HUSQVARNA 455 Rancher
Best cutting saw I have used,and I've used a lot of them. Holds up to any cutting needs that I come across A very dependable saw,easy to maintain.
December 24, 2012
I recently had to bring my old saw, a Husky 65cc that used to belong to my Father-in-law, to the shop and was left without a saw after a big storm here in Northern California. There were a couple of old oaks that had been blown over during the storm and had blocked our driveway and I needed a new saw, so I purchased the Rancher 455. The saw performed flawlessly, and cut up those oaks like butter! The reduced vibration technology was awesome, and I love the compression release button feature to restart the saw.
December 23, 2012
My only problem with the saw so far is that it was eating up the chain than ran on the sprocket. It damaged the chain bad enough that it would not run on the bar after a while. I took it to the local dealer and he replaced the sprocket at my cost and it appears to be working ok after that.
December 17, 2012
Easy Homeowner Machine
This chain out of the box was up and running in minutes. Just added chain oil and fuel and it was ready for some clean up work. Easily powered through several 50' plus tree trunks and limbs. Totaly fits my needs.
December 12, 2012
Having had several smaller chainsaws in the past, I wanted something with a little more guts to handle larger sizes of logs for firewood. the 455 exceeded my expectations. Enough pwer to handle 16 to 24 inch logs yet light enough that I could handle it for hours. Very dependable and fuel efficient. What more could I ask for
December 11, 2012
Wow! Great Power With Ease of Operation
Had a Husqvarna 6 years ago and it was misplaced (stolen). I purchased "trimmer/yard" chainsaw and thought that I was happy with it. It broke after 5 years and I just purchased a 455 Rancher (after a lot of analysis and reading reviews - looked at the comparable Stihl, but for the price and power - bought the 455). I took the 455 out of the box, read the instructions, and fueled it up. Did exactly as the instructions stated: 6 pumps on the fuel bulb, pulled the choke out, and 5 pulls on the starter rope. The 455 hit and I pushed in the choke....cranked right up. I let it warm up/break in for 5 minutes. Wow - what power and ease of use. If you are looking for a chainsaw to cut approximately 8-10 cords of wood a year, you should consider the 455.
December 10, 2012
Great To Use
Easy to start with the compression valve. 20 " bar means less changing cuts. LowVib is great on the hands, and light weight makes it easy on the arms.
November 23, 2012
This thing is a freaking monster and i love it!
I researched the chainsaw market fairly well prior to my purchase about 15 months ago. My intentions were to clear out most of my yard, slowly and carefully, so my boys could play football, baseball, soccer and whatnot. But most of all, I was planning to build an outdoor ice hockey rink about 3/4 of regulation size. My rancher did a phenomenal job taking down 4 biggies and 2 small trees. I'm particular about my stuff and I take great care of this saw. Clean and maintained. Then a hurricane came and tore everything up along my property line in which it is entirely wooded. Must of had 15 downed trees on my prop. Thank god I had taken the other trees down because a couple of them would have taken out son's bedroom. Now I'm no pro, but I sliced and diced that disaster up in a day and half and preserved the clearing for the hockey rink just in time to install that. Since then, I've used occasionally to clean up some stuff over the winter and spring. Put it away, properly, for most of the summer and then we were recently hit again by the devastating and now historical super storm Sandy a few weeks ago. Let me tell you that my rancher devoured everything in its path. I thought for sure I was going wear out my saw. Now clean and maintained, some battles scars to bare. However, no worse for the wear though. I have never had a single problem. Starts as easy as ever. Runs smooth. No oil leaks. No chain pops or breaks, only chain wear(on 3rd chain)on original bar. On 2nd spark plug, changed the filter and that's about it. In fact, I think it runs better today than when I opened the box. Maintain it as diligently as it is used and you won't ever see a problem. The only thing I do complain about is that the weight is definitely cumbersome. Other than that, the best power tool I've ever purchased!
November 22, 2012