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There are good reasons why people call a Husqvarna chainsaw a “Husky.” It’s powerful, rugged, and dependable. A team of huskies can pull your sled from Nome to Fairbanks under the glow of the Aurora Borealis, and your “Husky” chainsaw will help you keep your home toasty warm when you get there. One of the models built for that kind of work is Husqvarna’s 455 Rancher. It’s an upper-tier chainsaw intended for homeowners in need of a chainsaw they can depend on to cut down large trees. Packed with Husqvarna features to make using it easier and safer, and with Husqvarna dependability, the 455 can do to trees what a weed whacker does to dandelions.
However, it’s big and heavy enough that if you need a saw to prune limbs, you’ll want to find something that won’t tucker you out so quickly. The 455 Rancher is designed for homeowners who need a dependable big saw to cut up trees.
Model: 455 Rancher
Engine power: 55.5 cc
Power output: 3.49 hp
Weight: 12.8 lbs.
Max. length: 20 in.
Max. power speed: 9000 rpm
Fuel capacity: 14.88 fl.oz.
Sound level: 112 dB
The most dangerous factor in using a chainsaw is its operator. Nothing encourages mistakes more than user fatigue. Nothing brings on fatigue faster than trying to control a chainsaw that is vibrating badly. Husqvarna’s vibration control features help minimize vibrations, and therefore make for safer chainsaw use.
Maybe you live somewhere with strict air quality regulations. Maybe you just like to breathe clean air. Husqvarna’s efficient X-Torq engine keeps exhaust to a minimum so you can operate it cleanly, in terms of both meeting legal standards and not inhaling noxious exhaust fumes. This saw does this without sacrificing any of the added power that comes with a gas engine. A more efficient engine also means that it takes longer to empty the tank, which translates to savings in buying fuel.
A chainsaw is an inherently dangerous thing, and there is always the possibility that it will suddenly kick back into the operator. Husqvarna’s inertia-activated chain brake system turns the saw right off if it detects sudden, jerking upward motion. This doesn’t mean you can forego the regular safety equipment, of course. It just means you have one more feature intended to make using this tool safe.
One of the most intimidating things about chainsaws is getting them started. Two-stroke engines are complicated enough that it takes real self-confidence to start using them. Husqvarna’s Smart Start system simplifies the starting process and makes getting to work fast and easy.
How good is the warranty that comes with this model?
Husqvarna chainsaws come with a standard two-year warranty that can be extended to three or four years at the time of purchase.
What is the gas-to-oil ratio for fuel?
How large a bar can you go with the 455 Rancher?
20 inches is about the maximum you’d want to go.
There’s always a nagging question associated with online reviews: do they really capture the essence of what is being reviewed, or just the one, individual example of this particular model? We like to check around the Internet for other people’s experiences. Not only does this help us understand our review, but we learn a lot from the experiences other people — both professional and casual users — have had.
The 455 Rancher is a popular chainsaw with homeowners. It doesn’t quite deliver the all-day muscle that a professional requires, but users say that if you keep it properly maintained it’s easy to start, clean to use, and lasts a long time.
The bonus is the longevity. Many users talk about replacing old Husqvarnas that lasted decades with new models. That’s great for Husqvarna, and it also makes spending a little more upfront to get Husqvarna quality a long-term good investment.
There’s a lot of good with this tool. There’s also a little not-so-good. The fuel engine capacity is on the low side. This means taking more frequent breaks to refuel. If not for the X-Torq engine’s efficiency, this might be a serious drawback. People also found the weight a bit off-putting, especially when it came to detailed work. If you’re a smaller-framed person, this is something to take into account.
The general consensus is that you probably can’t go wrong with the 455 Rancher.
Husqvarna’s 455 Rancher is as much chainsaw as the average property owner will ever need. Its engine doesn’t deliver quite enough power to make it professional-grade, but it has enough juice to handle big everyday jobs. If you’re looking for something to trim limbs, on the other hand, the 455 Rancher is heavy enough that fatigue would be an issue. There are lots of alternatives on the market for precision work, but if you need to cut up wood to help get you through a hard winter, this saw has the muscle to help keep you warm.
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