Chainsaws aren’t just for horror movies they are useful tools. They can also be an expensive purchase, so consider a used chainsaw if you’re looking. Purchasing a used chainsaw might seem like a strange purchase, but it is the most affordable way to do it.

A chainsaw is not an everyday tool, so you probably do not need to buy the best and most expensive one on the market for occasional use. A limited budget is another reason to consider a used chainsaw. It’s important to figure some things out before you go out buying a chainsaw on the internet.

Know Why You Want a Chainsaw

The most important question is, why do you want a used chainsaw? Do you really need one? Is it for a heavy-duty project or light yardwork? There are many different types of chainsaws out there, so you need to figure out what you’re looking for.

If you don’t need something very big, or are planning to take it with you somewhere, perhaps a battery-operated chainsaw is for you. They are more compact than a regular chainsaw, and don’t need to be plugged into the wall.

For something reliable to use at home, an electric chainsaw could be for you. The electric chainsaw plugs into the wall, so you’ll be tied to a cord. This chainsaw is perfect for everyday casual jobs and will not be difficult to use.

A gas-powered chainsaw might be for you if you have heavy-duty jobs to do. This chainsaw doesn’t rely on being plugged into the wall and can be lugged out to hard to do jobs like cutting down large trees.

Choosing a Brand

Once you have decided what the purpose of your used chainsaw it, now it’s time to look at brands. If you’ve never purchased a chainsaw before, this might not seem like a big deal but it is important to make sure you are getting a quality used chainsaw. Some reliable brands are:

  • Black & Decker
  • Stihl
  • Husqvarna
  • Craftsman
  • Remington
  • Poulan Pro

As of 2019 these are rated as the best brands to purchase when buying a used chainsaw. You want to make sure you go with a brand that is built to last if you are getting a pre-owned item. That way you know it won’t become worn out too quickly and will function properly. You may even be able to purchase one that is still covered under warranty.


So, how much is this used chainsaw going to cost? Excellent question. Another point of research for you will be to check out how much the new version of the model you are looking at is selling for. On eBay, electric chainsaws can run around $300.

With anything, something cheap, it is probably too good to be true. Even when buying a used chainsaw make sure you are purchasing something that is quality and safe to use. Another important thing to check is how old the chainsaw is. Make sure to check listings for any issues the previous owner has listed. Just because it is almost new doesn’t mean it is going to be a quality product.

Ask the seller how much the used chainsaw has been, well, used. Even if it is newer, if it has been used quite a bit, it may be safer to find an older model that hasn’t been used as frequently to ensure it will last a while.

After you decide what type of used chainsaw to buy, eBay has many buying options that make it easy for a novice in the chainsaw world. If you are looking for a tool to use around the yard, an electric chainsaw will be your best bet.