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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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87 listings

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss

Stihl MS 170 / 171 MiniBoss · includes 2 listings

3.9 from 60 reviews

Latest review: I bought this chainsaw based on the reviews. However. I seriously wish I'd never bought it now. It is an absolute nightmare to get going .Everytime I want to use it I have to return to the store to

Price (RRP) A$249.00 to A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.6 (7)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (7)
  • Safety
    4.2 (6)
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Tool-free Chain Tensioning and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)1.3 kW
  • Uses Pruning
  • Engine Displacement30.1 cc to 31.8 cc
Baumr-AG SX62

Baumr-AG SX62

3.2 from 105 reviews

Latest review: Will not run at all Bought a pole saw 10 years ago and it still runs starts pretty much first time every time. Bought a pole saw trimmer whippersnipper etc a couple of years later exact same

Price (RRP) A$359.00

  • Build Quality
    2.9 (14)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (14)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (14)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (14)
  • Safety
    3.5 (13)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement72.2 cc
Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss

Stihl MS 390 / MS 391 Farm Boss · includes 2 listings

3.2 from 45 reviews

Latest review: no problems starting and saw seems to get better with each tank of fuel. i replace an ms251 with it and im glad i did. i have an 18 inch bar on it and have been impressed with how it cuts.

Price (RRP) A$1,399.00

  • Build Quality
    2.6 (17)
  • Value for Money
    2.5 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    3.1 (16)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.2 (16)
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement64.1 cc
Stihl MS 180

Stihl 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 Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Husqvarna 236 E Series

Husqvarna 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
  • Engine Displacement38.2 cc
Stihl MS 311 Farm Boss

Stihl 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
  • Engine Displacement59 cc
ALDI Petrol Chainsaw

ALDI 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

  • Build Quality
    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
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Tool-free Chain Tensioning, Carrying Case Included and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Engine Displacement26 cc to 54.6 cc
Husqvarna 562 XP AutoTune

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) 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
  • Engine Displacement59.8 cc
Ryobi RCS5145N

Ryobi 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)
  • 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
  • Engine Displacement51 cc
Makita EA3201S

Makita EA3201S

3.9 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Almost my first purchase after the Dec 2019 fires wrecked my place. This Makita was put through 6 months of pretty ugly (sooty, dirty) cleanup work, including dead, fallen and hanging trees were

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (4)
  • Safety
    4.3 (4)
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Noise Level 83 dB
  • Power (kW)1.35 kW
  • Uses Pruning
  • Engine Displacement32 cc
McCulloch CS400T

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) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    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
  • Engine Displacement40 cc
Stihl MS 362 / 362 C-M

Stihl 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

  • Build Quality
    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
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Power (HP)4.8 HP
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Engine Displacement59 cc
Bigger Boyz Toyz 4 Stroke 5 in 1

Bigger 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

  • Build Quality
    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
  • Engine Displacement36 cc
Stihl MS 211

Stihl MS 211 · includes 2 listings

2.3 from 27 reviews

Latest review: Have owned for approximately 3 years. Purchased new and it initially had the incorrect chain fitted which nearly flew off when started as it was not seated in the bar - dealer didn’t seem concerned a

Price (RRP) A$599.00 to A$699.00

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (4)
  • Safety
    3.3 (4)
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc
Baumr-AG 24" Easy Start 92cc Petrol SX92

Baumr-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

  • Build Quality
    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
  • Engine Displacement92 cc
Husqvarna 240 E-Series

Husqvarna 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
  • Engine Displacement38.2 cc
Baumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

Baumr-AG SX82 24" E-Start

2.1 from 17 reviews

Latest review: Bought one a while ago after reading blogs, and was well aware of what I might be getting into! Arrived from Edison's lickety-split great delivery and price. As per all the warnings I had read, fuel

Price (RRP) A$519.00

  • Build Quality
    1.8 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.8 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.3 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.3 (3)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Engine Displacement82 cc
Giantz CSAW-58CC-RDWH

Giantz 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
  • Engine Displacement58 cc
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