Husqvarna 455 Rancher 

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Weight -12.8lbs
Engine Displacment -55.5cc
Bar Lengths -13-20"
Chain Width -.325 or 3/8
Engine HP -3.4hp
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The 455 Rancher is an ideal saw for landowners and part-time users who require a high powered, heavy-duty and responsive workmate for all cutting conditions. It combines the best characteristics of its predecessor with new, facilitating technology and ergonomics.

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Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/14/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
excellent

Strengths:
power vibration starting handling price

Weaknesses:
fuel tank small sized

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From wise sales
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/28/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I use this saw for edging logs for my alaska sawmill. If it can handle that, It will do just about anything you would need around the house.

Strengths:
cutting power

Weaknesses:
none to speak of

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/21/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
This is a great saw to have around. It is a little heavy to be using to just limb some trees or cut up small diameter trees (it will do that in a hurry though). But it is great at bringing down the big stuff and cutting up some serious trees. I am very happy with this saw and would buy again.

Strengths:
This is a well balanced chain saw and it has some nice features. Like the button to help cut down on the engine compression at start up to make it easier to pull the cord. It also has a gas primer bubble and very good power. I've been in some heavy oak and walnut, I have no complaints about the power and ease of use of this saw.

Weaknesses:
None that I have found

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Kalob Cayton
Review Date
5/18/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
excellent saw!

Strengths:
cuts through wood like butter non vibration had a 24'' oak fall in my yard ate through it in a minute and a half

Weaknesses:
small gas tank after you use it a while (30 minutes) when refilling tank the tank smokes think the gas boils in the tank

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Bud
Review Date
5/23/2008

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
This is a really nice "everything" saw. Like a pretty lady in the doorway, it promised the world....35+ years of Stihl/Jonsreds...this sailor fell for her wink. Really handles well....starts easily when you get used to the "pull-don't pull" choke/fast idle combo lever. Faster than a scalded cat...and enough power to fell with a sharp chain. The only thing I hate more than the std. 18" bar is dropping a tree on my truck. GET A 16" BAR. GET A PRO ROLLERNOSE BAR AND 3 CHAINS. ROTATE CHAINS AND REPLACE CHAINS,ROLLERNOSE, AND SPROCKET ALL AT THE SAME TIME...Once a year with a lot of farm / firewood use. NEVER RUN A CHAIN DOWN TO NUBS AND REPLACE A NEW CHAIN ON AN OLD SPROCKET OR ROLLERNOSE. I really loved this saw...and used it as a second saw behind felling with a huge Jonsreds 90 for everything...limbing, firewood, around the sawmill, everywhere on the farm. Nearing 60 yrs. I have learned to enjoy a lighter saw.We log...saw...kiln dry...build furniture...and heat 8000 sq ft with wood on our 160 acre "tree farm". I hate this saw so much that I bought another one when the first one burned up. I am going to see if I use all the tricks that I detailed here, I can get it to last. It is just such a perfect saw that I have to try again.

Strengths:
Fast, Light, Comfortable, starts easily, all a homeowner or light/moderate farm/woodlot needs.

Weaknesses:
THIS *x?/>!! SAW only has 1 ring on the piston....I burned one up using it heavy for 2 years. I know of two other friends who have burned up similar models also. I would run a 32:1 mix rather than the std. 50:1...I WOULD NOT LEAN IT OUT UNTIL IT SCREAMS...and this saw will scream. Keep it loping along. USE COMPRESSED AIR WITH EVERY USE....ALL OVER. ANOTHER LITTLE GLITCH. In 35+ years of saw use, I have never had a saw that the oil hole on the bar clogged as much as this one. The bar will heat and run dry. It took me several months of chains stretching to realize what was happening. It will slow down, then plug completely...A LOT, AND ALL THE TIME.At first you don't recognize the problem, because the oiler keeps pumping. The oil just runs down the case and into the sawdust stream.So, the oil tank is empty when it should be. I clean the bar every couple of tanks of gas now.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Local Saw Shop
Review
Reviewed by:
kalob cayton
Review Date
12/14/2008

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
n/a

Strengths:
get a husky 460 same price more power

Weaknesses:
n/a

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Andy Bell
Review Date
3/20/2009

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Ive had this saw for about two years, never had any problems, always started always did the job.I was only disapointed with this saw when a purchased the 346xp. The xp cuts so much faster than the Rancher,that I basicaly quit using it. I just recently traded it for a 372xp to get that balls to the wall speed. If you just cant see spending the extra cash for the xp models the Rancher is a great saw for the money. Just dont expect to keep up with the logger boys.

