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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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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
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
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
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
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
Husqvarna 565 AutoTune

Husqvarna 565 AutoTune

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Brought this saw in April and have had no issues at all. It starts easily and cuts through hard Jarrah with ease. It’s light enough to use for hours and uses less fuel than previous saws that I have o

Price (RRP) A$1,529.00

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (3)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System
  • Weight6.5 kg
  • Noise Level 119 dB
  • Power (kW)3.7 kW
  • Engine Displacement70.6 cc
Husqvarna 390 XP

Husqvarna 390 XP

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Recently picked up the 390, its my first saw and I love it. I find it really basic and easy to use. I like the way the air filter is fastened with a bolt, not just pushed on like some saws, the

Price (RRP) A$2,199.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight7.3 kg
  • Power (kW)4.8 kW
  • Engine Displacement88 cc
Husqvarna T435

Husqvarna T435

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: If you can afford it this saw it is a real gem. I use it for camping and caravanning for fire wood and it performs on dry aussie hardwords. Starts first time every time and it's light weight means

Price (RRP) A$829.00

  • Bar Length30 cm
  • Weight3.4 kg
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc
Husqvarna 572 XP

Husqvarna 572 XP

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I bought this Husky as a replacement for my previous ‘big’ saw (a Shindaiwa 757) which had an untimely mechanical issue. My first Husky and I am now a hopeless fanboy - it is the best. Same cc as th

Price (RRP) A$1,989.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight6.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement70.6 cc
Husqvarna 450

Husqvarna 450 · includes 2 listings

4.6 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Saw was OK when new but now is a problem. Starts ok when cold, not when hot. Due to the single nut bar tightening used on this saw it is not possible to keep the bar from retracting. This causes the

Price (RRP) A$1,079.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)2.4 kW
  • Engine Displacement50.2 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
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
Husqvarna 576XP AutoTune

Husqvarna 576XP AutoTune

3.6 from 8 reviews

Latest review: This is a brilliant Saw... yes she is a big girl but has lots of power... i rarely use full throttle and it makes sence to have a bigger saw as she dosnt have to work as much. Ive had her 5 years now

Price (RRP) A$1,949.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length81 cm
  • FeaturesEngine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Weight6.8 kg
  • Power (HP)5.63 HP
  • Engine Displacement73.5 cc
Husqvarna 445 E-Series

Husqvarna 445 E-Series · includes 2 listings

3.6 from 5 reviews

Latest review: Great little chainsaw. Glad I bought it. Starts 2-4 pulls every time. Standard tensioning. Just easy to use with plenty of power. Light enough in most cases. Small to medium trees. More expensive

Price (RRP) A$919.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • Power (kW)2.2 kW
  • Engine Displacement45.7 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
Husqvarna 440 E-Series

Husqvarna 440 E-Series · includes 2 listings

3.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I purchased Husqvarna as a coin toss between Stihl, I wish I had purchased a Stihl now as the saw I got has spent more time being fixed than being used. It has been to the workshop 4 times now, each

Price (RRP) A$819.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)1.8 kW
  • Engine Displacement40.9 cc
Husqvarna 460

Husqvarna 460

2.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: When my old Husqvarna 61 from 1984 finally started falling apart I bought a 460. It has been a disappointing experience in as much as it seems underpowered and unwilling to rev hard under load. I

Price (RRP) A$1,329.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight5.8 kg
  • Noise Level 114 dB
  • Power (kW)2.7 kW
  • Engine Displacement60.3 cc
Husqvarna 120

Husqvarna 120 · includes 2 listings

2.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I'm a long time Husky owner who has never had any issues previously & required a small saw for general use. I purchased the Husqvarna 120 instead of the Stihl MS 170 as the Husky has more grunt and

Price (RRP) A$349.00 to A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    2.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    2.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length36 cm and 41 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.4 kW to 1.48 kW
  • Engine Displacement38.2 cc
Husqvarna 435 E-Series II

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.4 kg
  • Noise Level 114 dB
  • Power (kW)1.6 kW
  • Engine Displacement40.9 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
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