If you love to spend your time tackling the outdoors, you need the right tools for the job. For me, my time spent in the outdoors primarily revolves around property maintenance. We all know the importance of home maintenance, and when you own a large block of land like mine, the right tools become even more essential. This becomes every landholders reality sooner or later when they realize the enormity of their duties. Maintaining a property is more than just routine gardening – it involves taking steps to be prepared.

Regardless of your land size, there are several tools that I think are essential outdoor equipment to have on hand. One such thing is a chainsaw. Not only is it great for cutting wood, but a chainsaw can be used in more ways than you may think. From cleaning up trees after a storm to routine gardening, to breaking down old furniture for easy disposal, a chainsaw can be incredibly useful.

Click here to read my full buying guide for the best chainsaw.

What is important when choosing the best chainsaw?

A chainsaw is one of those things that can be less important to some people but crucial to others. Whether or not you need the best professional chainsaw on the market is one thing, but it is undeniable that a good quality chainsaw is handy. Not only that, but at times it is crucial, as many home/land owners would know.

Chainsaws are not something you want to mess around with. They are serious pieces of machinery, and so when buying one it is important to know the safety features of the model your are looking at, what the chainsaw is used for and how the chainsaw operates. I tend to focus on what I consider the three key points when looking at chainsaws. By doing your research and investing in the right chainsaw, you can end up with a chainsaw that will last you for years down the track.


Safety should come at the forefront of your purchasing decision regarding a chainsaw. As I said, chainsaws are serious pieces of machinery and they can do some real harm if they are not used correctly. The top chainsaws for sale will have safety features including chain brakes and low, set back handles that are positioned far from the blades. Doing a bit of research on how to protect yourself is important.


There are several types of chainsaws that you can purchase, the most common being gas and electric. Gas chainsaws are powerful and can be operated independently of electricity. In contrast, electric chainsaws are plugged into a power source and powered through electricity. There are advantages and disadvantages of both, with gas powered chainsaws usually having more power, but with electric chainsaws being more easily maintained.

Other types also included battery powered chainsaws and diesel powered chainsaws. The best type of chainsaw is usually dependent on the person buying it.


Finally, what do you plan to use the chainsaw for? Obviously, a gardeners needs will differ greatly from a tree feller. How you plan to use the chainsaw can give you an indication of the size, power and quality of chainsaw you need. You will find cheap chainsaw reviews alongside professional chainsaws on this site. If you are a complete novice, I can recommend the Chainsaw Operators Manual by Bernard Kestel, which has some great operational tips.

The following video has some great points from STIHL that can be generalised when picking the best chainsaw.

To help you find an appropriate chainsaw, you can refer to our chainsaw buying guide.

What are the best rated chainsaws?

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00CHRP8XS” locale=”US” tag=”csawman-20″]Echo CS-590 20″ Timber Wolf Chainsaw[/easyazon_link]

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Good value is expected from an Echo chainsaw with the Echo CS-590 being the best professional chainsaw I’ve seen.  The chainsaw is incredibly powerful, with a quality 2 stroke engine and a large 20 inch blade.

The chainsaws body allows for different bar sizes to be fitted, and the gas powered chainsaw pre-filtering system increasing the life of the air filter.

One thing is certain – this chainsaws versatility, power and quality make it an outstanding product.

Click here to read a full review on the Echo CS-590.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B0052EL9YU” locale=”US” tag=”csawman-20″]Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch Chainsaw[/easyazon_link]

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There are several things that make the Poulan Pro a great chainsaw. Poulan have already proven that they can produce some high quality chainsaws, and yet the Poulan Pro still manages to stand out.

Holding the Poulan Pro is a treat with a lightweight frame and a handle that reduces vibration. Cuts are therefore steady, smooth and clean. The pull start mechanism means the chainsaw start every time.

With a long life air filter and powerful engine, the Poulan Pro is a great value chainsaw.

Click here to read a full review on the Poulan Pro.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B001DO1OMK” locale=”US” tag=”csawman-20″]Husqvarna 450 18-Inch Chainsaw With Smart Start[/easyazon_link]

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Another trusted name is Huqvarna, with the 450 18 inch chainsaw. This is the perfect chainsaw for cutting firewood, and makes for a great homeowner chainsaw.

As a certified CARB efficient chainsaw, emissions have been cut substantially and therefore for those wishing to reduce their emissions, this is a great option.

The chainsaw starts easily with the smart start feature and operates quieter than other gas powered chainsaws.

Click here to read a full review of the Husqvarna 450.

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