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
Best chainsaw I have ever owned
I don't make a living out of cutting wood yet I use it often. Never had an issue.
June 28, 2014
Saw is Good but the bars are junk
I have a brand new 455 saw with a 20 inch bar that I used one time. The nose sprocket on the bar froze after going through maybe a half tank of gas even though it I greased the sprocket holes before I started. The bar sprocket won't move at all rendering the bar useless. I was under-cutting a 22 inch diameter log - dried wood, from a dead tree when it froze. I have been using chain saws for 40 years now from a number of different manufacturers and have never had this problem before other than with the Husqvarna bars in the last couple of years. I have a 445 Husqvarna as well that had the same problem with a 16 inch bar - the bar sprocket froze undercutting a log from a dead tree. Both of the saws have the 0.050 bars on them. Husqvarna has both 0.050 and 0.058 bars. Even brand new from the package the bar sprockets don't spin freely on the 0.050 bars so my guess is that either they are intentionally using the same bar sprocket on both the 0.050 and 0.058 bars or someone at the factory is assembling them with the wrong sprockets. I don't think the sprocket would freeze if all you were cutting was green wood but if you are undercutting dry wood be prepared to replace the bar.
It's kind of frustrating to be cutting wood 15 miles from home when the bar freezes.
Guess I will get an Oregon bar for it.
June 27, 2014
After much debate over which saw to purchase, Echo or Sthil. I had never even considered the Husky as they called it in the shop, but after talking with the shop mechanic about the different saws, he recommended the Husky 455 as I wanted something with a little more meat to it.
After one days use and fourteen trees, I feel as through this was the right saw for what I needed. It's well balanced, plenty of power and very smooth for a engine of this size.
I look forward to using this saw for quite some time.
June 8, 2014
Decent, but not great
I bought this saw to replace a Craftsman because it leaked bar oil like crazy when stored. Although this a lot more saw, it leaks at least as much as the Craftsman it replaced. I was under the impression that this was not an issue with the newer Husqvarnas, but apparently I was misled. My Stihl doesn't leak one tenth as much, and if I knew this leaked as much as it does, I probably would have spent the extra $50 or so and bought another Stihl.
June 6, 2014
Great Saw - plenty of power - fast cut
Starts every time
May 21, 2014
I love the saw and it works well, but my issue is the chain keeps slipping off. Any way to troubleshoot this?
April 12, 2014
nearly everything needed
I might be a homeowner level user but I cut my own firewood from my own property. The 455 rancher is almost enough saw for my needs. Just enough power to get me through but just enough under to leave me wanting more. On a further note it came with the trigger and top cover broke. Doesn't affect performance as I replaced them, but was disappointed that it came new in the box that way.
April 8, 2014