Best Gas Powered Chainsaws 

By  Enda McLarnon

Best Gas Power Chainsaws

If you would like to read a buying guide on which chainsaw to pick, then please check out out chainsaw buyer’s guide by clicking here. This article reviews the Top 10 gas powered chainsaws currently available in the market place.

Gas powered chainsaws come in a variety of lengths including 14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″. They are mainly all 2-stroke and the most popular brand is the Husqvarna, which certainly seem to have the biggest choice of models, and a nice range of prices.

Below we have completed a table with the highest rated products first which should help you out from trying to sort through all of the information yourself. Underneath the table I have then completed reviews on the top 5 chainsaws on the list.

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Husqvarna 455 Rancher

Husqvarna 455 Rancher chainsawThis this one is the most expensive at around $400 but as I have sorted these by the highest buyer rating, you might expect that to be the case.

It is one of the very best available which is why it attracts such high ratings. The bottom line for most people will be the price and whether they can afford it or not.

It is rated at 4.4 out of 5 stars which is a very good rating and it is a 20″ blade size so perfect for those bigger and faster cuts.


  • This one is easy to start
  • It is very powerful and cuts very quickly
  • Easy manual chain adjust
  • Sensitive chain brake


  • Pretty loud

You will have little to complain about should you decide to buy this saw. The ratings and the reviews will all tell you that this one is a very good saw and suitable for most uses. Personally I do struggle with the heavy price tag.

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Husqvarna 460 Rancher

In terms of a very high rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars but it does cost around $480 and the most expensive one on my list. One reviewer described this one as easy to start and tough as nails. That is indeed an excellent summary of a very good saw.

Husqvarna 460 Rancher

What I like best about it is the combination of being light in weight and the power that it can generate. That for me is a winning combination. Now none of the saws on my list are what are termed professional saws, but this one is about as close as it gets.

One word of warning though is to read the manual very carefully. It states on that to be sure the chain break is off before removing the clutch cover.

If you don’t you will have to take it a dealer to have it put back on. I normally don’t bother reading these manuals, but I found this nugget in the reviews and it is worth taking note of.

You should always use premium gas, 91 octane or higher or they may overheat. You must also use high performance 2 stroke oil. Stihl or Husky XP oil is highly recommended by professional saw shops.

I do recommend this saw to anyone who needs a good all around saw. These don’t use a lot of fuel so put the good stuff in and they will last a great deal longer.

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Tanaka TCS40EA18

This is a good quality 18″ chainsaw with a strong 4.2 out of 5 star rating. It costs almost $280, so one of the cheaper ones on my list.

It is powered by a 40 cc , 2.4 Hp commercial grade engine so has plenty of power. This one is an efficient saw and is great for cutting firewood or simply cleaning up in and around the yard.

It is light in weight and is low in vibration which will make it easier on the hands and arms. It is CARB Tier III Compliant and does cut down on the fumes a lot.

It also comes with a 7-Year consumer warranty. Not many brands can compete with this type of warranty.

Tanaka TCS40EA18 18-Inch 40cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw

All buyers say this one works really well and cuts with some ease. The unit consumes VP Racing “Small Engine Fuel” and Amsoil Saber 100:1 Premix oil exclusively so please be aware of that. This product is made in China and the brand is probably better known for its lawn mowers. One reviewer said the following;

I have used Stihl, Echo, Poulan and other brands but this is the best starting and running saw i have ever used. I followed directions on starting and it started the second pull and the first pull there after. It sure has the power to cut big trees and it is a breeze for limbs. Know wonder they put a seven year warranty on there chainsaws.

Husqvarna 965146701 Model

This one is a good saw and the 4.1 rating is about right for this one. At $370 though it is a costly enough purchase, though still cheaper than the first two from the same brand on my list. It is an 18″ saw though whereas the first two are a full 20″.

Husqvarna 965146701 18-Inch 50.2cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw

Husqvarna 440E

Finally at number 5 on the list we have this 16″ saw rated overall at 4.3 out of 5 stars and costs around $290 so at the lower price point for a gas powered chainsaw. Like all of the chainsaws on my list this one is also CARB compliant.

Husqvarna 440E 16-Inch 40.9cc 2-Stroke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw

For cutting logs and general clean up duties this one will get the job done. To be honest I think the extra investment in a 20″ just makes your life a great deal easier. This model has been out for a while and it is certainly a very robust saw, starts quickly and has enough power for the shorter 16″blade.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun

Enda McLarnon

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