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    Owners of Husqvarna 455 Rancher....

    I (anyone) can get this saw, factory refurbished, on Ebay, for $309 shipped all day long, from Husqvarna. To me, that seems to be an unbeatable price.
    Currently, I have a Husqvarna 235 E-series, with a 14" bar. I've owned this little guy since 2011-12, and it's been a great little saw for what I've needed. Now, I have a need for a larger saw that can handle larger tasks. I've a couple good sized trees I need to deal with, and would like to have a bigger saw around for storm cleanup etc. Enter the 455.
    How's your long term ownership of this saw been? Seems to be a good saw that will fill the roles I need it to. Priced right, decent power, good reputation, ease of ownership etc. etc.
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    1997 JD 870 (28hp Yanmar), FWA, R1's, 300x loader, 61" bucket, 42" Titan forks, Pat's Easy Change.
    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
    2004 JD 797 (29hp Kawasaki) Z-Trak, 72" 7-Iron deck, Mulch blades, Carlisle AT101's.
    Stihl: MS250C/18", FS70R, HS45/18".

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    I have a HUSQ 455 rancher. It's a mans saw for sure. More than enough power. It is heavy but all big saws are.

    The only problem I had was the gas line coming off the tank. It's a line that connects to the primer bulb. No big deal.

    I love the saw, I would buy it again hands down..
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    The 455 is a good model. I think that model is AYP made, but they are a solid mid range, mid power saw. Itís bigger and more powerful then a 235, I think it has a bit more plastic, it weighs more too but itís not a heavyweight.
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    For the money it's a solid choice but I would not consider it a "good" saw nor a big one.
    It is only 55cc and 3.49 horsepower @13.2 lbs powerhead weight and $439.00 new.
    My Stihl 261c is 50cc and 4.0 hp @10.8 lbs. and about $550 new.

    Some folks like to spend their money as wisely as they can and if they need a tool they shop carefully and get just enough tool to suit their needs. That seems appropriate.

    Others derive enjoyment from purchasing higher quality than they may actually need and likely feel that this enhances the experience of using the tools, and should lead to longer lifespans due to being constructed for commercial use.

    My recommendations would likely double the price you would pay but you do get what you pay for with chainsaws.
    If you already have a nice small limbing saw I would at least jump up to a professional grade 60cc machine, usually considered a "medium" sized saw.
    Husqvarna 562XP, Stihl 362CM or save a few bucks with an Echo CS-620P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    For the money it's a solid choice but I would not consider it a "good" saw nor a big one.
    It is only 55cc and 3.49 horsepower @13.2 lbs powerhead weight and $439.00 new.
    My Stihl 261c is 50cc and 4.0 hp @10.8 lbs. and about $550 new.

    Some folks like to spend their money as wisely as they can and if they need a tool they shop carefully and get just enough tool to suit their needs. That seems appropriate.

    Others derive enjoyment from purchasing higher quality than they may actually need and likely feel that this enhances the experience of using the tools, and should lead to longer lifespans due to being constructed for commercial use.

    My recommendations would likely double the price you would pay but you do get what you pay for with chainsaws.
    If you already have a nice small limbing saw I would at least jump up to a professional grade 60cc machine, usually considered a "medium" sized saw.
    Husqvarna 562XP, Stihl 362CM or save a few bucks with an Echo CS-620P.
    Oh yeah, I'm aware of what i'm buying. If I had a need for a Pro grade saw, which I don't, I'd have an XP of some designation, for sure. For something that I'm going to use less than a handful of times a year, it's hard to justify 5-6-7-$800 to just be sitting around. Enter the $309 factory refurbed 455.
    Now, I have looked at the Echo CS-590 but the price tag is $90 more (albeit, it's also 5cc larger, so more HP and RPM), and I've played around with them at Farm and Fleet, I just don't care for Echos start/stop/choke controls. Husky has nailed it with how easy theirs are to use. I think the cs-590 also comes with a .325 chain too, if I'm not mistaken (which I may be).

    I'm just looking to hear from guys that have owned one (455) for decent amount of time, and get their thoughts on it. Even if it's not a Pro-grade saw, @ $309, you gotta admit that's tough to beat.
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    1997 JD 870 (28hp Yanmar), FWA, R1's, 300x loader, 61" bucket, 42" Titan forks, Pat's Easy Change.
    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
    2004 JD 797 (29hp Kawasaki) Z-Trak, 72" 7-Iron deck, Mulch blades, Carlisle AT101's.
    Stihl: MS250C/18", FS70R, HS45/18".

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    I tried not to upsell him, but I have a 346xp a ms260 competitor. I waited and got a good used one cheap. Yeehaw. The ms361 562xp are the next step, but even 14Ē logs are quickly cut by the 50cc pro saws. Mine outcuts much bigger Ďfarmí saws.

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    I did state that is was a good deal for the money and I understand your position.
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    1025R FILB, vintage: 2015
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    Ken's hooks and differential lock pedal
    Artillian 36" forks
    Stihl equipment: Saws; MS261C, MS462C, MS661RCM and Blower; BR600 and Trimmer; FS70R and Hedge Cutter; HL 56K and Pressure Washer; RB400
    Husky log splitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    I tried not to upsell him, but I have a 346xp a ms260 competitor. I waited and got a good used one cheap. Yeehaw. The ms361 562xp are the next step, but even 14Ē logs are quickly cut by the 50cc pro saws. Mine outcuts much bigger Ďfarmí saws.
    I don't doubt that one bit. I've watched a ton of vids on the XP's, and they freaking accelerate!! I'm constantly on the look out for a used one in reasonable distance from me, in the price range i'm comfortable with. But they are few and far between. I'm not in a huge hurry to buy, so I may stumble upon something better in the meantime.

    Literally, I've made it this far with a 35cc 14" Husky See my point?
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    1997 JD 870 (28hp Yanmar), FWA, R1's, 300x loader, 61" bucket, 42" Titan forks, Pat's Easy Change.
    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
    2004 JD 797 (29hp Kawasaki) Z-Trak, 72" 7-Iron deck, Mulch blades, Carlisle AT101's.
    Stihl: MS250C/18", FS70R, HS45/18".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    I don't doubt that one bit. I've watched a ton of vids on the XP's, and they freaking accelerate!! I'm constantly on the look out for a used one in reasonable distance from me, in the price range i'm comfortable with. But they are few and far between. I'm not in a huge hurry to buy, so I may stumble upon something better in the meantime.

    Literally, I've made it this far with a 35cc 14" Husky See my point?
    I looked for about a year then picked it up on July 4. Someone needed a motorcycle and needed $160. A 346xp or a model 61. Iíll take the orange one, I can be there 45minutes after getting your address.

    I was sold on the 346 or 357, I found the 346 first and am happy. I have 2 trees on my lot, a 40í x 8Ēpine and a 9í x 1Ē maple. I help friends. I now also have an ms-290. I have used one a lot but it doesnít have a job. Iím not knocking stihl, a 290 is farm model but for 3.5lbs it doesnít have an advantage that overcomes that. Itís otherwise similar.

    The trick on the 346 isnít the acceleration, itís having top rpm and going easy enough to keep it. The extra 2500 rpm over consumer/farm/ranch models is separating the wheat from the chaff the ms361/X62xp is where grunt also enters the occasion smoking the ms290 in the same weight.

    If you donít need a saw today and can do used I would hold out.
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    I have one. after a few years, I did have to set the oiler to high and it works really well now. Its powerful, light, and smooth. it works great if you get good chains for it.
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