Husqvarna 455-Rancher 20" Gas Chain Saw

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  • The BEAST

    Aug 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lot's of JUICE, decompression valve, comfortable handle design
    Cons: None as of yet

    Summary: The absolute first hing you notice upon looking at this saw is the chain. The cutting tooth is almost a 1/4 inch above the depth gauge. What this means, is when you cut with this saw you make saw "chunks," not saw dust. The power this saw can produce ... read more

  • 455 Rancher compared to a similar sized Husky and Echo!

    Oct 17, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Rancher - Light, cuts aggressively;
    Husky - Light; Easy starting;
    Echo - Superior Cutting, Operating, Qualty.
    Cons: Rancher - Restarting problems;
    Husky - Pricy, pain to get up speed;
    Echo - Most pricy. 

    Summary: This saw is light and one of the easiest to start (initially) that I have owned.  It has plenty of power and cuts aggressively. The first one lasted 3 days before I returned it.  I gave the dealership an option of allowing me to try another one ... read more

  • Husqvarna - quality and customer service is terrible

    Feb 26, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: ?
    Cons: Cheaply made with plastic parts and pieces.  Terrible customer service - i.e. Marion Armour

    Summary: I purchased a 455 saw a year and a half ago for $400 range and have used it on very limited occasion.  I decided to pay twice the amount of a comparable size saw such as Poulan because of the supposed "quality" of Husqvarna.  What a ... read more

  • HUSKY ?

    Feb 23, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Can't think of any !
    Cons: Chain Issues,Oiling Issues and Powerless Issues

    Summary: I had a Stihl 028 wood Boss that had cut approx 220 cords of Firewood. Knowing I had alot of wood to cut this past season, i wanted to be sure I was going to be able to go out and cut with no problems, So, I decieded on Buying a new saw to start the ... read more

  • 455 Husqvarna chain saw

    Apr 17, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: My Husky's are dependable/work as long as I do without complaining.
    Cons: Husky's are pricey, but they are good saws. I bought 2 used on ebay.

    Summary: This is the 3rd husky I own [142/350/455] 1 poulan from the 1980's.  The Husky's start fine, work fine.  I mix the gas properly, keep the oiler full.  In the winter, I run tranny fluid oil for my bar oil because it keeps thin and flows ... read more

  • First Saw

    Mar 22, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremly Powerful For It's Intended Use
    Cons: None

    Summary: I Had A Few Gophers Take Out A Couple Of Apple Trees On My Property, I Was Able To Just Push Them Over...Any Way A Trip To Lowes For My First Chainsaw My First Choice Would Have Been Stilh But At Lowes Their ... read more

  • A teeny step below a professional logger's saw

    Sep 4, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, chain speed, reliability, reliability, reliability.
    Cons: Heavy saw, but for the power she delivers, she's the lightest saw in her class.

    Summary: I purchased acreage covered in black jack oak two years ago. My little Husky 42 was already getting tired from close to eight seasons of cutting New Mexico Pinon and Cedar firewood for sale and home use (10 to 15 cords). When she finally gave up the ... read more

  • Husqvarna 455 Rancher

    May 27, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: I don't have any
    Cons: remove the limiters then add rim sprocket should put an end the chain problem

    Summary: Hmmm where to start I started clearing fire trails 30 years ago when I was 18 in the Santa Cruz Mountains then again in Concow 20 years ago. Now I cut about 5 cords of wood each year most of the wood is American elm & Ash, I guess I have a bit of ... read more

  • BZZZZZZ!!!!! TIMBER!!

    Aug 19, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: VERY POWERFUL, Alot of saw for the money. Easy to start. 2 yr warranty
    Cons: None yet....hope it last!

