High Quality Chainsaw Bars Husqvarna Toys Hockfire Saws

Buying from unknown sources. How to inspect a Chainsaw.

Grimmy

Super OPE Member
Local time
7:16 AM
User ID
444
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
226
Reaction score
472
Location
Traer, Iowa
Pull the muffler and spark plug!!! Take the right tools with you and look at the piston and cylinder.
What are you looking for? I don't mess with this stuff, but I run em.

I guess that's why I always buy new.
 

czar800

Mastermind Approved!
Local time
8:16 AM
User ID
533
Joined
Jan 14, 2016
Messages
7,165
Reaction score
37,454
Location
Ellwood City
Country flag
Yes it's the easiest way to look at the piston and rings. Its funny I don't have but one picture of a good piston. Sorry not a great picture.

image.jpeg
 

michaelmj11

Well-Known OPE Member
Local time
7:16 AM
User ID
600
Joined
Jan 19, 2016
Messages
252
Reaction score
227
Location
Starkville, MS, 39759, USA

Guido Salvage

Supreme saw hoeder
Local time
8:16 AM
User ID
679
Joined
Jan 26, 2016
Messages
2,078
Reaction score
7,006
Location
Farmville, VA
Country flag
If you do not know how to judge the condition of a saw, I would suggest you buy a new one. If you end up with a turd and don't know how to fix it yourself you will probably spend more than it is worth paying someone to get it going.
 

Normzilla

Pinnacle OPE Member
Local time
5:16 AM
User ID
475
Joined
Jan 9, 2016
Messages
2,184
Reaction score
5,117
Location
Cazadero CA
Country flag
If you do not know how to judge the condition of a saw, I would suggest you buy a new one. If you end up with a turd and don't know how to fix it yourself you will probably spend more than it is worth paying someone to get it going.
Great advise.
 

panteliss

Pinnacle OPE Member
Local time
2:16 PM
User ID
727
Joined
Jan 29, 2016
Messages
633
Reaction score
1,361
Location
Europe
So when looking at used chainsaws, or even "new" ones, on Craigslist, eBay, pawn shops, flea markets, etc.

How do you make sure the saw is everything the seller is claiming it to be? That it isn't just some temporary patch job on a broken chainsaw?
pull the starter rope if the saw stay down and the rope going up go for other saw
look the saw how its look outside if the plastics are for garbage be sure that and the inside is for garbage
take off the mufler and see the piston -cylinder ALWAYS
never trust a compression tester is just for taking a first idea always trust your eyes
never buy a saw that can not start , even if the seller say that need only a spark plug
dont buy from fleabay , or others the most there are garbages exept if you know the seller
compare always the price of a new with the price of the old , i cant believe that someone sell a 661 for 200 $ and tell that is in perfect condition only few tanks and all theese bullshits.
 

Definitive Dave

Piss Rev Mafia Member
GoldMember
Local time
8:16 AM
User ID
297
Joined
Dec 28, 2015
Messages
5,189
Reaction score
34,137
Location
Central Ohio
Country flag
If you are looking to buy a used saw at a flea market, pawn shop etc, it sounds like you are looking for a bargain and not your primary saw for heating your home, right?
that changes things
1.) always be ready to pay in cash for something you decide you want, mention the word "cash" it is a trigger for sellers.
2.) always be willing to walk away from a deal that isn't right even if you want the saw.
3.) realize that no pawn shop and most private sellers are not going to let you disassemble any part of a saw, if it runs, that is likely all the proof you will be able to get.
4.) be polite even if you don't buy or the seller has all junk, you might deal with them again and a dickhead makes a strong, memorable impression.
5.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about the saws you consider looking at and discount your offer strongly on saws you are buying as "part of the deal", read stuff on forums and remember the good bits
6.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about what replacement parts cost for the saws you like to buy, oem or aftermarket, are there things that are no longer available.
7.) increasingly you need to be able to spot a polished pig and aftermarket replacement parts, these are not inherently bad things but depending on what they are they can really affect value
8.) follow Ebay and Craigslist etc for listings and sales of saws you are interested in, even if you never buy there, it will help you have a decent frame of reference on the spread of prices on any given model
9.) keep a decent list of "phone a friend" contacts in your cell - if you find a minty logmaster in a pawn shop, know who to call to figure out what to pay and where to send it after you do, those contacts will save and make you money and help you find those little missing bits for saws down the road.

If you plan to target a pawnshop or dealer for leads/saws
1.) be prepared to prime the pump by making less than ideal purchases till they get to know you, and visit more frequently than you need to without becoming a stalker
2.) find out who you really need to talk to
3.) find out if they already have a go to guy that gets their saws or that first phone call when a cool saw shows up, don't waste your time trying to break into a locked system
4.) remember that slightly overpaying on the first chance a dealer offers you to buy some half decent builders will be remembered when you return to pick the back room.
5.) consider low level ethical food bribery - My favorite shops get homemade cookies delivered at Christmas time and occasionally good pizzas delivered at lunchtime after a killer deal, stomachs remember.

