Best Gas Chainsaws

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 11, 2017
Chainsaw is a versatile tool currently used by various specialists, including lumbermen, builders, rescuers and even sculptors. If you own a country house or a farmstead, you sorely need the chainsaw. We picked 5 best chainsaws and reviewed them to help you choose the right model. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Engine
Starting system
Weight
Bar length
Chain pitch
Cylinder displacement
Fuel tank capacity
Oil tank capacity
Air filter cleaning system
Oil supply system
Safety
 
PROS
A powerful, easy-to-use gas chainsaw will keep pollution low and greatly reduce fatigue during operation.
CONS
The high price. Still, you get the best-in-class gas chainsaw.
OUR VERDICT
This chainsaw is irreplaceable in any household. Equipped with a powerful, fuel-saving engine, it will easily cope with heaviest work.
detailed parameters
Engine
3.2 HP with X-Torq technology for reduction of harmful emissions
Starting system
Smart Start
Weight
11.3 lbs
Bar length
18 inches
Chain pitch
0.325 inches
Cylinder displacement
50.2 cc
Fuel tank capacity
15.2 oz
Oil tank capacity
8.5 oz
Air filter cleaning system
Centrifugal filter cleaning system
Oil supply system
Automatic
Safety
LowVib vibration dampening, Inertia activated chain brake
PROS
The low-emission engine will leave no carbon footprint in the environment. The low fuel consumption will save your money.
CONS
Small power capacity is not always enough for long-term operation.
OUR VERDICT
This chainsaw is good for simple home jobs - felling trees, cutting branches, and construction.
detailed parameters
Engine
2.2 HP 2-stroke G-Force Engine
Starting system
i-30TM
Weight
10.1 lbs
Bar length
18 inches
Chain pitch
0.325 inches
Cylinder displacement
40.2 cc
Fuel tank capacity
13.9 oz
Oil tank capacity
9.5 oz
Air filter cleaning system
Air Pre-Cleaner for reduced air filter maintenance
Oil supply system
Automatic/Adjustable
Safety
Vibration Reduction System for Operator Comfort, Inertia-type chain brake
PROS
Electric start for working in any weather conditions. Automatic lubricator ensures timely oil supply.
CONS
The chainsaw may be too heavy, in particular when used for a long time.
OUR VERDICT
The chainsaw is good for cutting trees into firewood and felling medium-sized and large trees. It's an irreplaceable helper for construction jobs.
detailed parameters
Engine
3.5 HP powerful 2-cycle gas engine
Starting system
QuickStart
Weight
20 lbs
Bar length
18 inches
Chain pitch
3/8 inches
Cylinder displacement
51 cc
Fuel tank capacity
18 oz
Oil tank capacity
15 oz
Air filter cleaning system
The filter structure allows for easy cleanup
Oil supply system
Automatic/Adjustable
Safety
Front and back anti-vibration handles, Inertia chain brake
PROS
Very convenient and shock-absorbing handles. Easy and secure starting.
CONS
The chainsaw gets blunted quickly and requires regular grinding.
OUR VERDICT
A good chainsaw to fell big trees. A powerful engine and a long 20-inch chain will do the job quickly and easily.
detailed parameters
Engine
3.2 HP with DuraLife Engine increases the service life of the engine
Starting system
Effortless Pull Starting
Weight
15.5 lbs
Bar length
20 inches
Chain pitch
3/8 inches
Cylinder displacement
50 cc
Fuel tank capacity
15 oz
Oil tank capacity
10.4 oz
Air filter cleaning system
Super Clean Air Filter System
Oil supply system
Automatic
Safety
Anti-Vibe Handles, Double post chain brake
PROS
The mid-range engine of this gas chainsaw is environmentally friendly and provides effective and safe cutting.
CONS
Low capacity of the fuel tank.
OUR VERDICT
This gas chainsaw will be perfect for longtime jobs thanks to the lightweight body and effective anti-vibration system. The high-performance engine provides fast and efficient cutting.
detailed parameters
Engine
1.6 HP PureFire® low-emission engine
Starting system
Purge primer bulb for easy start and warm up
Weight
12.4 lbs
Bar length
12, 14 in.
Chain pitch
3/8 in.
Cylinder displacement
32.2 cc
Fuel tank capacity
9.9 oz
Oil tank capacity
6 oz
Air filter cleaning system
Easily accessible air filter allows for quick clean-up.
Oil supply system
Automatic
Safety
Advanced anti-vibration system, Inertia chain brake, Throttle trigger lockout

What is a Gas Chainsaw

A gas chainsaw is a must have tool of every owner of a detached house. Cutting dead tree limbs and sawing trees is a routine job of those who possess gardens and yards. Whether you need the firewood for sauna, barbecue or construction works, a gas chainsaw will come in an irreplaceable substitute. But to acquire the tool which is worth spending your money, the gas chainsaw has to ensure portability, security, durability and ease of use. Our review of the best 5 gas chainsaws will help you choose the model for your needs.