Strengths:
Very reliable saw, decent power and torq

Weaknesses:
not as fast as an XP

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Gregg Farm Service
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/17/2009

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
never would by one again.

Strengths:
none

Weaknesses:
save your money they are junk.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/23/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Not a pro saw, so don't expect it to be, but it does everything I need it to do well. And remember that in the global Stihl vs Husky debate, look at the little things- such as the maker of the piston and cylinder. Mahle. For just about everyone, including Porsche.

Strengths:
With a bit of tweaking to the muffler and mixture, this saw runs great. I don't get it screaming or lean, I keep a bit of four-cycling, and am patient, and it just keeps going. No trouble taking down 24 inch Spruce and Fir trees. I am thinking about putting in the 460 piston and cylinder to get a bit more grunt, but for a farm saw, it has been hard to beat in two years of hard, nearly daily felling and bucking use.

Weaknesses:
A bit heavy, small gas tank, and fragile-looking switches (though they do take a beating). Wish it had the more robust switches bigger Husky's have.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Local saw retailer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/28/2009

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Very good for the money.

Strengths:
Good firewood cutting saw, comfortable to use. Replace the factory chain and it will feel like twice the saw. Seems to be a good saw for the money. I have Stihl 361 and Dolmars seems comparable but don't know about long term use durability.

Weaknesses:
Good so far.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Sears
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/8/2009

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 3

Summary:
Not the best ,but okay

Strengths:
Good saw for the homeowner ,it has the power to do everything you need it todo

Weaknesses:
chain oiler doesn't work, cleaned various times but keep having the same problem

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From online lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Bob Ahlin
Review Date
10/9/2009

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:
OK but I traded it for a Stihl 290.

Strengths:
Fast cutter.

Weaknesses:
Wears out bars and chains because oiler doesn't always work. I didn't like the way the chain brake is set up, virtually impossible to repair without special tools.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From local farm supply store
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/22/2009

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I don't know about other huskie saws but the 455 is a piece of crap.

Strengths:
Easy to start.

Weaknesses:
OILER DOES NOT WORK FOR OVER 20 MINUTES AT TIME . SAW HAS BEEN TO Two differant shops.Still have the same problem . I have spoken with four other 455 owners and they all had the same problem, With no apparant fix. the dealers that i spoke with said that it was not a widespread problem. BS For all you would be experts out there it is not because of the oiler system bcoming plugged from saw dust. oil tank,lines ,pump,barholes,etc. are clean.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From TSC
Review
Reviewed by:
burt parker, palomar mt.
Review Date
12/31/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
i liked it enough that i bought an identical one for a spare to keep boxed and stored for future use. i meticulously hand file my saws and this original chain is all but gone now. i have to say this saw is a huge bang for the buck chainsaw and i really enjoy using it.

Strengths:
low down torque / really gets down and grunts on the low end. very good vibration dampening. starts dependably w/ just 3 pulls if you start according to directions. exhaust sounds very inspirational like a ferrari.

Weaknesses:
small gas tank. to be truthful, when it runs out, you should rest any ways.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From wise sales
Review
Reviewed by:
Prospect Farms
Review Date
1/11/2010

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 2
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Even though its well made, I cannot recommend it due to the bar issue. My old .028 was more reliable and heavier duty, even with a smaller engine.

Strengths:
good power, light enough, durable (except chain and bar)

Weaknesses:
the bar wears out to fast. It is high quality steel and seems well machined, but it tends to run dry (easily clogged oil port?) and after a while it moves up and down too much. This can cause a lot of frustrating maintenance in the middle of a job and is a big weakness in an otherwise excellent saw.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowe's
Review
Reviewed by:
M Cooper
Review Date
1/15/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
These are best for the NON professional logger, if you use your saw every day all day long then I wouldnt recomend it. If you use it once or twice a week or less then its perfect. Unless you are willing to clean and tighten the chain , bar , oil port, and filter, every hour. (8 times a day) I give it a high score for what I bought it for. You dont haul trash with a farrari, if you did you would rate the car poor.

