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Best Gas Chainsaw 2019

Gas powered chainsaws deliver power by the bucket load, allowing you to slice through trees like a knife going through butter.

But… not all gas chainsaws are equal and if you aren’t careful you could easily pick up a dud.

But with a little research and a look at my round-up of the best gas chainsaws of 2019 you can get the chainsaw of your dreams!

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Best Gas Chainsaws Of 2019 – At A Glance List

Below is a quick view of my favorite gas chainsaws of 2019. To find out more about them click on the link to take you to the full review.

Best Small Gas Chainsaws

Name

Bar Size

Best For

Rating

#1 – Tanaka TCS33EDTP (Read Review)

12″/14″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 92% 92%

#2 – Echo CS-400 (Read Review)

18″

Ease To Start

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

#3 – Husqvarna 435E (Read Review)

16″

Chain Quality

  • Your Title Goes Here 90% 90%

#4 – Poulan Pro PP4218AVX (Read Review)

18″

Ease of Adjusting

  • Your Title Goes Here 88% 88%

Best Medium Gas Chainsaws

Name

Bar Size

Best For

Rating

#1 – Husqvarna 455 Rancher (Read Review)

20″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 94% 94%

#2 – Meditool Coocheer (Read Review)

20″

Value For Money

  • Your Title Goes Here 92% 92%

#3 – Rancher 20 (Read Review)

20″

Budget Buy

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

#4 – Remington Outlaw (Read Review)

20″

Maneuvering

  • Your Title Goes Here 90% 90%

#5 – Poulan Pro PP5020AV (Read Review)

20″

Engine

  • Your Title Goes Here 90% 90%

Best Large Gas Chainsaws

Name

Bar Size

Best For

Rating

#1 – Husqvarna 460 Rancher (Read Review)

24

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 94% 94%

#2 – xtremepower US (Read Review)

22

Price

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

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At the end of the day the most important thing to me is you get the best possible item for your needs at the best price – so I hope you do!

The Best Small Gas Chainsaws 2019

#1 Tanaka TCS33EDTP

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those wanting an unbeatable power to weight ratio.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 12” or 14”
  • Engine Displacement – 32.2 cm³
  • Engine Output – 1.6 HP
  • Pitch – 3/8″ 
  • Weight – 8.4lbs
  • Warranty – 7-Year

If you are looking for a gas chainsaw with an unmatchable power to weight ratio then the Tanaka TCS33EDTP is undoubtedly what you want.

Jumping straight in:

This can be bought with a 12 inch or 14 inch sprocket nosed bar and gives you 1.6HP. It has a 9.9 fl oz fuel tank and a 6.0 fl oz oil tank.

It weighs 8.4lbs and comes with a two-year commercial warranty or a seven-year consumer warranty.

What is the bottom line?

It really is incredibly light – easy enough to handle with one hand without a problem – so when you are up a tree pruning you can easily hold the branch with one hand and cut it with the other.

Despite its small size it cut through tree trunks off up to 20 inches as if they weren’t there – the power to weight ratio really is fantastic and I don’t think can be bettered in this respect.

And what else?

  • The warranty – a seven-year consumer use warranty – easily the best in the business.
  • It is really well balanced – combined with the low weight – this means, as mentioned before, one handed use is easy.
  • The build quality is great – standard of the chain, scrench and bar cover are top notch and ergonomically it is comfortable.
  • The anti-vibration system really works – you can get a lot of cutting done and really not feel any kind of fatigue
  • It has a side action chain tensioner so you can quickly and easily adjust the chain.

But be warned:

It isn’t without faults – the chain catcher under the side cover is poor, so if the chain comes off at speed it will likely damage (or even destroy the side cover!).

Also, as it is built to be small and light the gas tank is very small, which means you will be refilling it a lot.

In short:

This is the best small gas chainsaw out there – easy to handle, cuts well, amazing warranty and an unmatchable power to weight ratio – it is ideal for shaping, pruning and hobby work.

  • My Rating 92% 92%

Pros

Amazing power to weight ratio

Fantastic warranty

Well built

Nicely balanced

Doesn’t fatigue you

Cons

Chain catcher is poor

Small gas tank

#2 Echo CS-400

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a top quality, easy to start chainsaw.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 18″
  • Engine Displacement – 40cc
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 10.1lbs
  • Warranty – 5-Year

The Echo CS-400 is possibly the easiest to start gas chainsaw on the market – plus it is very well made indeed.

