Husqvarna 450 Rancher
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
origonally i was gonna buy a stihl ms 362 saw, i have ran stihl all my life but the last 362 i owned got stolen out of our garage and i heat with a wood burner so i need a saw, my friend said to get a husqvarna and try it out and i am pleased with it, i have a rancher 450, it seems to be as powerful and as durable as the stihl but not as heavy, i will buy another husqvarna product again when somethin goes up etc weed waker.
February 17, 2013
Amazingly Versatile Saw!
As a forester I've operated most every brand of saw imaginable but I only own Husqvarna. Recently, I was in need of a light, versatile all around saw for downed trees around my woodlot and to toss in the truck to ensure I can access long ago closed logging roads. In the short time I've been using my new 450 Rancher I've been impressed with its power, light weight and fuel economy as well as its slow draw of bar oil and ease of start up. I could have quickly reached for a larger saw but instead used my 450 to cut all of next winter's firewood...now I'm ready relax and enjoy the summer! Thanks for another great product Husqvarna.
February 15, 2013