Remember that any gas chainsaw can be used only outdoors as it emits exhaust gases. If you need the tool for indoor jobs, take a look at electric chainsaws, reciprocating saws, and circular saws.

What Features to Compare

Power and weight

When buying a gas chainsaw, you need to decide what primarily you’re going to use it for. If you mostly need to do heavy works and cut thick and dense trees, power and weight of the tool are essential. The more powerful the engine, the better and the quicker the gas chainsaw will fell the trees. However, if the scope of work is not that big, you can opt for something less powerful. Powerful engine will help you do most garden jobs like cutting dead tree limbs, sawing the firewood and doing minor repairing works. Every gas chainsaw has a 2-cycle engine, a fuel tank and an oil tank to grease the gear and bar.

Bar and chain

Gas chainsaws also vary in the length of the bar and the chain. The bar length determines what kind of trees the tool is able to saw. For example, a gas chainsaw with the 18” bar will easily saw a tree of 15” diameter thick. Sometimes customers combine bars of different chainsaws and that’s what may lead to damage of the engine. The bar should be of the right length and it should be tightened properly. The chain adjusted to the bar influence performance as well. Consider the chain pitch (a distance between the nearest pitches) to see how effectively the gas chainsaw will do the job. The minimum chain pitch of a saw is equal to 0.325" which is perfect for small garden jobs. It doesn’t produce a lot of noise and reduces vibration. Professional gas chainsaws have 0.375" and 0.404" chain pitch. They aren’t as quiet yet more powerful and effective.

Safety

A gas chainsaw is a risk-prone tool and hence, safety of use is more than important. The most dangerous situation during operation is a kickback, when hard material gets in the way of the bar. To eliminate the risk of any injury, it’s essential to quickly stop the chain, and doing so is possible with the inertia brake.

Usability

Every gas chainsaw is different and unique, so look for the features that will make usage more comfortable for you. Ergonomic design and a light frame will reduce fatigue and strain in the back while the quick start will let you get the saw to work immediately. You may want to consider technologies that reduce harmful emissions in the air during operation. Automatic oil supply and minimized vibration are also presented so that anyone can purchase just what he needs.

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Husqvarna 450 18-Inch

Power and Weight

Husqvarna 450 is equipped with a powerful engine with 3.2 HP and the effective volume of 50.2 сс. This wisely designed engine will save the fuel and, consequently, your money. Moreover, the X-Torq technology reduces the harmful emissions of the engine and this way saves the environment. The power of the engine is quite enough for firewooding and construction. The light-weight frame minimizes the strain on your body. The small weight of the chainsaw which is 11.33 pounds will let you cut the wood for hours tirelessly.

Bar and Chain

The 18-inch bar of this chainsaw is able to cut the wood with the thickness of up to 15 inches. The chain with the minimum step of 0.325 generates less vibration but is less productive at the same time. The design of this chainsaw allows you to install a 3/8-inch chain to cut the harder wood and work more effectively.

Safety

The designers of Husqvarna 450 care about safety so they equipped it with the chain brake which is activated by the force of inertia. This brake will protect you from the kickback when you touch the wood with the chain and start sawing. Your body and limbs will be protected if you choose this model.

Usability

The engine and starter of this chainsaw are designed so as to provide easy starting which is performed by Smart Start function. Air Injection centrifugal cleaning system extends the service life of air filter. LowVib anti-vibration system reduces vibration and reduces the strain on your hands. Automatic oil supply system will always grease the chain and the visible level of fuel will let you know when you should refill the chainsaw.

Husqvarna 450 18-Inch
Husqvarna 450 18-Inch
 

ECHO CS-400 18-Inch

Power and Weight

ECHO CS-400 is a low-power chainsaw with the power of 2.2 hp and weight of 10.1 lbs, so it will become a versatile and convenient assistant in your yard. This chainsaw will help whether you decide to cut the firewood and chop the twigs in your garden or build a summerhouse or workshop in your yard. You will get a powerful and yet lightweight machine to make your routine gardening jobs a piece of cake.

Bar and Chain

The bar of this light chainsaw is 18 inches long so it will easily cope with thick trees. The 0.325-inches pitch of the chain considerably reduces the level of vibration which facilitates sawing. Nonetheless, you should take into account that this chainsaw is not intended for long use and it is more effective to use this chainsaw for 2-3 hours a day.

Safety

The safety system of this chainsaw is common for this kind of machines. The handle of inertia activated brake is raised up and when the chainsaw kicks back after touching the wood, the user's hand thrusts the handle and thereby activates the chain brake. The chain brake can be actuated by inertia force as well.

