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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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81 listings

Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Husqvarna 455 Rancher

5.0 from 6 reviews

Latest review: I’ve owned several small chain saws , the 455 has not let me down. Easy to start and I use it almost on a weekly basis , sometimes everyday when cutting wood or building a log cabin . Knock on wood ,

Price (RRP) $1,229.00

  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight5.9 kg
  • Engine Displacement55.5 cc
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) $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
Baumr-AG SX75

Baumr-AG SX75

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Hi Baumer I have been using a Baumer 92 on a slabing mill 4 ft and all I can say is that this saw is the best value. If anybody wants to dispute this go for your lives. I think that most of the bad

Price (RRP) $479.00

  • 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)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length56 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight7 kg
  • Power (HP)5.2 HP
  • Engine Displacement75 cc
Shindaiwa 452s

Shindaiwa 452s

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Bought this saw new just over 12 months ago and have cut approx 3 tonne of fire wood and limbed trees etc and have found this saw to be surprisingly powerfull and reliable seems the more i use it the

Price (RRP) $849.00

  • Bar Length41 cm
  • Weight4.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement45.2 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) $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
Efco 162

Efco 162

5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: After a bad experience with a cheap chainsaw from Mitre 10 I intended to buy a Stihl, but was persuaded to this Efco that one of our local suppliers stocked. It has been an extremely good buy. It

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight5.6 kg
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Power (HP)4.7 HP
  • Engine Displacement61.5 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) $829.00

  • Bar Length30 cm
  • Weight3.4 kg
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc
Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss

Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss · includes 2 listings

4.6 from 5 reviews

Latest review: Purchased it new and cannot start the unit because of the compression Will be taking it back to the dealer to have the Easy2Start accessory fitted at a further cost of $200

Price (RRP) $749.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)2 kW
  • Power (HP)2.7 HP
  • Engine Displacement42.6 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) $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) $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) $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
Shindaiwa 488 / 488P

Shindaiwa 488 / 488P · includes 2 listings

4.4 from 7 reviews

Latest review: I own 2 shindaiwa 488s. I love them. Been cutting for 20 years with them. Keep fresh gas in them and they will run forever. Best overall chain saw that was ever made in my humble opinion. I live

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • Power (kW)2.2 kW
  • Engine Displacement48 cc
Stihl MS 880 Magnum

Stihl MS 880 Magnum

4.3 from 6 reviews

Latest review: It is easy enough to start although I feel the cord is a bit short and I keep pulling it right to the end which must shorten the cord life. I bought this to replace the loss of my 090 I do not think

Price (RRP) $2,799.00

  • Uses Pruning, Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length63 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Weight9.8 kg
  • Power (kW)6.4 kW
  • Power (HP)8.7 HP
  • Engine Displacement121.6 cc
Stihl MS 661 C-M

Stihl MS 661 C-M

4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Have owned my saw for years. Used for dropping big trees, cutting fire wood, fencing and slabbing timber. Have had 20inch bars up to a 36inch bar on this saw. Love using this saw. Plenty of power and

Price (RRP) $2,099.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (2)
  • Safety
    4.5 (2)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length63 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Weight7.5 kg
  • Noise Level 118 dB
  • Power (kW)5.4 kW
  • Power (HP)7.3 HP
  • Engine Displacement91.1 cc
MTM 72SX

MTM 72SX

4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: great saw for the money.tuned the carby first off and have not had an issue with starting or reving out since.replaced the dogs the origional just too weak.put an 18'' bar on it 3/8 chain.25:1 fuel

Price (RRP) $349.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length56 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight7 kg
  • Engine Displacement72 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) $699.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement40.2 cc
Stihl MS 251 Wood Boss

Stihl MS 251 Wood Boss · includes 2 listings

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Unstoppable. Super easy to start. Power to burn. Have used and abused it for close to 6 years. Have cut tree roots in the ground, railway sleepers, termite filled trees etc etc. cleaned up sharpened

Price (RRP) $799.00

  • 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 Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Power (kW)2.2 kW
  • Power (HP)3 HP
  • Engine Displacement45.6 cc
Stihl MS 261 / MS 261 C-Q / MS 261 C-M / MS 261 C-MQ

Stihl MS 261 / MS 261 C-Q / MS 261 C-M / MS 261 C-MQ · includes 4 listings

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Great saw, cuts aussie hardwood like a ninja, chuck norris would use this chainsaw as a beard trimmer or toothbrush... wish i'd purchased this saw years ago...cut 2 years worth of wood in an hour,

Price (RRP) $1,499.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner, Quick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)2.9 kW
  • Power (HP)4.1 HP
  • Engine Displacement50.2 cc
Bigger Boyz Toyz BBT 75cc

Bigger Boyz Toyz BBT 75cc

3.7 from 7 reviews

Latest review: I have 2 bbt saws find them excellent my 54 cuts as good as my mates 60cc husky and still had acouple of problems oil pump onmy 52 BBT SENT ME A NEW ONE problem solved and chain brake on the same saw

Price (RRP) $1,449.00

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Safety
    3.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • Weight8 kg
  • Power (kW)3.9 kW
  • Power (HP)5.5 HP
  • Engine Displacement75 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) $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
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