Husqvarna 460 24-Inch 60cc Rancher Chain Saw: The Mean Machine!
This Husqvarna 460 is squarely aimed at those experienced users with a lot of land to look after. So, homeowners with a large homestead, farmers and ranchers are likely to be considering this saw particularly if they have lots of trees and wooded areas on their land.
Husqvarna 460 Overview
The next model up from the 455 is the Husky 460 Rancher with a 24-inch bar. This model really is at the top of the tree (pun intended!) when it comes to homeowner chainsaws or one for use around the farm.
With many of the same features as the 455, this model differs mainly in the power department with a 60.3cc X-Torq engine providing the drive for the huge cutting capacity.
Once again this is a versatile saw, being able to take different lengths of bar from 13 inches up to the 24-inch one it comes with.
We would not recommend the 460 Rancher for the average homeowner who only has a few trees to look after and has not had much experience working with a chainsaw. The Husky 450 or 435 would be better suited for that type of work and the casual user.
Husqvarna 460 Capacity & Performance
The Husqvarna 460 Rancher is powered by the same brand of X-Torq engine as their other chainsaws with all the fuel efficiency and reduced emissions benefits they offer. This particular model has a 60.3cc engine providing 3.62hp of power and a maximum speed of 9000rpm.
That raw power is needed to drive the 24-inch chain and does a very good job of it. Even though it can take a 13-inch bar this saw is too powerful and heavy to make much use of a bar less than 18 inches in length in reality.
This model comes equipped with an anti-kickback<link- http://northernwoodlands.org/articles/article/tricks-of-the-trade11> chain with 0.375” pitch and 0.058” gauge. It’s a professional quality chain with 84 drive links for really good cutting performance.
As with all chains, keep it lubricated, sharp and tensioned correctly and you will get a long useful life out of it.
The 460 is a big machine and weighs a hefty 13.4lbs without the cutting gear installed. That makes it a bit heavy to do jobs that require constant, extended use such as limbing, pruning or cutting up firewood, so if that’s going to be your main use then go for one of the smaller bar length and lighter models.
I have used Husqvarna saws for over 20 years but needed a 24 inch saw because of some downed trees on our property. Husqvarna quality all the way and it starts easily. You can bury this saw in a cut and it will not disappoint you - saved me tons of time and countless extra cuts
Things to look out for
Although not as popular as the 455 or 450, this chainsaw still has lots of online reviews and receives very good ratings across the board from many users. Most of the things to look out for are the same as with the 455 so we’ve just noted a couple of extra things here.
- This model does not come assembled so read the instructions on how to install the bar and chain before putting it together.
- It’s heavy, so be prepared to be tired after using it for long periods.
Very pleased so far, the saw has plenty of power to handle the 24" bar.
Summing it up
With easy starting, a powerful engine and the ability to cut through thick softwood and hardwood without bogging down, this is the chainsaw for those needing a heavy-duty model that can tackle the most demanding jobs around the home or farm.
- Any heavy-duty jobs such as clearing a wooded area after a storm
- Bucking large trees
- Large tree felling
- Pruning large branches
- Will cut both soft and hardwood easily
- Experienced users only.
Not so good for:
- Extended use when doing jobs like limbing or pruning
- Light duty pruning and trimming
- Novice chainsaw users
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