Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review: Specs, Features, Price, Parts

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The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a popular 55-cc chainsaw suitable for firewood, pruning, light-felling, and yard clean-up.

It’s usually sold with a 16 or 18″ bar, though it can handle a 20″. I have a 20″ on my less-powerful 450 e-series, and it runs well. The Rancher chainsaws are reliable, durable, hard-working chainsaws that are good for homeowner or landowner-type use. They are not professional chainsaws and aren’t suitable for commercial or heavy-duty use.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Husqvarna 455, including the different versions, specs, features, and user reviews.

Husqvarna 455 Versions

Husqvarna Rancher Versions
The 2023 Husqvarna 455 Rancher II

Since its first appearance in 2004, the 455 has been in many versions, replacing the Husqvarna 55. The version pictured above is the NEW 2023 Husqvarna 455 Rancher.

Other versions include:

  • 455
  • 455 e-series
  • 455 e-series II
  • 455 Rancher
  • 455 Rancher e-series
  • 455 Rancher II

Whatever Husqvarna 455 version you have or are looking at buying, know that they’re all decent chainsaws. But keep in mind there are 20 years between the first models and today’s models, so there are definitely some differences in how they look, perform, and feel.

3455 rancher versions
455 Rancher Vs 455 e-series Rancher

The differences between the versions are nominal. Usually, it means an extra feature that doesn’t really affect the use of the saw. Often, there are minor differences that improve engine emissions and efficiency, or changes to the cosmetic look of the saw.

For example, the difference between the 455 Rancher and 455 e-series Rancher is that the latter has a toolless chain tensioner. That’s the only difference between the two saws and what we assume e-series means. However, if you have a 455 e-series Rancher that has regular bar nuts, that just means it was produced once this designation stopped meaning anything (my Husky 450 e-series is an example of this).

455R Specs And Features

Cylinder displacement 55.5 cc / 3.4 cu in
Power Output @ 9000 rpm 2.6 kW / 3.5 hp
Cylinder bore 47 mm / 1.85 inch
Stroke 32 mm / 1.25 inch
Idle speed 2700 rpm
Weight 6 kg / 13.2 lbs
Spark plug Champion RCJ 7Y/ NGK BPMR 7A
Electrode gap 0.5 mm / 0.02 inch
Fuel and lubrication system  
Fuel tank capacity 0.44 liter
Oil tank capacity 0.32 liter
Type of oil pump Automatic
Standard bar length 20″ / 50 cm
Recommended bar lengths 14 – 20″/ 35 – 50 cm
Pitch 3/8″; .325″
Gauge 0.058; 0.050″
Type of drive sprocket/number of teeth Spur / 7
Chain speed at max. power 26.6 m/sec

*Exact specs and features will vary depending on the version, year, and location made.

As already stated, this is a 55cc chainsaw and it is usually sold with a 20-inch bar. However, Husqvarna states it can be used with anything from 14 – 20 inches. Many users have found the sweet spot to be a 16 or 18-inch bar. This combo “really rips,” as they say.

Adam said in an FB group:

Went from a 20” bar to a 16” on my 455. Noticeable difference in performance. Don’t really need the longer bar if cutting 12 to 14″ rounds and the saw seems much peppier.

455 Rancher features include:

  • A good chain break to help prevent injuries from kickback
  • Easy access side-mounted chain tensioning system
  • A quick-release air filter for easy cleaning
  • X-torque engine lowers the fuel consumption
  • Great anti-vibe systems for better ease of use
  • Really easy to start up and use

Some versions have an adjustable oiler and decompression valve. They have bucking spikes and a decent anti-vibe system. It’s best to run the 455 with ethanol-free fuel (as with all chainsaws). The 455 does not have AutoTune like the short-lived 465 Rancher.

The Husky 455 Rancher has all the standard features you would expect on a Husky chainsaw. You can expect one of these saws to last for many years of faithful service when you look after it right.

455 Rancher Review

how to use the husqvarna 455 Rancher

As with the Husqvarna 460R, the 450R has a lot of fans among its users.