    Summary: I recently was in the market for a new chainsaw after spending the past 3 years cutting firewood with my buddies and using there saws. I researched many different brands and models (alot of research!!!). I was in the market for an affordable yet high ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Wasted my Money

    Dec 10, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: While it worked it was great, but...
    Cons: piston failed after three years of service

    Summary: I bought this saw three years ago to cut firewood and harvest trees for woodturning (mainly walnut and cherry).  I wanted more powerfull saw than the small jonsered that I had used for the previous 8 years.  I asked around and decieded to buy a ... read more

  • Leaks and no help at Lowes

    Nov 22, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Starts easy
    cuts great
     
    Cons: Leaks chain oil which makes it unuseable unless you drain it after every use.

    Summary: The saw was bought for me as a present from my wife. It started on about the second pull and stayed running. I was pretty impressed. I trimmed some large branches of a well established tree and it cut through large limbs like butter. Now I was very ... read more

  • Cheaply made for the price

    Jun 13, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Has good reputation
    Cons: Flimsy controls

    Summary: I purchased an Echo CS-45. 45cc with an 18" bar. Then when I was at Lowes I noticed the Rancher for only 20 more so I picked one up without really looking it over.  I figured I would just return the Echo. After getting it home the first ... read more

  • 455 Rancher

    Feb 16, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Power when you need
    Cons: Lack of oil in all weather

    Summary: It got power with logs under 18in. otherwise it boges down.  Iv backed into it with a dozer and it still works fine. with some plastic Cracked.  Becouse of lack of oil i have probles with the chains tenion staing ... read more

  • Turn the oiler up

    Jan 11, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Powerful saw, always starts hot or cold, runs/idles great.
    Cons: Needs an air filter you can clean instead of replace. 

    Summary: I have a 455 Racher with the 18" bar.I had problems with my chain locking on the bar and jumping off.  I solved this by only using the husky bar oil (instead of old motor oil) and adjusting the oiler wide open, there are 3 ... read more

  • Pitbull of Chainsaws

    Oct 24, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Powerful and dependable.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: I heat a 3000 sq foot house off of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a central wood-fired furnace. That means I have to cut roughly 12-14 cords of delivered logs every summer.I bought The 455 Rancher 5 years ago as my ... read more

  • My 455 rancher

    Sep 14, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Reliable.
    Cranks and idles.
    Will do the work if you keep a sharp chain.
    Cons: Chain jumps off more than any saw I have ever used.
    Heavy for little power.

    Summary: I have ran a saw for 40 years.This saw is designed to be homeowner friendly.I have read the reviews of everyone and find truth in all of their comments. Some times someone gets stuck with a lemon but overall, Husky makes good stuff. I have found ... read more

  • Husqvarna Rancher 455

    Jun 28, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Fairly priced for a 20-inch bar saw.  It should have plenty
    power.
    Cons: Beware of the kick-back brake not disengaging.

    Summary: Have owned Husqvarna chainsaws for 20+ years, so did not hesitate to buy the Rancher 455 with 20" bar.  What a dissapointment.  Instructions say to start the saw with the kickback brake guard pushed forward, then as soon as the saw starts, move ... read more

  • It's not worth the work

    May 31, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cuts like it is going through butter
    Cons: You can't cut for more than an hour

    Summary: It works great with a new bar and chain.  After cutting for awhile the chain jumps off.  The chain won't fit back on and you have to get a new bar.  I've bought four chains and two bars.  I've only had it since Christmas.  It is ... read more

  • The orange beast

    Oct 17, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: decompression valve for easy pull,automatic oilier with adjustment
    ,heavy so saw does the work
    Cons: sprocket wasn't working right and the chain kept jumping off. The saw is heavy

    Summary: I bought this saw about 3 months ago. I took it out to the woods and man this thing was a BEAST. After a little while the chain jumped off.Scared the crap out of me, I never had a saw do that before. I thought maybe the chain was too loose. So I got ... read more

  • AWESOME!!

    Jul 23, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Cutting ease, starts easy! Melts wood like butter!
    Cons: $496 with 3 year warranty from Lowe's! A little pricey!

    Summary: I bought this after a tornado in upstate N.Y. if you can believe it!! I went to Lowe's and asked for the biggest baddest saw they had and I got the 455 Husky Rancher, I am very impressed!! had 5 trees down and after 3 hours all done no problems! Bottom ... read more

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