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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

4.0 from 59 reviews

Latest review: . From the instructions - It was very hard to start. Had to watch a blogger on U-Tube explain . Only used it a few times and at 14 months the motor seized up . The dealer said "no 2 stroke oil in

Price (RRP) A$249.00 to A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.6 (7)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (7)
  • Safety
    4.2 (6)
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning, Anti-Vibration System and Chain Brake
  • Power (kW)1.3 kW
  • Uses Pruning
Baumr-AG SX62

Petrol ChainsawsBaumr-AG SX62

3.2 from 104 reviews

Latest review: I needed to cut up 60 big pine trees, and then I wouldn't need the saw again. I was reluctant to spend $700+ on a Stihl or Husky, and had read some OK reviews about the Baumr. At first, it was

Price (RRP) A$359.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (13)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (13)
  • Safety
    3.3 (12)
  • 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

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)
  • 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

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

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    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 44 reviews

Latest review: I've owned a Stihl 391 for around seven years which I use on large logs around my property. Until now it has been a total pain to start from cold but great when working. To start it needed the spark

Price (RRP) A$1,399.00

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    2.4 (16)
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    2.4 (16)
  • Ease of Use
    2.9 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (15)
  • Safety
    3.6 (12)
  • 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 64 reviews

Latest review: Supposed to cut up to 30cm. After 3 minutes cutting the chain stretches and falls off. Completely dangerous and should not be on the market. A waste of petrol, oil and

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (20)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (19)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (20)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.2 (18)
  • Safety
    3.6 (17)
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Pruning
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 236 E Series

3.0 from 41 reviews

Latest review: Good little saw but oil system for bar is bad oil pump gear is plastic And strips out have replaced 2 in 2 years bought saw in 2018 Need to make it a better quality

Price (RRP) A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.6 (9)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    3.6 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (9)
  • Safety
    4.2 (9)
  • 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 35 reviews

Latest review: The Stihl MS 311 hardly ever starts when needed, it can take up to 20 minutes to get it running, if at all. Nobody ever figured out how to fix this, in short: A Very Expensive LEMON

Price (RRP) A$1,199.00

  • Build Quality
    3.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    2.6 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (8)
  • Safety
    4.3 (8)
  • 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
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

Petrol ChainsawsALDI Petrol Chainsaw · includes 9 listings

2.7 from 58 reviews

Latest review: Bought my Ferrex 16" saw at Aldi for $99 a year ago as a back up saw for my twenty year old Husqvarna - TBH I didn't expect much for 99 bucks but now it's accounted for about 5 tons of firewood it no

Price (RRP) A$89.99 to A$199.00

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    2.9 (12)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (12)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (12)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (10)
  • Safety
    3.3 (9)
  • Bar Length30.5 cm, 40 cm, 41 cm and 45 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Anti-Vibration System and Carrying Case Included
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • 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) 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)
  • 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
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

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    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
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) A$299.00

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    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
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) A$1,599.00

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    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
  • FeaturesEngine Air Pre-Cleaner, Anti-Vibration System, Chain Brake 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) A$1,495.00

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    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
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

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    3.3 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Safety
    4.0 (3)
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesEngine Air Pre-Cleaner, Anti-Vibration System and Chain Brake
  • 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

2.8 from 11 reviews

Latest review: Don’t bother! Bought chainsaw a couple of years ago. Had hardware store technician put it together. Worked for about 5 cuts, then started emitting smoke and leaking petrol. Contacted Baumer several t

Price (RRP) A$699.00

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    1.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.3 (4)
  • Safety
    2.0 (4)
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
Husqvarna 240 E-Series

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 240 E-Series

2.7 from 12 reviews

Latest review: Tarts easy mostly use it for branch pruning but have used to to drop and cut up a hardwood tree that was 50cm through the trunks with no problems at all. Buy good chains I only use Oregon now as

Price (RRP) A$499.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Uses Pruning
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

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    1.8 (4)
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    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    2.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
Giantz CSAW-58CC-RDWH

Petrol ChainsawsGiantz CSAW-58CC-RDWH

2.3 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Hi first time I was going to cut timber,brand new straight out of the box, filled with fuel and bar oil ,first pull handle snapped in my hand and recoiled back smashing through the cover,not happy,

Price (RRP) A$169.00

  • Build Quality
    2.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    1.9 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    2.1 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.0 (7)
  • Safety
    2.8 (6)
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start
  • Uses Pruning
Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Petrol ChainsawsHusqvarna 455 Rancher

5.0 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Had my Husqvarna 455 Rancher for almost 10 years. Mainly used around winter for fire wood but has done the odd tree clearing as well. Not to big and not too small. Never had an issue starting even

Price (RRP) A$1,229.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
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