HUSQVARNA 460 Rancher
My recently purchased 460 has a 24" bar and performs pretty decently. Has enough rpm to keep the chain from bogging down on big cuts. Starts fairly easily (2nd or 3rd pull) and gas and bar-oil fill holes are easy to access.
One negative is the position of the muffler. It is directly below the grip so when holding tight against a big log while cutting, the heat is unbearable. I'm going to need to buy some welders gloves.
August 9, 2011
this items works great around the farm and even better in the winter when we need wood. it always starts
August 8, 2011
This is my first Husqvarna. I burn wood for winter heat, and own a smaller saw by another manufacturer. It got the job done, but I had trouble keeping it going. I would make a cut, restart the engine, make another cut, restart etc.
I decided I needed something more reliable, and with more power. After a lot of internet research, I decided on the 460 Rancher. I was in luck, as a local store happened to have one in stock. It is easy to start, and runs all day. I have used it to process about 12 ash trees in the last couple of months and am very satisfied. It runs great and has plenty of power. With a 20 inch bar, I can go after large diameter trees. I am very impressed with this saw, and would like to get another husqvarna to use as well. I would recomend this saw to others. I don't think I would buy any other brand of saw, as I feel husqvarna makes the best saw for the money on the market today.
August 7, 2011
The Rancher is a little on the heavy side, but the power that it gives you is well worth it. I started out with a cheap Wal-Mart chainsaw and a year later it was in the trash. My Rancher is awesome and I find myself wanting to tear things up. Who knows I might even try my hand at chainsaw carving.
August 3, 2011
good saw for the money
I use this saw between 24 and 36 hours a month. use it on dead oak and juniper lots of dirty wood. a little un balanced with a 24 inch bar. Needs more chain adjustment when chain warms up. needs a bit more power bucking on stuff (30" dba). sprokit is waring out. overall a good little saw. i use the heck out of it and should be using something bigger but I like the weight of this and it works real hard. great saw for an old guy that is still out in the woods all day and needs a little less weight.
July 13, 2011
Tackled Tornado Timber!
Powerful saw....I have another Husky that is great, but this 460 will rock and roll! I did set the oil pump for the bar and chain max for a 20 inch bar which lubes better. And make sure the bar nuts are tight....I lost one of them while cutting. I would recommend this saw! Not too heavy, very ergonomic, and it CRANKS! like a charm! Great saw!
May 24, 2011
460 rancher chainsaw
I was looking for a homeowner level saw that would could handle larger 20-24" tree bucking. I live at 7000', so I was looking for a saw with extra power since I would be losing a good bit due to the altitude.
The 460 rancher has been great. I was concerned that I would have to do a good bit of carburetor fiddling to get the saw to run right at altitude with all the EPA restriction now days. Not true in my case at 7000'... the saw runs great right out of the box (maximum rich high and low needles without removing EPA adjustment stops). I would warn anyone at sea level to remove the needle limiters and consider riching up the carb though because it definitely isn't too lean at 7000' (max rich settings). By the way the saw starts easy warm or cold... I don't like the compression release button though. It leaks spludge and makes the top of the cylinder a mess with fuel/oil over time. The saw starts fine without the release anyway so I don't use it. It still leaks though!
Saw starts to work harder on 18"+ trees (ponderosa pine), but still cuts great for a non professional level saw. I probably would have chosen a lighter weight and smaller saw if I lived at sea level to reduce operator fatigue since I only use the saw about once a month.
Husky isn't super clear on the bar and chain specs though... My 460 came with a 20" x 3/8" pitch x .058" width bar and chain . This info would have been nice because I ordered the wrong .050" width replacement chains at the same time as the saw.
May 20, 2011
Excellent Saw Plenty of Power
Excellent Saw with plenty of power. I've only had the saw a few weeks so I really can't give an assertion about the long term durability, but so far I'm impressed. I just wish our congress didn't pass environmental laws that force chainsaw manufacturers to design the chainsaws mixtures to run too thin and wear out faster.
May 20, 2011