HUSQVARNA 460 Rancher Chainsaw Review

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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
20-Inch Bar
Quick release air filter to facilitate cleaning and replacement of air filter
Forged 3-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications
CARB Compliant
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.

Engine Specifications

Cylinder displacement
60.3 cm³
Cylinder displacement
3.68 cu.inch
Power output
3.62 hp
Maximum power speed
9000 rpm
Fuel tank volume
0.9 US pint
Idling speed
2700 rpm
Spark plug
Champion RCJ7Y, NGK BPMR7A
Electrode gap
0.02 in
Torque, max.
3.4 Nm
Fuel consumption
437 g/kWh

Recommended Chain Specifications

Recommended bar length, max
24 in
Recommended bar length, min
13 in
Chain pitch
Chain speed at max power
65.62 fts
Chain speed at 133% of maximum engine power speed
87.27 fts


Cody Robertson says:

Hopefully someday you’ll review Husqvarna’s 36 volt tool line.

walter w says:

all around best saw you can buy off the shelf in a box hands down

Love2boat92 says:

You just got into the cc range for milling lumber. Sweet saw.

Jim Crownover says:

great review

Donny Carter says:

Nice review guys!

FishFind3000 says:

If you want a better chain get a Stihl skip tooth can’t beat Stihl chains

Russ Webster says:

Nice video guys.  It looks like a nice unit.  I like the 20 inch bar with the option to go to 24.

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