Dave
 

Landmark

Chainsaw Hack
Local time
8:16 AM
User ID
511
Joined
Jan 11, 2016
Messages
791
Reaction score
2,969
Location
WNC
Country flag
If you are looking to buy a used saw at a flea market, pawn shop etc, it sounds like you are looking for a bargain and not your primary saw for heating your home, right?
that changes things
1.) always be ready to pay in cash for something you decide you want, mention the word "cash" it is a trigger for sellers.
2.) always be willing to walk away from a deal that isn't right even if you want the saw.
3.) realize that no pawn shop and most private sellers are not going to let you disassemble any part of a saw, if it runs, that is likely all the proof you will be able to get.
4.) be polite even if you don't buy or the seller has all junk, you might deal with them again and a dickhead makes a strong, memorable impression.
5.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about the saws you consider looking at and discount your offer strongly on saws you are buying as "part of the deal", read stuff on forums and remember the good bits
6.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about what replacement parts cost for the saws you like to buy, oem or aftermarket, are there things that are no longer available.
7.) increasingly you need to be able to spot a polished pig and aftermarket replacement parts, these are not inherently bad things but depending on what they are they can really affect value
8.) follow Ebay and Craigslist etc for listings and sales of saws you are interested in, even if you never buy there, it will help you have a decent frame of reference on the spread of prices on any given model
9.) keep a decent list of "phone a friend" contacts in your cell - if you find a minty logmaster in a pawn shop, know who to call to figure out what to pay and where to send it after you do, those contacts will save and make you money and help you find those little missing bits for saws down the road.

If you plan to target a pawnshop or dealer for leads/saws
1.) be prepared to prime the pump by making less than ideal purchases till they get to know you, and visit more frequently than you need to without becoming a stalker
2.) find out who you really need to talk to
3.) find out if they already have a go to guy that gets their saws or that first phone call when a cool saw shows up, don't waste your time trying to break into a locked system
4.) remember that slightly overpaying on the first chance a dealer offers you to buy some half decent builders will be remembered when you return to pick the back room.
5.) consider low level ethical food bribery - My favorite shops get homemade cookies delivered at Christmas time and occasionally good pizzas delivered at lunchtime after a killer deal, stomachs remember.

Dave
Great answer!! Everyone should be clicking on ' best answer'. Thanks DD
 

GoBigBlue1984

Bluegrass Fart Knocker...
GoldMember
Local time
8:16 AM
User ID
450
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
1,411
Reaction score
5,236
Location
Kentucky
Country flag
If you are looking to buy a used saw at a flea market, pawn shop etc, it sounds like you are looking for a bargain and not your primary saw for heating your home, right?
that changes things
1.) always be ready to pay in cash for something you decide you want, mention the word "cash" it is a trigger for sellers.
2.) always be willing to walk away from a deal that isn't right even if you want the saw.
3.) realize that no pawn shop and most private sellers are not going to let you disassemble any part of a saw, if it runs, that is likely all the proof you will be able to get.
4.) be polite even if you don't buy or the seller has all junk, you might deal with them again and a dickhead makes a strong, memorable impression.
5.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about the saws you consider looking at and discount your offer strongly on saws you are buying as "part of the deal", read stuff on forums and remember the good bits
6.) be pretty darn knowledgeable about what replacement parts cost for the saws you like to buy, oem or aftermarket, are there things that are no longer available.
7.) increasingly you need to be able to spot a polished pig and aftermarket replacement parts, these are not inherently bad things but depending on what they are they can really affect value
8.) follow Ebay and Craigslist etc for listings and sales of saws you are interested in, even if you never buy there, it will help you have a decent frame of reference on the spread of prices on any given model
9.) keep a decent list of "phone a friend" contacts in your cell - if you find a minty logmaster in a pawn shop, know who to call to figure out what to pay and where to send it after you do, those contacts will save and make you money and help you find those little missing bits for saws down the road.

If you plan to target a pawnshop or dealer for leads/saws
1.) be prepared to prime the pump by making less than ideal purchases till they get to know you, and visit more frequently than you need to without becoming a stalker
2.) find out who you really need to talk to
3.) find out if they already have a go to guy that gets their saws or that first phone call when a cool saw shows up, don't waste your time trying to break into a locked system
4.) remember that slightly overpaying on the first chance a dealer offers you to buy some half decent builders will be remembered when you return to pick the back room.
5.) consider low level ethical food bribery - My favorite shops get homemade cookies delivered at Christmas time and occasionally good pizzas delivered at lunchtime after a killer deal, stomachs remember.

Dave
This is the comprehensive saw hoarders guide to saw hoarding. Written by D. Smith
 
Top