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Best Chainsaws

Chainsaws are versatile and powerful garden tools, but finding the right size and design for your specific cutting project is very important. The wrong chainsaw can be a dangerous waste of money, and picking out the right machine is hard when many look so similar . So, here's a quick and helpful guide to finding that ideal chainsaw!

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When deciding which chainsaw to buy, the most important factors to consider are what you'll be using it for, where you'll be using it (such as urban, noise restricted areas or out in the country ), and how often. Knowing these answers will help you get an idea of your ideal guide bar length, as well as the most suitable power source.

Electric Chainsaws must be connected to a power cable, and offer easier handling than traditional petrol chainsaws. They are quiet in operation, require little maintenance or set-up, and are most effective when used for light cutting and trimming. Limited portability is the main drawback of an electric chainsaw, so keep that extension cord handy.

Petrol Chainsaws are popular and powerful. With proper maintenance of its two-stroke engine, a petrol chainsaw can do heavy duty cutting anywhere. Though these saws are considered very high quality and well-performing, their maintenance requirements and loud, grating noise are reasons why they might not be right for you.

Battery-Powered Chainsaws are cordless, electric machines, affording them good manoeuvrability, portability and power. They are easier to use and maintain than petrol chainsaws, but like any battery-powered garden tool, its downfall is the need to recharge. They are typically the most expensive model of chainsaw.

Generally, for light pruning the bar length be only needs to be up to 40 cm (16"). Medium chainsaw work, like small tree felling, hedge trimming and cross-cutting, should use a bar up to 50 cm (20") in length. For all other heavy sawing, like tree-felling, log splitting, saw-log prep and milling, aim for a bar longer than 50 cm to get the job done.

Safety is an important consideration, no matter how your chainsaw is powered. Make sure you're properly equipped with head, eye and ear protection, and have a pair of gloves to operate your saw. Additionally, making sure your chainsaw is the right weight for you is critical to using it safely.

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120 listings

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss · includes 2 listings

3.9 from 61 reviews

Economical, compact and lightweight, this chainsaw from the Mini Boss range contains a handful of useful features such as a chain brake, automatic chain lubrication and an anti-vibrating system.

Price (RRP) $249.00 to $399.00

  • Long-life air filter system

  • Anti-vibration system

  • Chain brake

  • Can be difficult to start up

  • Poor build quality

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (8)
  • Safety
    4.3 (7)
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Tool-free Chain Tensioning and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)1.3 kW
  • Uses Pruning
Baumr-AG SX62

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG SX62

3.1 from 106 reviews

The SX62 is lightweight and easily manoeuvrable, making it perfect for preparing firewood, chopping medium to large trees and clearing overhanging branches.

Price (RRP) $359.00

  • Easy start function

  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

  • Anti-vibration technology

  • Poor build quality

  • Petrol may leak

  • Build Quality
    2.7 (15)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (15)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (15)
  • Safety
    3.5 (14)
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (HP)4.5 HP
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Husqvarna 395XP

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 395XP

4.5 from 14 reviews

The 395 XP was built for professional loggers and foresters and is equipped with a vibration-dampened carburetor. On top of this, it’s user friendly, easy to start, handle and service.

Price (RRP) $2,299.00

  • Ergonomic handles

  • Inertia chain brake

  • Adjustable oil pump

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Bar Length24 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Noise Level 115 dB
  • Power (kW)4.9 kW
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
Stihl MS 381

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 381

4.1 from 18 reviews

Featuring an ElastoStart system, making handling and starting an easy task along with a decompression valve and a compensator.

Price (RRP) $1,529.00

  • Anti-vibration system

  • Adjustable chain output

  • Single-lever master control

  • Can break after a short amount of time

  • Build Quality
    2.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (3)
  • Safety
    3.0 (3)
  • Bar Length50 cm
Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss · includes 2 listings

3.2 from 47 reviews

This manoeuvrable, high-torque chainsaw leads to improved performance and user comfort. It’s perfect for preparing firewood and has an extremely high torque over a wide range of speeds.

Price (RRP) $1,399.00

  • Efficient air filtration system

  • Anti-vibration system

  • Side-access chain tensioner

  • Build Quality
    2.6 (19)
  • Value for Money
    2.5 (19)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (18)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (18)
  • Safety
    3.6 (13)
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)3.3 kW
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Stihl MS 180

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 180 · includes 2 listings

2.9 from 67 reviews

Latest review: Had an Echo of the same size, it did heaps of work, never any issues (it was stolen). Bought the Stihl expecting a similar positive experience. More work in starting the Stihl than using it from day

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (23)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (21)
  • Ease of Use
    3.1 (23)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (20)
  • Safety
    3.7 (18)
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Echo CS-310ES

Petrol ChainsawsEcho CS-310ES

4.5 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Exceptional Japanese quality, excellent performance and reliability. This is a terrific saw for the small to medium jobs around the garden. Light weight and very easy to use. It’s the best quality c

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (4)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    4.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.8 (4)
  • Safety
    5.0 (4)
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 236 E Series

2.9 from 42 reviews

Latest review: Bought brand new. The pull cord has always been an absolute pig and after maybe 5 or 6 uses it now will it pull out at all. There are others on forums with the same issue. It's complicated to change

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (10)
  • Safety
    4.2 (10)
  • Bar Length36 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Noise Level 113 dB
  • Power (kW)1.4 kW
  • Uses Pruning
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 311 Farm Boss