Digging a little deeper:

It has a 40cc engine and an 18 inch bar. The fuel capacity is 13.9 fl. Oz and it weighs 10.1 lbs. It comes with a five year warranty for consumer use.

The Echo trademarked i-30 Starting System certainly works. It puts some bigger and more expensive brand names to shame when it comes to starting – even when it is cold it starts on the second pull. It is so easy to start you would think it is a four stroke, but isn’t.

It is sturdy and well built with a very strong plastic frame and a metal handle bar. Minor details such as the higher quality case and switch gear, the separate kill and choke switches and the generally lighter feel gives this the edge over most other gas chainsaws.

Ticking some more boxes:

  • The handle bar is coated in rubber and really reduces the amount of vibration you feel without causing a loss of control
  • It has a quality air filter that is easy to access and can be cleaned repeatedly without fear you might destroy it! This should prolong the engine life.
  • It is so simple to take apart. It comes with a scrunch, which is like a hybrid of a screwdriver and wrench, which allows you to do 95% of the maintenance required on this thing. This means you can easily clean it and maintain it.
  • This has great power! It has loads of torque and slices through pretty much anything.
  • For the power, design and ease of starting the price point is very reasonable indeed.

On the downside:

The bar is narrow, it takes a small chain and allows for no slack in it at all or it will come off.

Also the fuel cap is hard to open by hand and really could do with some improvement.

In a nutshell:

But these are minor complaints for a top quality gas chainsaw. It is powerful, easy to start, very well made and will cut through anything in a small to medium sized yard. It really is outstanding.

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Really easy to start

Great build quality

Next to no vibration

Easy to take apart to clean and maintain

Lots of power!

Cons

Bar is a bit narrow

Fuel cap is difficult to open

#3 Husqvarna 435E

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a chainsaw with a quality chain.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 16″
  • Engine Displacement – 40.9cc
  • Engine Output – 2.2HP
  • Pitch – 0.325″
  • Weight – 9.7lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

For an average homeowner the Husqvarna 435E might just be the perfect gas chainsaw.

Looking in a bit more detail:

It weighs 9.7lbs and has a 16 inch bar. It gives out 2.5HP and has a maximum power speed of 9000 RPM. It comes with a two year warranty.

The good news is:

This is another ultra lightweight chainsaw, so you can use it for a long periods of time without killing your arms. It is just over a pound more than the Tanaka, but still right at the bottom end of the scale  – equivalent to about three packs of sugar!

This comes with Husqvarna’s X-Cut chain and this 16 inch bar is certainly better than their standard H30 chain. The X-Cut chain is a low-vibration pixel saw – it cuts a narrow kerf and requires less power than a standard cutting system. It is really innovative and definitely works

There is more:

  • How easy it is to use. It is slimmer than previous Husqvarna chainsaws, and has a built-in fuel pump and also an auto-return stop switch. The starter cord works perfectly and the whole thing will fire up quickly.
  • The X-Torq engine is great. It is very economical when it comes to fuel consumption and also reduces exhaust emissions. Oh and it is powerful!
  • It has a centrifugal air cleaning system that removes larger dust and particles of debris before they reach the air filter – this should prolong the life of the engine.
  • It has a clear fuel tank – making it so easy to check fuel levels.
  • There are lots of lovely little features such as the flip up fuel tank, the quick release air filter and the snap lock cylinder cover which all add to the appeal of this chainsaw.

Be aware:

On the down side the choke/kill switch lever is very fragile and doesn’t feel like it will last.

Also the screws you need to access to adjust the idle level of the saw are very hard to get to, and make changing this a real pain.

In all:

Combining light weight, quality build, a good amount of power and a top notch chain, all at a reasonable price the Husqvarna 435E is a truly reliable gas chainsaw and perfect for the average homeowner.

