Is anyone familiar with this chainsaw?

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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

I got the '455 rancher 460' with a 20" bar and it seems to work well. I also got the powerbox to carry it in ($35 extra). I got mine to help cut us out of the ice storm (a good reason to buy a bowl blank cutting tool). It seems to be a very solid machine.
Jack
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Jack - would you mind posting where you bought the saw?
Robert
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Robert,
I picked it up at the local Lowe's store for $374.00 plus $35.00 for the powerbox case.
It was hard to find a chainsaw in our Oklahoma city during the ice storm. I had got the 18" poulan (they were out of Husqvarnas). I took it back the next day with a broken starter rope. Lucky for me they had just gotten in one 455Rancher, which I grabbed quickly.
Jack
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Thanks!
Robert
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24 inch, the largest Husky recommends for the 455. I bought it at Alaimi in Colorado, same place I bought the Honda generators. Great service
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Ralph E Lindberg wrote:

http://www.nothingtoxic.com/media/1135494000/Largest_Chainsaw_Ever http://surgery-graphics.med.umich.edu/~matt/?action=two
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I wanna see Marlow's brunette pick that thing up.... on second thought..no I don't.
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I think you will get a superior saw to what you have had as long as the Husky is a Husqvarna and not a Home Depot Husky. :~)
Stihl is good also.
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No kiddin'. I haven't seen an HD branded chainsaw, but I sure wouldn't be surprised.
But here's a fun fact, too. Husqvarna is sold by Lowe's, which sells the 455. From them, the saw is sold with the medium duty bar, and a light chain for the same price you can buy that saw at many places with the heavy duty bar and a good chain.
As always, buyer beware, eh?
Robert Robert
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Yup, my findings in the last 3 years or so is that if you can find it somewhere else it's gunna be cheaper than the Big Box. Good Luck. You uh, gunna be going after any Mesquite? I am making a modification to out kitchen and adding a Cook Book/Small drawer unit between two cabinets and over a window. I am putting Mesquite handles on the tops of the drawers. Boy is that stuff nice to work with. Very stable and it sands out as smooth as glass.
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Someone else was singing high praises of mesquite as well. How big a trunk does it get? Or is it more for trim/accessories? I DAGS, and didn't find much on the 'lumber' side of things. One funny thing jumped out at me: Screwbean Mesquite (Prosopis pubescens). Say what?
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90% of Mesquite is brush in Texas. The trees grow very slowly, crooked, and every once in a while you see one with a trunk 2' in diameter or bigger. Its wood is a great for smoking meat or BBQ. That said you really don't find Mesquite in massive quantities at wood suppliers. There are some places that handle Mesquite exclusively. Mesquite is the hardest North American wood and after it has dried will not change more than 2% in size from climate changes. Very stable. Typically you buy it like you buy some exotics, s2s with the bark still on it. I like this place and have bought a little bit of Mesquite from them. http://www.texaskilnproducts.com/txkiln1.html If you look around the galleries show the wood samples in cabinets, flooring, and fire place mantels.
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i've been a professional timber feller for well over 30 years, although my back is now shot and i'm feeling the age i don't cut nearly as much as i once did, however for the last 5 years husky has been my saw of choice preceded by jonsreds for many years. really good saw and for the occational user will last a long, long time and then some. ross www.highislandexport.com check out www.baileys-online.com
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On Mar 17, 4:44 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Ross Hebeisen) wrote:

