Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review

Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw

The chainsaw. It has a very notorious reputation in movies, but in reality, no DIYer can do without it (for good reasons of course).

A chainsaw is a very handy tool for trimming trees, cutting firewood (quickly and efficiently), cutting firebreaks, limbing, pruning, and many other uses around the house or ranch. If you don’t have one yet, you need to get yourself a good domestic model. This is one versatile tool everyone needs to have in their repertoire of tools.

But with the vast selection of chainsaws on the market, picking the perfect one can be quite a daunting task. And that is especially true if you are just starting out in the world of chainsaws.

That’s where the Husqvarna Chainsaw 455 Rancher comes to the rescue.

If you are ready for the rite of passage every weekend warrior eventually passes through (getting a chainsaw), then read on and discover why the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw is one of the best chainsaws you can buy.

But first a brief chainsaw buying guide.

This is so that you understand the different parts of a chainsaw that you need to pay special attention to when looking for one.

A Brief Guide to Chain Saws

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Don’t worry though, chainsaws are not as complicated as they look. And they are definitely not as dangerous as they sound as you will soon see from the safety mechanisms incorporated into them.

Let’s get to it then, shall we?

1. Guide Bar and Chain

The guide bar and chain make up the heart of a chainsaw.

The guide bar is the protruding part of a chainsaw upon which the chain runs. Guide bars generally come in different lengths from 10 to 24-inches. Chainsaws with longer guide bars, like our review choice, the Husqvarna chainsaw (Rancher 455), are able to tackle a wider range of tasks as they are more capable tools.

However, chainsaws with longer guide bars also have greater kickback levels than those with shorter guide bars. But more on that later.

2. Engine Type and Size

Chainsaws come in 3 basic engine types, namely: electric, gas, and battery-powered engines.

Depending on the type of jobs you want to use your chainsaw for, each of these engine types has its own pros and cons. Sizes also vary and impact the performance of the chainsaw. Depending on the type of jobs you want to use your chainsaw for, each of these engine types has its own pros and cons.

Having said that, I would strongly recommend you go for a gas-powered chainsaw, like the Husqvarna chainsaw 455 Rancher, as they don’t have the restrictions found in electric chainsaws (like cable limitations). They also offer more power than electric and battery-powered chainsaws.

3. Handles

Most chainsaw manufacturers offer chainsaws with two different types of handles – rear handles and top handles.

Rear handles are the most common and are found on most non-professional chainsaws. Top handles are mostly designed for use by professionals who may need to work at elevations off the ground. Top-handled chainsaws are easier to operate while hanging from a harness, but again, by professionals.

A chainsaw’s handle is an important feature as it is the part that helps you control the chainsaw. This means handle design, grip, and comfort are essential elements for effective cutting as well as safety.

A poorly designed handle is a major contributing factor that leads to user fatigue during prolonged use. This, in turn, will lead to ineffective cutting and also increase the chances of injuries.

4. Weight

When buying a chainsaw, weight is another factor you will have to consider. Especially since the weight of the chainsaw will entirely be in your hands for the duration of your task, you will have to consider getting a chainsaw that you can handle fairly easily. A chainsaw that is heavy is more difficult to control and may lead to injury.

5. Safety Features

As I said, a chainsaw is a fairly safe tool to use as long as you take the necessary precautions. But apart from your being careful, chainsaws come with a number of safety features to protect you, the user, from being injured.

Most of these safety elements are incorporated into the design. Two of the most important safety features are the chain brake and the throttle lock.

Chain Brake

The chain brake serves the purpose of making the dreaded kickback less dangerous. It positioned between the chain and the front handle of the saw. When the chainsaw kicks back, the chain brake will be pushed into your front hand, activating a brake that stops the chain.

The chain break was actually invented by Husqvarna to save people from being injured by kickback.

For the newbies out there, kickback is the unexpected and quite violent upward movement of the guide bar when the end portion of the nose of the bar strikes a hard object and the chain snags or is pinched. Kickbacks are a common cause of injury among chainsaw users and a chain brake is an excellent feature that mitigates such injuries.

Every chainsaw comes fitted with a chain brake.

Throttle Locks 

While a chain break is a standard feature on all chainsaws, a throttle lock is not. A throttle lock is a great safety feature that prevents the trigger from being accidentally pulled. The throttle lock is like a second trigger that you have to press in order to activate the main trigger.

Especially if you are new to chainsaws, this is a feature you definitely have to look for when buying a chainsaw.

Awesome. Now that you know the basic parts of a chainsaw and exactly what you have to look for when buying a chainsaw, let’s continue with our Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw review.