  • My Rating 90% 90%

Pros

Very light

Quality chain

Really easy to start and use

Nice engine

Lots of great features

Cons

Choke/kill switch is fragile

Idle screws are difficult to get to

#4 Poulan Pro PP4218AVX

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for easy chain adjustment.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 18″
  • Engine Displacement – 42cc
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 11.8lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The Poulan Pro PP4218AVX is a simple, easy to use gas chainsaw that is more than suitable for cutting up limbs, branches and small to medium trees.

So what is on offer?

Well it has an 18 inch bar it has a cutting diameter of up to 36 inches. It has a 42 cc engine with an 11.3oz fuel tank. It weighs 11.8lbs and comes with a two year warranty from the manufacturer.

The point is this:

This Poulan is a standard household chainsaw that is elevated above its competitors thanks to the reverse sprocket which offers excellent tool-less chain adjustment.

Simply turn the large dial to open the side cover and then turn the small dial to loosen or tighten the chain. You can keep the chain tensioned easily and without tools – it is a fantastic feature and will save you a lot of time!

The design of the anti-vibration handle is nifty too. It isolates the engine from the chassis, so you really do get much less vibration along with a much safer experience.

It doesn’t stop there, I also like:

  • User safety is further enhanced by the inertia-activated chain break, this stops rotation of the chain if you get any kickback.
  • It uses felt filter blocks rather than traditional foam filters, this makes a great deal of difference when it comes to keeping debris and dust out of the carburetor and engine.
  • It comes with a really nicely designed and well made case, which is perfect for keeping things tidy and if you need to transport it in your car etc.
  • Because this is quite light but reasonably powerful it is pretty versatile, so you can use it for cross cutting, limbing, cleaning up after storms, chopping firewood and much more.
  • You get all of this at reasonable price when you compare it to similar sized gas chainsaws.

It isn’t perfect:

It does have its deficiencies though. It seems to really eat through bar and chain oil.

Also you can’t alter the carb settings – I mean you can adjust the idle setting, that is accessible, but you can’t adjust the high setting which you might need to do.

So it all adds up to this:

These small gripes aside the simplicity and ease of use of this chainsaw are great, thanks in large part to the tool-less chain adjustment.

Combined with its size and versatility, it would be a great addition to your yard tool armoury.

  • My Rating 88% 88%

Pros

Tool-less chain adjustment is great

Comfortable to use

Safe

Versatile

Comes with great case

Cons

Uses a lot of oil

Can’t alter high carb setting

The Best Medium Gas Chainsaw 2019

#1 Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for lots of power!

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 20″
  • Engine Displacement – 55cc
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 13.2lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a really powerful, medium sized, gas chainsaw – great for cutting big trees.

So what else is there to know?

Its 55 CC Engine gives out 3.49HP of power. It has a 20 inch bar and a maximum power speed of 9000 rpm and weighs 13.2lbs. It comes with a two year warranty.

This will easily take down, and cut up, multiple trees in a short period of time – not just small trees but it can deal with up to 32 inch calipers without any issues. It has A LOT of power and does not seem to waver, spit or sputter.

The safety bar works perfectly and ensures you have minimum worries when using such a beast of a machine. Any sign of kickback and the bar kicks in and the chain brake is locked. It is very safe, meaning you have less to worry about.

And take a look at this:

  • This is one of the easiest starting 2-stroke starting chainsaws you will ever find – more often than not it starts on the first pull.
  • Husqvarna are very good at honoring warranties, their chainsaws rarely need work and when they do it is easy to find Husqvarna parts.
  • It has an easy manual chain adjust
  • The spring mounted motor/bar/chain means vibration is almost non-existent
  • From top to bottom this is a quality made machine

What don’t I like?

My gripes are that the bottom of the saw is not flat, it is slightly rounded. This makes the saw rock when you are servicing it, which is annoying.

Also it is not that easy to take apart should you ever need to – this makes maintaining it unnecessarily finickety.

In truth:

Overall this should be your go to choice if you have a lot of big trees to cut back and strip. The power is incredible, it starts easily and runs like a dream.

  • My Rating 94% 94%

Pros

Very powerful

Great safety system

Starts very easily

No vibration

Reliable

Cons

Servicing not easy

Difficult to take apart

#2 Meditool Coocheer Chainsaw

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a great budget chainsaw.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 20″
  • Engine Displacement – 32cc
  • Engine Output – 1.6HP
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 16lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The Meditool Coocheer Chainsaw might just be the best value for money chainsaw on the face of the earth. In fact it might be the best value for money gardening tool on the face of the earth!

