Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chainsaw Review

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Straight from the heart of Arkansas, Husqvarna Co. has maintained an impeccable reputation in the market since its inception. I wanted this article to be a little salesy with big and promising words about the business because I damn well know for sure that the company products deliver what they preach about.

Quality, performance and long lasting results are few of the elements that embody the all new Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw. It’s a beastly power tool with a 60cc 2 stroke engine and a bodacious booty kickin’ blade that can munch through any log without choking up on sawdust.

Part of the reason for me to review this Husqvarna chainsaw was because I actually needed to switch to a new one. My old model was a cordless chainsaw. Not that cordless cutting tools are bad or vice versa, but there are a few limitations. I could take my chainsaw anywhere because of the portable battery. However, at the same time, it’d run out of juice. It wasn't as robust as a gas powered machine, so, I had to make a few amends.

Why a Husqvarna Chainsaw and not Any Other Brand?

It sucks to take a history lesson in the middle of a product review, but sometimes it is worth it. Husqvarna Co. dates back to the early 1600s. Ranchers, farmers and lumberjacks wanted something dependable to meet their day to day needs. We had bloody battles and skirmishes going on all the time, which is why the major manufacturers were focused on creating rifles, instead of providing a means of making a livelihood.

Husqvarna didn't know anything about chainsaws back in those days, but they had an indirect affiliation with all things metal. The company was a renowned manufacturer of musket pipes and guns; they played a huge role in lending services to military organizations.

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As time went by, Husqvarna began to dabble in creating convenience tools for the household industry. Also, since all of this happened between 1800 – 1900, many businesses were going through a transition stage. Wars were over, no one needed guns anymore – and the entire nation was looking for a prosperous future. It was at that time when Husqvarna came up with the earliest models of rancher chainsaws.

Today, with the recent release of the 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw, Husqvarna has managed to appease hundreds of large scale property and landlords with a convenient, yet powerful enough tool which can take on logs twice its size. Oh, and by the way, if you thought that power tools were Husqvarna’s only forte, you should look for their other products in kitchen and lifestyle industry. The company’s stoves and motorized lawn mowers are worth checking out.

Speaking of gas powered chainsaws, they emit fumes that are contagious to lungs and environmental safety at the same time. A lot of manufacturers are hell bent on delivering such high quality features at the cost of users’ health, but Husqvarna does things a little differently. They have embedded a low fume, environmental friendly technology in almost all of their high end power tools to help deliver value to customers.

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According to the company reps, their responsibility is to produce those chainsaws that are valuable to the customer and the environment at the same time. The last time I was using a 38 CC McCulloch saw, I wasn't paying much attention to fume emission or my lungs’ state for that matter. However, the Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw is an entirely different breed.

Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw First Impressions:

Right out of the box, you are looking at a gigantic product with an authoritative profile. I’d implore you to recall Cartman from the South Park series when he said, “Respect my authorta!.” It’s a befitting mantra for this chain saw. The blade spikes are placed at the right areas; counterweight balance is excellent, and the visual profile gives the impression of a solid object.

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Husqvarna has released this model in two variants. The first one is the Rancher 1 series. It is slightly under powered CC wise, and the blade bar length/ width is also less. The second model is the Rancher 2; it has adjustable bar lubrication, more powerful specs and what not.

Husqvarna Chainsaw Safety Standards:

Safety plays a vital role in any range of cutting power tools. The last time, I was reviewing circular saws, I was particularly keen about health n’ safety standards. Chain saws are no different in that regard. In fact, safety standards cannot be over emphasized enough in latter case because you are cutting wood in a more exposed state. One slight miscalculation can lead to a loss of limb or life.

The best thing about Husqvarna 460 gas powered 60 CC chain saw is the implementation of the HAVS standard. HAVS is the abbreviated form of Hand to Arm Vibration Syndrome. When you are dealing with a powerful gas powered chain saw, it can send vibrations up your wrists and arm. These vibrations are literally harmless in small doses, but their constant effect can render serious damage to nerves.

Both models of Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher series chain saws come with HAVS prevention module. You barely feel any vibrations in your hands because most of the so-called tremors are absorbed by the saws’ high density padded interiors. They have also released a specific line of safety accessories that further enhance the quality standards for users altogether.

I think that they had an average user in mind, and that's where the sense of “balance” comes from. Average quality chainsaws are dangerous to use. They are unbalanced, and while they look like they could handle a chock full of logs, things can go awry in no time. You’d be dealing with an unbalanced tool, with the tenacity to damage your ligaments via vibrations, direct blade cuts and vice versa.

Husqvarna 460 rancher saw was designed to deliver a fatigue free experience. The handle is sturdy, alongside a strong emphasis on fatigue at the grips’ side to help determine long hours of work without a break. There’s also an inertia activated chain break mechanism. The feature detects sudden jolts of inactivity to halt the chain dead in its tracks.

