In this article we are going to consider what the best gas chainsaw for the money is. We are only going to consider saws used round the home, farm and ranch and not those used professionally.
When considering this question, there are a number of factors which need to be taken into account. These include things such as:
Size and Power
Gas chainsaws come in all shapes and sizes. They are designed to carry out a whole variety of tasks from light cutting and pruning, right up to medium and heavy duty tasks such as bucking and felling large trees, clearing storm damage and cutting firewood.
Popularity and Ratings
Another important consideration is how popular a saw is with buyers and consumer ratings play a big part here. Some people believe that strong brand manufacturers produce the best products but I can assure you that this definitely isn’t always the case. Take brands like Stihl and Husqvarna. Both companies make a huge range of saws and within their ranges, ratings can vary widely.
Unless you know the full package, you can’t really make a decision about how much value a product offers. Some saws, for example, offer excellent anti-vibration systems; others adjustable flow lubrication systems. All these things need to be taken into account.
When you are looking at what is the best value product, you have to consider the price. Again, depending on the brand and type of saw, there are significant variances in the cost of a new chainsaw. Additionally, when looking at this you shouldn’t just assume that because something is cheap it offers the best value. You need to look at what you are getting for the money you spend. It may be that a $500 saw offers better value for the money than a $300 saw.
Based on the above criteria, I have come up with a list of the 5 best gas saws in different categories. I always think it’s useful to look at products side by side to see the differences at a glance so I’ve detailed the main features in the table below.
Best Large Saw
Husqvarna Rancher 460
Best Large Saw
Echo Timber Wolf
Best Light Duty
Best Medium Duty
The table above only provides a snapshot, so let’s look at each saw in a little more detail. If you want to learn more about each individual saw, just click on the title to head over to our review section:
This saw is not only has the largest engine, but is also the cheapest saw on the list. When it comes to quality, many lower priced products suffer in comparison to more expensive models but this is not the case with the Timberpro.
Consumer ratings are excellent, with many users commenting that they were really surprised by the power it packs and how easy it is to start and use. It has some good features, including the adjustable, automatic lubrication system and with its 20 inch bar it is capable of carrying out some pretty heavy duty cutting.
It all sounds too good to be true. Well, there are a couple of negatives which you would expect with a low cost product. The chains, whilst perfectly adequate, are not the greatest in the world and users may wish to consider upgrading at some point. In addition, the saw isn’t as solid as some other products (usually much more expensive), but it certainly isn’t flimsy and provided it is treated with care should be more than capable of standing up to the rigors of homeowner and farm use.
Coming in at well under $200, you won’t find a cheaper, high performing chainsaw on the market today. The Timberpro 62cc Petrol Chainsaw wins the ‘Best Price’ Category hands down.
The 460 Rancher is one of the most popular homeowner gas chainsaws on the market right now and with good reason. With its 60.2cc engine, the Rancher oozes power and is capable of taking a 24 inch bar and chain. This makes it capable of some pretty heavy duty cutting.
It contains all Husqvarna’s great features, including:
• ‘Lov-Vib’ anti-vibration system which keeps vibration on both the front and rear handles at safe levels.
• Automatic adjustable oil pump, enabling the rate of oil flow to be controlled.
• Easy to use side-mounted chain tensioning system.
• Quick release air filter so that this can easily be removed for cleaning or replacement.
• A centrifugal air cleaning system which means that dust and large particles are dispelled before they reach the air filter. This improves engine life and the number of times the filter needs to be replaced.
• X-Torq® engine system to provide better fuel consumption and cleaner emissions to help meet strict environmental standards.
• Combined choke/stop control and air purge for easier starting.
• Durable design and construction, including a forged three-piece crankshaft able to handle the toughest applications.
• A range of safety features, including an inertia activated chain brake to help reduce the likelihood of injury as a consequence of kickback.
• Distinct felling marks for better cutting precision.
This is the most expensive saw on the list. However, given its fantastic range of features and superb consumer ratings, we believe the price is fully justified. This highly popular chainsaw is ideal for anyone who wants a long-lasting product which won’t let them down. This makes it a winner in the ‘Best Large Saw’ category, but it has to share the accolade with the Echo CS-590.
Close on the Rancher’s tail in terms of power is the Echo CS-590 Timber Wolf. Like the Rancher, it is ideal for cutting large amounts of firewood and clearing storm damage. Capable of accommodating a 27 inch bar and weighing 16lbs., this saw can just about handle anything thrown in its path and certainly isn’t for the faint hearted.
It has all the usual features you would expect to see in a model in this class: automatic adjustable oiler, G-Force Engine air cleaning system, easy access air filter, translucent oil tank, vibration dampening system and a digital ignition system for easy starting.
Buyers love this saw, with around 90% of people rating it as either excellent or good. It was very difficult to find too many negatives. Some users thought that it was on the heavy side, although this shouldn’t really come as a surprise when considering a saw in this class.
In terms of price, this saw is slightly cheaper than the Rancher, but only by a few dollars. Indeed, it’s hard to split these models in so many respects so at the end of the day it could just come down to personal preference.
The Tanaka TCS33EDTP is the only top handle chainsaw to make the list. It is also the smallest saw to make the top 5.
With its low emission 32.2cc engine and 14 inch bar, this saw is ideal for carrying out a whole range of light cutting duties such as pruning, felling and moderate log cutting duties. The engine generates around 1.6HP and has a chain speed of 23 meters per second, enabling it to rip through the small stuff without problem. Weighing around 11lbs., this saw
is well within the handling capabilities of most power tool users, although it should be remembered that using a top handle saw does require a little more skill than the traditional rear handle variety.
Customer reviews for the saw are excellent. Users like the fact that the saw starts easily, cuts well and is ideal for both ground and tree work (for the suitably qualified). Indeed this is a professional grade saw which some professionals also have in their saw collection.
There weren’t too many negatives, other than the fact that some people found the saw to be heavier than they expected for a light duty model. That said, what one person considers heavy, another might consider light.
When it comes to light duty gas saws, the Tanaka is definitely our favorite.
The Remington Rebel is our choice in the best medium duty category. There was strong competition in this category and a few saws, such as the Husqvarna 445 had slightly better ratings.
In the end it was the price which swung it and the Rebel, costing under $150, is in the same price range as the Timberpro.
The Rebel is a solidly constructed saw which comes with a feisty 42cc engine making it ideal for trimming and pruning small and medium sized branches, limbing trees and bucking logs.
Ratings for the RM4216 are pretty good. Although they aren’t as high as some of the others in the list, this is perhaps to be expected with a saw which costs between $100 and $350 less than these other models. That said, 70% of buyers thought the saw was either excellent or good. Buyers like how easy the Rebel is to start and use as well as the excellent low price. There were a few negative comments about oil leakage during storage and the chain slipping, but these are common chainsaw issues.
You can see the full range of gas chainsaws by clicking on the Compare Chainsaws tab. Detailed reviews for each product are provided giving you all the information you need to make the right choice.
I hope you found this article useful. As always, these are only our views and other saws could easily have made the list. As mentioned above, for example, the Husqvarna is also a decent medium duty chainsaw which has higher ratings than the Rebel and may be the choice of a buyer prepared to spend a little more.