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review – Power, Efficiency, and a Job Well Done

The Husqvarna 455 power

When it comes to non-professional chainsaws, one chainsaw that deserves the spotlight is the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw. Let me show you some of the reasons this is the chainsaw to buy.

Let’s get an overview of what you will get with this machine by taking a look at the specs and features.

Specifications

  • CARB compliant
  • Maximum cutting speed 9,000rpm
  • 0.375-inch pitch / 0.058-inch gauge anti-kickback chain
  • Takes 13 to 24-inch bars
  • 15 fl oz capacity fuel tank
  • Weight 13lbs

Design and Build

One of the strongest attributes the Husqvarna brand has to its credit is build quality. The Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw is a testament to that. After all, quality is to be expected from Swedish craftsmanship.

Not only does the Husqvarna 455 Rancher sport an innovative and practical design, but it is rugged enough to tackle any challenge you may throw at it – especially since it is able to handle bars up to 24-inches long. That last part shows that this is not a lightweight and flimsy chainsaw but one that is close to professional grade. Couple that with the 13lbs weight and you’ll definitely know that this is one chainsaw you can easily fell your average tree.

One design element that you will definitely appreciate is the fuel gauge window, it makes it very easy to tell when you need to top up. Overall, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw is a brilliantly designed chainsaw that you’ll find easy and pleasant to use.

Engine Capacity, Fuel, and Power

One of the best features of the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw is its engine.

Husqvarna has developed a powerful and very efficient engine for their chainsaws dubbed the X-Torq engine. X-Torq engines have been designed to cut fuel consumption a massive 20% and protect the environment by reducing toxic and harmful exhaust emissions by up to 75%. These 2 factors make the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw CARB compliant, making it an environmental friendly saw.

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher features a 55.5cc X-Torq engine that gives it an output of 3.49hp and a cutting speed of 9,000rpm. This is more than enough to make short work of most heavy-duty tasks you may have around the home or ranch.

As is the case with most non-professional chainsaws, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher’s engine is a 2-stroke air cooled engine. This type provides the best power-to-weight ratio for a handheld power tool like a chainsaw. The only gripe one may have with this brilliant chainsaw is that the fuel tank is a bit too small for a heavy-duty chainsaw. But the fuel-efficient engine offsets this as it will give you more than 30 minutes of continuous use before you need to refill. For most non-professional uses, 30 minutes is a lot to get most tasks done.

Bar and Chain – The Heart of the Chainsaw

As if the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw wasn’t already good enough, Husqvarna decided to make it an irresistible buy by designing it to be able to take bars from a tiny 13-inch one to a massive 24-inch bar. This means you can easily use it for light duty jobs like pruning (by fitting a smaller bar) to felling larger trees, making it a very versatile chainsaw.

The standard Husqvarna 455 Rancher model comes with a professional grade anti-kickback 20-inch chain with a 0.375-inch pitch and 0.058-inch gauge. Although this means it has fewer links (72) than other chainsaws in its class, the quality of the chain more than makes up for that.

And when it comes to adjusting the chain tension, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw makes it easy for you to do so as there are no covers to get through. A very convenient multi-tool is included when you purchase the chainsaw. This will help you loosen the two bar retaining nuts and turn the tensioner screw.

Safety Features

Before we get to the safety features found on the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw, it is important to note that chainsaw safety gear is a must before you even pick up the chainsaw. Goggles, gloves, and boots are some of the basic gear you need to make sure to don before operating equipment like a chainsaw.

As for the Husqvarna chainsaw itself, it has quite a number of safety features to ensure that you are safe in the event of an accident.

For one of the most common causes of chainsaw-related injuries, kickback, the Husqvarna has 2 features to combat this.

  • Inertia chain brake. This is activated when the chainsaw detects a rapid upward movement (kickback).
  • Throttle trigger lock. The throttle trigger lock is a great feature that prevents accidental operation of the chainsaw.
  • Hand guard. The hand guard protects your right-hand from a broken chain and also prevents debris (mainly branches and twigs) from interfering with your grip.
  • Chain catcher. God forbid that a chain breaks while you’re using your chainsaw. But if this were to ever happen while you’re using a Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw, you’ll be glad it is equipped with a chain catcher.

When you get the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that it has your safety at heart. All these safety features, on top of the power and efficiency, are well worth the $439.00 price tag the Husqvarna 455 Rancher dons.

Who Needs the Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw?

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw is a robust, rugged, and versatile chainsaw that will do many a rancher or homeowner with a big piece of land a lot of good.

If you are looking for a near-professional grade that will help you fell trees or make a firebreak (or even chop up fallen trees after a hurricane), then this definitely is one of the best chainsaws you can invest in.

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About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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