In this post, you are going to learn about...
...the best times of the year;
when you can buy a chainsaw
...with HUGE discounts or deals like free chain/oil.
These are the EXACT times when I buy my chainsaw and saved $150-$250.
Yes. I own multiple saws.
I have been buying my chainsaw in these times for a few years.
To be honest,
I also use some techniques which are not dependent on any specific time.
I use these techniques anytime to get good deals for chainsaw oil, gas, and other accessories.(and you can do the same)
Today I am going to tell you how I got it….
…and how you can do the same.
Best Times of Year To Buy
In buying a chainsaw, some people wait for the right cutting season while some wait for the best deals or discounts.
You can save some bucks through discount if you buy on a specific time, from a specific source and through a specific payment method.
No matter you buy a homeowner saw or pro saw, there are a few options you can use to lower the current price and get a good deal.
This applies to both the brand new saw and used saws.
In some cases, you can get a good deal such as a free chain or oil from the dealers/store with a bit of research. In this article, I will talk about those methods.
Just Before You Need To Cut(1st)
For a lot of people, the best time is when they need to use it or when you will get it at a low price. So, These can be:-
- After a major hurricane
- Need to cut firewood for winter
- Need to trim branches
- Do you use chainsaw a few times a year or around the year.
- Cost factors such as availability of discount, tax season, etc.
If you want to buy a chainsaw for cleaning up debris from the hurricane, I will suggest to buy it earlier.
Today, with the help of an advanced weather forecast, we can know about any upcoming hurricane earlier.
The main reason is that after a hurricane, it will be hard to go out and shop a chainsaw for you.
Secondly, there may be a chance of stock out since a lot of people will buy their saws at that time
Pro Tip: If you buy a chainsaw mainly for a hurricane, do not buy electric or battery-powered chainsaw as, after a hurricane, you may face load shedding and have to spend some days without electricity. A gas chainsaw is a good option for such a situation.
If you have to cut firewood for winter, I suggest you buy it around 8-10 months earlier. It takes some time for the wood for seasoning.
Some people use chainsaw a few months a year while some use it around the year for trimming or maintaining the big property of their own. Most homeowner falls into this category. If you are one of them, buy it when you get a discount or a big deal if you can wait.
Pro Tip: If you do pruning or cutting limbs, I suggest you not to cut in the winter and at the beginning of spring. Doing so will get a lot of sap which will invite bad pests.
Before The Right Season comes(2nd)
There are 4 cutting seasons when people cut most. They are:- Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Some people use chainsaw only in one season, some in multiple seasons.
There are many advantages of buying chainsaw just before the season comes or at the beginning of the season. You will get a lot of discount offers.
Local stores and dealers offer the best deal fall. Online shops such as Amazon and eBay also offer a great deal in these seasons as these seasons are the peak cutting season.
Best Time to get discount(3rd)
Getting a discount on a chainsaw is a hit & miss in most cases. Sometimes brands offer discount during peak seasons and sometimes around the end of financial year to clear stock.
I'm mentioning a few periods when some brands offer discount below:-
- During the fall: it is peak wood cutting season. Husky or the Stihl are on sale during this time.
- Black Friday/cyber Monday: Some people have the misconception that this shopping festival is for home electronics such as Tv or digital products. Some chainsaws are on sale on these occasions.
- In tax season, the saws sell at a high price. So, you avoid this time if possible.
- Dealers/distributor: sometimes they offer a discount as a market promotion. Contact them if they have any offer running at the moment.
Pro Tip: Discounts are mainly for homeowner chainsaws. I never see any discount on the professional-grade saw.
I bought once Stihl 170 and Stihl 250 at a discounted price. it mainly depends on the dealers. if you want to buy a pro saw, I suggest not to hold your breath for a discount. Take it when you need it.
"Dealer days" from Stihl (4th)
Stihl started a yearly promotion program named as "Dealer days" from 2015. Some also call it winter warm-up.
Sometimes, it only keeps a specific chainsaw model on sale which is homeowner grade. However, Last year, in Ontario, some pro saws were on sale.
In Europe, they started the promotion in 2015 and offered homeowner chainsaws such as model MS271 and MS291.
Pro Tip: The yearly promotions are advertised on the Stihl website and newspaper. But there will be no advertisement if a dealer gets a discount from stihl.
