Husqvarna 450 Rancher
Nothing less than expected
My second Husky chainsaw, the other is nearly 20 years old and still runs strong. Keep the chain sharp and tight and nothing eats wood like it. If I had to pick something I don't like, it would be the lack of an adjustable oiler. It seems to oil fine, but I like it a little heavier.
October 27, 2013
I just purchased 5.3 acres of land in Northern Alabama. Half of the property is covered in tress. After a bad experience with the neighbors broken chainsaw I figured it was time to buy my own. I looked around and at many reviews. I wanted to stay in the $400 and under price-point. I decided to go with the rancher 450 at top of my budget at Lowes. I was not disappointed. Initially as reviewed several times staring was an issue. Also the machine would randomly die from time to time. This only lasted a day or so. The saw has seemed to break in and now runs great. I use only the premixed fuel (highly recommended). This is my first chainsaw so it seems the maintenance is pretty high but I have probably cut down 20 trees to date so Im putting it through its paces for sure. It takes some time to clean properly and sharpen the blades but it cuts like butter when properly maintained. I very happy to date with the saw. I would definitely recommend this saw.
October 15, 2013
450 Rancher w/20" chain-bar
Bought this Husqvarna 450 Rancher to replace a piece of junk Poulan. Cutting wood over 20 years. AFTER READING the INSTRUCTIONS (quick start guide), it started right up on the 3rd pull. Read the instructions! It works. 2 acres numerous trees to cut and trim. Also burn wood all winter long, as wife does not like propane heat. 24" logs no problem, like slicing butter. I turned it off numerous times, and it started right up on the 3rd or 4th pull. Power to spare. No bothersome vibration, not too heavy. Yes, I recommend this chain saw to my friends and family.
September 8, 2013
This is a great chainsaw ...
I have been using a Homelite Chain saw for 30 years and it took it 10 minutes to cut through a tree I was trying to cut so we could split the pieces into firewood that would fit into my woodstove. When I got this saw home and fired it up it cut through the same tree in 1 minute.
August 29, 2013
Great saw. It took apart the tree that fell during the last storm easily. I almost wish more trees had fallen - less firewood expense.
August 27, 2013
Saw cuts as good as my dads model 51 husky and is much more comfortable. Plenty of power for any cutting job I have. One note about new saws: Follow the directions when it comes to starting! If I would have tried to start up this saw like any other older model I NEVER would have got it started. That being said I have had no problems starting it yet and am very pleased with everything. I have ran stihls and huskys both. I prefer the husky.
August 21, 2013
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