According to Southwest Trading, the Husqvarna 55 Rancher chainsaw, though now discontinued and replaced by the 455 Rancher, is "rugged, reliable and strong enough for a wide variety of tasks." Southwest Trading cites the 55 Rancher's high engine power, light weight and vibration dampening system as reasons the 55 Rancher is a saw fit for making "simple work of the most difficult tasks." Even though the 55 Rancher has been discontinued, it can still be purchased some places, and a number of after-market parts are also still available.
Southwest Trading indicates that the 55 Rancher's engine has a 53.3 cc cylinder volume, which is a 3.3 horsepower engine with a maximum speed of 12,500 rpms. Southwest trading says the 55 Rancher's engine comes with "Advanced engine technology with high power, low weight and rapid acceleration for maximum performance."
According to the Husqvarna 55 Rancher User's Manual, retrieved from Lawn and Garden Manuals Online, the 55 Rancher comes equipped with a standard 15-inch bar length (recommended length is from 13 to 24 inches). The drive sprocket has seven teeth on it and chain speed at maximum power is 17 meters per second. The saw has a chain pitch of 3/8 inch.
According to Wayne of the Woods, the Husqvarna 55 Rancher weighs 11.4 lbs. Wayne of the Woods recommends the 55 Rancher for home use, citing high power and a good pull for things that make this saw stand out. Wayne of the Woods also calls the 55 Rancher a "contractor logging quality saw."
Roger DelVenado has been a working writer since 2001. His writing has been published in magazines such as "Costa Rica Outdoors" and "Time Out: Beijing" while his multimedia projects have been featured online by Arizona Public Media. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and Spanish from Southwestern University.