Balance Vs. Weight Factor:

This part kind of gets a little tricky. Husqvarna Rancher 2 chainsaw weighs in around 22 Lbs. That's a lot of weight for even a dual handed gripper. However, all that weight is cohesive; it is countered at the right angles to project a uniform/ evenly distributed feeling. As a result, the chainsaw will feel relatively lightweight, as compared to conventional models that have the same weight range.

You will also notice that when placed on an uneven surface, the Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw will automatically balance itself. The bar will not tip downward or upward in any given situation. Same goes for the rear end weight logic. While it is true that cheap manufacturer chainsaws also weigh the same way as this Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher saw does, but their weight is not distributed properly.

Engine, Bar Oiler and Gas Functions:

This is a three part deal; all of the individual platforms are related to one another. The engine is powered via X-Torque technology. It allows for less fuel consumption and higher output over a long duration of time. At the same time, the Husqvarna Chain Saw starts with so much ease and comfort that’s hardly evident in competitor products.

Ideally, the small engine requires octane fuel. It’s a little expensive as compared to regular petrol, but you will notice a sudden spike in the chainsaw’s performance. At this much speed, the chain will need an uninterrupted flow of high grade machine oil.

That's where the bar oiler comes in; it is a small compartment on the bar’s side where you can pour the chain oil. The top lid is secured by a screw. It is a touch indelicate, but I think that a screw hatch is more secure that a flip lid system.

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I use mineral chain oil for my Husqvarna 60CC Rancher series chainsaw. This oil does not clog or get sticky despite of constant use. As far as the gas itself goes, you can also use Ethanol for maximum results. Husqvarna does not recommend or state the use of Ethanol gas on its website. But you can use it regardless at the cost of playing your part in damaging the ozone layer. Just put your conscience to sleep while you’re at it 😊

First Time User Experience

I can understand that a 60CC chainsaw can draw a lot of temptation. Heck, I’d dole up my hard earned cash just to hear the sound of the engine purring on rest mode. But Husqvarna chain saws are not for everyone. They require a great deal of skill and practice to master wood cutting.

If you are an enthusiastic user, start with a low profile cheaper variation of this chain saw. Buy a 34 CC chainsaw, or a 60V electric chainsaw – it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that you get used to weilding the sheer power in your hands for a couple of months. Afterwards, you can sell your existing model, or swap it for a Husqvarna at your nearest Home Depot outlet.

This thing has power; it is not a toy, and it has one hell of a kick back effect. Dont underestimate these factors. You will eventually get used to it. You can expect the saw to cut through a tree twice the blade’s width in just about 4 – 8 minutes.

The saw will want to run at the hint of the first choke pull. You will have no trouble starting it even despite of chilly winter effects on the engine. I hear that the older models needed a lot of second and third passes just to make the engine spurt up. Pulling the string cord can be a pain in the elbows if you are dealing with a shitty product.

Product Specifications Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw


Husqvarna 460

Bar Length

13-24 IN.


Gas Powered

Power Output

3.62 hp




1 year

  Product Dimensions

38 x 12 x 12 inches

  Torque max.

3.4 Nm

  Max. Power Speed

9000 RPM


21 lbs.

What’s in the box

The following is included with the Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw

  • Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw 60cc
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Pros of the Husqvarna Chainsaw:

  • Comes with a multitude of accessories and maintenance tools.
  • Backed up with official Husqvarna parts and replacement warranty.
  • HAVS, Inertia Break and chain stop safety features for maximum protection.
  • Compatible with High Octane Fuel, Ethanol Gas and Aspen 2T fuels.
  • X-Torque technology implementation ensures low fuel consumption and prolonged output.
  • Meets environmental safety standards.
  • Ideal for felling trees, general wood working and construction projects.
  • Low resistance cord with quick start choke mechanism.
  • 2 Stroke engine allows speed increase or decrease as needed.
  • Manufacturer replacements are easily available nationwide.


  • Husqvarna 460 Rancher chainsaws are expensive. There’s no substitute for quality. You’re going to have to pay for what you ideally want in a perfect chainsaw.
  • May require additional purchase of safety equipment.
  • Larger than life bar size may take a toll on maneuverability factor!

Closing Thoughts:

For a little over $400, Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw comes as a onetime investment opportunity for wood workers from all walks of life. Sure, it’s a little expensive, but when you are looking at overall safety and convenience features, you’ll figure out that there’s no price tag big enough to put on a Husqvarna chainsaw. Have fun and don't forget to share your thoughts through the comments section below.

As a warm reminder to my readers, I’d like to tell you that you can check out Husqvarna products at their respective Amazon sales page. In addition to chainsaws, they are selling all kinds of side accessories that take the user experience to an entirely different level. Good luck and have fun out there.

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