So let’s get this show on the road:

It has a 20 inch bar and a 32 cc engine that outputs 1.6HP. It has a 550ml capacity fuel tank and a 260ml capacity oil tank. It weighs 16 lbs and comes with a two year warranty.

What makes this so special?

The price is simply unbelievable – you simply couldn’t ask for more than you get. It is almost the cheapest gas chainsaw in the field (see below!)

However it doesn’t perform like a budget gas chainsaw. The 20 inch bar cuts through anything up to medium sized trees like butter. It is more than a match for the average yard and you will be able to get through a lot of work in short amount of time.

I also like:

  • It also comes with a lot of accessories – two spark plugs, two chains, a tool kit, a gas canister. Literally you just need gas and oil and you are good to go!
  • It has many good extra features – including a side chain tensioner, a plastic cover for the guide bar and a handguard on the handle
  • The 20 inch bar is well balanced – and fantastic for the price
  • It is easy to maintain, clean and keep sharp
  • It has an anti-vibration system that works well

A warning:

On the downside it has terrible instructions! They are pretty vague and the illustrations are indecipherable.

The bar cover that comes with it is pretty thin and flimsy as well – it serves its safety purpose, but only just!

The bottom line is this:

Overall though this delivers the power, performance design quality of a much higher priced gas chainsaw. You can’t fail to be impressed by what you get at this cut price cost.

  • My Rating 92% 92%

Pros

Amazing price

Great performance

Comes with a number of accessories

Some nice extra features

Easy to maintain

Cons

Instructions are very poor

Bar cover is flimsy

#3 Rancher 20

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for the bargain of the century.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 20″
  • Engine Displacement – 58cc
  • Engine Output – 3.5HP
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 12.2lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The Rancher 20 brands itself as the lower priced chainsaw ever and it is a claim that is hard to beat, it is even cheaper than the Meditool Coocheer mentioned above.

Let’s take a closer look:

It has a 3.5HP, 58cc engine and a 20 inch bar. The fuel tank has a 550ml capacity and the oil tank 260ml. It weighs 12.2lbs and has a two year warranty.

Here’s the kicker:

To put it simply the price for this chainsaw is quite simply ridiculous!

Of course it doesn’t have quite the spec of a top line chainsaw, but it is a real bargain – giving you way more than you could ever expect.

For a start the 3.5HP and 58cc engine gives you power, good fuel economy and lower emissions. It equips you well to do most domestic cutting jobs and won’t let you down.

You know what else I like?

  • It is light so you can use it for extended periods of time
  • The chain is designed to reduce kickback and the intensity of kick back, combined with an assisted starting system and a quick stopping control it makes it ultra safe to use
  • It has a nice side mounted chain tensioner which makes it easy to access and adjust the chain
  • The gear driven oiler works well and provides consistent lubrication to the bar whenever the chain is turning
  • The reduced vibration handle is good and works well enough to reduce fatigue and helps keep the chainsaw balanced

But…

The main drawback is the carburetor does require some adjustment and it also seems to get through bar oil quickly.

So what does this all mean?

Well really could not ask for anymore at this budget price!

Keep it maintained well and even if it only lasts you a few years it will be one of steals of the century. Power and comfort for a bottomline price.

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Unbelievable price

Good engine

Light

Feels safe

Comfortable

Cons

Will require some carburetor adjustment

Gets through bar oil quickly

#4 Remington Outlaw

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for something ultra maneuverable.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 20″
  • Engine Displacement – 46cc
  • Engine Output – 1.6HP
  • Pitch – 0.325″
  • Weight – 16.6lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The Remington Outlaw is a well made, well designed gas chainsaw that really benefits from being extremely easy to maneuver.

The basics are:

It has a 20-inch bar and a 46cc engine that puts out 1.6HP. The fuel tank holds 520ml of fuel and the oil tank is 260ml in volume. It weighs 16.6lbs and comes with a two year warranty.

What is special about this?

The small frame of the Outlaw gives it a real advantage as it makes it easy to maneuver around trees and other places to till soil for gardening.

