"I'm new to your forum. I have joined mainly to alert buyers of chainsaws to be very wary of cheap chinese chainsaws being sold on the Internet, especially eBay. I can only speak for myself here, as I am sure there may be some happy chinese product shoppers out there."
"I recently puchased a saw on eBay. I have to report the saw is very poorly made and obviously quality control in China, where it is made, does not exist. The saw I purchased was not properly packed nor did it come with a manufacturers manual or thorough safety instructions. It was unsafe and did not work straight of the box."
This was my reply and probably good advice when tempted to buy a chainsaw unseen and from an unknown source:
Here is my assessment of your post and where you went wrong:
- You bought an unseen chainsaw on eBay. Never buy a saw without being able to visually see if it is indeed what you think you are buying, and for gosh sakes get at least a 30 day warranty.
- You tried to go the cheap route. I love Dollar Tree and BigLots as much as anyone for certain things. However, chainsaws are power equipment, need maintenance and often demand expert service. After buying several discount store brand saws that ended up in yard sales, I purchased a dependable Husqvarna with great construction, sturdy parts and a service department in nearly every community in North America. Echo and Stihl are also great saws.
- You disregarded the value of established dealerships. I am a big fan of chainsaw dealers and the products they service. Most of these dealers and many chainsaw repair shops will not service saws sold at department stores. I have owned several cheap saws and think the extra money paid for a reliable and serviceable saw is worth a little extra.