In this article we are going to discuss the pros and cons between STIHL and Husqvarna chainsaws and answer the big question – which is better?

STIHL is a German company, while Husqvarna is Swedish. However, both companies use Chinese parts. This makes the chainsaws cheaper to buy but does not mean that they are any less reliable or compromise on performance. Recent studies show that there is a 50/50 split between the two companies meaning that everyone has their own preference, just like choosing between cars or game consoles. This depends what the chainsaw is used for, e.g. homeowner or professional use. Homeowner chainsaws are used for smaller jobs around your home or property whereas professional chainsaws are used for industrial forestry management and tree surgery. STIHL chainsaws will weigh a lot loss then a Husqvarna chainsaw as they have smaller bars and a plastic crankcase, but a Husqvarna chainsaw will a have bigger engine and longer bar which makes it ideal for intense logging or forestry work.

Fuel Tank

A Husqvarna chainsaw will usually have a larger fuel tank, which allows you to work for longer periods of time without having to stop to keep refuelling. On the other hand, a STIHL chainsaw has a smaller fuel tank which makes it lighter and more comfortable to work with.


Generally, STIHL chainsaws are cheaper than Husqvarna chainsaws. This isn’t because they aren’t as good but because they have smaller bars, a plastic crankcase and a smaller fuel tank as mentioned above. This makes STIHL a great alternative to Husqvarna.


The power of the chainsaw varies between models as they are all powered by different engines. A recent study showed that Husqvarna chainsaws were used more for professional users as they have a stronger and more powerful cut, but STIHL chainsaws are favoured for smaller jobs around the home.


The difference between the two brands is clear when you look at what features each manufacturer of chainsaw includes. STIHL chainsaws include a fuel injection system whereas Husqvarna feature an air injection system which helps the removal of dirt and saw dust from the engine’s filter system. To make starting a STIHL chainsaw easier they feature STIHL’s ErgoStart system. However, Husqvarna chainsaws also feature a quick starting system which allows you to quickly and easily start your machine.


STIHL’s anti-vibration system is perfect for allowing you to easily access tight areas or for completing delicate cutting adjustments, making it suitable for cutting jobs around the home or property. Husqvarna’s LowVib feature is great as it minimises user fatigue and allows you to work for longer, making Husqvarna chainsaws ideal for use over long cutting periods.

Cutting Quality

Both STIHL and Husqvarna chainsaws have been designed to deliver maximum cutting efficiency and the quality of the cut is known to be very similar. As we mentioned earlier, STIHL chainsaws are lightweight which makes them ideal for a smaller person or for more delicate jobs, where as a Husqvarna has more power and longer running times due to their larger engine size and larger fuel tank capacity which makes them ideal for larger jobs.


Now that you have read through our blog, it is clear to see that both Husqvarna and STIHL have their pros and cons. Both manufacturers are very reliable, durable and efficient but we don’t think that there is a definitive answer to which one is better. It all depends what type of job the chainsaw is being used for and your personal preference. If this blog has interested you in a STIHL or Husqvarna, we supply a range of electric, battery, petrol and professional chainsaws that are suitable for both private and commercial use which can handle all types of jobs, no matter how big or small.