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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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Echo CS-352ES

Echo CS-352ES

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I purchased this Echo chainsaw approximately two and a half years ago, to replace a similar sized Stihl chainsaw which I was always having trouble starting, even after the unit had been serviced on a

Price (RRP) A$549.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4 kg
  • Power (kW)1.31 kW
  • Engine Displacement34 cc
Makita DCS231T

Makita DCS231T

4.5 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Hacked down a reasonable size pine tree with 4 to 5" diameter branches. Didn't miss a beat. Also very easy to use as a pruner for Murraya hedge. Quite light, but solid feel. Had Ozito before this.

Price (RRP) A$249.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Bar Length25 cm
  • Weight3 kg
  • Engine Displacement22.2 cc
Echo CS-310ES

Echo CS-310ES

4.4 from 8 reviews

Latest review: Like many others before me when buying my first "real" chainsaw I didn't really see the value in the name brand ones when I could buy an impressively equipped (on paper) chainsaw off eBay for about a

Price (RRP) A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Bar Length35 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4 kg
  • Engine Displacement30.5 cc
Echo CS-420ES

Echo CS-420ES

4.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I have wines one of these for 6 years. My previous saw for 25 years was a stihl. This is no match for the stihl in any way. Have had to replace two sprockets in 6 years and almost due for

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement40.2 cc
Makita EA3201S

Makita EA3201S

3.6 from 8 reviews

Latest review: This saw is very easy to start. It is very well made (as you would expect from a Makita. It cuts through trunks of a size it has no business cutting through. Maintenance and cleaning is very easy.

Price (RRP) A$299.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (4)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (3)
  • Safety
    4.0 (3)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight4.2 kg
  • Noise Level 83 dB
  • Power (kW)1.35 kW
  • Engine Displacement32 cc
Makita DCS460/38

Makita DCS460/38

3.1 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Brought new one, more times back to makita than used, impossible to start. Was replaced with new one, went well for 3or4 times now have same problem with starting again. Even with fresh fuel still

Price (RRP) A$499.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length38 cm
  • Weight5.5 kg
  • Noise Level 108 dB
  • Engine Displacement45.6 cc
Echo CS-360TES

Echo CS-360TES

1.0 from 1 review

Latest review: After just a few hours of use the chain oiler failed. $135 to fix. The repair shop told me the drive for the oiler gets blocked with sawdust and strips the gear. Because it is hidden behind the

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length36 cm
  • Weight3.6 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Engine Displacement35.8 cc
Makita EA7900P50E

Price (RRP) A$1,449.00

  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • Weight6.3 kg
  • Power (kW)4.3 kW
  • Engine Displacement79 cc
Makita EA5600F

Makita EA5600F

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$899.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight5.8 kg
  • Noise Level 82 dB
  • Power (kW)3 kW
  • Power (HP)4.1 HP
  • Engine Displacement55.7 cc
Makita EA3502S

Makita EA3502S

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$379.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start
  • Weight4.4 kg
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Engine Displacement35 cc
Makita EA3501SR

Makita EA3501SR

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$399.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.5 kg
  • Engine Displacement35 cc
Makita EA6100P

Makita EA6100P

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$1,199.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight6 kg
  • Noise Level 88 dB
  • Power (kW)3.4 kW
  • Power (HP)4.6 HP
  • Engine Displacement60.7 cc
Makita EA3601F

Makita EA3601F

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$599.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.2 kg
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Power (HP)2.3 HP
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc