husqvarna 460 rancher review

The Husqvarns isn’t an unfamiliar brand. The already have quite a name for themselves, and talk about this brand is often associated with high-quality gear. It’s no surprise since they’ve been around for awhile, and they’ve already created some of the most loved machinery out there. Most of their products typical cater to the heavy-duty workers and professionals, but many are also made to be user-friendly for not-so-frequent users.

Husqvarn has a chain saw series that they’re constantly trying to improve, and each one is better than the last. This one is no exception! It might look a little intimidating, but don’t worry because the 460 Rancher is a pretty versatile model that works for almost any kind of worker. It’s easy to use that even a homeowner can use, but it also has power that even a professional would give a double take.

Features

  • Side-mounted chain tensioner
  • Maximum length 24” Bar
  • 3.62 hp Power Output
  • 9000 RPM
  • 60.3 cc
  • Weight 12.79 lbs
  • Automatic Oil Pump

The Pros

X-Torq Fuel-Saving System

One of its best features has to be the X-torq which helps reduce emissions and reduces overall oil usage. What it does is that it separates clean air from the fuel and air mixture. This gives the saw more power for less emission and a more effective use of fuel. Aside from these benefits that improve function, it also makes it more eco-friendly. You’ll get a lot less fumes, and the high torque and RPM makes it very efficient. The X-torq also does a great job of keeping dust and debris out the filter, so you won’t be needing to change the air filter as often as other saws. One way of making sure any saw would last long is maintenance. The air cleaning feature makes this specific product more low-maintenance.

Air Injection

Now this feature is one of the contributing factors that make this saw so easy to maintain. One way of making sure any saw would last long is maintenance. Husqvarna uses a centrifugal motion to remove dust and other particles.This feature partnered with the X-torq makes this specific product more low-maintenance. There’s no reusable air filter on this product, but you actually won’t need to replace it as often because the air cleaning system practically does the job for you.

LowVib System

Something that you’ll definitely notice as you use this is the extremely low vibration. Vibration from strong machinery like this can really take a toll on your hands and leaves you prone for injuries, so you can say that it’s also kind of like a safety feature.  For a saw this big and this powerful, you’ll be surprised how well the anti-vibration system works. This means it’s easy to use, especially if you’re not as experienced with these kinds of equipment. The reduced weight that Husqvarna actively tries to lessen for this model compliments this feature so well makes it more comfortable to hold.

Flexible Bar Length

With this saw, you actually have the option between a 20-inch or 24-inch bar length. The 24-inch bar length naturally gives you more range and options with the kind of work you do, but many users suggest that the 20-inch is the best length for it. This length makes it perfect for cutting down trees and fallen down trunks. It’s also relatively lightweight with this bar. Something to bear in mind however is that it arrives unassembled, so you have to attach your ideal bar yourself.

Smart Start Technology

When it comes to starting, the Husqvarna 460 Rancher has to be one of the easiest one around. You’ll literally only need two pulls to get it going on the first try. All other times after that, it’ll only take one pull. Some even say that even after a year, it still only takes very few pulls to start. The engine is what you have to thank for that.

Another feature of this saw that helps it start more easily is the combined choke/stop button. It’s an quick and easy on/off switch that also helps reduce flooding. The whole thing just feels so smooth and fluid when you use it! The fact that the stop button is so near means that it’s just a click of a finger away.

Ergonomic Grip

Every had the problem of having an awkward hold on your saw? Well, this feature completes fixes that. The grip is set up at an angle that makes your hold on the saw feel  natural. It gives you the best working position that won’t put unnecessary or unhealthy strain on your body.

Adjustable Oil Pump

Another thing about this unit is that it comes with three positions for the oil pump to the bar and chain. The first is made for a 13-inch to a 15-inch bar. The second is for a 16-inch to 18-inch bar, and the last one is for a 20-inch to 24-inch bar. You can just tell by the adjustable pump that it was made to be versatile as you can use it with various bar lengths.

Safety

Husqvarna definitely stepped it up when it comes to safety with this saw. Not only does its design make it comfortable to use for extended periods of time, it also have structures that protect you from accidents. This one has both a combined chain brake and hand guard that are made to avoid kickback. This chain brain can activate both automatically by inertia and manually by the hand guard. Even as a newbie, you don’t have to worry about any accident while this saw is in operation!

Price

If there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that you’ll surely get more than your money’s worth with this saw. Considering its strength and durable, it’s pretty cheap. Something of this price, you’d normally expect to have a lot of kinks but not this one! It’s something you have to consider investing in if you want an affordable saw for home use!

 

The Cons

Weight

While we did say that it was lighter compared to similar saws, it will still require a bit of work for smaller or weaker people. With a weight just under 13 pounds, that doesn’t mean that just anyone can carry it around. Though, the overall unit itself is pretty well-balanced that you won’t suddenly tip off after some strain.

Chain Oil Leak

Something that puts off a lot of people is the leaking chain oil. You have to unscrew and screw the oil fill to let the pressure out. Otherwise, it’s going to start leaking really bad when you store them. Always make sure to clean your equipment before storing because you do not want oil mixing in with saw dust. That’s just going to be all kinds of messy.

What Users Say

Most of the people who’ve bought it are more than a little satisfied with the saw. They also suggest using non-ethanol oil to make it run better. Users also say that it runs very smoothly and cuts like a boss! Many of them end up replacing the chain for better ones, but it was more of a personal preference for them rather than an actual issue with the saw.

 

Conclusion

We strongly recommend the Husqvarna 460 Rancher. All its features make it very ideal, especially of something with its pricing. The power on this one can get any job you need done. From cutting down trees to getting rid of stumps, this model cuts like a hot knife on butter!

All of its key features working together guarantees you that it’ll last a long time. The X-torq engine and air filtration make it that this saw practically cleans itself. Gas-powered saws usually have a lot of functional flaws and terrible fumes, but this model has a fix for all of those! You can bet that this guy will last you a long time and will work just as well even after months of no use.

When it comes to maneuverability, it’s definitely one of the easier ones to lug around. No cord, so you can go anywhere. The weight and handles make it relatively easy to carry around, too. Overall, this a really solid saw that’s well worth your money, and any homeowner or hobbyist would not regret buying this.

John J. Rayburn
 

John J. has been a Saw, woodworking enthusiast for 8 years, and in that time has written huge resources on woodworking and saws.

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