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Best Petrol Chainsaws

Choosing the chainsaw that meets your specific cutting needs is important, considering they're a highly powered and dangerous garden tool. Petrol chainsaws are the most popular and powerful type of saw, though they do come with some drawbacks.

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A petrol chainsaw is powered by a two-stroke engine, and is considered a high quality, high-performing machine best used for heavy duty cutting. With the proper maintenance, and a full tank of fuel, petrol chainsaws can be taken anywhere. Once it's running it is an easy to use, durable, and powerful saw. They are also typically cheaper than battery-powered models.

The main drawback of the petrol chainsaw is maintenance. The engine needs to be serviced regularly, the tank needs to be full of fuel, and the blades of the saw need to be sharpened. It's also the loudest of all types of chainsaw, making it somewhat unsuitable for residential settings (at least on Sunday mornings).

The high-power output of the petrol chainsaw makes it ideal for heavy cutting. That is, tree felling, log splitting, saw-log prep and milling. If used for these purposes, the guide bar should be at least 50 cm (20") in length.

Safety is an important consideration for all chainsaws. Make sure you're properly equipped with head, eye and ear protection, and have a pair of gloves to operate your saw. The noise and high power-output of this machine may mean further consideration of the environment in which you plan to use it. Additionally, making sure your chainsaw is the right weight for you is critical to using it safely.

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82 listings

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Stihl 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
  • Engine Displacement30.1 cc to 31.8 cc
Baumr-AG SX62

Baumr-AG SX62

3.2 from 99 reviews

Latest review: I have had the SX 62 for just over 12 months , starts easy, chain dulls easy, chain tensioner is no longer functioning and started to fail after about 6 months, chain brake no longer functions, I

Price (RRP) A$359.00

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (8)
  • Safety
    3.6 (7)
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement62 cc
Husqvarna 395XP

Husqvarna 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
  • Weight7.9 kg
  • Noise Level 115 dB
  • Power (kW)4.9 kW
  • Engine Displacement94 cc
Stihl MS 381

Stihl 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
  • Weight6.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement72.2 cc
Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

Stihl 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
  • Engine Displacement64.1 cc
Stihl MS 180

Stihl MS 180 · includes 2 listings

2.9 from 54 reviews

Latest review: I bought my Stihl 180 years ago and being on a rural property it has had a lot of hard work. Other than a new chain now and again it has never failed to start or has ever let me down. In a Nutshell,

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.1 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.2 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (9)
  • Safety
    4.1 (8)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

Husqvarna 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) 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
  • Weight6.1 kg
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Engine Displacement59.8 cc
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

3.0 from 30 reviews

Latest review: All I can say this is a great saw. Not sure about all the negative comments but mine hasn't let me down. Saw starts fine when procedure is followed

Price (RRP) A$1,199.00

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    1.8 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    2.3 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (4)
  • Safety
    3.8 (4)
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement59 cc
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Husqvarna 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) A$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
  • Engine Displacement38.2 cc
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

ALDI 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
  • Engine Displacement26 cc to 54.6 cc
Ryobi RCS5145N

Ryobi RCS5145N

2.8 from 30 reviews

Latest review: Unfortunately chainsaw drive shaft stopped working after 2nd use. No service number to call on website. Only used it on 10 cm diameter green wood logs. After sale service very

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.2 (10)
  • Safety
    3.6 (8)
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement51 cc
Bigger Boyz Toyz 4 Stroke 5 in 1

Bigger 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
  • Weight8 kg
  • Engine Displacement36 cc
McCulloch CS400T

McCulloch 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
  • Weight5.5 kg
  • Noise Level 113 dB
  • Power (kW)9,000 kW
  • Power (HP)1.5 HP
  • Engine Displacement40 cc
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

Stihl 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
  • Engine Displacement59 cc
Stihl MS 211

Stihl 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) A$599.00 to A$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
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc
Baumr-AG 24" Easy Start 92cc Petrol SX92

Baumr-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
  • Weight9 kg
  • Engine Displacement92 cc
Baumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

Baumr-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
  • Weight9 kg
  • Engine Displacement82 cc
Husqvarna 240 E-Series

Husqvarna 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
  • Weight4.7 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Engine Displacement38.2 cc
Homelite HBCS3530

Homelite 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
  • Weight5.2 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Engine Displacement35 cc
Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Husqvarna 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)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight5.9 kg
  • Engine Displacement55.5 cc
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