Strengths:
Rancher is just that, For the ranch. It is dependable when you need it, and can handle any job. Easy to clean/take apart, easy to find replacement parts when you need it. Just try to find a chain or bar for another brand out in the boonies, but everyone sells bars and chains for these. Cuts fast enough for a non pro logger. Easy to start in the Cold ( Alaska), steady power in the heat ( Arizona). Price Great! lots of accessories fit this for lumber mills and cutting log homes

Weaknesses:
Small gas tank for an experienced logger who wants to cut for more than 30 minutes. Must clean every 2 tanks of gas( once per hour). Stock chain leaves somthing to be desired.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From local chain saw dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
2/3/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Requires constant cleaning around oil hole

Strengths:
Starts Good Cuts good

Weaknesses:
Oil hole stops up easyly . Would prefer a manual oiler option

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Marietta Supply
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
2/22/2010

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 2

Summary:
if you want to use it around the house its a good saw. but not for everyday or pro use. if your a pro stick with xp series.

Strengths:
easy to start, it ok as far as power,

Weaknesses:
the problem with the 455 rancher oil not working is the gear. you can fix that for about $10

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From saw shop
Review
Reviewed by:
Brokk
Review Date
3/16/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 2
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Overall, one heck of a machine. Also, one heck of a flaw. It's like driving a Porche with a cracked windshield.

Strengths:
Power. Quality. Well built. Reputable manufacturer. Starts easy. Runs well.

Weaknesses:
Oil. Just like the other reviewers. I almost burned out my bar. However, it wasn't a simple plugged hole in the bar. I plugged the oil distribution point, and the pump seized up. Had it replaced and it stopped pumping oil again after one use. I have to take it back to the shop again. I'm very disappointed with the need for constant maint on this machine.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Local small engine shop
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
3/22/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Good saw for weekend warriors and around the farm. Not a professional saw, but the next best thing.

Strengths:
Reliable and works really well in almost all conditions. Torque at low rpms really makes a difference with the bigger logs. Used it in weekends for 5 years. Really like the simple controls and ease of use.

Weaknesses:
Really annoying how small the fuel tank is. Hardly seems to do any work and I need to refuel.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Patrick Smith
Review Date
4/3/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
junk

Strengths:
looks good

Weaknesses:
everything

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/5/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 3
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 3

Summary:
I have changed the original sprocket to the rim sprocket design (Rancher 353). This has cured most of the chain issues, but I keep burning up the oil pinion gears which is very annoying! I like the saw as I have a ton of red cedars in my area to cut down, and dont like having to take my saw apart every couple of days to replace a $6 part!

Strengths:
Cuts really well when the oil pinion gear isn't failing.......

Weaknesses:
Oil pinion gear fails too often!

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Lowe's
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/10/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I cut a lot of wood, and this saw works great. Never had problems with the oiler or bar I use quality regular bar oil and stay away from bio or vegie oils they dry and get real sticky manual even states this. Just clean everything at the end of the day and its ready to go

Strengths:
Great saw excellent power

Weaknesses:
None

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/11/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 4
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Not impressed

Strengths:
Stars easy

Weaknesses:
I have had this into the shop twice, replaced fuel line then the carb. This saw is a dog,bad from factory? Won't get any rpm, Won't buy another one.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Hubbards
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/26/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 1

Summary:
F**** sucks

Strengths:
none

Weaknesses:
Bought new used for 3 hrs kept cutting out on me. Leaked oil all over.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Kurt
Review Date
6/4/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Sucks!

Strengths:
When its working its a good saw.

Weaknesses:
Keep having to replace chains and Bars because the oiler is a crap! Stops oiling and my Bar starts to Burn! I have owned this piece of crap for 4 years and will never purchase a another one. Gas tank is to small! Its to heavy! And I have to stop cutting every 20 minutes to adjust the chain because the dam oiler stops working. Gone thru 2 Bars and 12 chains! Don't buy one! Buy a Stihl instead!

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Farm Fleet
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
6/29/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Cannot recommend buying something that does not work. Best friend recommended a Stihl and I did not listen.

Strengths:
When it works, it really works well. Strong engine, aggressive chain. Zips through huge trees.

Weaknesses:
Oiler just doesn't work. It did not work out of the box. Repaired, same problem after 15 minutes, repaired again, etc. Drives service people crazy.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From farm supply
Review
Reviewed by:
Anti Husky Now
Review Date
7/22/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 3
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I WOULD NOT BUY THIS SAW AGAIN>> THE IMPORTANT OILER GEARS are made out of PLASTIC.... Enough said.

Strengths:
The saw is heavy and really cuts logs into firewood well.

Weaknesses:
This Piece of junk can't cut for more than 2 or three tanks of Fuel without stripping out the Oiler pump gear. I wanted to use the saw to cut logs into lumber and instead of the saw workign as it should have hung an oil bottle up with a drip line like an I V line for an emergency room patient. The manual oiling makes it so that I can cut the wood, I can't take the saw back now and I am saving my money for a Sthil instead.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Ebay store
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
8/26/2010

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Evaluating other choices

Strengths:
Plenty of speed and cuts well. Weight OK for felling and chunking but not limbing.

