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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Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

3.8  (72)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299 to $459
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Phil W.
Phil W.WA5 posts
  MS 170
Ms170 mini bossGreat little chain saw for small Jobs.
Including cutting logs and small trees.
Easy to start, reliable, good ergonomics and good quality for the price.
Stihl GTA 26 Garden Pruner

Stihl GTA 26 Garden Pruner

3.8  (24)
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  • Price (RRP) $299
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Bonville
Bonville
 
Stihl MS 180

Stihl MS 180

3.0  (83)
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$349RRP
Sean B.
Sean B.QLD2 posts
  MS 180
Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

3.1  (50)
 Summary
$1,499RRP
Ash M.
Ash M.NSW6 posts
  MS 390
Baumr-AG SX75

Baumr-AG SX75

4.1  (15)
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$479RRP
Mhowell
MhowellTAS22 posts
 
Great Value for MoneyMuch better than my Stihl MS180 cuts through bigger logs. Only 3 pulls on cord and it starts. The chain is great for cutting through hardwood. Show details ·  1
Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

4.7  (10)
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Hybridology
HybridologyNSW
  GK1000
Modified to Smallest Chainsaw on the MarketOn a ladder cutting the nuts&fronds off a Bangalow Palm, I found half the Alligator to be ideal.
Thank you to B&D for making this possible.
OH&S I guess prevent this from becoming a product.
How about a waist harness you clip to rung above then you could use two hands, is there such a thing ? Show details
Echo CS-310ES

Echo CS-310ES

4.1  (14)
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$399RRP
Wanderer K.
Wanderer K.QLD2 posts
 
Exceptional chainsaw of its tierLight n powerful chainsaw good at cutting branches, 20cm softwood trees or 5cm hardwoods. Having hard time cutting hardwoods over 5cm. I love this chainsaw. Easy start after sitting in garage for years. Show details ·  1
Homelite HBCS3530

Homelite HBCS3530

4.6  (10)
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Rob
Rob5 posts
 
Absolute little weaponWhat a little weapon. $99 at Bunnings. Couldn’t break it. Show details
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

2.9  (47)
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$1,199RRP
Darell E.
Darell E.2 posts
 
Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Husqvarna 455 Rancher

5.0  (8)
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$1,229RRP
strop
stropNSW2 posts
 
Easy machine to work withI have had my Husqvarna 455 Rancher for 8 years & hasn't missed a beat. Follow the starting procedure every time & starts every time. I cut red gum, iron bark & yellow box without any issues. Some trees are up to 16 inches in diameter & this saw just eats it. A very enjoyable saw to use. Show details
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

3.1  (27)
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$1,739RRP
Julina
JulinaNSW3 posts
 
Ozito Power X Change 18V Chainsaw

Ozito Power X Change 18V Chainsaw

4.2  (11)
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Graeme
GraemeNSW8 posts
  Verified
MTM 72SX

MTM 72SX

4.1  (11)
 Summary
$349RRP
Chris
ChrisTAS2 posts
 
Baumr-AG SX45 MK II

Baumr-AG SX45 MK II

4.0  (11)
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$349RRP
Sam
SamEssendon9 posts
  Verified
Not goodReceived chainsaw with missing parts. Emailed the company with no answer. Never again!
Should have just gone to Sthil Show details
Baumr-AG
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Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss

Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss

4.6  (8)
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$749RRP
Andrew
AndrewTAS
  MS 231
Husqvarna 450

Husqvarna 450

3.8  (12)
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$1,079RRP
Chris S.
Chris S.TAS2 posts
  450 E-Series II
RubbishUsed for no more than 30 hours(460 rancher) serviced regularly and then needed an engine rebuild absolute rubbt Show details
Baumr-AG Pro SX52

Baumr-AG Pro SX52

4.5  (8)
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$349RRP
Lee
LeeQLD
 
This is time consuming to say and drainingFolks, can you please keep reviews simple.
I also really appreciate and recomend your products
Top machinary.
generator and chainsaw to say a couple Show reply
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

