Quarries using chain saw machines have been visited to collect natural stone samples and recording performance and operational conditions of these chain saw machines. After defining the physical and mechanical properties, the samples were tested with a linear cutting test rig using chisel type cutting tools having different sideways angles to determine the cuttability of the stones; this included the maximum tool forces and relationships between cutting performance of chisel tools and the mechanical properties of the stones. Two empirical models for prediction of the areal net cutting rate of the chain saw machines were developed, which is very important for decision makers at the feasibility stage of a quarrying operation. One of the models is based on the chain saw penetration index, and uses the uniaxial compressive strength of the stone, weight of the chain saw machine and useful cutting depth of the arm as predictor parameters. The other model is based on the results of linear cutting experiments performed in the unrelieved cutting mode with a standard chisel tool and uses specific energy as the predictor parameter.