Weaknesses:
Eats chains and bars. Blew out the piston after 3-4 seasons of use. =/-12 cord wood. My old Homelite EZ went 20 yrs. Should have fixed that one.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Big Box Store
Review
Reviewed by:
wayne
Review Date
9/20/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: N/A
Ease of Use: N/A
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
just fix the damned oiler and you have an awsome saw for the money

Strengths:
it runs and runs and runs,

Weaknesses:
the oiler has been replaced 3 times on an occassional use saw. wtf

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From out of bussiness dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/17/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
traded my huskey 15 days old carb and oiler problems had repaired leaked oil traded for old stihl ms390 real chainsaw did not run good new buy real buy stihl

Strengths:
none

Weaknesses:
junk junk JUNK

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Sean
Review Date
11/22/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
replaced it with a stihl MS310...and LOVE it! im just now replacing my first bar on the stihl and it has never given me even a hint of a problem. the Husky was only ever dropped good once and cracked the bottom of the handle. the Stihl has fallen off the tractor 2 or 3 times and even went into a creek once... didnt even scuff the finish

Strengths:
...it cuts wood ...occasionally

Weaknesses:
first off the box said that it had an adjustable oiler, the manual says otherwise. oh, and the oiler almost never worked for me. constantly replaced bars and chains while cutting small pines (around 12-16 inches) around my house. it just wanted to nickel and dime me until one day cutting some firewood (poplar) it ran dry on me and almost immediatly ate some notches in the clutch gear...its spent the last year and a half hanging in my garage

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowe's
Review
Reviewed by:
George Sherman
Review Date
11/23/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
All 455 ranchers should file a class action law suit against Husqvarna! The only reason I bought one was because Paul Harvey talked highly of them. I just had my 1980 Stilh gone over and the 455 sits in the shed.I would feel bad selling the 455 to a stranger.I got more honor than Husqvarna.

Strengths:
None

Weaknesses:
Burns up chains and bars.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/13/2010

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Buy a xp series, stihl or jonsered. Anything but a 455

Strengths:
Great power for this saw in its class

Weaknesses:
Very undependable. Had to replace carburator, pull handle and chain tensioner all in about one year of when I purchased it. I really never use this saw but maybe 5 or 6 times a year. Could not be more displeased

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From local husky dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/18/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
mine is an 05 model have ran the piss out of it. i wonder if the other people are useing used motor oil. my dad always used old motor oil he always had the oilers go out on every saw he has owned all the brands. i just buy wally world stuff never had a problem

Strengths:
good power, easy start,

Weaknesses:
heavy, plastic case, small fuel tank.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Frankie
Review Date
12/21/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Would not rec to others

Strengths:
Powerful when running properly

Weaknesses:
In cold (under 25 deg) mine ran lean from half to full throttle-adj jets still too lean-not enuff adj avail to richen her up

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From tsc
Review
Reviewed by:
sterculius
Review Date
1/4/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:

Strengths:
good torque and power. easy to start.

Weaknesses:
the bar oiler never works properly. my 455 rancher is currently in the shop to have oiler fixex for the 3rd time in 9 months. everything is clean and clear filled with proper oil. still doesnt work. oil just dumps out the back on to my boots. would not recommend this unit to anyone. this chainsaw is unreliable and not worth the headache of having to constantly repair it.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/16/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER ONE EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Strengths:
If it runs. Good saw till oiler stops working, burns up chains and bars one after the other.

Weaknesses:
Oiler is a pc of crap. Will not oil chain. Have to stop to clean all the time. Will not oil like it is suppose to.

Used product for
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Elgin
Review Date
1/24/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I have used the saw to cut firewood for sell plus firewood for 3 of my relatives families since 2005. I maintain the saw, keeping it clean especially around the oil pump and the holes in the blade. I couldn't ask a saw to be more reliable. I have put several chains on it, but it has the original bar.

Strengths:
plenty of power for a saw in that price range

Weaknesses:

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
2/4/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I have owned this saw for two years now. It replaced a 1989 Husky saw that finally quit on me. I have used it heavily and have never had any of the oiling issues that people are talking about, but I do use the Husquvarna bar oil, as recommended in the manual. In the past two years: - 10-12 chains (get Oregon chains...the Husky ones suck!) - one bar replaced (Oregon) - one chain sprocket replaced - one spark plug That's it. I'd say it's been pretty reliable. When it gets cold out it wants to lean out in the higher RPMs though. This is in East Texas (Tyler, TX).

