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460 Rancher Felling – The 460 Rancher is a great bang-for-buck chainsaw for an experienced, but non-pro user. If you make your living as an arborist, or cut every day, you will be looking at the Xp models. Our Husqvarna 460 Rancher was ordered with a 20″ bar and on a 60cc saw is just about perfect, though the saw will cut like crazy with an 18″ bar and chain. Husqvarna recommends the max bar and chain size to be 24″, but choose your chain wisely as that could be a lot of teeth to pull, pending the wood you are cutting.
If you order a 20″ bar, note that the factory oiler setting is 2 of 3 and will not be sufficient. Turn it up to 3 of three for the proper oil for that sized bar.
Starting the 460 Rancher was impressive! The saw starts on 2nd pull cold or 1st pull hot consistently. These easy starts are even consistent in all kinds of weather, including when the saw is covered in snow. The compression release is appreciated toward end of day but we found the recoil start easy enough that many times we did not use it when the chainsaw was warm. This chainsaw is relatively light and has a good “Husqy” feel to it.
Power wise, the Rancher 460 is not a pro saw, but we used it for felling mostly Elm and Oak, averaging 17″ diameter. We also used this saw for bucking the felled trees and it performed flawlessly with ample power. The 60cc motor will “torque up” in your hands when revving.
460 Rancher Features
Side-mounted chain tensioner for easy access
Quick release air filter to facilitate cleaning and replacement of air filter
Forged 3-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications
460 Rancher Suggestions
Please be sure to read the instruction manual before you assemble your new chainsaw. The manual clearly says to be sure the chain break is off before removing the clutch cover to install the chain. This should be a given for an experienced use, but if you don’t there is a chance a dealer will have to put the cover back on.
Another word of caution and something we preach about all the time. These new saws require premium gas, 91 octane or higher. Also, using gas with more than 10% ethanol well cause them to run too lean and over heat and burn up the pistons. You must also use high performance 2 stroke oil (the stuff you use in your outboard will not cut it). Use Husky XP oil or purchase your fuel and oil already pre-mixed.
While there are some words of wisdom in this review, the fact is the Husqvarna Rancher 460 is an excellent saw. These words of wisdom should be communicated to any saw buyer as our fuel and CARB (EPA) requirements keep changing and ethanol is not good for any small engine. There is no doubt that with care and proper maintenance, the Rancher 460 will be a saw that will be handed down to the next generation. Great build quality in addition to top notch features keep Husqvarna at the top of the pack.
Maximum power speed
Fuel tank volume
0.9 US pint
Champion RCJ7Y, NGK BPMR7A
Recommended Chain Specifications
Recommended bar length, max
Recommended bar length, min
Chain speed at max power
Chain speed at 133% of maximum engine power speed