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Second-hand chainsaw

The second-hand market is a good way to buy
a cheap, quality chainsaw . However, the first step is to know where to look. We
will guide you here to the different places where you can find interesting
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Once you have found the right place, the
hardest part is to assess the condition of the machine and its level of wear
and tear.

Then, it is possible to negotiate the price
according to the diagnosis made by you. This requires a good knowledge of
chainsaws and their composition.

The condition of the machine: good deal or
good to throw away?

Of course, to assess the condition of a
used chainsaw, you need to be able to see it with your own eyes and be able to
handle it with a minimum of effort. This makes remote shopping sites relatively
unsuitable. The first thing to look at is the general condition of the
chainsaw: visible signs of wear and tear, damaged or broken shells or
protective elements, chipped paint, well-cleaned machine, etc. Keep in mind
that you are buying equipment that has already been used, so you will not find
the shiny plastics of a new machine. So don’t stay with your first impression
and ignore the aesthetic details of the machine: it doesn’t matter if the paint
is chipped as long as your machine starts up at a quarter turn and is able to
cut your firewood. On the other hand, the machine will need to be clean and
tidy, which suggests that the machine has been properly maintained. Also
inspect the environment in which the machine is stored, as this often gives an
indication of how well the owner takes care of his machines.

Then take a closer look at the wearing
parts by disassembling the cutting unit. Check the condition of the bar, chain
and drive sprocket. Also remove the spark plug to see if it is dirty. Find out
what type of mix is used in the chainsaw (homemade or ready-made). If the
mixture is homemade, ask the owner to show you how he does the dosing. Also ask
the owner to show you the type of oil and gasoline used. Check the condition of
the different triggers and knobs and the tightness of the different tanks.

Finally, try out the chainsaw. This is the
only way to find out how well the tool performs, how easy it is to handle, and
whether it’s right for you. It’s not a good sign if a salesman refuses to let
you try it. Before you start the machine, bring your hand close to the engine:
if the engine is hot, the chainsaw has been started recently and you won’t be
able to test the cold start. Check the oil and fuel levels and test the
engine’s compression via the starter. Once the chainsaw is started, immediately
test the chain brake to make sure it is working properly. Also test the
lubrication of the cutting device by accelerating while pointing the chainsaw
at the ground, so that oil is splashed lightly on the ground. Also, let the
machine run without touching the throttle to test the idle speed. Once these
tests have been completed, proceed to the actual use of the chainsaw by cutting
a few logs (which you may have brought along yourself). Cutting should be done
naturally and without forcing. This cutting test will give you an idea of the
weight of the machine and its manoeuvrability as well as the noise level of the
machine and its vibration level. You will also get an idea of the power of the
machine: depending on the diameter of the cut logs, does the machine suffer?
Then inspect the chips produced by the cut, which will give you information
about the sharpness of the chain.

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