Strengths:
Plenty of power. The compression release is a nice touch.

Weaknesses:
Small gas tank. Doesn't like cold weather.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
lee
Review Date
2/26/2011

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Disapointed

Strengths:
It looks nice

Weaknesses:
hard to start have to manualy spray gas in carb to get it going. Spoke to tech at Husqvarna and was told these units only have 110 lbs of compresion. My 25 year old Homelite Super XL12 has 140 lbs compresion. The Husky has a 1 ring piston my Homelite has 2 ring piston. My project is to rebuild my other Homelite SXL12. I have a Homelite 925 that runs great. I may try to take this husky back to store for a refund.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
lj
Review Date
3/14/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 3
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Fix the oiler problem and i would love it. otherwise dont buy a husky buy stihl i wish i had.

Strengths:
It is high rpm

Weaknesses:
The dreaded oiler problem burns up bar and chain even using oem oil

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
peter longs
Review Date
4/6/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 4

Summary:
ok for homowners/landowners

Strengths:
low end torque

Weaknesses:
oiler

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From your mama
Review
Reviewed by:
D. Cobb
Review Date
5/16/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I've worked this saw hard for over 6 years and it has never failed to start or perform well in a variety of temperatures ranging from below zero to high 80's. Has great low end torque and easily fells some mighty oaks with a sharp chain. I've probably cut 60-70 cords of red and white oak with this saw, in addition to some cherry, cedar and locust. A bit unwieldy with the 24 inch bar on it, but has more than adequate power to drop the big stuff. More balanced with the 18 inch bar, but a little heavy for limbing. I've not experienced any of the oiler problems others have mentioned. Still using two original bars (18 and 24).

Strengths:
Powerful, reliable, easy to start w/compression release and primer bulb

Weaknesses:
small fuel tank as many have noted, leaks oil when stored in case, a little heavy

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Norwalk Power
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/4/2011

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
The 455 replaced my 55 Husky and i wish i would have looked at the 455 closer. i ran the 55 in all situations from firewood to demolition work and it always got the job done with regular preventive maint.The 455 has had stupid issues that i did not expect from Husky.

Strengths:
Starts good, plenty of power for me.

Weaknesses:
small fuel tank, oil issues, and u have to haul it like a small child or the plastic handle or covers will break.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From local dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/5/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Great saw.

Strengths:
I have used this saw cutting 6+ cord of wood per year for the past 5 years and the saw has run great. I keep it meticulously maintained and hope it keeps on running for many more years. I bought it brand new out of the box for $150.00 so I feel I got a great deal when I look at other people paying $400.00 for a brand new one. Always starts on the 5th pull. Oiler has only quit working one time and I simply had to clean out the side ports where the oil comes from the body of the saw to the bar. Very dependable.

Weaknesses:
None.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Thursdays
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/17/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Terrible saw.Better off with a bucksaw.

Strengths:
none known

Weaknesses:
oiler doesn't work, carburetor junk and needs replacement.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From used
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
8/12/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Very good saw, if not the best in it's class.

Strengths:
I have used this saw for heavy live oaks and pecon tree felling and bucking for better than 1 year. I haven't had the oil problems others report, and I ride it hard and put it up wet! I have replaced the chain only at reasonable intervals, and never cleaned the unit. That being said, I do admit to the saw leaking a small amount of oil when not in use. A good saw is a must for me, as I own large acerage, and I feel this one fits the bill.

Weaknesses:
none if used for the intended porupose

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From TSC
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
8/16/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
We finally broke down and replaced our Husqvarna "65" with the "455". Although it is not the saw that the 65 is or was it is a sweet, smooth, saw that begs to be worked and I have spent several weekends putting it to good use.

Strengths:
powerful and lite

Weaknesses:
small gas tank.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From FARM-RITE DASSEL,MN
Review
Reviewed by:

Review Date
9/23/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I would purchase another one hands down. Very dependable. Always starts on the 5th pull. Seems to cut faster on the lower rpm's. I run the oil/gas mixture kind of rich in oil. I'm told that it's best to have more lubrication than less.

Strengths:
Cuts like a beaver on crack. Have had the saw for 5+ years and have cut 6+ cord of wood per year. Ran it hard cutting dirty old fenceposts in 95+ degree heat during this summer and other dead wood and it never gave up. Just kept on cutting. Everything on the saw works great. Am pretty meticulous about maintenance so if you maintain the saw well, it will take care of you.

