Chainsaws without a chain brake Unsafe Goods Notice

This notice prohibits the supply of chainsaws without a chain brake.

Unsafe Goods Notice (Chainsaws without a Chain Brake) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2012

This notice applies to new and used chainsaws supplied, or offered for supply, or advertised for supply, in trade or otherwise than in trade. It supersedes Unsafe Goods Notices issued 24 September 2009 and 23 December 2010.

'Chainsaw' means any powered machine that:

  • drives an exposed chain for the purposes of cutting, and
  • is operated by being hand-held.

This excludes any driven chains that are operated at the end of a pole and that are generally referred to as 'pole pruners', 'power pruners' or 'long reach pruners'.

All chainsaws must have chain brakes that comply with ISO 6535:2008 Portable chain-saws — Chain brake performance.

See the Unsafe Goods Notice below for the exact wording.

New Zealand Gazette website — Unsafe Goods (Chainsaws Without a Chain Brake) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2012(external link)

What does this mean for business?

The Unsafe Goods Notice doesn't require mandatory testing, but does require self-declaration from suppliers that the chainsaw has a chain brake that will meet the performance requirements of ISO 6535:2008.

Chainsaws that have been tested to an older version of the standard may be covered by a statement of compliance. However, it's recommended that the chainsaw is tested to the current standard, as ISO 6535:1991 and ISO 6535:1983 have been withdrawn.

Chainsaws without a chain brake

Although they're prohibited from sale, chainsaws without a chain brake can still be used by their owners, and service agents can still repair them at the request of their customers.

However, chainsaws without a chain brake can't be offered for sale or supplied to anyone else.

We strongly advise that they are disposed of, and that anyone owning these products should upgrade to a machine that has a chain brake.

Electric powered chainsaws

Electric powered chainsaws are also required to comply with AS/NZS 60745.2.13:2006 under the Electricity Regulations 1997.

Standards New Zealand website — AS/NZS 60745.2.13:2010 Hand-held motor-operated electrical tools - Safety - Part 2.13: Particular requirements for chain saws(external link)

If an electric chainsaw complies with AS/NZS 60745.2.13:2006, it will also comply with ISO 6535:2008. Therefore, this notice doesn't affect the supply of electric chainsaws.