Personally, I’d recommend the 460 over the 455 because you get that extra bit of power for a little more cost, but both saws weigh the same giving the 460 a much better power-to-weight ratio. But if your budget only stretches as far as the 455R, there’s nothing wrong with it for a homeowner firewood saw.

There are better Husqvarna chainsaws out there, including pro models like the 372 XP, but not everyone needs or wants a pro-level saw. And the 455 isn’t the worst Husky chainsaw – that title is reserved for the 240!

Well share some inciteful and helpful user reviews from the Husqvarna Chainsaw FB group, but you can also check out the 2023 455 Amazon listing here, or the previous version Amazon listing here – both are available for sale currently.

First up, the positive reviews…

Erik said:

My first love was a 455 Rancher, I’ve also got a 440e, plus some other saws we won’t talk about.

A few years ago I committed the ultimate sin, I loaned out my 455 to a friend in need, it’s never ran right since. I couldn’t pass up a lightly used 2009 455 for $250 today off Marketplace.

I’m happier than a pig in the mud to have another one on the rack. These 455s are just unreal cutting machines.

Morgan said:

They get dogged on and I think it’s a little unfair. It’s a dependable saw that can pull a 20″ bar. For every ten saws I service locally, 8 of them are 450 series saws and they’ve all been rode hard. The 550 XP is better in every way, but the 455 was a definite improvement over the 350 and it’s great at what it’s supposed to do.

Walter said:

Those 455 and 460s are the most underrated saws ever. A modern saw in the class of the venerable Homelite s-xl of the 1960s that ran well. I prefer the 460 version for the extra power but have owned a couple of 455s over the years. Had one whose job was to ride on the back of a snowmobile dragging a sled to get firewood… was always completely packed in snow and usually that year the temps were in the teens. Always started. Never let me down.

Maxim said:

The 455 Rancher was design with lower RPM higher power…they did a good job for using the old style plastic chassis…wicked land saw she cuts but…the cheap plastic handle is strong but would be better off with a pro model.

And Allen said:

If it’s gunna be a heavy use saw I’d spend the few extra dollars on a 550 or 562 XP. Or find a used XP on marketplace or something. If you already have the 455 run it. They are great saws for firewood. Just won’t stand up to the abuse like like an XP.

Shorter positive user reviews:

  • My 455 is the easiest starting saw I own. Not super powerful but a good all-around saw to have.
  • I own a 455 Rancher, 2010 model. Has always been a good reliable saw!
  • They’re definitely good saws. Like a Timex, just keeps on ticking.
  • Have had a 455 R for about 14 years now and have beat the hell out of it and it has never once broken down.
  • Put a 16″ bar on mine haven’t been happier with it saw really impressed me.
  • I love my Rancher! Does what I need it to, and it’s light!
  • Some 455s had carb issues but it is a strong saw.
  • Perfect for a beater saw. Its good for firewood and is pretty reliable.
  • Love mine. Cut a lot of wood over the years. Never a problem.
  • I own three of them. Great saws.
  • I didn’t like mine until I put a ported muffler on it, really woke it up.

455 rancher comparisons and alternatives

And the less-positive reviews…

Brett said:

I don’t understand the following of those plastic, cheap constructed, overpriced pieces of s**t. If you think you have a good saw with a 455, you’ve not ran a good saw.

Caleb said:

If you are looking for a budget semi-pro type saw check out the Echo 590. Husky doesn’t really offer anything similar in construction for that price. Or, for basically the same price, the Echo 620 is even better.

Kaven said:

I had a 455 Rancher. Upgraded to a 562 XPG. Game changer.

After running a 550xp, 562xp, or higher, you will never touch a homeowner saw again. Power-to-weight ratio, and mostly, hand vibrations are the major factor for me.

Shorter negative user reviews:

  • If you think a 455 is fast try a 562xp. It’ll blow your socks right off.
  • I have two 455 Ranchers and haven’t run them in years. Much better options out there.
  • The weight-to-power ratio is pathetic with that saw… 372 XP best all-around saw.
  • Buy yourself either a 550, 562, or 572, and thank me later
  • Not a fan of them myself.
  • The 455 is heavy and lazy.

