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 07-28-2011, 18:45 Post: 179579
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I recently purchased a small chainsaw in Idaho for $350 while I was visiting from Australia. The dealer insisted on putting gas in the machine before purchase. I now find that even tho the tanks are now drained it is classed as a dangerous goods and would cost more than $600 dollars to ship back to Australia, Does anyone have any experience with shipping chain saws? as it looks like it is not a proposition to bring it over here as it stands. Can I fix it so that it can be shipped as normal freight?






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 07-28-2011, 20:13 Post: 179581
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 07-28-2011, 20:21 Post: 179582
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 07-28-2011, 20:53 Post: 179583
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Those dealers are trained to get any new Stihl product running before releasing it. But I can suggest two possibilities.

Stihls are easy to disassemble without tools. Remove the bar, scrunch up the chain, and ship separately as cutter components along with the manual and whatever. (They last forever, so you might want to get an extra plug, bar, sprocket, and a few extra chains -- unless they're available Down Under.)

Run the motor until dry, remove the plug (so it's inoperable), wrap in plastic in case it's sniffed for volatiles, and label the same way. What doubles the space required is the wrap-around handle. I've not removed one but it shouldn't be hard.

Or explain to the dealer the consequences of his insistance on running it, and get him to replace it with a factory-dry one. Stihl makes cases that hold everything assembled.






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 07-29-2011, 02:43 Post: 179588
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Thanks for the tips, The story gets worse however. I intended to bring it home with me as my checked luggage. I drained the tanks and ran the motor dry. I removed the bar and chain and wrapped them in plastic. I purchased a Husqvarna chainsaw box which is more compact than the stihl. I removed the chain section from the box. The airport check in (two females) refused to accept the box after asking if the saw had been fueled. I had no option but to board the plane for Aus leaving the saw with a relative in Canada. We are now trying to organize something but he is busy and dismantling the chainsaw may not be possible. We are currently investigating transport by ship but that doesn't look too good either. I may follow up on your suggestion of getting a " clean" one from the dealer but I am not all that confident.
In Canada we would have to employ a dangerous goods consultant to classify the package. Bureaucracy!
What a pain
Incidentally everything is available in Aus but at more than double the price, hence my reason for purchasing in the US. A false economy as it turns out. Maybe a Stihl strategy?
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 07-29-2011, 07:55 Post: 179589
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Too bad, but because of several instances of cargo-hold fires/explosions, including a fairly recent and lethal one in Florida, airlines ban any source of ignition, including volatile cumbustables. The query about it having been fueled was because at altitude, the vapour would infuse the hold.

Your Canadian contact could air-blow the tank, and get it picked up and shipped by FedEx as a never-fueled saw, or try the Post Office, but the cost (plus possible Aussi import duties) will wipe out your savings, and there will be considerable paperwork.

Besides, Stihl has a good warranty and even Stihls can fail in ititial use. Every new one sold is registered with head office by the dealer. If Stihl USA is a different corporate structure than Stihl Australia, you may be like a Canadian who buys a car in the US and can't get warranty claims paid by, say, GM Canada when it was GM USA that made the profit. On the other hand, VW honours claims regardless of where purchased vs. where claimed, so you might want to ask Stihl.

I don't know what model saw or what city it's in, but $350 (about $330 Canadian) is pretty good for a Stihl, so if you decide to have your friend sell it in Canada, I could advise further given the details. Or maybe somebody here might want it.






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 07-29-2011, 22:17 Post: 179601
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It is a 250 ce (easy start) Has been started but never used.Including tax I paid $370 for it. That is the list price in the US. In Oregon or Montana there is no tax so it would be cheaper. The Canadian price is $480 Ca. In Australia the retail price is $869 or around $950 US at current exchange rates. Prices are all on the respective web sites.It has a US warranty which is probably not worth anything here as it would be classed as a "grey" import. We are used to that here as it applies to most imported items. I was willing to risk it as I have other stihl equipment which is fine. It is currently located in Whistler BC and I believe there may be a problem shipping it (joke). As you can see it still may be a proposition to ship it over here as the price differential is $500 altho it is looking more likely that it will all be too hard and I will sell it over there and buy one here.
We are rather resigned to getting ripped off by overseas Companies, Garmin is another one who does it. And you should see what we pay for BMW's
Anyway, thanks for your input it is much appreciated.
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It's some relief to hear that unfair pricing is worse there than here!

That's a marvellous little saw. You don't have to strain anything to start it because pulling the cord winds a spring, and when it's wound enough the spring spins the motor. Unless somebody makes you an offer you can't refuse, I'm sure that your relative, now knowing the situation, can get it shipped. Have him try a broker. Their fee is minor, and that's what they do.

With most other saws, you just keep pulling while fiddling with the controls and it eventually starts. With yours, follow directions exactly and it will start on the first or second spin. Otherwise it won't start.






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 08-01-2011, 09:05 Post: 179620
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I can understand the issue with gas fumes. But you may find that one company will ship where another will not. I would check all shippers including the postal system.
If you did, miss reading it, talk with the dealership about drop shipping an unopen saw to you and take the one back in at full price since he did this against your request.






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 08-02-2011, 14:59 Post: 179636
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Ship it as "dry freight".

Have your friend take it to a UPS Store and ship it to you as "personal effects" and label it for customs as such.



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