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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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112 listings

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss · includes 2 listings

4.0 from 58 reviews

Latest review: I waited six years to buy a Skihl. Got the warranty. look on the bottom. Plastic handle. It’s held together with a tiny piece of plastic on a spring cracks easy cheap Chinese junk now. You’ve been War

Price (RRP) A$249.00 to A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (6)
  • Safety
    4.2 (5)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.3 kW
Baumr-AG SX62

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG SX62

3.2 from 100 reviews

Latest review: Do not buying one, they are the biggest heap of crap, bran new out off box, used it for just over an hr, never being able to start it again, email Baumr , never responded to my e-mail except two

Price (RRP) A$359.00

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (9)
  • Safety
    3.5 (8)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (HP)4.5 HP
Husqvarna 395XP

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 395XP

4.5 from 14 reviews

Latest review: I have owned my Husky 395Xp for 12 years, It is the Best chainsaw ever made without a doubt. It has NOT cost me 1 cent, never let me down, and HUSQVARNA still make this model. There is no difference

Price (RRP) A$2,299.00

  • 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)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length24 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Noise Level 115 dB
  • Power (kW)4.9 kW
Stihl MS 381

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 381

4.1 from 18 reviews

Latest review: Brought one and paid $1100. Lasted just over 12 months. When we took it back to the dealer because it wasn't working they told us that the pistons where gone due to incorrect fuel. There is on way

Price (RRP) A$1,529.00

  • 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

3.0 from 42 reviews

Latest review: Bought this saw brand new in 2000 as we had moved onto acreage and the Husky 45 special was just too small for the red gum I had available. At the time it was a pricey saw just under a thousand

Price (RRP) A$1,399.00

  • Build Quality
    1.9 (14)
  • Value for Money
    1.9 (14)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (13)
  • Safety
    3.4 (10)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)3.3 kW
Stihl MS 180

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 180 · includes 2 listings

2.8 from 55 reviews

Latest review: I bought this machine and they showed me how to start this machine so I started it at the store went the small tutorial to learn got home tried to start it again and still have yet to start. My junky

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    2.9 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (10)
  • Safety
    3.8 (9)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

3.2 from 26 reviews

Latest review: At first I thought I’d hit the jackpot. Shear power to weight was awesome. Then the problems started. 2 rebuilds later and I admit defeat. This saw is an absolute lemon. Local dealer has a pile of t

Price (RRP) A$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)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 236 E Series

2.9 from 37 reviews

Latest review: Easiest chain saw I have ever started...thats what the E means and it does that. I have had this mother for about two years and have probably cut up 30 fallen trees of all different diameters from

Price (RRP) A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.4 (5)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    3.4 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (5)
  • Safety
    4.2 (5)
  • Uses Pruning
  • 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
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 311 Farm Boss

3.0 from 33 reviews

Latest review: Totally agree with Daniel. I have owned a succession of Stihl 034s over decades, and they have given me enormous service. The last one refused to start, in the end, and I figured I'd buy a new first

Price (RRP) A$1,199.00

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    1.7 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (6)
  • Safety
    4.2 (6)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)3.1 kW
  • Power (HP)4.2 HP
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

Petrol ChainsawsALDI Petrol Chainsaw · includes 8 listings

2.6 from 56 reviews

Latest review: Over a couple of seasons I've used my Gardenline 45cc as a backup saw for the smaller stuff, but also some heavier work. It's been pretty darned good value for being on the markdown table at $40!

Price (RRP) A$89.99 to A$199.00

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.8 (9)
  • Safety
    3.3 (8)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length30.5 cm, 40 cm, 41 cm and 45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Carrying Case Included and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
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) A$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)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
McCulloch CS400T

Petrol ChainsawsMcCulloch CS400T

3.3 from 12 reviews

Latest review: My shoulder was sore for a week trying to start this heap of junk. Went good for 6 months then nothing but trouble. Stay away from this heap of scrap. It is not even good for scrap

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    1.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.0 (2)
  • Safety
    2.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Noise Level 113 dB
  • Power (kW)9,000 kW
  • Power (HP)1.5 HP
Bigger Boyz Toyz 4 Stroke 5 in 1

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

2.6 from 28 reviews

Latest review: Delivered on time, read Info, assembled, oil add, Fueled, trialed Rear & side Discharge & catcher All settings heights & speeds 700 sqm cut approx 1.2 l fuel great Mower very comfortable to handle

Price (RRP) A$1,495.00

  • Build Quality
    1.6 (7)
  • Value for Money
    2.4 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.6 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (4)
  • Safety
    2.3 (3)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length26 cm
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

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

3.0 from 14 reviews

Latest review: A rugged pro saw that I have flogged for two years. Reliable, durable and easy to start. Gets the job done with plenty of guts for bigger jobs. Being a tree arborist this saw goes to every

Price (RRP) A$1,599.00

  • Build Quality
    2.0 (5)
  • Value for Money
    1.6 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (5)
  • Safety
    4.4 (5)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Power (HP)4.8 HP
Stihl MS 211

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 211 · includes 2 listings

2.3 from 26 reviews

Latest review: 4 months and $600 later - its broken. So much for Stihl quality! Took it back to the shop and was spoken to quite aggressively and told its my fault and nothing they would do. So much for Stihl

Price (RRP) A$599.00 to A$699.00

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Safety
    4.0 (3)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
Baumr-AG 24" Easy Start 92cc Petrol SX92

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

3.0 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Runs great, easy to start but the bar bent the 2nd time we used it, very disappointing. As a single mum that lives where it snows i was hoping for something more

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Build Quality
    1.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (3)
  • Safety
    2.3 (3)
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
Baumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

2.1 from 16 reviews

Latest review: have bought three sx82s, as well as the 62 and 92 and can honestly say i've literally cut tons of wood without a problem. they can be a bit quirky until you become accustomed to them but cannot fault

Price (RRP) A$519.00

  • Build Quality
    1.8 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    2.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
Husqvarna 240 E-Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 240 E-Series

2.2 from 10 reviews

Latest review: I brought the 240e run 5 tanks of gas though it and had shop tune and check . This saw has done way too much work cut a power of fire wood . Willow, Bluegum, and Pine ! Chain has never come loose and

Price (RRP) A$499.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
Homelite HBCS3530

Petrol ChainsawsHomelite HBCS3530

5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: I bought this for $119 from Bunnings a few days ago and have used it a number of times for pruning in my yard, the peach tree, the apricot tree and some Christmas bushes. I actually bought then

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length30 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
Stihl MSA 220 C-B

Battery ChainsawsStihl MSA 220 C-B

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Just tired of using fossil fuels and oils but will keep an old petrol driven with me for emergencies. The 220 C is designed to be easily handled and grips are

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Safety
    5.0 (3)
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