Usability

Anytime you need to start this chainsaw, there will be no problems - the i-30TM starting system will turn the chainsaw on easily and immediately. G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner will reduce the consumables for cleaning the air filter. The chain will always go smoothly due to automatic and adjustable oil supply system.

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ECHO CS-400 18-Inch
ECHO CS-400 18-Inch
 

Remington RM5118R Rodeo

Power and Weight

Remington RM5118R Rodeo is the most powerful and heaviest chainsaw considered in our review. With the power of 3.5 hp, the weight of this formidable machine is about 20 lbs. You can use this chainsaw for about 8 hours a day which is really impressive. This chainsaw is a real slogger which is meant for construction and civil works.

Bar and Chain

The bar which is 18 inches long and the chain with 3/8-inches pitch are combined well with the powerful engine. These component parts indicate the high performance and applicability of this chainsaw so it can be successively used by both common users and professional woodcutters in any branch of industry.

Safety

This chainsaw is quite safe and in the event that it kicks back or you drop it on the floor, the chain will stop moving. This design will prevent you from injuring. Still, it is advised to wear protective glasses and clothing to keep yourself protected, in particular if you saw the hard or dense wood.

Usability

The chainsaw is equipped with electric start system for more secure starting in any weather conditions. The weight of the chainsaw is quite big, and, therefore, the strain on your hands and vibration will be high as well. Despite this fact, front and back anti-vibration handles will protect you from this adverse influence and the rigid cast body of the chainsaw will withstand any loads. Having this chainsaw at hand, you will cut even sequoia.

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Remington RM5118R Rodeo
Remington RM5118R Rodeo
 

Poulan Pro PP5020AV

Power and Weight

Poulan Pro PP5020AV is provided with the engine of 3.4 hp with the weight of about 15.5 pounds. This powerful saw can do much more than just gardening. You will be able to saw the middle-sized and large trees and use the chainsaw for various purposes in construction. The chromed cylinder and DuraLife Engine technology extends the service life of engine, so you will use your chainsaw longer getting an excellent performance.

Bar and Chain

This chainsaw features one of the longest bars which is 20 inches long. The chain with the 3/8-inch step is highly productive, though, the vibration level is pretty high at the same time. Nevertheless, having this powerful machine, you will be able to cut the thick trees and saw the hard wood like oak or ash.

Safety

Like most chainsaws, this model is equipped with the inertia activated brake to protect your body during kickback when the chainsaw meets the hard surface like frozen wood. The brake stops the chain immediately, so you'll not get injured when working in the garden, construction site or just preparing for winter and cutting the trees into firewood in your yard. Safety is important and this chainsaw is really safe.

Usability

This chainsaw is equipped with the system of quick and secure start and Super Clean filtration system that reduces the frequency of the air filter cleaning. The Anti-Vibe handles will let you use the chainsaw for hours without fatigue. The chain will be always greased thanks to automatic oil supply system.

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Poulan Pro PP5020AV
Poulan Pro PP5020AV
 

Tanaka TCS33EDTP/14 32.2cc 14-Inch

Power and Weight

Despite the medium power of the engine, the performance of this gas chainsaw is rather high. The low degree of emissions makes this gas chainsaw environmentally friendly, so the air around you will be clean when you cut branches and twigs in the backyard. The small size and lightweight body of this chainsaw will allow you to work for a long time and cut both soft and hard wood quickly and effortlessly.

Bar and Chain

This chainsaw comes with a 14-inch bar and a chain with a 3.8-inch pitch. Moreover, you can additionally purchase a 12-inch bar and a chain to make this chainsaw lighter and more maneuverable. The length of the bar will allow you to cut the long branches. Thus, your garden will always be well-groomed. Finally, this gas chainsaw is highly efficient and lightweight, so even your wife will manage to cut the branches and twigs in a homestead.

Safety

The chain brake will stop the engine when the chainsaw kicks back or if you accidentally drop it onto the ground. This safety feature will prevent the chain from damage and your body from injury. Besides, the throttle trigger lockout will prevent the accidental start of the chainsaw. The front hand guard will secure your hand from the wood chips, particularly if you are cutting the dead wood. Anti-vibration spring and rubber will reduce the vibration and, respectively, strain on your hands.

Usability

The purging of the fuel system will allow you to start the chainsaw promptly. The advanced anti-vibration system will make you feel comfortable during the cutting and you will not get tired even if you work for hours. The side case provides you with the quick and convenient access to the guide bar, saw chain and sprocket when the chainsaw needs repair or maintenance. In addition, the side access allows you to easily adjust and tension the chain.

Tanaka TCS33EDTP/14 32.2cc 14-Inch
Tanaka TCS33EDTP/14 32.2cc 14-Inch
 
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