Husqvarna 450 18-Inch Chain Saw. For Homeowners!

The Husqvarna 450 is mid-level chainsaw that will hit the sweet spot for most homeowners. This chain saw is at the top end of the range intended mainly for homeowners, and very popular it is too.

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Husqvarna 450 Overview

Some mistakenly refer to this as the Husqvarna 450 Rancher, but it’s not actually one of the farm and ranch models.  Just the top end of the range intended mainly for homeowners.

The model we’re reviewing comes with an 18-inch bar, but like the 455 and 460, this one can take a range of bars from 13 to 20 inches.

It has a 50.2cc X-Torq engine which is plenty powerful enough for the type of work this saw is aimed at.  It’s also much lighter than the previous two models which make it ideal for light duties and work that entails extended use.

That doesn’t mean it’s not able to handle heavy duty jobs of course, but it’s not suitable for some of the really demanding jobs the Rancher models are made for.

This one is ideal for the homeowner with a largish piece of land that would need to do pruning and keeping things tidy, with the odd bit of cleanup work and bucking medium sized trees for firewood

The Husky 450 is an excellent medium size saw for the homeowner like me. I like the saw because it is easy to start, quiet and powerful.

John R
Bluffton SC, US

Husqvarna 450 Capacity & Performance

The Husky 450 has a smaller X-Torq engine than the previous models that comes as a 50.2cc version with 3.2hp power output and a top speed of 9000rpm.

It still benefits from the same reduced emission and improved fuel economy which help make this model CARB compliant, as with the other saws.

As we mentioned above, this chainsaw is much lighter than the farm and ranch models, weighing just 10.8lbs without the cutting gear.

That’s very light for a gas-powered saw of this size and is ideal for the average homeowner to handle.

The chain that comes with this model is very good quality and a low kickback type. It has a pitch of 0.325 inches and a gauge of 0.050 inches which is standard stuff for an 18-inch chainsaw.

The ability to change the bar length on this model does make it very versatile as it is light enough to use for light pruning with a shorter bar.

Things to look out for

This model is one of the most popular Husqvarna sell so has a lot of online reviews with nearly 400 on Amazon alone at the time of writing.

We’ve researched a broad selection of these and found that overall, they are very positive.  But there are a couple of things to look out for besides the general ones we’ve noted against the 450.

  • There are two versions of this model, one fully assembled the other not. Model number 966906738 is the one to go for if you want it to come assembled
  • Most of the negative reviews we could find usually relate to problems starting the chainsaw
  • Although in isolated cases this may be a faulty machine, many problems could have been avoided by reading the manual to understand exactly what the starting procedure is in different situations.

Starts easily, cuts through wood like butter, chain oiler works flawlessly, balance & weight of the saw "feels just right" ... who can ask for more

Rich Mc
Flemington, NJ US

Summing it up

The Husqvarna 450 18-Inch Chainsaw is one of the best you can get for a combination of power, weight.  You are a ton of features at a very reasonable price for a quality machine too!

If you need something that can handle jobs around the home from light-duty pruning to felling medium sized trees, then this is the saw for you.

This one is ideal for the homeowner with a largish piece of land.  Great for pruning and keeping things tidy, with the odd bit of cleanup work and bucking medium sized trees for firewood

PTQ Review Team

Best for:

  • Light to medium duty jobs such as clearing up a few trees after a storm.
  • Felling and bucking medium trees.
  • Light to heavy duty pruning.
  • Extended use.
  • Will cut both soft and hardwood easily.
  • Suitable for inexperienced users.

Not so good for:

  • Heavy duty or demanding jobs.
  • Farm or ranch use except as a second saw.
  • Amazon has some of the best deals on the Husqvarna 450 and don’t forget to look for the extended warranty offer when purchasing.

Amazon has some of the best deals on the Husqvarna 450.

Don’t forget to look for the extended warranty offer when purchasing.


Still not sure? Then why not take a look at some of the other great chain saws we have on review?

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