Superb Husqvarna 455 Rancher Review - Iconic Tool for Professionals (2018)

Husqvarna 455 Rancher 20-Inch Gas-Powered Chain Saw

When it comes to tough cutting jobs, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a landowner’s best workmate. This gas powered chainsaw is equipped with a powerful 55.5cc X-Torq engine that can cut anything thrown its way! It is engineered to offer power, comfort, durability and versatility thanks to its impressive ergonomics and durable features.

  • Powerful – 55.5 cc engine with 3.5 horsepower
  • Durable – heavy-duty crankcase for enhanced durability
  • Energy Efficient – Proprietor X-Torq engine that reduces fuel consumption by up to 20%

Manual

Husqvarna 455 Rancher User Manual

Husqvarna 455 Rancher User Manual

Please make sure to read and understand this manual before use.

Summary:

Whether you are a part-time user or a professional arborist, choosing the right chainsaw can go a long way in making your work easier. Unfortunately, many people lack the experience that is required for selecting the right tools for their farms or gardens. However, with a little bit of research, you can easily avoid acquiring a tool that you do not need. If there is one brand that deserves a special mention when it comes to producing reliable power tools, then it would have to be Husqvarna. The company is renowned for making heavy duty, highly responsive and effective power tools for over 60 years. The Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is a top range product that has made a name for itself thanks to its impeccable performance. This Husqvarna 455 Rancher review highlights some of the reasons why this all-round chainsaw deserves a place on your power tool list.

Design
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Price
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Usability
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Item Dimensions9.5 x 20 x 41 inTorque, max.3.2 Nm
Item Weight12.8 lbs#Chain pitch3/8"
Power Sourcegas-poweredFuel tank volume0.93 US pint
Size20" Bar LengthFuel consumption470 g/kWh
Maximum power speed9000 rpmSound power level114 dB(A)

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is an upgraded gas powered chainsaw designed for homeowners, farmers and ranchers. It comes with numerous features that are engineered to reduce vibrations and lessen fatigue, making your work far much easier.

The first thing that you will notice when you handle this chainsaw for the first time is the feel and grip. It features great ergonomics, including a comfortable front grip handle that makes it easy to use while reducing fatigue.

Unlike other saws that might require several pulls to start, this chainsaw features a smart start system that works effectively to remove compression, making it easy to start the engine using a single pull.

Its quick release air filter uses centrifugal force to remove and prevent larger particles and debris from infiltrating the air filter. This enhances the efficiency of the engine while reducing maintenance costs. Furthermore, this chainsaw is CARB compliant thanks to its environmentally friendly engine that cuts emissions by up to 60%.

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Features:

  • It has an adjustable oil pump that allows you to control lubrication as per your preferences
  • The X-Torq Engine is designed to increase torque, subsequently reducing emissions and cutting on fuel consumption
  • Features a LowVib system that significantly reduces vibrations and noise levels
  • The air purge system disperses air from the fuel system and carburetor for faster starts
  • Consists of a 3-piece crankshaft and crankcase for enhanced durability
  • Inertia operated chain brake that prevents kickbacks
  • Side access chain tensioning system
  • Quick access air filter system for swift cleaning and replacement
  • Features a choke/stop system that prevents engine flooding allowing swift starts
  • Comes with a standard 2-year warranty

The Design


The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is lightweight and easy to handle thanks to its flawless ergonomic design. The chainsaw consists of an ergonomic front handle that offers better grip for tough applications. The Low Vib system not only reduces vibrations, but also minimizes fatigue while offering maximum comfort.

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This Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is also extremely durable. It features a 3-piece crankshaft that offers maximum durability when performing tough cutting jobs. The saw also consists of heavy-duty steel springs that are resistant to corrosion and temperature variations.

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Precision and Performance


Very few chainsaws can match the performance of the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. Just like most Husqvarna chainsaws, this unit features a powerful proprietor X-torq engine that offers maximum cutting power with reduced emissions and fuel consumption.

The 20-inch 55.5cc engine delivers 3.5 horsepower, enough to cut all types of wood with minimal effort. The centrifugal air cleaning system is engineered to remove larger debris and dust particles from the filter. This ensures smooth operation by reducing intervals required for cleaning the filter.