This also has a nicely cushioned wrap handle that makes this chainsaw balanced and comfortable to operate. Combine this with the small frame and maneuverability and you have a top notch chainsaw.

There is also:

  • The chassis – it is professional grade and die cast, you really feel it will stand the test of time and weather prolonged cutting tasks without a problem.
  • The 46cc engine which has a professional grade chrome bore cylinder that extends its life and increases output, giving you maximum power
  • The 20 inch bar and chain go through tough wood quickly and easily and are effective and powerful when you need to take down larger trees
  • You don’t need any tools to access the filter and spark plug, so this is really easy to maintain.
  • You get some nice extras such as a heavy duty carry case, bar and chain oil

It isn’t perfect:

It does lack a bit of torque however when you are using it at full throttle and also to adjust the carb you do need a specialized tool – a standard screwdriver won’t do. Without this tool you might not be able to get it running at peak power.

To sum up:

All in all this is awesome! I love how you get a lot of power out of it, but it is so easy to maneuver and comfortable to use.

Because of this you can use it for big jobs over a long period of time and it definitely won’t let you down!

  • My Rating 90% 90%

Pros

Wonderfully easy to maneuver

Cushioned handle wrap for comfort

Top quality chassis

Really good quality engine

Tool free maintenance

Cons

Lacks a little torque at full throttle

Need special tool to adjust carb

#5 Poulan Pro PP5020AV

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a great engine at a great price.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 20″
  • Engine Displacement – 50cc
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 15.4lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

If you are looking for a quality engine at a great price the Poulan Pro PP5020AV is the way to go.

Let’s dig a little deeper:

It has a 20 inch bar and the engine is 50cc. The fuel tank holds 15 oz and the chain pitch is 3/8th of an inch. It weighs 15.4lbs and comes with a two year warranty.

The key is:

The 50cc DuraLife Engine, which  is wonderful. It gives you considerable cutting power – you have plenty of torque to chop down one tree after the next, whether they be oaks, cedars, pines, etc, etc.

Despite the size of the engine it doesn’t feel too large to handle and is also economic on fuel.

The engine itself also starts easily – the pull starting system works flawlessly and you should very rarely have problems with it, even from cold. There is also an anti-vibration handle which does a good job.

I also like:

  • The air filter system is great and super clean – it is also easy to get to, no tools are needed to access it or the spark plug.
  • It has an automatic, gear drive, chain oiler that works well and keeps the bar lubed constantly.
  • It has an old style chain adjuster, but one that works very well making it easy to tighten the chain.
  • The 20 inch bar and full-complement chain is really good and along with the 50cc engine it can cut through really thick logs
  • The price point for the size engine and chain is great

But a warning or two:

The main flaw is the breaking mechanism. As it is a metal to plastic design, the plastic does get chewed up unless you let the saw idle to a stop and then engage the break.

Also the gas cap is incredibly difficult to get back on and takes a lot of fiddling and strength before it is tightened down!

The bottom line is:

This is an excellent medium duty chainsaw that is great for general property management and firewood cutting. What is more the price is a steal for a 50cc engine – great value!

  • My Rating 90% 90%

Pros

50cc engine is fantastic

Starts easily

Great chain oiler

Easy to adjust chain

Great price

Cons

Breaking mechanism could be better

Gas cap is awkward

The Best Large Gas Chainsaw 2019

#1 Husqvarna 460 Rancher

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for power and quality.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 24″
  • Engine Displacement – 60cc
  • Engine Output – 2.2HP
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 21lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

This is the Rolls Royce of all the gas chainsaws on the list – the Husqvarna Rancher 460 has lots and lots of power and top notch build quality.

Lets learn a bit more:

It has a 24 inch bar and a 60cc, 3.62HP engine. It weighs 12.79lbs and comes with a two year warranty.

The long and short of it is:

This is a step above your standard consumer gas chainsaw and you can immediately tell this when you fire up the X-Torq engine.

It has all the power you need to cut even the hardest of hardwoods and will cut stuff even the best consumer chainsaws will struggle with. The 3.62HP engine is an absolute beast.

Also the build of this chainsaw just screams quality. Everything, from the housing to the gas cap to the chain tensioner and the bar itself is made of very high quality materials, with a lot of attention to detail. It will last you not just for years, but decades.