Thanks, Ross. It is valuable info coming from someone that uses chainsaws professionally. I would never use a saw as much as someone that does it for a living, so if it works well for you it might be one that would last me as long as I would need a chainsaw.
Robert
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I won't even read the mess of replies but will say that I have a Husky (Rancher 55) and am extremely pleased with how it operates. By far the best saw I've ever owned. You'll be more than pleased with one I'm sure. FWIW, Sears (and Lowes) sell Husky's so you may get a decent discount on one. John
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I would buy a tool like that, not so much based on brand but on the reputation of their service in the user's area. That 'discount' from the likes of Sears and to a lesser extent Lowe's, is quickly forgotten when their service departments won't come through for you.
Deal with a specialist.
I bought a Weber BBQ from a propane dealer who sold nothing but fine BBQ's. Not cheap, but by the time I added up the little extras, like proper stainless grating instead of that ceramic coated cast-crap, and the free Weber cover, I was spending the same as the 'cheaper' version at HD. And he delivered for free. He also told me that if I ever had an extra large party, he'd lend me an additional BBQ to help out. Since then, he's filled my tank a few times for free, because I told other people how happy I was with their service ( that they consequently bought their Webers there.) He also gave me a new igniter (after 6 years of flawless use) for his cost.
That is VERY different from HD who sold me a sander with 'LIFETIME' warranty and then tried to sell be an EXTENDED warranty at the cash...WTF???? and on top of that, the idiots have yet to stock 6"- 6 hole paper for the damned thing. (That doesn't matter much to me as I converted to a Mirka pad anyway.)...
..somebody stop me...
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Hi Robert
Just got home again, been gone for better than a week, so a little late with this reply. My opinion is the professional saws are good, names are not really important on those. I have used a poulan for a number of years, still have it as a backup saw, by the way, poulan and a number of saw makers where owned by electralux, and Husqvarna bought all those up a year or two ago. ( it seems to be easier to buy out the competition than to compete, and not just in the saw market) As for dealers selling and servicing the Stihl saws, that should strike you as a good thing, just stop and think here for a moment, if you where unable to service this saw yourself, and you had not a dealer, but lets say Home Depot or Walmart had sold this saw to you, who's going to service it for you there ??? Saws are expensive ?, yes they are, but they are not lawnmowers or other low tech implement. I just bought a Stihl MS361 last august, it's capable of handling a 36" bar, don't need it that big at present, so I got it with a 18" and a 24" bar and chains, I got some change back from a $1000.-- bill, but there is just no comparing these saws with the small home owner saws, Quality hurts only once ;-))) Got a good dealer around ?? get what he sells, if having a choice I would prefer a Stihl.
Have fun and take care Leo Van Der Loo
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Always good to hear from you, Leo. I was hoping you would chime in as I know you cut a more than your share of large hardwood bowl blanks every year.

I think I would too, for no other reason than all the tree cutters around here use them. No other reason, actually. Like I said farther up the thread, the same saw in Stihl brand would be roughly twice as much, and I would be captured (even for minor parts) by the dealer and their markup.
The deciding factor may indeed be my local dealers. One is 40 miles away, and the closest one is someone that is a real jerk. I have a couple of Husqvarna dealers here, and I can buy minor parts all over on the net to perform minor repairs or maintenance myself.
I would still take it to a certified dealer for heavy duty repairs, but to replace a choke knob or a drive cog, that seems a bit much. Dealers around here have a $65 bench fee, whether they do the work or not (applied to the work if they do it), so that is certainly a consideration for me.
Some of the protected dealers scare me. I was contacted by someone that replaced the top handle on his "dealer saw" after dropping it. It was something like $140 for the aluminum bar with "installation" of the four bolts. He only paid $320 for the saw...
When calling one of the larger Husky dealers, even the guy at the sales desk warned me off the "homeowner" or "homepro" line of saws they sell for both the Stihl and Husqvarna lines of saws they have. He told me, "we just don't want to see a saw back in here in 30 days."
The saw I am looking at is the bottom third of their "pro" line, and has some really great features. 24" bar, 60cc engine, depressuring for easier start, side chain tension adjustment, etc. With all the good feedback here, I am just about ready to go. Seems like pretty much all agree with you, and that is once you get past the homeowner line you are probably going to get a pretty good saw in the pro lines.
Thanks for the input.
Are you guys beginning to thaw out up there in the great white north?
Robert
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I laid out $600+ for a Stihl 361 with a 20" bar a couple of years ago. I'll never go near a Poulan/Homelite/Craftsman/McCulloch/etc. again. There is no comparison. You get what you pay for. Sometimes. :-) Barry

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