The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a best-selling Husky saw on Amazon and is a popular all-around chainsaw model.
But is it right for you?
I personally own a similar model to the 445 Rancher – the 450 Rancher.
I’ve found this line to be reliable, durable, hard-working chainsaws that are great at processing firewood, felling medium trees, and tidying up around the home and farm.
Let’s find out if the 455 Rancher is the right chainsaw for you!
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Who is the Rancher 455 best for?
While this saw is not a top-of-the-line professional chainsaw, it’s an excellent farm and rancher saw.
By that, I just mean that it’s not good for using all day every day, but it will go all day some days!
For example, I use my Husqvarna Rancher saw about 20 days of the year, mostly just for processing hardwood firewood.
On the days I use it, it goes very well and is a good powerful saw.
However, if I was using it multiple times a week year-round, I would upgrade to one of the professional Husqvarna models.
Therefore, while I wouldn’t consider the 455 a logging chainsaw, it is the perfect home and hobby farm saw.
It’s a 55cc chainsaw (indicated by the ’55’), so it has plenty of power for getting through most work.
Keep the chain sharp and you’ll have no problem cutting up hardwoods like gum and oak.
Rancher 455 Specs & Features
As already stated, this is a 55cc chainsaw that is usually sold with a 20-inch bar (though here on Amazon you can select an 18-inch bar).
However, Husqvarna states it can be used with anything from 14 – 20 inches.
From my research, many users have found the sweet spot to be a 16 or 18-inch bar. This combo really rips.
It probably doesn’t need to be stated, but this is a 2-stroke gas-powered chainsaw. It’s definitely not electric!
Other features of this Husky Rancher 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 to for better ease of use
- Really easy to start up and use
The Husky 455 Rancher really has all the features you would expect on a quality premium chainsaw.
You can expect a Husqvarna chainsaw to last for many years of faithful service when you look after her with the right cleaning and maintenance.
Husqvarna 455 Rancher Review
For a good video review, watch this one from Clas Haven Farms.
They have been using the Husqvarna chainsaw 455 Rancher for 5+ years, processing anywhere from 10-15 cords of wood per year.
Husky 455 specs from the video:
- 55cc/3.5hp chainsaw
- Use a 14 – 20 inch bar
- Really easy to start (has decompression valve)
- Gas and oil cap has a tether
- Best to use ethanol-free gas
- Has an adjustable oiler for different climates
- Large bucking spikes/dogs
- Anti-vibration features are really helpful
- Chain break needs to be on to open up the side
- Well balanced chainsaw
All in all, this guy loves his 455 Rancher!
Here are some other Husqvarna 455 rancher chainsaw reviews that I found on Facebook.
This first one is from someone that has an old model 455.
This next 455 Rancher review comes from someone who lost their first love but then found another.
If you go to any of the Husqvarna Facebook groups and type in 455 Rancher, you will find that the overwhelming opinion is that this is an awesome chainsaw.
And people are pretty honest in these groups, as I’m sure you know!
Here are some of the pros and cons as I see them.
Husky 455 Pros:
- Has top features
- Powerful at 55ccs
- Quality build
- Easy to use
- Great at cutting wood!
Husky 455 Cons:
- Max 20-inch bar
- Not powerful enough for some
Husky 455 Price
Most good chainsaw retailers will stock the Husqvarna 455 Rancher.
These are some of our recommended retailers – in order from cheapest to most expensive at the time of writing.
- Tractor Supply Co here – the 455 was under $500 at the time of writing
- Amazon with 18-inch bar here – slightly more expensive here, but you’ll save with Prime
- Amazon with 20-inch bar here – a larger bar costs a little more as well
- On eBay here – for new or used Husky 455s, as well as parts for the 455
Depending on where you buy a Rancher 455, you might also be able to buy a hard case as well.
Some buying options also include some Husqvarna oil and other chainsaw accessories.
Generally speaking, you will always get a new chain with a new chainsaw.
Husqvarna 20 Inch 455 Rancher
The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a great all-rounder saw.
It’s fantastic for processing firewood, cleaning up downed trees, felling small to medium trees, and other general home and farm work.
It comes with a 20-inch bar which is perfect for a whole range of applications.
Husqvarna is one of the two top chainsaw manufacturers.
Their machines are much loved and have a loyal following of both professional and home users alike.
If you have any other questions about this chainsaw (or any other), let us know in the comments below. We’ll get back to you asap!
8 thoughts on “Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review: Specs, Features, Price, Parts”
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 !
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
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!
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!
Would the plastic parts from a 1998 model interchange with the plastic parts from 2008?
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