And there is more to like:

  • The ergonomics. Again lots of attention to detail has gone into the design. For instance the 7° degrees tilted upper handle makes the saw so much easier to hold. Everything has been designed with the user in mind and the saw is really easy to handle as a result.
  • It has an adjustable oil pump that allows you to control the oil flow depending upon the job you are doing and the weather
  • It starts really easily – mainly due to the combined choke and stop control, which has the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of the engine flooding.
  • It has a centrifugal air cleaning system that removes larger dust and debris particles – which prolongs the engine life.
  • The saw has been built using industry standard bar bolt positions, sizes, mounts and so on. This means you can use any third party accessory when you need to replace something rather than being limited solely to Husqvarna accessories.

Where could it be better:

It does feel slightly heavy however, although this is not surprising given the amount of power it puts out.

Also the kick back brake release spring is very tight and does keep the brake engaged even when the handle is pulled back – you might need to look at loosening this.

Let’s recap:

This is one robust, powerful and truly well made chainsaw. If you have some demanding jobs to do and want something serious do not hesitate to go for this – just be prepared for A LOT of power!

  • My Rating 94% 94%

Pros

Loads of power

Top notch build quality

Fantastic design

Starts easily

Easy to get replacement parts

Cons

Slightly heavy

Kick back brake is too tight

#2 xtremepowerUS

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a bargain larger gas chainsaw.

Product Spec

  • Bar Size – 22″
  • Engine Displacement – 45cc
  • Engine Output – 2.4HP
  • Pitch – 3/8″
  • Weight – 16lbs
  • Warranty – 2-Year

The xtremepowerUS chainsaw might not be brand you are familiar with, but it seems to have covered the market in terms of budget priced larger gas chainsaws.

Let’s get started:

The bar is 22 inches and it has a 45cc, 2.4HP engine with a 0.55l fuel tank and a 0.25l oil tank. It weighs 16 lbs and comes with a two year warranty.

First Off:

This is the cheapest gas chainsaw in its range and it is certainly hard to imagine there is a better price to power/effectiveness ratio when it comes to larger gas chainsaws. It is in the same price bracket as some electric chainsaws but you get so much more power.

It is also surprisingly well designed and doesn’t feel its weight. The handle is sturdy and comfortable, and it is easy to pick up and move around and comes with several nice features.

What else is good?

  • The EcoBoost engine has a clean engine air-intake, which does a pretty good job of stopping dust getting in and can also be easily removed to be cleaned when needed.
  • It is also really efficient on fuel – so you can get through all your work without worrying about topping up the gas
  • The chain oiler works faultlessly. Unlike some more expensive saws that overheat under hard work, you don’t feel like this ever will
  • The anti-kickback chain and anti-vibration design mean there is less fatigue for the operator and it can be used for longer
  • Everything that needs to be adjusted/accessed, ie the chain, carburetor, fuel and air filters can be done pretty simply.

Where could this be better?

It isn’t a deal breaker, but the chain break is made from cheaper, thin plastic and isn’t necessarily easy to grip.

Also the spark arrestor could be better as this does throw sparks and the muffler gets hot to the point it causes wood to smoulder – and can make direct contact with the log.

To sum up:

The price and performance are exceptional. If you look after it it should last you a long time, even though for this price you could easily replace it every few years before you will have spent anything like you would do on some of its competitors!

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Great price

Ergonomically nice to use

Efficient on fuel

Chain oiler is great

Comfortable to use

Cons

Chain break is cheap

Issues around spark arrestor/muffler

The Details…

The Benefits Of Gas Chainsaws

There are a number of reasons why you should buy a gas powered chainsaw, but the most obvious one is power.

Truth is:

If you are going to need to do big cutting jobs on a regular basis then there is no other option. An average gas powered chainsaw can deliver more power and torque than even the top range electric or battery powered models could dream of.

So if you live on a tree filled property, need a lot of firewood and are regularly tackling heavy duty tasks then go gas.

It is that simple.

Also you are not restricted by a power cord and the need to be near a power outlet. Simply top it up with gas and go wherever you want.

If you have a large yard a gas chainsaw offers you the ultimate in mobility – you can go wherever you want! Your runtime is also only limited by your gas supply.

