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.
I picked it up at the local Lowe's store for $374.00 plus $35.00 for the
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
If you look around the galleries show the wood samples in cabinets,
flooring, and fire place mantels.
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.
check out www.baileys-online.com
On Mar 17, 4:44 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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.
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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?
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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