Chainsaws must have chain brakes - even second hand ones

All chainsaws listed on Trade Me must feature a working chain break - this applies to every kind of chainsaw.

By Trust and Safety 1 December 2020

Something that sometimes catches out Trade Me members is that the Minister of Consumer Affairs has issued an Unsafe Goods Notice under the Fair Trading Act for 'Chainsaws without a Chain Brake'.

This notice means that you may only list a chainsaw if it has a chain brake.

This includes second-hand chainsaws, which is where members often get caught out by the Notice.

All chainsaws offered for sale must have chain brakes which comply with the safety standard known as 'ISO 6535:2008 Portable chainsaws – chain brake performance'. This means all those old ones sitting in the back of some shed can't be listed.

Listings for chainsaws without this mechanism will be removed by Trade Me. If you identify such a listing on the site, please use the Community Watch button at bottom of the listing.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs advises that 'chainsaw' means any powered machine which drives an exposed chain for the purposes of cutting and which is operated by being hand-held.

It excludes any driven chains which are operated at the end of a pole and which are generally referred to as 'pole pruners', 'power pruners' or 'long reach pruners'.

Trade Me also considers chainsaws sold as 'parts' to also come under the Notice, especially if this is an attempt to work around the law.

It does mean that a busted chainsaw without a chain break, that could be repaired, cannot be listed on the site. If you do wish to sell chainsaw parts, each part needs to have a separate listing. If you try a work around, all such listings will be removed from the site.