One final thing:

There is a bigger selection of gas chainsaws than electric or battery powered chainsaws – making it easier for you to get the features (ie bar length, engine size, etc) that you want.

How To Choose A Gas Chainsaw

If you have decided gas is the way to go then there are a number of factors to consider, most notably:

Bar Length

The guide bar length is measured from the tip of the chain to where it enters the housing.

You know the old saying size matters?

Well it certainly does in the case of a chainsaw! A chainsaw with a guide bar of 18 inches can cut through almost twice its length in a single pass.

The guide bar should be around 2 inches longer than the wood you want to cute, so for instance if you have a 16 inch diameter tree to cut then an 18 inch guide bar is perfect.

Stick with me here because:

You can still cut larger trees with smaller chainsaws, but you will need to do it in two passes. So an 18 inch bar length can cut a 36 inch tree.

However you wouldn’t want to make a habit of cutting larger trees with a smaller bar length – if it was going to be a regular thing then you would want a more heavy duty chainsaw.

Here is a rough guide to bar lengths:

  • Light cutting – 14 inches and under
  • Medium duty cutting – 16 inches to 20 inches
  • Heavy duty cutting – 22 inches to 36 inches

Safety And Kickback

In my reviews you will hear me mention kickback quite a bit. This is when you are cutting something and the guide bar hits another object or when it gets pinched by the wood it is cutting through.

This can cause a reverse reaction that ‘kicks back’ the guide bar towards the operator, and the force of the kick back can vary.

And no matter what:

It is almost inevitable you will experience kickback at some time, even if you take the utmost care.

Where possible try and make sure you use an anti-kickback chain (these are standard in most consumer grade chainsaws nowadays). Look out for other safety features such as a chain brake, chain catchers and a safety throttle.

You also need to be proactive and equip yourself with safety gear such as:

  • Head protection
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Heavy duty safety boots
  • Ear protection
  • Safety pants or chaps

Ease of Starting

There is nothing more annoying than a gas chainsaw that takes countless pulls to get started.

Look out for spring assist starting – this reduces the pulling force you need to start a gas chainsaw, making it much easier to get going.

Anti-Vibration

As gas chainsaws are the most powerful type of chainsaw out there take a look at the anti-vibration systems they have in place.

These will reduce fatigue and make the chainsaw much more comfortable to use if you have a lot of cutting to do.

Other Features

There are a host of other features you may want to consider, including:

  • Automatic Chain Oiler – does what is suggests, it lubricates the chain automatically for safer and more efficient cutting
  • Tool-less Chain Adjustment – adjust the chain tension or change the bar/chain without needing the use of tools
  • Exhaust Air Cleaning System – cleans the air prior to it getting to the air filter to extend the air filter and engine life
  • Throttle Lock – stops you accidentally operating the throttle by making you operate the throttle lock before turn the chainsaw on
  • Stop Control – stop the chainsaw quickly with the push of a button
  • Air Filter and Spark Plug Access – quick and easy access to the air filter and spark plug

Also remember to keep an eye on how heavy the chainsaw is and how long you intend to use it for. 12 pounds for instance might seem light, but think how it might feel after 30 minutes use.

The video below gives a more detailed overview of what to look for if you are buying a gas chainsaw:

In Summary

Best Gas Chainsaw 2019

There are some real contenders here, but I am going to say the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. A good size, starts easily and lovely to use with minimal vibration. It is a winner all round.

Best Gas Chainsaw For The Money

There are a couple of strong options here, but I am going for the xtremepowerUS – the price to power range is almost unbeatable. It has a good engine, is very well designed and is easy to adjust. All at a cut price cost.

Best Gas Chainsaw Under $200

I’ve already expounded the virtues of the xtremepowerUS, but the Meditool Coocheer Chainsaw is a great low cost chainsaw too. With a good 20″ bar, a number of accessories and features, you can’t go wrong.

Best Homeowner Gas Chainsaw

The Husqvarna 435E is the perfect chainsaw for the average homeowner. It is lightweight and well balanced but still gives you a lot of power. It is hard to beat in that respect.

Best 50cc Chainsaw

The Poulan Pro PP5020AV has much to like, the 50cc DuraLife engine being just one of them. It really is a steal at the price you will pay.

I hope you have found this rundown of some of the best gas chainsaws of use.

