Best gasoline chainsaw 2020

Why buy a gasoline chainsaw?

When we have to cut logs and think of a chainsaw, we all think of a gasoline chainsaw (well, gore fans may have something else in mind but that’s not the subject of this post ;-). They are classic, the most common and the best ones for most jobs.

They win by a landslide the race against their electric cable sisters when we talk about the necessary power and versatility of work, since they allow us much more mobility by not being tied to the cable. On the contrary, they need higher maintenance, since in addition to the chain and lubrication, they have all that refers to the engine and its start.

And above all, remember that it is a machine that can give you a great service, but which must be treated with respect. Use it with care and keeping all the rules of safety and common sense, especially in the starting procedure; we want you to keep all your fingers in place. Always use the basic safety elements: helmet, glasses, gloves, safety shoes, ear protection…

Unlike other types of tools, chainsaws require more frequent care and maintenance. Here you will find some essential concepts, but always remember to read the specific instructions of the equipment you buy, both for your safety and for the duration of your machine. Maintaining the engine, lubricating with proper oil, and maintaining chain tension and sharpness are essential.

Why a gasoline chainsaw?

Gasoline chainsaws are those that allow a more generic use and without limitations. They play in a superior line in power, whether we are talking about professionals or, in this case, we are no longer facing domestic use.

While the electric, battery or telescopic ones are oriented to very specific uses, the gasoline ones will usually serve us for everything, although in some areas they are not as comfortable as those oriented for specific purposes.

We have already talked about some of its virtues such as power, versatility or the ability to work anywhere. Now let’s look at some of its drawbacks.

The “dark side” of gasoline chainsaws is its greatest maintenance, especially derived from the engine. This, together with the need of keeping it in perfect conditions, make the start sometimes an ordeal, especially if it is not used regularly; this can be one of the major handicaps of its use.

You also have to take into account the fact that using fuel is less ecological and dirtier ,and it also increases the weight of the set, apart from other issues to consider before working.

The engine, usually two-stroke in these ranges, must have the fuel with oil for lubrication well prepared, as well as the spark plug and filters, both air and fuel, always in working order. It is also important that if we stop it for seasons we do not do it with fuel in the tank so that it does not give us starting problems.

It is vitally important to keep this type of tools well maintained, both to avoid ending up hating them because they do not work the way we expect, and for safety. For example, if the start is not perfect we will get easily tired, which always carries a greater risk, both in use and because when we are more fatigued we relax the safety regulations.

As this article focuses on domestic gasoline chainsaws, we will see that they are all two-stroke, that they are simpler and lighter engines, although they require us to be more careful with fuel and maintenance. The four-stroke ones are usually more focused on professional service.

In this comparison, we value the more traditional-looking ones, leaving the micro models for the comparison of the telescopic ones.

Which one is the best?

Remington RM4214CS

Another product in the line of groundbreaking prices of the range of this brand. In exchange, a product that complies, without stridencies, for non-abusive use.

Its 42 cc engine gives it enough power to cut what we need, although the original chain is not the best.

Without chain tensioner without tools, although taking into account its price we cannot take it into account. The sword in this model is quite short.

Pros
  • Breakthrough price
  • Power
Cons
  • Tensioner with tools
  • Short sword

 

Husqvarna 460 Rancher

To speak of Husqvarna is to speak of machines with a large share of the professional market, in which quality is indisputable, as well as its performance… and its price.

We can only praise the quality of this machine, which gives you the feeling of being in front of a much more powerful machine and who dares with everything. In addition, the guarantee of a great brand behind always gives us peace of mind.

Its low consumption and the brand’s effort to contain emissions must also be positively valued.

By cons, we find it difficult to justify its price for domestic and occasional use, since it can quadruple that of other similar equipment.

Pros
  • Quality
  • Power
Cons
  • Tensioner with tools
  • Price

 

XtremepowerUS 22

One of the best-selling products in this category on Amazon, basically for its extremely competitive price. Although we must be aware that in order to offer it, quality will not be its strongest point.

It complies with what it is intended for, both in power and ergonomics. Obviously, it would improve with a higher quality chain, but it is used for a non-extensive use.

Curiously, one of its strong points is weight, which is appreciated when you use it.

Pros
  • Price
  • Weight
Cons
  • Tensioner with tools
  • Quality

 

Poulan Pro PR5020

We are in front of a brand between two worlds, with a vocation in this range for the non-professional market, but with a Husqvarna heart. Quality trying to contain the price.
The power of its 50cc engine leaves no doubt that we are in front of a machine that can give us many satisfactions, as well as the general ergonomics.
You have to pay attention to the mixture, since it uses a lower proportion of oil than usual, and it can cause starting problems if not done correctly. Thanks to this, it is more respectful with the environment than some of its competitors. Remember that you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid problems.

Pros
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Power-consumption
  • Weight
Cons
  • Tensioner with tools
  • No oil level

 

Craftsman S185

Another contender in the competitive fight to find a chainsaw with the best value for money. In this case the price is prioritized, with a power, thanks to its 42 cc engine, which allows it to calmly attack all jobs.
By cons, the quality of the sword, as well as its size, and the chain could be better.

Pros
  • Price
Cons
  • Tensioner with tools
  • No oil level
  • Short sword

 

Gasoline chainsaw comparison chart

ModelBar lengthweightoil leveltensioned without toolsPrice
Remington RM4214CS
14 p.22 lbs.NoNoSee on Amazon
Husqvarna 460 Rancher
24 p.21 lbs.NoNoSee on Amazon
XtremepowerUS 22 
22 p.19 lbs. NoNoSee on Amazon
Poulan Pro PR5020
20 p.17 lbs.NoNoSee on Amazon
Craftsman S185
18 p.N/ANoNoSee on Amazon

 

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