Husqvarna 450 Rancher
3 years without issue
I bought this chainsaw three years ago because I had a number of trees I needed down in my yard and chunked up into firewood.
I've had the need to fire it up every 4 months or so when a branch or tree falls and I'm the family and friend go-to man for such things. The chainsaw always starts up nice and easy and powers through the thickest of branches and limbs.
The price was a bit high considering I"m a small land-owner and not a rancher or professional but since I'm yet to have an issue with it (having had two other cheap < $100 saws break on me after a season), this one is hear to stay.
August 9, 2013
One mean machine
I bought mine at Lowes and think that it was a little pricey that's why I gave it 3 stars for value. However, if it last me for a lifetime, then I will think that it is more that worth its value. I haven't had it but a couple of months and have used it a few times with no complaints. It performed very well each time. Starts easy. I do recommend their premixed fuel.
August 6, 2013
Very good saw
Operates just how it's supposed to, cut everything I need to, very low vibration, perfect!!
July 27, 2013
Husky has no customer serivce and products are not quality.
Purchased a new Rancher 450 in April 13- had to take the saw to have the carb adjusted July 13,13 (since I can not do it myself thanks to the government control of our activities),and then on July 23 it stopped performing (will not accelerate), took it to the service facility again, and they think the coil is shot- took it back to LOWES for warranty- find out that the serial number tag had fallen off(who knows when or where), and the customer service department at HUSKY (after being on hold for 30 minutes), will not do ANYTHING without a serial number- even though I have the date of purchase, and they know it is a newer model since it has the non adjustable carburetor, absolutely nothing- Monica in the "escalation" department was demeaning and rude (telling me that they do not put the tag on with plastic tape)- all in all a terrible experience, and I end up with a 3 month old saw that does not work! It is my 3rd HUSKY over the past 15 years- and MY LAST!
July 26, 2013
450 vs Wind Storm
I had planned on getting an 18" bar chainsaw, but after a windstorm took down a 40" oak I'm glad I went with a Husq and I'm glad I went with the 450 Rancher.
Every aspect of this saw has clearly been designed and refined until it reached perfection. The saw is powerful and always starts with just a few pulls. You can get to everything you need with the included bar tool, and maintenance is both quick and easy.
Two things to consider with this class of saw are: First the 450 is heavier I've got a strong upper body so I wasn't concerned with the weight, but if you don't need the 20" bar you can get a slightly smaller saw and work a lot longer. Second this does require a tool, some of the smaller saws have tool free bar adjustment, so again if you don't need the bigger saw the next size down is easier for adjustments on the fly.
I am totally happy with my saw. I found out after purchase a friend of mine buys the 455 for his contracting business and my home town fire department uses the 450. I can see why.
I'm confident the 450 will exceed all my needs.
July 15, 2013
A solid product. Best chainsaw I've owned. Bags of power with a 20" chain. Goes through ~ 20" Oak like butter. It doesn't need a lot of priming to start and will flood easily so don't over choke or over prime! One or two pulls and take off the choke!
When I first got this saw I went through the start procedure as in the manual. It wouldn't start. I tried everything but just got a few puffs from the exhaust. Took it back to the dealer. The saw was totally flooded, fuel everywhere. The dealer had run it before he gave it to me and I guess I should not have used the choke or primed at all. I almost never choke it now and only prime a couple of times. Starts every time. I'm a bit concerned about Husqvarna's support. No one responds on their AnswerArmy web site. Lots of angry people on there. Husqvarna may be going out of business. This is a good product but if I had to do it again I'd buy a Stihl. I cant afford to have the manufacturer go out of business on me!
May 11, 2013
Love this saw! It is very powerful for such a light weight. Brought it home fueled it up and it started on the third pull. Starts everytime now on the second pull when cold and first pull when hot. Have cut down 6-7 50' tall elm trees and cut them into firewood and have not had one malfunction except for needing to change chains. I would imagine with good maintance and cleaning this saw will last a long time. Only thing I would recommend is stop by your local Stihl shop and get a more aggresive chain put on the saw, I did and got a big cutting performance gain from a non safety chain. Great product look forward to many years of using it.
April 18, 2013
Wow what a saw
spent the day cutting up a downed 125 ft cotton wood tree that was obstructing the drainage for about 500 acres of Indiana farm land which would clog the box culvert just below our property It was a must do to prevent flooding this spring The trunk was over 14 ft around and most of it was in a creek in thigh high 32 deg water (we were wearing waders) The tree was water logged and covered in ice forn the most part buzzed right through it all THIS SAW IS A BEAST 6 tanks of gas and oil never sharpend or changed the chain around a gallon of fuel
February 24, 2013