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
Strong saw, durable and long lasting.
I've had this saw going on 5 years now, and it's been the best saw I've ever owned. Prior to this was a pouland and a stihl. Both would be difficult to start after a month in the shed, but not this saw. 8+ months later, and it fires up right away. Thirsty, drinks fuel at a pretty decent rate. Same with bar oil, but I have the oiler on max. I've buried the 22" bar in 36" rounds and worked my way through with minimal effort. I like bumper spikes being made out of thick steel, they dig in nicely and take a lot of labor out of it.
I wish that chains lasted longer. I can take a new chain dull in a matter of hours cutting hard woods. I have 3 chains, one fresh, one at the sharpener, and one on the saw. They're husqvarna brand chains, and they just don't stay sharp. On top of that they're expensive.
Also the chain tensioner seems to work it's way loose on me, there's no way I should need to tighten the chain after an hour of cutting. Also, when changing the chain I forgot to release the brake. So I released it with the side cover off. A tiny spring shot directly over my shoulder, out the garage door, and into a fresh 24" of snow that came down the night before. So it was gone forever and now I have no brake. I'd like to think the people that designed the working part and the people that designed the brake were not the same people.
I don't use it every day, and the fact that it starts for me easily every time is nice, whether it sit for a week or 10 months.
April 16, 2015
Best saw I have ever owned
I purchased this saw to replace an older one that was taken and so glad the old was stolen ,this saw is a dream to use and I can't say enough about it .
Easy starting and low viberation and it cuts great ! I would never purchase anything else other then Husqavarna from now on best product in my opinion ever made ! And I'm planning on buying and replacing other items I have to Husqavarna also
Great product !!
March 25, 2015
Ideal saw for landowners
I've got 6 acres with plenty of trees and this is the ideal saw for someone like me. Sometimes it sits for months (like 9 or 10) but starts by the 3rd pull every time. It's easy to maintain and clean. Best of all, with a sharp chain, it'll cut anything I can carry it to! Felling, limbing, cutting firewood... you name it, it can handle it. Somebody else said it here, but it bears repeating: it cuts like a beast! Do yourself a favor - get some quality hearing and eye protection. Better yet, get an all-in-one helmet/face shield/ear cover unit. Then go get 'em!
March 19, 2015
poor quality on case
Purchased this saw from Lowes, it cuts like crazy!, but, the second time I used it, the starter handle slipped and punched a hole in the top of the plastic casing. Very dissapointed in this!! Casing should be extremelly durable, due to the conditions it is used. Contacted Husqvarna now for the second time, and maybe they will respond?????
March 12, 2015
THE BEST SAWS MADE
This is overall the highest quality saw for the price I've owned I own Homelites McCullough Craftsman and Stihl and my Husqvarna is the one I take take every time I go out to cut wood because it's never been in the shop for anything in the 25 years I've had the Husky 55 thanks for your quality equipment and reliability
February 7, 2015
Saw has plenty of power. I have a stihl 290 farmboss with a 20" bar also and there's no comparison.I can cut 2 logs to 1 with the husky over the stihl. I've had this saw since 2006 still runs and starts great, better now then when it was New.
January 19, 2015
Go Get You One
I have owned and used a 55 for 20 years . I cut firewood and clear . This saw is a beast. Yes it is heavy but its a saw. If you don't used good gas good oil and a sharp chain you will have problems with any saw. Keep the air filter clean. My saw will start on three pulls every time no matter the outside temp. Man up Nancy and get one or keep buying your refurbished $100 discount one time use saws. And stop asking to borrow mine.
January 14, 2015