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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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110 listings

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss · includes 2 listings

4.1 from 57 reviews

Latest review: Starts alright if you follow directions and use new fuel and Stihl oil. Full choke (lever to bottom) and few pulls till fires. If fires but not start, click choke lever up a notch. That usually

Price (RRP) $249.00 to $399.00

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (5)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (5)
  • Safety
    4.5 (4)
  • 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 98 reviews

Latest review: I purchased the chainsaw in August 2019 for a bargain price of $135 delivered. Assembly was very easy. Followed the manual using good quality 2 stroke oil and 95 unleaded fuel and good quality bar

Price (RRP) $359.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (7)
  • Value for Money
    4.9 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (7)
  • Safety
    3.7 (6)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight6.8 kg
  • Power (HP)4.5 HP
Stihl MS 381

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 381

4.2 from 17 reviews

Latest review: Died after 5 months - piston scored. Stihl dealer insisted it was due to incorrect fuel mix- even though it had always been run on the same mix (using Stihl 2stroke oil) as my other Stihl gear. Stihl

Price (RRP) $1,529.00

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (2)
  • Safety
    4.0 (2)
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • Weight6.6 kg
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) $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
  • Weight7.9 kg
  • Noise Level 115 dB
  • Power (kW)4.9 kW
Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

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

3.1 from 40 reviews

Latest review: I have had Stihl saws for over 30 years , this model over heated after 1 hour use , I only cut personal firewood during the Autum months. probably had only 100 hrs total use. I did some checking

Price (RRP) $1,399.00

  • Build Quality
    1.7 (12)
  • Value for Money
    1.7 (12)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.6 (11)
  • Safety
    3.2 (9)
  • 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
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

3.2 from 25 reviews

Latest review: Great saw but air filter could be better when cutting dry hardwood I use two stroke oil on the filter and it can sometimes have a hot start issue but only in very hot

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)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight6.1 kg
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
Stihl MS 180

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 180 · includes 2 listings

2.8 from 52 reviews

Latest review: When it runs I have not had any issues. Utilised on branches between 5cm and 15 cm but be prepared to spend more time trying to start the machine than using

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    2.9 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (7)
  • Safety
    4.2 (6)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 311 Farm Boss

3.0 from 28 reviews

Latest review: Just like Colin's review, bought my MS 311 late October 2017. It only had light use and in December 2018 the exhaust just severed off. Took the saw back and explained to the Tech Dept that I believed

Price (RRP) $1,199.00

  • Build Quality
    1.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    1.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Safety
    3.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight6.2 kg
  • Power (kW)3.1 kW
  • Power (HP)4.2 HP
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 236 E Series

2.9 from 36 reviews

Latest review: I bought the 236 when my passed down 15yr old Stihl from my father finally packed it in. The huski Is actually larger than the little stihl I had so I had very high hopes of being able cut through

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (4)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (4)
  • Safety
    4.0 (4)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length36 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight4.7 kg
  • Noise Level 113 dB
  • Power (kW)1.4 kW
Ryobi RCS5145N

Petrol ChainsawsRyobi RCS5145N

3.0 from 27 reviews

Latest review: Used this for lopping pine branches on my property. Nothing too serious or hardcore. About 30 minutes in, the chain pops off. I refit chain etc. and adjust tension. Chain pops off again roughly 5

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.4 (7)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (7)
  • Safety
    3.6 (5)
  • 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
  • Weight5.3 kg
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

Petrol ChainsawsALDI Petrol Chainsaw · includes 8 listings

2.6 from 53 reviews

Latest review: Used once on small bush. Worked for 20 minutes then nothing. Chain won’t turn. Don’t bother with this one. Leaks fuel and oil Really not buying anymore electrical stuff from ALDI. Too unreliable Fin

Price (RRP) $89.99 to $199.00

  • Build Quality
    2.6 (7)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    3.4 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (6)
  • Safety
    3.4 (5)
  • 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
McCulloch CS400T

Petrol ChainsawsMcCulloch CS400T

3.5 from 11 reviews

Latest review: Absolute crap...does not run for more than 20 min. It over heats.chainsaw is 6 months old. Had less than 2 hours use, then wouldn't start. Paid $110 for a useless service.. starts, if you can get it

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    1.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.0 (1)
  • Safety
    3.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight5.5 kg
  • 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

2.5 from 26 reviews

Latest review: this make chain saw is crap don't go there I have not been able to start it sent it back to bigger boyz toys came back started then cut off iam throwing it out haven't even trimed anything with

Price (RRP) $1,495.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    2.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (3)
  • Safety
    1.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length26 cm
  • Weight8 kg
Stihl MS 211

Petrol ChainsawsStihl MS 211 · includes 2 listings

2.4 from 25 reviews

Latest review: Have had my 211 for 7 plus year in the car travelling Australia. Used to cut up fire wood and pruning trees more recently. I have not treaded the saw the best and it’s had a hard life but I can not f

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $699.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.7 (3)
  • 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
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

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

3.0 from 12 reviews

Latest review: Stihl once produced dependable quality but sadly that is not the case any longer. I needed a second saw to run with my old trusty and still cutting fine Stihl MS380. Bought a Stihl MS391 and the

Price (RRP) $1,599.00

  • Build Quality
    1.3 (3)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (3)
  • Safety
    4.3 (3)
  • 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
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) $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
  • Weight9 kg
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) $499.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.7 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
Baumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

1.9 from 15 reviews

Latest review: This is the most useless saw just put in the rubbish bin, won't start release arm broke my small Skill start every time, fuel leaks must be made in Russia. Don't

Price (RRP) $519.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    1.3 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    1.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.0 (1)
  • Safety
    1.0 (1)
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight9 kg
Homelite HBCS3530

Petrol ChainsawsHomelite HBCS3530

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I had an olive tree that needed removal. After getting tired using a bow saw decided that I needed to expedite the process without spending too much. Decided on the Homelite 12inch product under

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (2)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length30 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight5.2 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
Stihl MSA 120

Battery ChainsawsStihl MSA 120

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I got this because we have 550 olive trees that need pruning and I’m just to little to handle the bigger petrol chainsaws . I was a little sceptical at first as it so small and light and I didn’t thi

Price (RRP) $339.00

  • 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 Pruning
  • Bar Length31 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight2.5 kg
  • Noise Level 83 dB
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