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Best chainsaw brands

Reliable chainsaw brands

By Adele Dyer

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We've surveyed thousands of chainsaw owners to uncover the most and least reliable brands. Find out which brands top our table.

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We've rated the different chainsaw brands for reliability to guide you to those brands that should provide years of reliable service, and away from those prone to developing faults.

To do this, we've surveyed Which? members who own chainsaws, quizzing them about any problems they’ve encountered. We use this feedback to create reliability ratings for each chainsaw brand.

Most and least reliable chainsaw brands

The table below reveals reliability ratings for six chainsaw brands, including Stihl, Bosch and Husqvarna, based on the experiences of people who own them. 

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Brand Reliability rating Reliability score
Corded electric models
Petrol models

Table notes
Ratings based on a survey of 689 Which? members who own chainsaws in January 2018.

Sample sizes: Bosch (98), Husqvarna (52), Makita (30), McCulloch (30), Stihl (161), Titan (34)


Member Content

Common chainsaw problems

When we surveyed Which? members about the problems they’d encountered with their chainsaws, the following were reported the most often:

Electric corded chainsaws:

  • Engine won't turn over 38%
  • Chain tensioning problems 17%
  • Chain doesn't oil correctly 15%

Petrol chainsaws:

  • Engine won't turn over 20%
  • Chain tensioning problems 13%
  • Chain difficult to sharpen 9%

Chainsaw reviews you can trust

As well as rating chainsaw brands for reliability, we independently test and review chainsaws from the biggest brands and cheaper own-brands at the Which? test lab. Our rigorous field tests include an ease-of-use assessment, to find out how tiring it is to use the chainsaw, and hard-wood assessment, to discover whether the chainsaw can really cope with heavy cutting jobs.

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don’t take advertising and we buy all of the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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