HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
Run Forest... Run.
After much debate amongst the boys at the barber shop in the great Husqvarna/Sthil debate of 2010, my wife decided to call it quits on the arguement and call up one of my Pop's ol' buddies, a professional logger from Oregon and settled the arguement for us. His company uses them exclusively. I took a mosey over to my local Tractor Supply Store and plunked down the requsite $400.00+tax for this wolf in sheep's clothing. Over the years I've used Craftsman, McCulloch, Echo and Sthil but I have never been as impressed with a machine as I have been this 455 Rancher. With two twenty year old sons and two future son-in-laws rolling rounds, splitting and loading the truck and trailer I managed to keep far enough ahead of them to have a sit and sip coffee while I was refueling/re-oiling and touching up the chain. Easy to start, easy to restart, easy to keep clean, easy to chain swap, easy everything, and fellas, she'll chew wood into sawdust faster than it take to tell it. She's been in the woods a solid year now and cut more firewood than I can remember with no breakdowns other than a busted chain.
January 25, 2012
I have owned this saw for several years and have not experienced a problem out of it yet. Starts on the first pull more often than not hot or cold. I haven't done anything but put fuel and oil in it and sharpen the blade. Only problem is its a little heavy for small brush jobs, but it is a big saw and will handle bigger jobs.
June 17, 2013
After approximately fifty hours of running the engine quit. No compression. The cylinder and piston had been scored by something. Care had been excellent. The cost of replacing parts equaled the cost of a new saw. This saw cost about $200 for every year it ran. What a waste. An aluminum engine too.
Contacting customer support is a circus of different organizations.
June 12, 2013
oiler will not work right
I Had My 455 For Three Months And The Oiler Stopped Working. I Used Husky Oil And Cleaned After Every Use. My Neighbor Has Had The Same Problem With His 455. I Am Thinking It's A Bad Design
May 25, 2013
Its A Sad Day
I have had my 455 for about 6 years and used the heck out of it. Took down a cotton wood that was 4' plus in diameter a few years ago. Just one of the testaments of the power and ability of this saw. Sadly this past weekend it finally met the end of the road when it was caught in a cut as the tree broke below the cut line and took the saw with it. Needless to say it broke the fall of the tree as it landed on the saw, which was still running. Took it apart and well lets say it started back up but thats about the end of it. So the up side of the story is I have an excuse to get a nice shinny new one. I may be looking at the 460 but only because of the couple extra CC's it offers. This is a great all around Saw for the anyone. Oh and Stihl is great but over priced, bulky and hard to start compared to my ol Husky. I grew up with a logger in Canada and it was always the battle of brands. Stick with a Husqvarna you wont regret it.
May 20, 2013
Oil Oil Everywhere!!1
Purchased 455 Rancher from Lowes for $10.00 It was a returned unit said not to be running. Not a single log was cut with this unit. It was sent for repair and the technicians could not get it running either. Brought the saw home, re assembled it, and put fuel in...Started right up! used the saw off and on for 2 seasons. After letting the saw sit for the winter, I went to use it and found all the oil had leaked out onto the shelf where I keep it. Replaced the oil. Leaked all over again. Took saw to local repair shop. They stated that this year 455 had a factory defect and was notorious for leaking oil. They replaced oil pump, hoses, and wrist pin bearing in the saw. After a week at home, I started it 2 times and it ran like a bear...This morning I went in my garage, and discovered a puddle of OIL under the saw again!
I don't know what else to do at this point...I am somewhat disappointed
May 18, 2013
Good Medium saw
We have 2 of these saws used with 18 to 24" bars, they seem to function as you would expect Husqvarna saws to function and get the jobs done in a economical order. We have tackled trees 4 foot in diameter with little difficulty, and use them to the greatest extent of our medium saws.
Presently run 338XP, 345, 455s, L65 and 395XPs. Other than a failure with a 435, overall they seem to be great saws.
May 6, 2013
I will never purchase another Husqvarna product. I have a wooded lot and purchased the 455 Rancher to assist with handling some larger trees. Saw was purchased in September 2012. I used the saw then and again in March 2013 to fell and dispose of a total of 4 small to medium trees. Used the saw approximately 1.5 hours run time. When I attempted to use the 6 month old saw for one additional tree, it would not start. Took to a local service center. Was told that the cylinder was scarred, the saw was ruined and it must be something in the fuel. Used the same fuel that I use in other 50-1 mix machines and have had no problem with any of them. Contacted Husqvarna support. They suggested that I get a second opinion. Located the next closest service about 25 miles and 45 minutes away. Took the saw for service. That center reconnected some wire and started the saw which ran fine. I brought the saw home and restarted it. It ran fine. Next morning was back to "would not start." I am convinced that something is defective in the saw. Call customer support again. They were to contact the service centers and get back to me with some resolution. Took three days, but they did call back. Their resolution was for me to drive additional distances to get an additional opinion. They are not interested in helping me with this piece of junk. Don't waste your money, buy a Stihl.
April 29, 2013