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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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Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

2.4 from 5 reviews

Latest review: Bought the MS 291 expecting quality & performance - Had trouble starting it & with idle control returned for service checks 3 times & had only cut down 4 relatively small trees -stalled whilst

Price (RRP) A$999.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    1.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length45 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Chain Brake
  • Engine Displacement55.5 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
Husqvarna 120

Husqvarna 120 · includes 2 listings

2.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Brought the 120 only as the 130 and 135 had sold out and needed a small saw in the following week with the 576xp and 450 rancher I’ve had for years being a bit too heavy for the work I needed to do. B

Price (RRP) A$349.00 to A$399.00

  • Build Quality
    2.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    1.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (2)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
  • 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
Ryobi RCS3845

Ryobi RCS3845

1.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Bought this to cut up 2" to 8" green wood for firewood. Very hard to keep running. Followed the instructions, primed it, pulled the choke on full, pulled it twice and it kicked. Next pull it started

Price (RRP) A$209.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (2)
  • Safety
    3.0 (2)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length46 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • 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) A$699.00

  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    1.0 (1)
  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length36 cm
  • 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
  • Power (kW)4.3 kW
  • Engine Displacement79 cc
Makita EA3502S

Makita EA3502S

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$379.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length40 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Engine Displacement35 cc
Husqvarna 435 E-Series II

Price (RRP) A$699.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length41 cm
  • FeaturesQuick / Easy Start and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Noise Level 114 dB
  • Power (kW)1.6 kW
  • Engine Displacement40.9 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
  • Engine Displacement35 cc
Husqvarna 3120 XP

Price (RRP) A$2,969.00

  • Uses Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length71 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner
  • Noise Level 116 dB
  • Power (kW)6.2 kW
  • Engine Displacement118.8 cc
Baumr-AG SX76

Baumr-AG SX76

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$479.00

  • Uses Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Bar Length61 cm
  • FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Carrying Case Included and Quick / Easy Start
  • Engine Displacement76 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
  • Noise Level 82 dB
  • Power (kW)3 kW
  • Power (HP)4.1 HP
  • Engine Displacement55.7 cc
Husqvarna T540 XP II

Price (RRP) A$1,449.00

  • Uses Pruning
  • Bar Length30.5 cm
  • FeaturesAutomatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Noise Level 116 dB
  • Power (kW)1.8 kW
  • Engine Displacement37.7 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
  • Power (kW)1.7 kW
  • Power (HP)2.3 HP
  • Engine Displacement35.2 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
  • Noise Level 88 dB
  • Power (kW)3.4 kW
  • Power (HP)4.6 HP
  • Engine Displacement60.7 cc
Husqvarna 550

Husqvarna 550 · includes 3 listings

No reviews

Price (RRP) A$1,449.00 to A$1,499.00

  • Uses Pruning and Tree felling, sawlog prep, and milling
  • Bar Length38 cm and 41 cm
  • FeaturesTool-free Chain Tensioning
  • Power (kW)3 kW
  • Engine Displacement50.1 cc
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