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
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

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3.9 from 63 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
    3.5 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.6 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (9)
  • Safety
    4.4 (8)
  • 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 Chainsaws

Baumr-AG SX62

3.2 from 109 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
    3.0 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (18)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (18)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (18)
  • Safety
    3.7 (17)
  • 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
3rd Best Chainsaw
Husqvarna 395XP
Petrol Chainsaws

Husqvarna 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 Chainsaws

Stihl 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

Stihl MS 180
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 180

 · includes 2 listings
3.0 from 75 reviews

Latest review: These saws are lightweight and intended for light use. They are manufactured to a price and the quality reflects this. 1/. For example the air filter is hopelessly inadequate and doesn’t exclude d

Price (RRP) $299.00

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Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

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3.1 from 46 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

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper
Electric Chainsaws

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

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4.7 from 10 reviews

Cutting branches and logs is now effortless with the electric Alligator garden lopper which cuts wood up to 4 inches thick in one easy motion.

Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

3.0 from 43 reviews

Latest review: Purchased my MS 311, 12 years ago has cut heaps of firewood during this time . Always easy to start & does the job effortlessly. Changed the bar & chains over this time . I run 40:1 instead of 50:1

Price (RRP) $1,199.00

Echo CS-310ES
Petrol Chainsaws

Echo 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

Husqvarna 236 E Series
Petrol Chainsaws

Husqvarna 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

ALDI Petrol Chainsaw
Petrol Chainsaws

ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

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2.6 from 66 reviews

Latest review: At first it seemed like we had a dud. No matter what we did it wouldn't start. So we rang the customer service number provided on a slip of paper along side the instruction manual. Turns out the

Price (RRP) $89.99 to $199.00

Husqvarna 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

Ryobi RCS2340
Electric Chainsaws

Ryobi RCS2340

3.6 from 15 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.

Ozito ECS-355
Electric Chainsaws

Ozito ECS-355

4.2 from 10 reviews

Suitable for felling medium-sized trees and cutting logs, this powerful chainsaw has a chain tensioning dial, automatic chain brake and automatic oiler to provide constant lubrication and easy handling.

Ryobi RCS5145N
Petrol Chainsaws

Ryobi RCS5145N

2.9 from 32 reviews

Latest review: just purchased our 3rd 50cc ryobi also use the 46cc for little jobs, we cut about 15tons of hardwood for firewood every year and they keep going, if you look after your saw it will work every time,

Price (RRP) $299.00

Makita EA3201S
Petrol Chainsaws

Makita EA3201S

3.6 from 11 reviews

Latest review: Typical chinese rubbish. Has never idled correctly from new. It has to be kept on wide open throttle in between cutting or it stalls. 30 to 50 pulls just to start it. Has been like this since the day

Price (RRP) $299.00

McCulloch CS400T
Petrol Chainsaws

McCulloch 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

Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

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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

Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless OCS1825
3.4 from 13 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

Stihl MS 211
Petrol Chainsaws

Stihl MS 211

 · includes 2 listings
2.3 from 29 reviews

Latest review: Sure glad I tried my brand new STIHL ms211c chainsaw at home before taking it to a job. Pull string broke 1st day. The multi tool that comes with the saw doesn’t match screw heads. Dealer closed t

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $699.00

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