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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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Oleo Mac 962

Oleo Mac 962

3.6 from 7 reviews

Latest review: I bought my 962 about 15 years ago when lightning struck a tree in the paddock next to my home. There's houses there now. It's been a cracka. I use it probably twice a year. It starts after no more

Price (RRP) $1,099.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • Weight5.5 kg
  • Power (kW)3.5 kW
  • Power (HP)4.7 HP
  • Engine Displacement61.5 cc
Stihl MS 181

Stihl MS 181

3.5 from 6 reviews

Latest review: Ms-181. Mini boss This model in my opinion is not much of a step up from the ms-180 which is 150 $ cheaper. They say the ms-181 has better air filtration, less vibration and possibly better fuel

Price (RRP) $449.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Weight4.3 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Power (HP)2 HP
  • Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Stihl MS 461 Magnum

Stihl MS 461 Magnum

3.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Have had this saw for years beside my o66. Have used it to drop big trees and cut up fire wood. Has not missed a beat and rips through some big

Price (RRP) $1,749.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (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 Length50 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight6.7 kg
  • Noise Level 117 dB
  • Power (kW)4.4 kW
  • Engine Displacement76.5 cc
Husqvarna 576XP AutoTune

Husqvarna 576XP AutoTune

3.4 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Short story...less than 1 tank of fuel, it died, correct fuel/oil, dealer got it back said they "adjusted the carb" same problem, got warm, quits, went back to the dealer, then they said I'd "burned

Price (RRP) $1,949.00

  • 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

3.3 from 4 reviews

Latest review: The chain keeps on coming off, I think the "no tools" chain tightening system is a poor gimmick that really doesn't work. I consider this to be a waste of money and is now my backup chainsaw. My

Price (RRP) $919.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • Power (kW)2.2 kW
  • Engine Displacement45.7 cc
Stihl MS 181 C-BE Mini Boss with Easy2Start

Stihl MS 181 C-BE Mini Boss with Easy2Start

3.2 from 9 reviews

Latest review: I had virtually the same chainsaw purchased in NZ four years ago, it rarely required multiple attempted starts, even though it sat for 9 months at a time over the four years....... Now purchased the

Price (RRP) $549.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake, Engine Air Pre-Cleaner and Quick / Easy Start
  • Weight4.6 kg
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Baumr-AG 25cc Pro Arborist

Baumr-AG 25cc Pro Arborist

3.1 from 8 reviews

Latest review: worked great for the first 3 times , then started to stall under revs , now wont start at all.Leaked oil badly from day one. Its identical to the Ozito which i bought from Bunnings a few years ago

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Bar Length25 cm
  • Weight3.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement25 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) $499.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length38 cm
  • Weight5.5 kg
  • Noise Level 108 dB
  • Engine Displacement45.6 cc
Stihl MS 462 C-M

Stihl MS 462 C-M

3.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Chain saw cracked across the front casing, during normal use. Stihl warranty process is a joke. The still rep said he didn't believe my story on why the saw was damaged and believed the saw had been

Price (RRP) $1,959.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Safety
    5.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning, Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length75 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Weight6 kg
  • Noise Level 119 dB
  • Power (kW)4.4 kW
  • Power (HP)6 HP
  • Engine Displacement72.2 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) $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
Oleo-Mac GS 35 C / GS 350 C

Oleo-Mac GS 35 C / GS 350 C · includes 2 listings

3.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Needing a smaller lighter saw for limb work I bought this on special for $289. Easy starting, good performance even on larger logs. You do need to keep the chain properly adjusted because the narrow

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.5 kW
  • Power (HP)2 HP
  • Engine Displacement38.9 cc
Yukon CHS-ZHJ-52C-22

Yukon CHS-ZHJ-52C-22

3.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Brought this chainsaw to cut a large gum down. Did this with ease and cut to logs. This chainsaw starts first time every time cannot fault it. Mine came with a hard chainsaw case and all tools and

Price (RRP) $175.00

  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length56 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Weight6.5 kg
  • Engine Displacement52 cc
Black Eagle 82cc

Black Eagle 82cc

3.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Bought this a couple of years ago and it has been great to use. I've gone through a few chains and two bars. It cuts large logs easily - 600mm in diameter. Perhaps not a professional quality tool,

Price (RRP) $519.00

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (2)
  • Safety
    1.0 (1)
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • Weight8.5 kg
  • Engine Displacement82 cc
Mtm 58SX

Mtm 58SX

2.9 from 7 reviews

Latest review: I bought an MTM 62sx,when it arrived I had it running within 15 mins of receiving it.Starts easy and I have worked this thing so hard,I am totally impressed. I am using it to cut through 30inch logs

Price (RRP) $259.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (1)
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight6.2 kg
  • Power (HP)4.1 HP
  • Engine Displacement58 cc
Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

2.8 from 4 reviews

Latest review: I had a Husky Rancher 460 that died. So i replaced it with a Stihl MS 291 as being in same zone. Still over $1000 so I expected a good few years. In around 12 months it was dead. Piston melted. I had

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Chain Brake
  • Weight5.6 kg
  • Engine Displacement55.5 cc
Giantz CSAW-58CC-RDWH

Giantz CSAW-58CC-RDWH

2.6 from 8 reviews

Latest review: Absolutely fabulous, much much better than expected. Wow able to climb the tree with saw in hand BATTERY OPERATED EASY START every time.AWESOME. Gave my 2stroke away.....One problem only, am unable

Price (RRP) $169.00

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (6)
  • Value for Money
    2.2 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.2 (6)
  • Safety
    3.2 (5)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length51 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start
  • Weight8.5 kg
  • Engine Displacement58 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) $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
Stihl MS 201 T

Stihl MS 201 T · includes 2 listings

2.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I purchased an MS201t, the new model to the MS200. It worked ok for 2 years then the oil channel corroded out and required the block to be changed. Then the bar alignment screw broke off, it was of

  • Uses Pruning
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)1.8 kW
  • Power (HP)2.4 HP
  • Engine Displacement35.2 cc
Ryobi RCS3845

Ryobi RCS3845

1.0 from 1 review

Latest review: It's a great product: good price, well designed, easy to handle, powerful engine, does the job perfectly - when it works. First start is very easy, easy access to filter and spark plug, balanced

Price (RRP) $209.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    3.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Weight4.4 kg
  • Noise Level 111.2 dB
  • Power (kW)1.65 kW
  • Engine Displacement38 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) $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
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