Chainsaws and chain brakes 

You may only list a chainsaw if it has a chain brake. This includes secondhand chainsaws.

All chainsaws must have chain brakes which comply with ISO 6535:2008 Portable chainsaws – chain brake performance. This is a requirement of the Unsafe Goods Notice issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

The Ministry 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”.

For more information about chain brakes and their ISO 6535:2008 requirements, visit the Ministry of Consumer Affairs website.  

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