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Posted on Using a Husqvarna 455 or 460 rancher in a chainsaw mill?

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#1 posted 11-24-2015 10:27 PM

I can’t speak specifically to the 455 or 460 but I have a beam machine (as cheap as you can get) and I used it with my Husky 350 then my Makita DCS540 and while the Makita seemed to have a bit more torque, it was slow going with both through softwood. I acquired a Makita 6400 and the power is certainly much better, the torque is way better which allows me to go longer on a chain before having to sharpen it. While I do eventually want a band saw mill, the expense and more importantly the space it would take up aren’t going to allow that to happen yet. At the local ABC rental (also a Stihl dealer) they had a MS880 with two tanks of gas through it for $1200 that included a 48” bar & chain. VERY tempting as it would power any chainsaw mill and also work well for felling bigger stuff. A band saw mill of the quality that I’m sure I do not want would be over $2000 and that’s about what I figured I’d have tied up in a good mill, the saw, a few chains and a second, shorter bar.

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