When it comes to tackling the really demanding jobs such as working on very large trees then the experienced chainsaw user will inevitably turn to a model that can handle a longer blade, something like a 24 or 28-inch bar and chain.
Husqvarna is one of the main brands we turn to when looking for chainsaws to review and they have several models at the top end of their all-round saw range that fit the bill so are ideal for landowners, farmers and ranchers to tackle demanding jobs.
We’re going to compare the popular 460 Rancher with a 24” blade against the less well known 465 Rancher which is a beast of a machine that can handle a 28” bar and chain. The idea is that you will be able to see what the differences are to make it easier to decide which is the best model for you.
First of all, let’s take a look at the main features and specs of the two saws side by side for an easy way to spot any differences:
|Husqvarna 465 Rancher 28"||Husqvarna 460 Rancher 24"|
|Engine||64.1cc 2-stroke X-Torq.|
9600rpm top speed
|60.3cc 2-stroke X-Torq. 9000rpm top speed|
|Chain||28” – 0.375” pitch / 0.058” gauge||20” – 0.375” pitch / 0.050” gauge|
|Compatible bar lengths||15” min to 28” max||13” min to 24” max|
|Starting aids||Smart Start, air purge, decompression device, combined choke/stop control||Smart Start, air purge, decompression device, combined choke/stop control|
|Pre-air cleaning||Yes – centrifugal air injection cleaning system||Yes – centrifugal air injection cleaning system|
|Air filter||Standard quality. Tool free access.||Standard quality. Tool free access.|
|Automatic oiler||Yes, adjustable||Yes, adjustable|
|Chain tensioning||External side access with included T-wrench||External side access with included T-wrench|
|Chain brake||Chain brake Yes – hand guard and inertia operated||Chain brake Yes – hand guard and inertia operated|
|Spark arrestor||Check model||Check model|
|Low vibration system||Yes – LowVib system||Yes – LowVib system|
|Fuel tank||14.4fl oz. Visible fuel gauge||14.4fl oz. Visible fuel gauge|
|Fuel||Gas/oil mix 50:1||Gas/oil mix 50:1|
|Chain oil tank||11.2fl oz||11.2fl oz|
|Weight (without cutting gear)||13.45lbs||12.79lbs|
|Warranty||Residential 2 years. Can be extended by buying premixed fuel at time of purchase.|
Commercial 90 days.
|Residential 2 years. Can be extended by buying premixed fuel at time of purchase.
Commercial 90 days.
|Check 465 Price on Amazon||Check 460 Price on Amazon|
You may have all you need from that table to make your choice, so just click on the relevant button to find out what the best deals are on Amazon currently. If you want to find out a bit more on what the main differences are between the two, then read on!
Engine and Performance
Both these chainsaws have big, powerful X-Torq 2-stroke engines that have the torque to drive the longer bar and chains over a wide RPM range. The engine in the 460 Rancher has a 60.3cc engine with a power output of 3.2hp and a maximum speed of 9000rpm.
As you might expect the bigger 465 Rancher has a larger 64.1cc engine with a higher 4.29hp power output and also a very fast 9600rpm top speed. Of course, it needs this extra power to drive the 28” bar and chain but it’s important to be aware that it’s a lot of chainsaw to handle. We recommend that only experienced operators think about buying and using one of these.
Something that the Husky 465 has that the 460 doesn’t is their autotuned feature. This is designed to provide optimal performance of the engine by utilizing an automatic engine tuning feature. There will be no need to adjust the carburetor settings
The autotune system automatically compensates for different temperatures, humidity, altitude and even different fuels. It can also keep the chainsaw running when there’s a clogged air filter although it’s best to keep that clean through regular inspection and maintenance obviously.
Bar and Chain
As you can see from the comparison table both these models can be fitted with different bar lengths besides the ones they are supplied with. For the 460, these can range from a minimum of 13 inches up to a maximum of 24 inches whereas the 465 can take anything from 15 inches up to that huge 28-inch blade at the top end.
There are tables in the technical section of each manual that gives you all the information you need to make sure you get the right combination of guide bar and chain that is compatible with your particular model.
The final main difference between these two large landowner chainsaws is, of course, their weight and it will come as no surprise that the 460 is over 0.5lbs lighter at 12.79 lbs dry weight (i.e with no bar, chain, fuel or oil).
That still puts it on the heavy side and so is not a saw you will want to use for jobs where you will be holding it for extended periods such as limbing and pruning. However, when fitted with smaller bars and chains this is still a versatile tool
The 465, on the other hand, is going to be too heavy for most purposes unless you prefer a chainsaw with lots of power to spare.
The Husqvarna 460 Rancher and 465 Rancher are certainly powerful enough to use for the most demanding jobs around the farm, ranch or homestead, but we think they are probably too big and heavy for occasional use on light to medium duty jobs.
If you have a lot of big trees on your land, then you may need one of these of course and some people prefer to have a saw with lots of power in reserve. The ability to fit different chain and bar lengths does help to make them more useful if you only have the one saw.
As for which is the best chainsaw for the really big jobs such as felling and bucking large trees then it depends a lot on how big the trees are and how often you will need to work on them. If you need to use a 28” bar then there is no choice but to go for the Husky 465 and all the indications are that it will perform well, especially with the autotune feature to keep it running in all conditions.
If you don’t need the longer bar then the Husky 460 may be the better choice as it’s lighter and more versatile, but still powerful enough to handle a 24” bar and chain.