Gas powered chainsaws are matchless for their performance and raw power. When it comes to the demanding work of felling trees and chopping them into firewood, there’s just no stand-in for the chain saw. In fact, they’re so incredible, it’s difficult to find a bad one.
Top Overall: Stihl MS 261 C-M
The Stihl might be heavier and longer than its competitors, but it’s a good, torque chainsaw that locks in and stays with the cut, no matter how hard it becomes. Some of the motive for this is the saw makes its full horsepower at a rpm lower than the other saws.
This saw has the new STIHL onboard microprocessor that automatically compensates and digitally monitors for changes in your work conditions like temperature, elevation, fuel quality, and dirty air filters. Later for manual adjustments.
The Stihl MS170 is great for ranchers, farmers and arborists. It is also usable and accessible for homeowners. It has a solid power-to-weight ratio and the low-price tag is quite moderate.
Husqvarna 550 XP
A quick-fast saw with plentiful torque and good throttle response. We dug the way the bar-oil caps and gas had fold-up handles that are out of the way and were simple to use. And with a side-mount chain-adjustment screw, it’s quick to service.
Jonsered CS 2253
A good saw and, as far as we can tell, a similar type as the Husqvarna at a little lower price. It was about as quick as its doppelgänger but had just a tad more vibration. Not enough to fret about, but obvious on the hardest cuts.
Plenty of saw for the money. It’s simple to start and all but hard to flood, whether warm or cold. We liked the customary adjustable carburetor and the toggle switch for off and on.