HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
I cut firewood (14+ cords / year) for a couple of old widow ladies plus do a lot of timber stand improvement on 180 acres and other various chores for the chainsaw. I have one and purchased another as backup as I do not want to be on the hill with a broken saw. Pretty much the only time I have used the backup is when I get the other one stuck/pinched in a tree but that is usually my error. Start great even when I leave them outside in sub zero. Yeah they leak a little bar oil but most do and I am too lazy to vent the oil cap after a hard day of work. All the power I want and cannot really imagine needing anything better!
December 3, 2014
Two 455 ranchers
both of these saws use bar oil running or not. It's best to run them to an empty tank then you don't waste as much. I got them because my Stijl 029 Farm Boss was the most unreliable saw I ever owned and an old Husqvarna 45 that I thought was worn out kept going for several years. They are very comfortable saws and have less vibration than other still and Husqvarna saws I've used. I've always used premium gas in my tools so fuel shouldn't be an issue. Three seasons for one and one for the other, if fuel is ever brought up when I have a problem, I'll buy an Echo next time.
November 17, 2014
455 Rancher Chainsaw
All my adult life I had cheap chainsaws and all the problems that go with them so when my last saw died I wanted something that would last. I did some research and decided on a Husqvarna, I wanted something with a ton of power and big enough to cut through what ever came my way. The 455 Rancher is all that... I love this saw it's great. However this fall I started seeing a puddle of bar oil under the saw after a few minutes of sitting, not sure what it's about but it's still under warranty. It may be nothing... I'll have to look closer before I contact Husqvarna.
October 20, 2014
I had my 455 Rancher for about 5 years now and I cut 6-8 cord a year plus other misc stuff around the house. This saw is as reliable as the year is long. Everything still original except chain. Starts cold 3rd-4th pull everytime. Only problem in 5 years is just recently oiler stopped working. Found you tube video and was able to fix myself in 30 minutes. Never had a problem with bar oil leaking as some report. All I can say is....WORKHORSE! Love this saw!! considering one of their trimmers now.
October 13, 2014
I want to buy a saw and almost bought the 455 Rancher but read the reviews. I see primarily 2 issues throughout the reviews which are scored cylinders and bar oil leaks. The Service Rep answers all the complaints about cylinder scoring by scolding the consumer! Not a single response to their saws leaking that expensive bar oil all over the place! Just tells me they don't care about customers and only about covering up the leak issue. In other words ....poor customer support! They should explain the oil leakage issue and cause repair for each instance. Most important stop scolding the consumer. If you can't answer the oil leakage issue don't bother reprimanding customers for cylinder scoring. Easy to point the finger than resolve the leakage issue?
September 26, 2014
Nice saw, good price, great power!
Read a lot of reviews before purchasing, and a lot of them said hard to start, I'd say it was about 4 out of 10 reviews were bad. A friend had one and said he loved his, so I decided to purchase it. While I don't have a lot of time on the saw, it been easy to start, even after running it and shutting it down for awhile, then trying to restart, it been fine to start.
August 31, 2014
I have had this chainsaw for five years now and has not mist a beat. Love the weight, power and ease of use. I use it around the house for medium size pine trees. I plan on having this saw for a while.
August 23, 2014
The right bar for the right job
I have owned this saw for 5 years. The power head is very well built with lots of power as long as you maintain it. I live in Alabama and we have some very hard wood. I am originally from Washington state. I grew up on Stihl but I tried the Husky. I think the 20" bar and a 3/8" chain is a little ambitious for the type of hardwoods we have in the south. I believe it would be well suited for the Pacific Northwest. If you live in the South, get the 18" bar either 3/8 or .325 will work well for you.
Remember to keep up with your maintenance and it will last you a life time!
August 10, 2014