3.0 from 36 reviews

Latest review: Starts like any STIHL when cold , Two or three pulls with choke and then another couple without choke . The 311 is light enough to work up high on small cleaning jobs before you bring in a big saw

Price (RRP) $1,199.00

  • Build Quality
    3.1 (9)
  • Value for Money
    2.1 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    2.7 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (9)
  • Safety
    4.1 (9)
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)3.1 kW
  • Power (HP)4.2 HP
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

3.1 from 26 reviews

Latest review: There is more and more evidence that this saw has performance issues, like ceasing up after a few years of operation. Dealers claim the operators, but the fault points more towards the manufacturer,

Price (RRP) $1,739.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (2)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

Petrol ChainsawsALDI Petrol Chainsaw · includes 11 listings

2.6 from 61 reviews

Latest review: Chord broke on the first pull. I wasted time fixing it, re-read the instructions twice but I could not get it to work at all. Tried time and again to contact Aldi and got nowhere. What a waste of

Price (RRP) $89.99 to $199.00

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (14)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (14)
  • Ease of Use
    3.1 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (12)
  • Safety
    3.4 (10)
  • Bar Length20 cm, 30.5 cm, 36 cm, 40 cm, 41 cm and 45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Tool-free Chain Tensioning, Carrying Case Included and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Uses Pruning, Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
Ryobi RCS5145N

Petrol ChainsawsRyobi RCS5145N

2.8 from 31 reviews

Latest review: I've had my Ryobi chainsaw for a little over two years - so it is just out of warranty. I have not used it that much at all - probably a dozen times at the most. At first, it ran ok. However, the

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.2 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (11)
  • Safety
    3.6 (9)
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Makita EA3201S

Petrol ChainsawsMakita EA3201S

3.9 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Almost my first purchase after the Dec 2019 fires wrecked my place. This Makita was put through 6 months of pretty ugly (sooty, dirty) cleanup work, including dead, fallen and hanging trees were

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (4)
  • Safety
    4.3 (4)
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Noise Level 83 dB
  • Power (kW)1.35 kW
  • Uses Pruning
McCulloch CS400T

Petrol ChainsawsMcCulloch CS400T

3.4 from 13 reviews

Latest review: Had this saw for over 3 years, its seen plenty of hard work, its been used for hard and softwoods most of which really should have had a bigger saw used on them than the little 400. Its performed

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    2.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    2.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.7 (3)
  • Safety
    2.7 (3)
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Noise Level 113 dB
  • Power (kW)9,000 kW
  • Power (HP)1.5 HP
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless OCS1825

Battery ChainsawsRyobi One+ 18V Cordless OCS1825

3.5 from 11 reviews

Perfect for cutting trees and logs safely, this household battery chainsaw contains a lightweight build with an overmold handle and vibration dampening throughout the entire tool for a smoother cut.

Price (RRP) $159.00

  • Lightweight & easy to use

  • Adjustable chain tension

  • 6-year warranty

  • Leaky oiler

  • Build Quality
    3.6 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (10)
  • Safety
    4.0 (10)
  • Bar Length25 cm
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 362 / 362 C-M · includes 2 listings

3.1 from 15 reviews

Latest review: I’ve been using this saw for the past 8 months and been fantastic, it has plenty of power and cuts through logs quick and easy. Compared to my smaller saw it’s a awesome. Highly recommend it.

Price (RRP) $1,599.00

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (6)
  • Value for Money
    2.2 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (6)
  • Safety
    4.4 (5)
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Power (HP)4.8 HP
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Bigger Boyz Toyz 4 Stroke 5 in 1

Petrol Whipper Snippers and Petrol ChainsawsBigger Boyz Toyz 4 Stroke 5 in 1

2.5 from 29 reviews

Latest review: Starts well, however that’s the only positive - this may be the cheapest/poorly built piece of machinery I’ve come across. Literally falling apart as you use it. Avoid, save your money and go with a r

Price (RRP) $1,495.00

  • Build Quality
    1.5 (8)
  • Value for Money
    2.2 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.8 (5)
  • Safety
    2.3 (4)
  • Bar Length26 cm
  • Uses Pruning
Ryobi RCS2340

Electric ChainsawsRyobi RCS2340

3.2 from 11 reviews

Get better results with less effort with the Ryobi 2,300W 40cm chainsaw. The weight distribution of the saw makes work comfortable and balanced. For added safety, the bar and chain are both lubricated automatically.

  • Electrical and mechanical chain brake

  • Anti-vibration system

  • Powerful 2300 W high torque motor

  • Chain tensioning feature not efficient

  • Build Quality
    3.9 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (8)
  • Safety
    3.3 (8)
Stihl MS 211

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 211 · includes 2 listings

2.3 from 27 reviews

Latest review: Have owned for approximately 3 years. Purchased new and it initially had the incorrect chain fitted which nearly flew off when started as it was not seated in the bar - dealer didn’t seem concerned a

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $699.00

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (4)
  • Safety
    3.3 (4)
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Baumr-AG 24" Easy Start 92cc Petrol SX92

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG 24" Easy Start 92cc Petrol SX92

2.7 from 12 reviews

Latest review: Bought this saw to do firewood, worked for the first five times then it decided to just idle and not rev, won’t tell the amount of money spent on parts etc trying to get the thing to run properly, t

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • Build Quality
    1.4 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.0 (5)
  • Safety
    1.8 (5)
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
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