Weaknesses:
None.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Thursdays
Review
Reviewed by:
Bro James
Review Date
9/26/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Fear the oiler will be problem,but other-wise expect to be great saw. Have a 2775 poland with 18" bar and it 'seems' to cut almost as well, but it's oiler not working too well either.

Strengths:
Handles any size tree. Starts quickly. Strong cutting power

Weaknesses:
Heavy weight. Oiler not putting out enough.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Trade-Day Flea Market
Review
Reviewed by:
Thomas Dinnocenzo
Review Date
12/2/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 3

Summary:
Not recommended at this time. When and if there is a fix for the faulty oiler I would reccomend it

Strengths:
Starts and runs well, Small saw good for yard work. Powerful for its size.

Weaknesses:
Fragile, I knocked a hole in the gas tank loading the truck with firewood when a chunk hit the saw. The oiler has been a problem to me also and I have given up on my sawshop to fix it. Waiting for information on a retrofit or alternative suggestion maybe from husqvarna first. I have an old husky 65 and a 275 also. This one is a lot easier to start but not as reliable.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Local dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Luckynuf
Review Date
12/2/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: 3

Summary:
Buy a Stihl... or ANYTHING else... and stay happy. This saw won't do it! My old Poulan worked much better!

Strengths:
Starts VERY easy... engine runs great... but then we get to the BIG weakness...

Weaknesses:
THe OILER... frustrates the heck out of me. I've had it repaired twice, keep it impecebly clean, (like cleaning it after every tank of gas... which is about 25 minutes.) and it STILL wreaks havoc on my chains. Gone through MANY chains and several bars, and can't get it to put oil on any of them. Giving this one away... and replaced it with a Stihl 290. I'm now a happy beaver!

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Tractor Supply
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/16/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
WULD NOT BUY ANOTHER ONE IT COST ALOT OF MONEY TO BE SUCH A PIECE SHIT

Strengths:
starts with no problem THATS THE ONLY STRENTH TOO IT....ITS A PIECE OF SHIT

Weaknesses:
THE OILING SYSTEM ON IT AINT WORTH A SHIT I BOUGHT IT NEW ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO AND HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH IT SINCE THEN. THIS WILL TELL YALL WHAT PIECE OF SHIT IT IS. MY FATHER IN LAW BOUGHT A GIO SAW FOR $100 ND IT WILL CUT CIRCLES ROUND MY 455 RANCHER BC HE DONT HAVE TO STOP ND WORK ON THE DAMN OILER EVERYTIME HE TURNS AROUND. SO I IM SICK OF FCKN WITH RANCHER ND BOUGHT ME A GIO (THE GIO COST IS CHEAP ND ITS A GOOD SAW)

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From LOWES
Review
Reviewed by:
bst056981
Review Date
12/21/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 4
Performance: N/A
Ease of Use: N/A
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
overall good for the money. I use it almost daily

Strengths:
Easy start , plenty of power

Weaknesses:
only the oiler ,,, BUT ! its a easy $5.50 fix that anyone that can turn a ratchet can fix its the same oiler gear that a lot of other saws use. sears part number 537252601 most sears parts have in stock. remove clutch cover, bar, chain, spark plug . fill cylender with nylon twine or roap, turn clutch wheel clockwise to loosen ( yes reverse Thread) and there is the gear . and i have fixed many of these mostly due to incorrect oil or running dry . if you ever let it run dry on oil it will strip almost imediatly.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Nic
Review Date
1/9/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Worthless without correctly functioning oiler. With all the oiler complaints, you 'd think that Husqvarna would have come up with a fix??? Otherwise it's $400 gone to waste. Wish I had bough a Stihl. German gear is always more dependable that Swedish one.

Strengths:
None

Weaknesses:
There are 4 horizontal oiling slots next to each other that should match oiling hole in the bar. It seems oil is only flowing through the slot furthest back nearest to the chain sprocket (not through the front 3 slots). With a slack chain, oil flows through the bar oiling hole, when I tension the chain and the bar moves forward, oil does not go in the bar oiling hole but drips down. I dismantled and cleaned everything to no avail. Oil flow screw adjustment seem to get more oil through the one open slot but does make it flow through the others.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/19/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Husky 460 rancher much better saw.

Strengths:
It has none.

