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The 455 Rancher is an ideal saw for landowners and part-time users who require a high powered, heavy-duty and responsive workmate for all cutting conditions. It combines the best characteristics of its predecessor with new, facilitating technology and ergonomics.
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Most Liked Positive Review
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...Read complete review
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.
Most Liked Negative Review
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...Read complete review
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.
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SO FAR GREAT
By Jack of all trades master of none
from long Island NY
About Me Do-It-Yourself
Comments about 455 Rancher:
I had some Oddball pieces that needed to be cut into usable firewood. Had two resaw and rip a lot wet maple. I used the premix fuel and ran three and a half tanks through the machine in approximately 4 hours time. It the saw cut flawlessly the whole time. Every time I refueled I checked and adjusted the chain tension and had no problem using it as it was designed to be used. So far I have not experienced any oil leaks. The machine is a bit on the heavy side and will fatigue you quickly during constant use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from New Orleans
About Me Professional
I bought one size smaller Husqvarna in 2005. Within weeks it was returned sears for repair. The chainsaw was off for repair for over a month. Finally lowes called me and told me to just come and get a new chainsaw off the shelf instead of waiting longer. I opted to pay a little extra and buy the 455 rancher. I have used this chainsaw since 2005. The carburetor has never been cleaned, it always starts, and it is always reliable. In 12 years the only thing we replaced was the primer bulb. I couldn't have bought a better saw. It has sold me on Husqvarna for life. My only recommendation is to go with the 455 or larger chainsaw for people that use it professionally or often.
worst piece of machinery of any kind I have ever owned.
from Ames, NE
bar and chain are constantly binding and bending. I have spent a fortune on replacement chains and bars. I hate this machine.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I will never buy another husqvarna saw.
By Annoyed home owner
from Rutland vt
I am a home owner that cuts around 4 cord of wood per year. I bought a brand new 455 rancher 2 years ago and now it's dead. No compression and the cost to have it repaired is more than to buy a new saw. My old husqvarna lasted 14 years. My last 2 have each lasted less than 2 years each.
I would not buy this product again
While using this "Farmtough" saw on the farm it fell off the tailgate of my truck (about 3 feet). It landed in a soft hayfield and broke both the hollow plastic handle and the chain brake trigger. These are definitely not tough enough.
One of the best money can buy
from Gilbert WV
I use these saws on a river project they get dropped, they cut in water, they get sand in them. As you can see they are put to the test. They start easily have really good power. To me these are the best on the market!!
Perfect home owner saw
I upgraded from from A Sears (Poulan) saw. The old one lasted 12 years. This 455 Rancher is like night and day difference. Starts much easier, more power and less vibration. I read many reviews on different web sites and a few of them complain about hard starting and leaking chain oil badly. I must be a lucky one. This thing starts on the second or third pull and very little to no oil leaking. I may get a quarter size spot of oil under it after it sits for days after use. That tells me the oiler is working. The initial cost may seem a little high for a home owner saw, but I believe you get what you pay for. It appears to be well constructed and should be the last chainsaw I will need to buy.
Great Saw, But Leaks Chain Oil
By Tom H.
from Fairplay, Md.
I have had this saw for 9 years and have cut over 100 tree down and it has done very well. I've cut tree up to 28 inches in diameter and it never missed a beat. Even when there was oil fuel (4 months old, forgot to empty tank one year and run saw until empty) in the fuel tank it started up after several pulls. My only complaint is like several others have mentioned, when leaving the saw set it leaks chain oil. If i'm going to let the saw set for more then a week I just empty the chain oil tank. Yes its a pain, but I purchased this unit at a price I could not pass up so I'm fine with it My next saw will be a larger Husky with a large bar..
I would this saw again
from Detroit, MI
Bought the 455 rancher from my local dealer. Thank you husqvarna for the promo dealer days. Put the saw to work the next day I was thrilled with the power of this saw and the nonexistent of no vibration. The balance of the saw was awesome . Cut about 1 cord of wood that day and I was not as tried as was using my old saw.
Husky puts them all to shame.
I am a 67 year old land woodlands owner and have tried every brand of chain saw made I think. Junk, junk and junk, I have pulled chords thousands of times I think on chain saws that were constant problems. Tried Husky and now own three. If they fail to start in about three pulls they are out of fuel.
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Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter. This results in reduced air filter cleanings and improved engine life.
Easier access to chain tensioning device.
Delivers lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emission levels in accordance with the world´s most stringent environmental regulations.
System designed to reduce vibration levels to the operator, which lessens fatigue.
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