The main pros of the Husky 455 are that it’s affordable, durable, and runs well. The saw is good for a range of tasks from limbing to bucking firewood, and with the right care should last a decade.

The cons are that the power-to-weight ratio isn’t great and the saw can’t be compared to a professional chainsaw. Most true Husky experts would prefer a used 357 XP over a new 455 Rancher, for example. But then you need to know what to look for in a used chainsaw.

Price And Parts

Husqvarna 450 Rancher (2023 version)

  • The lower powered Rancher, good for light firewood duties
  • 14 - 18" bar
  • 50 cc, 3.2 hp, 14 lbs
View On AmazonView On Tractor Supply

Husqvarna 455 Rancher (2023 version)

  • Mid-range Rancher, good for firewood and felling small trees
  • 14 - 20" bar
  • 55 cc, 3.5 hp, 13 lbs
View On AmazonView On Northern Tool

Husqvarna 460 Rancher (2023 version)

  • Top of Huskies homeowner/Rancher series
  • 14 - 24" bar
  • 60 cc, 3.62 hp, 13 lbs
View On AmazonView On Acme Tools

Most good chainsaw retailers will stock the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. This table shows our recommended retailers and it’s worth comparing prices to get the best deal on the day (remember to factor in shipping, if any).

Also, check on eBay here for new or used Husqvarna 455 Ranchers, as well as parts for the 455. Depending on where you buy from, you might also be able to buy or get a hard case as well. Husqvarna sometimes runs promos in which they give out a free chainsaw case.

Some other buying options also include Husqvarna oil and other chainsaw accessories like chaps, gloves, and visors. The 455 is always sold with a new bar and chain (when bought new).

Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a good all-rounder saw. No, it’s not the 550 or 562 XP, but it’s a decent homeowner chainsaw.

It’s good for processing firewood, cleaning up downed trees, felling small to medium trees, and other general home and farm work. It’s also been used in orchards and on construction sites, though again I think there are better saws for those settings.

Husqvarna is one of the two best chainsaw brands which usually makes it easy to find parts and service. The other benefit is the Husqvarna chainsaw communities on FB and forums. If you ever have any issues, there are thousands of other people with the same saw that can help you solve them.

If you have any other questions about the 455 chainsaw (or any other), let us know in the comments below. We’ll get back to you asap!


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9 thoughts on “Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review: Specs, Features, Price, Parts”

  1. I have a 455 Husqvarna Rancher and really like this saw . I just use it around the house , just cut a apple tree tree, It cut it with no problem. Would buy another one !

  2. I took my 455 rancher to my dealer and we found a issue with spark plug doesn’t seem to tight saw ran great for about a year and he told me he has seen this a couple times with the 455. Has anybody esle have this problem and maybe someone might know how I could call. Like the Husqvarna, just had to by the 450. So just wondering if there may be a recall thanks for any feedback

  3. I bought a new 455 rancher. The plastic knob fell off the decompression valve and the stem fell into the cylinder destroying the engine. No response from husqvarna. It’s like they lawyered up. Also filler caps are recessed and debris falls in when taken off. Check out photo where shows serial number in this review. Poorly designed saw. I cut about 20 cords per year for the last 30 years. Never buy again!

  4. I see my honest comments about my experience with 455 rancher were not posted. The 455 has a decompression valve with a plastic knob. If the knob falls off the stem drops into the engine and destroys it. I contacted the company numerous times and never got a reply. It’s a typical legal tactic. The saw filler caps are poorly designed and impossible to clean around before removal. The chain tightening system is poor compared to other saws. Potential buyers need to know this.

    • Hey Dan, have just approved your previous comment (usually takes a day or two to be checked). Sorry to hear about your bad experience with this saw! I personally have the 450 and it’s been excellent. You would probably be best returning the saw to where you bought it rather than trying to get in touch with Husqvarna themselves. Thanks for your comments!

  5. I purchased a 455 rancher with a 24-in guide bar and chain. Is doing a great job and it cuts wood with ease. I do not understand why this article states that 455 only has a max of 20-in bar when you can get a 24-in bar for your 455

  6. Last week my 455 rancher ate the decompression valve stem. Yes the engine now barely rotates. Piston and head are trashed.


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