Weaknesses:
Plenty of them. Oiler goes bad after three tanks of fuel. Has no power at all. A Stihl MS 250 will out cut this saw in a minute. Have problems starting.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Dime Store
Review
Reviewed by:
G. Gibson
Review Date
1/24/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Should have bought a xp series or Stihl. Very disappointed in this Husqvarna product and Husky should offer owners help or incentive to repair or replace with another model. I have had 18+ years of success with Husqvarna products with little or no problems with their products, but this 455 is the sorriest piece of s**t they have ever sold. This time they really gave the finger to loyal owners and never thought a thing of it. Do not buy this model, burn your money instead... You will get more satisfaction.

Strengths:
Mid range saw decent for the money, but homeowner model is the best thing I can comment on. Saw is easy to use, and offers a little power for a cheap price. Get ready to spend your money on bars and chains with your savings though!

Weaknesses:
Bar Oiler pump is a F***ing joke. Plugs consistanly causing overheating of chain and bar. Prepare to expect 2 hours life out of a bar and chain set when using this saw. You must take clutch assy off after each use to properly clean the oil feed line from pluging if the pump doesn't die. It will plug up after every use and often will run dry before you notice the chain getting hot and stretching. After making six cuts you will find the chain too loose. This is because its eating the bar up. Stop! break down and clean, retension chain. take six more cuts, repeat process until you get tired and buy a decent saw.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Local Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Money Tree Man
Review Date
2/13/2012

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 3
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I bought five of these Husqvarna saws at the same time . Luckily I was smart enough to only use one to see how it worked. Now I have no plans of keeping the other four and instead will buy two or three more Stihls. I still have a Stihl 024 and 028 that I bought new years and years ago that run strong and DONT LEAK OIL....I would suggest that anyone reading these complaints NOT BUY any Husvarna chainsaws until the company gets it right. The way I look at it husqvarna owes a ton of people money back for repairs and free repairs to this oil issue. I myself will not buy another Husqvarna product and I am pretty well off and spend alot of moey on tools and toys.

Strengths:
Bought this 455 Rancher, a 340,345, and two 350's to cut on my 80 acres.Saw seemed to cut well, but lacked somewhat in power compared to my Stihl 290. I did have great luck with the factory chain lasting up to about four or five tanks of gas before I neede to sharpen the teeth. maintains a good idle when not cutting. Handles well.

Weaknesses:
Like everyone else the oiler is the main BAD issue with this saw. After use and you store the saw for a few days, the saw dumps all its oil from the reservoir.When you call the service reps at Husqvarna, they insult you by telling you that the manual suggest to empty the bar oil and gas tank reservoirs when not in use.Then they try to get scientific with you if that doesnt work, saying that pressure and temperature changes force the oil ou of the saw....WRONG...how about a bad design you idiots. What a bunch of HORSE SHI%.. I own three stihls and they can sit for months and not leak one drop of oil. This is clearly an engineering design fault that the company fails to recognize and correct.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Lowes, TSC
Review
Reviewed by:
Max Mccurry
Review Date
2/23/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Husqvarna should be and will be out of loyal customers soon!

Strengths:
Cannot say a good word about a saw u cannot use due to it's poor oiler design. I have owned many named brand saws over my 25 years of cutting and none have been the disappointment that the husqvarana has.

Weaknesses:
Same as every other 455 worst oiler in the industry period! Make saw nothing more than a good boat anchor.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
3/1/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Junk,over priced saw!!!

Strengths:
Starts!!

Weaknesses:
Oiler is junk,junk,junk Don,t buy one!!! All you do is look for places to buy bars and chains!!!Never worked out of the box!!!

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Farm and fleet
Review
Reviewed by:
stendec
Review Date
4/25/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:

Strengths:
great power

Weaknesses:
Oiler does not work. Had it repaired 3 times in 2 years. New bar and chain, entire unit cleaned with air compressor and still oil just dumps out the bottom of the engine. Will not buy another Husqvarna and I do not recommend this chainsaw to anyone.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Lowe's
Review
Reviewed by:
HMM
Review Date
5/10/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: N/A
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Totally unreliable due to the oiler problem. Save yourself the grief of hassling with it...even if the sale price seems like a "deal to good to be true". I will never buy another Husqavarna saw of any type again, or anything made by them.

Strengths:
When working, it has plenty of power for normal cutting.

Weaknesses:
1) The oiler problem exists on all the Husqavarna saws including the XP models. Simply a very poor design that consistently clogs up with debris or breaks due to the plastic parts being stripped so easily. 2) The plastic outer casing of the saw should be handled with care. If you drop it on a rock or something hard, it will crack. 3) Starting in any sort of cold weather is a problem. You would think the Swedish engineers would figure out a solution, but they didn't.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Husqvarana dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Zoso338
Review Date
5/26/2012

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: N/A
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
For the money and how good it cuts, and i like it better than the stihl 290. but there both very good i dont bash brands i give my opinion for what thats worth. Ànd if you want a pro saw than buy one and stop trying to compare them to a homeowners saw.

