link) chain on my saw (supposedly the right one) - no possible way - too small. If you look on this website for accessories, the 20" chain also shows 78 links but my chain on the saw clearly has 80 links (see picture). Very disappointed in the support on their website and when speaking to them. Seen other posts about parts availability. It is a good saw when it works but the trouble getting it fixed and trying to find the right parts, plus the fact you cannot find the right information on their own website makes me regret the purchase.
January 4, 2015
can't find parts
I bought the 450 rancher because that is the only model with a 20" bar the stores around me carried. Unfortunately these same stores do not carry replacement parts (i.e chains, bars, etc.), and when I asked to order them was told they could no longer get them. I eventually had to go to a local competitor's dealer and have them make me chains. I hope I never have to replace the bar or other parts. I fear I would be unable to find them. Why does a dealer carry a certain model of equipment, but same dealer can't get replacement parts?
December 13, 2014
Fire wood for everyone!
I recently moved to my parents farm. They cut firewood for people. So far, I've cut for 5 days. About 20 hours of chain spinning. Mostly old dead trees. Not rotten trees, just dead. Iron wood is no problems. Hickory is no problem. Ash is zip zip. If you are looking for a saw to cut up a bunch of trees that aren't massive and breathing this is a solid buy. I did downgrade the 20" bar to an 18" bar. I was a bit worried about not having an adjustable oil sprayer but so far it is running great. Don't ever take the side cover off with the chain brake on. Big headache.
November 13, 2014
450 Rancher - Initial Thoughts
I recently purchased this saw, as after moving to New York from California my firewood needs are drastically different. Took the saw out of the box, added bar oil and fuel. She started after two pulls. I easily felled and bucked up a 20" diameter red oak and a 14" diameter maple in 1/2 a day. Plenty of power and the saw cuts like a hot knife through soft butter. I'm really looking forward to using this saw the rest of this fall and winter to harvest my firewood for next season. With regular maintenance I expect this saw will last me quite a long time.
September 16, 2014