Husqvarna 450 Rancher
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
Gone through 2 In 45 Days! Only cut down 3 1/2 trees
I like weight and overall ergonomics, power was solid.
1st one I purchased Chain bar was defective within 10 minutes of cutting could tell has an issue. Power is nice--just not durable parts. I returned and was issued a new one. Rep that sold it to me could see Bar had actually welded itself---the chain oil was working fine it was a defective bar.
On the second 450---I purchased a 2nd Bar right out the gate to ensure if one on saw welded again I could keep working--
Worked to cut down a 20" maple and a 20' redwood.
Was cutting a 10" maple tree that blew over in a storm---now the drive sprocket breaks? I've not had any problems starting seems solid---but using cheep metal in its parts from what I can see. Chain saws that are fueled correct and chains that are oiled--should not break.
July 31, 2014
I like this saw But....
I like this saw but I had a lot of trouble getting it to run About a week after I bought it "at LOWES". But after that one time it has started 3-4 pulls. It stopped oiling and bared up the chain and bar after cleaning out everything it started oiling once again. I mix my own gas/oil mix I use the same mix in my all-in one weed eater/tiller/blower/edger. I was a small engine repair man for 35 years so I do know how to get ever oz of power and service out of my equipment.
July 8, 2014
Poor Quality, Inability to Use Warranty
Bought this saw at Lowes, along with the canned gas/oil mix to get the extra warranty. Ran a tank of gas through it cutting red oak tops and had a dull chain. Seemed like it wasn't oiling properly. Attempted to put on another chain, and automatic tensioner broke and would not tighten new chain. Took it to the only authorized warranty servicer in my area to fix the oiler and the tensioner. Left it there over a month. They never even looked at it. Frustrated, I retrieved from this "servicer" and returned to Lowes, who was good to return my purchase price. Looking forward to using that refund to purchase a more reliable saw.
June 30, 2014
Refurbished warranty not honored -
I purchased a refurbished unit and had problems with the oiler - I was told by customer service on the phone on 3 different occasions that Husqvarna provided a 90 warranty on all refurbished chainsaws (once prior to buying the saw) - but my service tech was being told it was only 30 days.
Apparently a change was made recently - but Customer Service was not updated... so now I'm stuck with a problem saw - and Husky won't honor the 90 days as they said they would (and verified with a supervisor)... unbelievable!
May 13, 2014