If you do have any questions or are uncertain about anything please feel free to drop me an email and I will do my best to help you.

Remember chainsaws are hugely powerful and you need to make sure you follow a number of guidelines to make sure you use them safely. Also the chain will need to be regularly sharpened to ensure you can cut efficiently.

And if you don’t want a gas chainsaw there are some fantastic electric and cordless chainsaws out there as well.

Enjoy!

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About The Author

Steve Mann

Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at steve@suaveyards.com.

10 Comments

  1. James

    I am looking at that Echo CS-400, after my Craftsmen died, I want one that is easy to start.
    I’m not sold on a gas one though, those battery ones seem to be the way to go, but I am worried about the battieries dying out and not being able to be replaced.

    I only use my chainsaw about twice a year, do you thing the Echo is worth it or should I go with a cheaper one?

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      The Echo is certainly easy to start and whilst it isn’t cheap, it certainly doesn’t break the bank either. 

      There are some really good battery powered chainsaws about though. It depends on the size of your yard and the amount of work you intend on doing.

      The WORX WG303 is a really good battery chainsaw that is very reasonably priced.

      If you check out my best chainsaws of 2018 post you can take a look at my recommended battery powered chainsaws.

      Hope this helps, but any other questions just shout.

      Reply
  2. Stew

    This is the best chainsaw review I’ve ever seen.

    Although I’m not in the market for one, I read everything you have on all of them.   Being as I’m clueless on chainsaws, the improvements  and tech going into them is quite something.  I’ve got a couple of friends who live in the country and now maybe I can talk their language on something.

    Great post

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Hi Stew – glad you found my post useful. I totally agree, the way things are improving with regards to the tech around many outdoor items is scary. Who knows where things will be in ten years time!

      Reply
  3. Tower Bridge Consultants LLC

    Steve thank you for the excellent review format. It was really easy to go through these reviews and easily grab the information. The Husqvarna 460 Rancher is definitely the biggest and baddest of them all. Would love to feel the power behind that one.

    I am thinking about buying a chainsaw and have learned a lot. I had no idea that you can purchase anti vibration accessory and many other nice things to make sawing more enjoyable. I can see your passion and expertise and I love it!

    Going to take a look at the Worx Trivac Blower Mulcher with Leaf Pro review next.

    Your website is a great find!

    – Jay S.

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Jay – glad you found this useful. THe Husqvarna 460 is indeed a beast! 

      Yes buying a chainsaw requires more thought than you might think – you will need to get safety gear and consider factors such as anti-vibration systems and automatic chain oilers amongst many other things.

      The great thing is though, once you get a chainsaw you like you are set for life. Good luck!

      Reply
  4. Norman

    Great post! We’re fortunate enough to have moved to a house with a very large garden where we have a large number of trees and will have to do a fair amount of pruning. I say “fortunate” because the garden is large enough to be a kind of forest for the kids…but there’s work to be done to maintain it. I like the Tanaka TCS33 – the warranty and the weight are standout points for me. Some of our trees are quite tall, and being able to use one hand to steady myself while pruning with the other will be very helpful. This is our first garden, and boy did we jump in at the deep end – for a starter, like myself, the Tanaka seems to be the best option. 

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Norman! Sounds like your kids are going to love your new house – I am almost jealous of the amount of space they will have!

      The Tanaka TCS33EDTP is a great choice and how often these days do you get a 7 year warranty on any product you buy? As long as your trees are over around 20 inches in diameter this will be plenty good enough.

      Good luck in your new home!

      Reply
  5. Emily Hii

    wow, there is a lot of chainsaws to choose from. Some of them looks like what I need! We live in an old house and we have big trees that needed to trim. But our big and heavy chainsaw needs to be replaced. I’m glad that I found this list and I will share to my husband to check it out! 

    Cheers

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  6. James

    Hi Steve, great review.  I have an old McCulloch, which is basically a knock off of a Husqvana. Ive read through your info and I am after a medium sized chainsaw specifically for cutting up firewood logs. So I need something that is going to rip through dried hardwood timber.  I really like to Husqvanas as they seem to start well and handle long continuous work loads.  Glad I came across this site .. good to get a comparison of the best gas chainsaws before buying. 

    JB

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