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
Just picked it up
Just picked my saw up and couldn.t wait to get home and fire it up. this saw is amazing. power, speed, minimal vibration. workhorse. glad i made this choice and thanks to all of the reviews good and bad that helped me choose this awesome. too soon to tell about durability but i will let you know soon.
March 4, 2014
Very Happy - Great Saw
Great saw - cut up a number of blowdown hardwoods. No problems at all despite being very cold out (Jan in NY). No trouble starting it (just followed the book). Plus very happy with the extended warranty with the Husky fuel. Plenty of power. Happy with the dealer as well (Newburgh Power).
February 7, 2014
Love this saw. I have used craftsman, echo, poulan, stihl, and mac. This machine beats them all hands down. lot of power and real good chains. Cut a lot of firewood with it and never gave me one problem. Had a huge trunk of a sugar maple to cut up(about 35 inch diameter and 3 feet long) and the husky made short work of it in about 15 minutes. Never had to stop and tighten the chain as I have had too with all others.
February 2, 2014
Well balanced, powerful saw.
Due to the amazing cold here in central NY the last few weeks, I have only run this saw a few times. It seems to start well and cuts well in the locust and hard maple that I use for firewood. I did throw a chain on the first outing while trimming out a fallen tree, but haven't had any more such issues. If it lasts as long as my old 345, which is on it's eleventh season, I will be very happy. I process 10 to 12 cord of fire wood each year mainly in the fall and winter off the farm for the family's homes, mine being the largest user.
February 2, 2014
I like the performance of this saw as far as cutting goes. The irratating issue is that it leaks bar oil when in storage,and has done so since new.Many others mention this as a proplem too.THE SEALS ON THE OIL SUPPLY TUBE ARE PRONE TO LEAKING,CAUSING A MESS WHEN THE SAW IS STORED.
January 25, 2014
Great saw for the price, gets the job done. It gets heavy after awhile, but when your cutting decent size trees it's a must.
January 19, 2014
Best saw ever made!
I have owned a 445 Rancher for quite a while and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It is the best saw I have ever run. Great for professional logging and clean up jobs. Great all around saw. Good weight and easy to handle. This saw will eat up any size tree any time. Starts right up one pull every time. This saw cannot be beat by any other brand saw. Stihl saws are the worst saws you could ever buy.
December 18, 2013