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When it comes to precision, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsaw consists of unique felling marks that offer extra precision when felling trees. To make a precise cut, all you have to do is line the precision marks in the direction you want the tree to fall.

Pro Tip

It is recommended that you use gasoline with an octane grade of 89 or above to avoid damaging the engine.


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Safety Features


The Husqvarna 455 Rancher contains several safety mechanisms aimed at preventing accidents and other mishaps, just like Husqvarna 460 Rancher . Firstly, it comes with an inertia chain brake designed to prevent kickback and rapid upward movements. This chainsaw also features a front hand guard that protects users from flying chips and debris while you cut the trees down or its limbs.

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Other notable safety features include a throttle trigger lockout that prevents users from accidentally triggering the throttle control. The right-hand guard helps protect your hand form a broken chain while the chain catcher is designed to arrest a snapped chain before it causes any injury.

PROS:
  • High fuel efficiency
  •  Easy to use
  • Powerful motor
  • Requires minimal effort to start
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Relatively affordable
  • Manufactured by a reputable brand

CONS:
  •  Somewhat noisy
  • The saw can be bulky when cutting above the shoulder

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Things we liked about it

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher delivers an impeccable performance. It features an X-Torq engine that is designed to increase torque over a wider RPM range, for maximum cutting power. The engine is renowned for its high fuel efficiency, as it cuts fuel consumption by 20% at the same time limiting emissions by up to 60%. The high fuel efficiency makes up for the fact that the Husqvarna 455 has a very small gas tank that might require numerous refills when working on demanding projects. The Smart start feature is another thing that we like about this unit. Gone are the days when starting a simple chainsaw required several pulls. It allows you to start your Husqvarna 455 Rancher with a single pull regardless of the weather conditions.

Things we didn’t like

With noise levels surpassing 104 decibels, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is somewhat noisy. However, we have come to terms with the fact that most power tools tend to be noisy and the 455 Rancher chainsaw is no exception. Nevertheless, the manufacturer has made some few improvements to reduce sound levels. The unit consists of an exhaust muffler that seeks to restrict sound levels. It is, however, advisable that you wear earmuffs when operating this chainsaw to protect your eardrums. Although the 455 rancher is designed to be lightweight, it tends to be bulky when cutting above the shoulder height. This might be a problem if you intend to cut specific branches rather than the whole tree.

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General User Impressions


Husqvarna 455 RancherThe sneak peek into some of the customer reviews available online indicate that the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a widely respected chainsaw.

Apart from a few disgruntled customers, the majority of users are extremely happy with the performance of this chainsaw. Just do not forget about a pair of good sawhorses.

The fact that it is lightweight, easy to use and affordable makes it quite popular with many users.

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FAQ

How can I repair a saw that is cutting towards one side?

If your saw is cutting towards one side, then it simply means that one side of the chain is either dull or damaged. You can resolve this problem by sharpening your chain or acquiring a replacement. Be sure to use your manual for instructions on how to sharpen your chain or consult an authorized service dealer in case of a seriously damaged.

What type of lubricant should I use for the needle bearings?

The most recommended lubricant for the needle roller bearings of the Husqvarna 455 rancher is any General Purpose Grade 2 Grease. This lubricant will significantly reduce friction between the internal sliding surfaces. It also prevents metal to metal contact between the rolling components.

Does the Husqvarna 455 Rancher come with a warranty?

Yes. Just like most Husqvarna products, the 455 Rancher comes with a standard 2-year warranty. The warranty covers all OEM parts that may become defective under normal use. Wear parts such as filters, spark plugs, belts and starter cords are not covered. Transmissions and engines are also excluded from the warranty.

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Conclusion


If you are looking for a chainsaw that is powerful, efficient and delivers lower fuel consumption, then consider the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. This chainsaw can handle any type of tree effortlessly without getting stuck. It features an ergonomic front handle and padded controls that make this unit easy to handle even when tackling tough cutting jobs.

The LowVib system significantly reduces vibrations, offering maximum comfort while minimizing fatigue. If you spend most of your time cutting trees around your home or farm, then the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is worth checking out.

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