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
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
I gave the saw lower marks because of some issues with starting and the chain brake. The saw worked great in cooler weather started up every time. The weather has turned nice and is warmer. When the saw was cold started right up and ran like a champ. But, i turned it off to move some rounds. Tried to start the saw after about 15 min. No go! Cranked and cranked. Let the saw sit for about thirty min. Cranked about ten times the saw finally started. Turned the saw off after about 30 min and the saw wouldn't start again. The chain brake has stuck a couple times and any one familiar with the chain brake reset knows it isn't any fun to repair. Other than those issues the saw cuts great. But with me any problem with a new saw is to many....
April 23, 2013
All around GREAT SAW!
Kudos to the engineer to this saw, I bought this saw around a year ago now and use it daily. Everything from alders to pine. I'm 16 and run a small business after school for part time jobs to bring in a little extra $$. I paid $420.00 for my saw at a local dealer and they highly recommended this to me. I don't recommend climbing tree's with this saw like I do due to the weight. Plan on doing all my business through my local Husky dealer!
April 1, 2013
BEWARE, WILL NOT LAST, WON'T BE COVERED
I have owned two of these Ranchers. The first lasted three seasons , of which I cut about 14 chords per year of firewood. During third season, saw lost compression, was told I had used the wrong mix, and it was out of warranty. I had been satisfied with its performance, so I made the mistake of buying a new one last year. I was overly cautious to make sure I was mixing the right mixture(even though I have cut firewood for over 40 years) and this saw lasted 5 months before it quit running. I took it into the dealer I purchased it from, at first he said it was the coil and it would be covered. A week later he called and said it was bad fuel and that it wasn't covered. he said they would not cover damage due to ethanol fuel. I told him that the manual that comes WITH the saw, from the MANUFACTURER, recommends fuel with at least 87 octane from a local station. So here is the summary, if YOU follow the INSTRUCTIONS that the MANUFACTURER gives you, your SAW is SURE TO FAIL, and THEY WILL NOT COVER IT UNDER THEIR WARRANTY. I spoke to the local rep and he refused to hear my complaint, blaming it on the gas, and hung up on me. I plan on soliciting anyone who has had this same issue to bring a class action suit against the manufacturer for fraud and misrepresentation according to their own owner's manual.
April 1, 2013
trigger breaks easy
This would be a pretty good saw if the trigger didn't break so easily. In the past year, it has spent more time in the shop over loose trigger springs, than it has cutting wood. And what is even worse is that they won't cover it on warranty. Say its user error, like I wanna go inside and snap the spring. Getting a stihl and not looking back
March 25, 2013