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
not a good daily use saw
the 455 rancher would be good for a homeowner clearing limbs after a storm not cutting firewood
December 10, 2013
This saw is my second saw ever purchased, it really should have been my first. I was worried that it would be too heavy, because it weighed more than my first saw. Yes it is bigger but built just right. The weight is evenly distributed which makes it very easy to use for 8 hours at a time. Just a great in between saw. I would even recommend this saw to a beginner, just like me. More power comes more responsibility. Always respect any power tool.
December 9, 2013
Love My Husqvarna
Great Saw!!! I get excited every weekend when I get a chance to cut wood with my Husqvarna!
December 3, 2013
Best Anniversary Gift Yet
In September of 2011 my wife purchased a 455 Rancher for my anniversary gift. She listened to me complain about all the other lower end brand saws I destroyed, while maintaining them very well. I spent a month researching saws and talking to my neighbors(a tree company) and my brother in-law(runs a tree company) and figured out my next saw. Now December 2013 and it still works and runs like a champ!! I do not buy oil for my tank, I only rely on wood. That means I use the heck out of this saw. I was taught properly how to sharpen my chain and file down my bar so they last a long time. This saw saves me soo much $$, Thank you Husqvarna.
December 2, 2013
Just what I needed
This is exactly the right equipment for me - I have a 1 acre lot, with only 50% used for home site and lawn, the rest being a mix of pine and hardwood trees. I was tired of buying $150-200 disposable saws, so it was time to step up with a truly quality unit. I was not disappointed. I had intended to buy a smaller, less powerful unit, but came across a deal on the 455 Rancher that was too good to pass up. Cuts through trees and branches like butter, beautiful ergonomics, plenty of power. My only regret is not having the 20" bar from the beginning, but I can always purchase that later.
The only issue I had was the initial assembly, and the chain brake was not 100% disengaged, which prompted a trip to a local dealer for resetting - great service there!
November 25, 2013
Awesome farm saw
I bought my 455 Rancher four years ago. I've never had any maintenance problems. It cuts strong to this day. I've used it on all kinds of woods, mostly hardwoods, to fuel my wood stove. It's stood up to whatever I've thrown at it. Great saw, just want another one for the farm hands.
November 16, 2013
I just bought my second Rancher 455, I bought one in 2010 and that still runs like a champ, but I gave it to my folks to used, so I bought another one. No complaints, I ran it hard, went through two bars and dozens of chains. I did have a bar stud break which snapped of when I tightened it. I've heard that's a pretty rare occurrence.
The end only thing I'll say to the folks who gave this saw a bad review is this saw as all require a bit of attention. Cleaning the air filter, spray some carb cleaner in the air intake, making sure there's good bar oil flow, and most importantly getting ahold of non-ethanol gas. This makes a world of difference in performance and longevity of your saw and its not easy to find.
October 10, 2013