Strengths:
Has enough power to go through anything,i ve cut up 20 inch cherry trees that got blown down in a storm. no problems start on first pull have to be fast to take it off choke or it will stall. The primer balb is nice, and how the chain tensioner is on the side of the cover. Ive had no problem with the oiler yet, I estimate i put 6 gallons of mix through it.

Weaknesses:
The stock chain leaves something to be desired, and the plastic handle even know it will probably wont ever be a problem they still should make it out of steel.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Johnson's hardware waterford Page!!
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
8/8/2012

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:
If you like for your saw to be in the shop all the time, by all means go get a Husky! haha!

Strengths:
Looks Good!

Weaknesses:
Oiler problem and oil leakage. I have used several Stihls and none have leaked bar oil like this monster. I have to put a diaper under it when stored cause it will piss oil. If left for several months it will drain the oil tank empty. Husqvarna customer service says the oil leakage is normal and to just open the bar oil cap after use to relieve the pressure.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Dealer in Alabama
Review
Reviewed by:
ROBERT
Review Date
9/3/2012

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 3
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
NOT RELIABLE BUY SOMETHING ELSE I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER 455 RANCHER

Strengths:
WHEN IT RUNS IT RUNS CUTS WELL

Weaknesses:
AT TIMES HARD TO START/ KEEP RUNNING, FIX RUN, FIX, RUN, CURRENTLY BACK IN FIX IT PHASE

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From LOWES
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
9/26/2012

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Nice saw with a major defect.

Strengths:
Good power for a homeowner, reliable starter.

Weaknesses:
The oiler is a real problem. I'm retired and on a fixed income. I'm starting on next years firewood and the first thing I have to do is get a lightly used saw repaired, not throwing any oil. This will be the second time it's back to the shop for this problem. Never buy Husky products again.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/26/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
A TOTAL DISSAPPOINTMENT.....its like a bad dream you keep hoping to wake up from .SO.....HUSQVARNA now that Ive spent every bit of my saw budget on this fine boat anchor,what do you suggest I do for a saw now that the snow is falling and I STILL dont have my wood cut for the winter? (I will be waiting for answer)

Strengths:
runs ok as long as its between 50-80 degree's f,engine really runs flat tho

Weaknesses:
The 455 Rancher research and development team MUST have been BABBOONS-I swear I have never owned a bigger POS!! The bar oil pump and hoses has to be off the Three Stooges -it threw a chain and cracked the case>go figure.HUSQVARNA needs a good ole class action law suit if you ask me

Used product for
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/2/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: 1

Summary:
don't care

Strengths:
none

Weaknesses:
P.O.S. Oil leaks out, throws chains, heavy, burns up chains and bars, oh did i say piece of F**king Sh*t.... never again F this junk.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/21/2014

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Save your money and buy a stihl 290

Strengths:
There is none with this cheap built pile of junk.

Weaknesses:
Everything. Oiler quits, doesn't want to start or run, powerless gutless pile. Stihl 290 10x better saw!

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Joke shop
Review
Reviewed by:
Bluntey
Review Date
2/27/2015

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
With the additional spending on bars/chains I could have bought a better saw like a 372 etc Stihl is also nice but I resent the proprietary parts (while understanding that many are designed to be better) Bars specifically, D003 wtf

Strengths:
Man I used to like Husky But messing with the saw every 20 minutes makes you look like a chump I have 2 poulan 42cc ported saws which run circles (and run LONGER) Also have a Stihl 028, ms310, etc The 455 has some real strengths, decomp, antivibe, high rpm

Weaknesses:
oiler....alas.......it really is junk

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From craiglist barely used $200
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
2/28/2015

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/11/2015

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I have owned three Husky Garden tractors with no problems. This saw broke the camels back. Last Husky product for me.

Strengths:
Runs and cuts good

Weaknesses:
Leaks all chain oil in reservoir when sitting.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Hazz
Review Date
2/18/2017

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 4
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
you will not go wrong, great power and performance

Strengths:
This son of a bitch will burn through anything you throw at it. takes on hard wood like its butter. good safe saw even though its a heavy saw it takes kick back well,

Weaknesses:
Slightly heavy for limbing but a great bucking and felling saw.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From second hand
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