Husqvarna Rancher 455 — A Workhorse
This is one of the best tools that I own. My property is 12 acres and about 4 of those are woods. Because of that I wanted a workhorse and I got one in this model. It starts reliably. The handling is good for it’s size. I must mention that you need to consider safety around any instrument like this and know what you are doing. You must respect the power of a tool like this.
When I bought this I went ahead and bought everything that I needed to go along with it. A nice grease applicator for the bar gear at the end. A big ole jug of bar oil. Anew can to mix the two-stroke fuel/oil combination (50:1 for this model). I made one mistake with the maintenance on this chainsaw since I have had it. I removed the side cover with the safety bar engaged. This made it difficult to line up the sprocket for the safety mechanism for reassembly. A quick jump to a video online helped me to rectify the problem. You have to use a screwdriver to carefully turn the sprocket to the on position so the chain will move. I only mace that mistake once. Keep it clean and you can beat it like a rented mule. I generally do a pre-work check every time I use it. This includes greasing the front sprocket, filling bar oil, cleaning inside, and chain tension adjustment.
The most dangerous chainsaw is one with a dull chain. It kicks back, gets stuck, and slows you down. Don’t do it. If you don’t want to sharpen your own chains, buy extras and get them sharpened regularly. You will know when they need it. Options for sharpening are a local shop or do-it-yourself at home. There are many options for self-sharpening. I use the Timberline which I will review separately.
All in all, this Husqvarna is a real nice piece of equipment. I love mine and you will love yours too.