Husqvarna 455 Rancher Review

As the name implies, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is ideal for homeowners and landowners who need a professional-grade chainsaw.

It has been one of the best-selling chainsaws for the past several years because it has the power and quality that almost any homeowner could need. This is a serious tool for people who need serious work.

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High powered

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is at the high-end of consumer chainsaws. It can do anything you need it to do at home or on the ranch. It’s not quite a pro-grade chainsaw, but it’s up there. The 55.5 CC engine outputs 3.5 HP which makes it perfect for felling large trees or cutting firewood, but it is not limited to just those tasks.

The Husqvarva 455 Rancher has enough power for any job and the features to make life easy.

Easy start and reduced vibrations

The 455 Rancher has several features designed to make your work that much easier. It comes with Husqvarna’s Smart Start technology, so you won’t waste time yanking on a pull cord and fiddling with the choke. Not to mention the LowVib system which reduces the vibrations, making it easier and more comfortable to handle.

Efficient engine and cleaner filter

The X-Torq engine reduces fuel consumption, which is especially important because at 14.88 oz. the fuel tank is not very large. Nobody wants to stop every 30 minutes to refuel. The Air Injection system also keeps debris from reaching the filter. The filter is designed to be easy to remove for simple cleaning or replacement.

Convient and comfortable

As you would expect the Husqvarna 455 Rancher comes with all the standard features that help make your chainsaw easier to maintain. It comes with an automatic oiling system that supplies oil to both the bar and the chain. The chain tensioning system is easily adjusted with a small tool, even while working. It also comes with a full wraparound handle so you can cut from several angles. It weighs roughly 13 lbs. so it’s not too heavy to wield easily. However, it is a little heavy if all you plan on doing is limbing or cutting small branches.

Quality and value

As stated earlier, the 455 Rancher is just one step down from a professional-grade chainsaw. That being said there is no more capable chainsaw in the 400$ dollar range. Husqvarna is renowned for its build quality and reliability, and this model has helped reinforce that. However, this is not a 70.0 CC pro saw designed to be used 8 hours a day, every day. If you’re a professional logger this is not for you. But don’t be fooled, you’re not going to find a better chainsaw for the money. So if you need a heavy-duty chainsaw, and want a quality one with good features, this is a great pick.


  • Perfect for semi-pros
  • All the features
  • Reliable
  • Bang for your buck


  • Pricey
  • May be too much for some
  • Not great for limbing


The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is the reliable companion the working man needs. It has all the goodies and features you need to get the job done. Not to mention its power and overall quality. This is the best chainsaw in this price range, and it has hundreds of 5-star reviews to back it up. If you spend a lot of time cutting wood around the house or farm, this is the choice for you!


  • 55.5cc, 3.5 hp
  • X-Torq engine
  • 20-inch (18-inch also available)
  • 13.2 lbs.
  • 3-piece crankshaft
  • Inertia activated chain brake
  • LowVib system
  • Adjustable oil pump
  • Air purge
  • Quick-release air filter
  • Choke/stop system