3.1  (17)
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$1,599RRP
Pat
PatVIC
  MS 362
Best saw Ive ever owned!I've owned this ms362 for about 10 years and it hasn't missed a beat, it has the perfect balance of power and weight, I can cut wood with it all day and don't feel fatigued.I run it with a 20 inch bar and 3/8 chain with the oiler set to max flow. Show details
Shindaiwa 488 / 488P

Shindaiwa 488 / 488P

4.4  (7)
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$999RRP
Tree killer
Tree killer2 posts
  488
Excellent sawI own 2 shindaiwa 488s. I love them. Been cutting for 20 years with them. Keep fresh gas in them and they will run forever. Best overall chain saw that was ever made in my humble opinion. I live in Northern NY and heat primary with wood. They are light, powerful and will last.

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Stihl MSA 160 C / MSA 160 C-BQ

Stihl MSA 160 C / MSA 160 C-BQ

3.8  (9)
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$399RRP
Dobs
DobsVIC5 posts
  MSA 160 C-BQ
Ozito 18V Cordless Pole Pruner PXCPPS-018

Ozito 18V Cordless Pole Pruner PXCPPS-018

3.4  (11)
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Jonieb
JoniebWestern Australia4 posts
 
So easy to use!I love how easy it is to use. Great value for money and could use the battery pack I have from another patio device.

Only issue is I had to go back to Bunnings to buy chain oil - it would have been helpful to have a small one time use for first time rather than having to go all the way back to shop another day. Show details

Husqvarna 572 XP

Husqvarna 572 XP

4.5  (6)
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$1,989RRP
CBR
CBR7 posts
 
Husqvarna 565 AutoTune

Husqvarna 565 AutoTune

4.8  (5)
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$1,529RRP
Andy P2
Andy P2VIC2 posts
 
Got one, love it!!Amazing to use. So much grunt power behind it. A very sturdy saw. A very trustworthy brand.
Cuts through hard dry woods with ease. I mainly cut red gum.
Put it right to work.
Worth every penny.
Once I got the hang of starting it up. Very easy. Show details
Stihl MS 181 C-BE Mini Boss with Easy2Start

Stihl MS 181 C-BE Mini Boss with Easy2Start

3.1  (12)
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$549RRP
Adrian
AdrianWA6 posts
 
Stihl MSA 220 C-B

Stihl MSA 220 C-B

3.2  (11)
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David F.
David F.NSW
 
Stihl MS 181

Stihl MS 181

3.4  (9)
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$449RRP
Stephen D.
Stephen D.WA5 posts
 
Bigger Boyz Toyz BBT 75cc

Bigger Boyz Toyz BBT 75cc

3.3  (9)
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$1,449RRP
Rowan
Rowan2 posts
 
Absolute rubbishThrottle linkage broke on 3rd use! Air filter doesnt seal and carb gets a gutfull of dust! Making it impossible to use for more than a few min as it wont stay in tune.
Bigger Boyz Toys
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Stihl MS 211

Stihl MS 211

2.2  (33)
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$599RRP
Jrh
Jrh
  MS 211
Worst chainsaw everWhen I bought this Stihl I thought it would last forever. This chainsaw worked for a year. It was always hard to start. The ignition coil went out. Replaced it and got spark back. It would not start. I kept checking spark and it was there, it just wouldn't start. Solution: I drilled a hole through the cylinder head and threw it in the garbage. Show details
Baumr-AG 25cc Pro Arborist

Baumr-AG 25cc Pro Arborist

2.7  (15)
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$299RRP
Andrew
AndrewVIC5 posts
  Verified
Worked for half a tankI have a couple of Ozito's which look mechanically identical and have done hundreds of hours of cutting each. Like many had said the Baumr started running really badly before it had even gotten through it's first tank of fuel. It struggles to get going at all and will often die at full throttle with no load like it's out of fuel. Show details
Baumr-AG
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Husqvarna 445 E-Series

Husqvarna 445 E-Series

3.6  (7)
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$919RRP
Alexii
AlexiiNSW66 posts
  Verified 445 E-Series II

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