HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
sturdy and reliable
I purchased this saw and was pleased with it's overall performance. I had 2 trees about 60 ft high dropped in my yard and needed to cut them for firewood. After using the saw for less then 10 hours the chain brake locked up and would not release. I took the saw to an authorized dealer and was treated with respect and consideration. The saw was fixed under warranty and I am very pleased with both the saw and the local dealer who fixed the saw. It is well worth the money I spent on it and would not hesitate to buy another Husky product
July 21, 2013
Very reliable, easy to start, easy to operate.
We had a big tree come down on our property that needed to be dealt with right away. It was a Sunday in Upper Michigan and my options for purchasing a saw were limited. I've owned Stihl's in the past and thought they worked just fine. That's until I got my hands on the 455 Rancher. Very nice. I was so impressed, I've since purchased a mower and trimmer. These are great tools! And, the local dealers go to great lengths to help you make the right choice.
June 23, 2013
I have owned this saw for several years and have not experienced a problem out of it yet. Starts on the first pull more often than not hot or cold. I haven't done anything but put fuel and oil in it and sharpen the blade. Only problem is its a little heavy for small brush jobs, but it is a big saw and will handle bigger jobs.
June 17, 2013
After approximately fifty hours of running the engine quit. No compression. The cylinder and piston had been scored by something. Care had been excellent. The cost of replacing parts equaled the cost of a new saw. This saw cost about $200 for every year it ran. What a waste. An aluminum engine too.
Contacting customer support is a circus of different organizations.
June 12, 2013
oiler will not work right
I Had My 455 For Three Months And The Oiler Stopped Working. I Used Husky Oil And Cleaned After Every Use. My Neighbor Has Had The Same Problem With His 455. I Am Thinking It's A Bad Design
May 25, 2013
Its A Sad Day
I have had my 455 for about 6 years and used the heck out of it. Took down a cotton wood that was 4' plus in diameter a few years ago. Just one of the testaments of the power and ability of this saw. Sadly this past weekend it finally met the end of the road when it was caught in a cut as the tree broke below the cut line and took the saw with it. Needless to say it broke the fall of the tree as it landed on the saw, which was still running. Took it apart and well lets say it started back up but thats about the end of it. So the up side of the story is I have an excuse to get a nice shinny new one. I may be looking at the 460 but only because of the couple extra CC's it offers. This is a great all around Saw for the anyone. Oh and Stihl is great but over priced, bulky and hard to start compared to my ol Husky. I grew up with a logger in Canada and it was always the battle of brands. Stick with a Husqvarna you wont regret it.
May 20, 2013
Oil Oil Everywhere!!1
Purchased 455 Rancher from Lowes for $10.00 It was a returned unit said not to be running. Not a single log was cut with this unit. It was sent for repair and the technicians could not get it running either. Brought the saw home, re assembled it, and put fuel in...Started right up! used the saw off and on for 2 seasons. After letting the saw sit for the winter, I went to use it and found all the oil had leaked out onto the shelf where I keep it. Replaced the oil. Leaked all over again. Took saw to local repair shop. They stated that this year 455 had a factory defect and was notorious for leaking oil. They replaced oil pump, hoses, and wrist pin bearing in the saw. After a week at home, I started it 2 times and it ran like a bear...This morning I went in my garage, and discovered a puddle of OIL under the saw again!
I don't know what else to do at this point...I am somewhat disappointed
May 18, 2013
Good Medium saw
We have 2 of these saws used with 18 to 24" bars, they seem to function as you would expect Husqvarna saws to function and get the jobs done in a economical order. We have tackled trees 4 foot in diameter with little difficulty, and use them to the greatest extent of our medium saws.
Presently run 338XP, 345, 455s, L65 and 395XPs. Other than a failure with a 435, overall they seem to be great saws.
May 6, 2013