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If you absolutely, positively need to chew up an oak tree that fell across your driveway, the Husqvarna 460 Rancher is built to chew wood. There is nothing subtle or precise about it. It has the muscle to grind through good-sized logs, and it has the weight that goes along with that. It’s a beast of a chainsaw, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It comes with a big fuel tank, but Husqvarna’s X-Torq engine also means it will take its time using it up, and reduced fuel use means lower emissions. Despite its size, the 460 Rancher is compliant with air quality standards everywhere, which also means you won’t operate in a cloud of unpleasant fumes.
Model: 460 Rancher
Engine power: 60.3 cc
Power output: 3.62 hp
Weight: 12.79 lbs.
Max. length: 24 in.
Max. power speed: 9000 rpm
Fuel capacity: 14.4 fl.oz.
Sound level: 104 dB
The 460 Rancher comes with a nice, large gas tank, which overall means more time working and less time refueling it. It’s also got Husqvarna’s efficient X-Torq engine, which means that on top of an organically large fuel source, it uses that fuel slowly. If you hate taking breaks for maintenance, these features ought to appeal to you.
The X-Torq feature also means reduced exhaust emissions. The 460 Rancher is CARB-compliant and meets the most stringent air standards anywhere on the planet. Maybe you’re not much of an environmentalist. That’s okay, too. Reduced exhaust emissions mean that you’re working in less air pollution, which is better for your health.
Oak is the same thing as pine to the 460 Rancher. Its 3.62 hp is the most powerful output of anything lower than professional grade. As long as you keep the chain sharpened, it’ll chew up wood like it was ripping paper.
A tool with this much power and with this size of fuel tank is going to be on the heavy side. There’s no getting around that. That might prompt some concerns for people with slight body frames or less upper body strength. If you’re strong enough to pick this saw up and get it going, Husqvarna’s vibration control feature means reduced stress from a vibrating saw. This is also an important safety feature, because user fatigue is a top cause of chainsaw accidents.
The 460 Rancher has an adjustable oil pump that can be set depending on the weather you’re operating in, and the kind of work you need. If you’re doing heavy work in damp conditions, you can set the oil to flow to support that. If it’s dry and you need to cut up soft wood, you can get your chainsaw running at peak efficiency. This will save you money in the long run, but it also helps extend the life of your chainsaw.
How good is the warranty that comes with this model?
Husqvarna offers a standard two-year warranty on its chainsaws, with the option to pick up a third or fourth year at the time of purchase.
Does this tool come with a primer bulb?
What’s the largest bar recommended for use with this model?
24 inches at the maximum. Because of the saw’s weight, people with limited upper body strength should consider an even smaller maximum.
What experiences do people who purchase this saw have? In most cases, people are impressed by the power of the 460 Rancher and its ability to cut through hardwood as easily as it chews up soft wood. More than one person who purchased it likened it to a ferocious animal. That’s not a good thing if you’re talking about another person’s social skills. It is, however, if you’re looking for a tool to handle big, heavy work.
However, people who bought the 460 Rancher had a complaint that is pretty familiar with Husqvarna chainsaws. It can be a bit tricky to get going, and might require some adjustments right out of the box to get it going in tip-top shape. Even then, it might be a smidge on the temperamental side. Purchasers figured out how to deal with this either by making adjustments or using a super-clean fuel right off the bat. Once the saw gets running and gets used to running, the problems appear to subside.
The general consensus is that this is a great saw for big, heavy work. If you need a saw for delicate pruning, don’t waste your money on the 460 Rancher. It’s too big and the power is wasted on what you want it for. If you need to quickly turn trees into cords of firewood for the winter, this is a model people are happy with.
Big work calls for a big chainsaw, and Husqvarna’s 460 Rancher delivers when needed. It’s a touch heavy, but reduces fatigue for the operator with the company’s vibration control technology. That weight also delivers where it counts the most: power. At the end of the day, what matters is if a chainsaw can cut wood. The 460 Rancher is designed for big, heavy work, and if that’s what you need, it will deliver. It’s got a big fuel tank and is efficient in how it uses it, so you won’t go through fuel like the 460 Rancher goes through downed trees.
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