They started offering some dealers a big discount on pro-grade chainsaw from 2016. Obviously, these dealers are those who have been selling Stihl's products for more than decades.
Keep in mind that all pro chainsaws are not under the offer or promotion. Last year, when I bought Stihl MS362 and Stihl MS441, I got the discount, but I had to pay the full price for Stihl MS461.
For these deals contact the dealers. These deals and promotions are not advertised as much as "Dealer days", but they exist.
For example, If you find one such deal, you can pick a second-generation Stihl 362 with the price of an Echo CS620.
How To Get the best deal Anytime (5th)
The easiest way to try luck and get a good deal is Amazon. You can get discounts from brands, sellers or even amazon anytime.
If you want to buy from local dealers, visit multiple dealers and compare prices before buying your desired saw. The price can vary from dealers to dealers.
Brands such as Stihl does not set the selling price. So, the best deal depends on your location and nearby dealers/stores.
Tip: Doing research can give you the best deal from local stores/dealers. I bought a chainsaw with 20$ less price, with a 2" bigger bar (18" instead of 16") and 1 extra chain.
credit card companies
If you own any credit card, you can use it to get a discount. Most credit card companies offer cash back incentives to their cardholders. If you pay through your credit card, you have to pay much less than the original price.
The reason why I love it so much is the amount of money you can save.These cars back aka incentives can easily beat any dealer's discount offer. You can get $250 off on purchase of $1000 or more. For a chainsaw of $500-$700, you can get $100-$200 off.
Tip: Even if you have a credit card, I suggest asking for a discounted price from the store. It will reduce the total amount.
How To get the best chainsaw deals from dealers/stores
Build a good relationship with dealers. This will help you in a number of ways including free tips and suggestions on your projects from experts.
In general, dealers expect to make a long-lasting relation with the customers and sell consumables such as chains, oil, mix, etc regularly to them. They make a higher profit in these recurring/consumable products than the chainsaw(one-time purchase).
A few ways to build a good relationship can be:-
- Tell them you will buy another model chainsaw(such as Stihl 441 or Stihl 461) from them in the near future. It needs to be a more expensive saw than what you will buy now! They may ask no extra charges for freight. It works for me.
- Buy chainsaw chains, oil, mix and other parts from the same dealers. They remember recurring customers.
- Build projects and discuss them so that they can know you by name. Almost all guys working in a power tools store know a bit about chainsaw, but someone from servicing is the best. whenever you need any chainsaw, you will get the proper treatment.
Note that, most dealers(if not all) of power tools cannot give much discount even if they wish for. They have a limited wiggle room. They make a little profit on whole goods.
After purchase, they have to spend on shipping and labor. Sometimes, they cannot even make any profit on some saws considering their true costs on products.
That's why they cannot offer a big discount unless the manufacturers sanction. The cost/profit ratio of the dealers is low. it just can arrange some food for them at the end of the day.
Among all brands, stihl gives the lowest margin to the dealers. The profit margin is so narrow on chainsaw. They make a little profit on Consumables. Some deals give discount on chainsaw expecting to make profiles from the consumables if you buy from them regularly.
The bottom thing is that you cannot expect a discount from all dealers.The only way to check is to ask. So ask them.
Tip: I buy chainsaw by paying MSRP or DSRP.I try to convince them and politely ask for a discount. If they don't agree, I move on to other dealers/stores.I get more positive responses from hardware stores and tools/equipment rental/sales stores.
Does "Buying time" matter?
It depends on the situation and there is no correct answer which can suit everyone’s needs. If you have a preferred brand such as Huskies, I think there is no need to wait for buying new chainsaw. However, for used saws, you can wait as the price fluctuates a lot.
Best Time To Buy Used Saw (6th)
Needless to mention you want to buy a used saw at the price of a new saw. The best time for buying used saws is when the market gets so many saws and the price becomes down.
The best time for buying used saws actually depends on the cutting seasons. I'm mentioning a few below:-
- Right before Christmas
- From the end of Jan through the start of Feb
- Mid-July through mid-Aug
Most tree professionals take rests and eat Macaroni and cheese for weeks at the end of January. They keep their chainsaw under the workbench and look for ways to get rid of them.
Some sell their saw and that's why the market will get a good number of used saws coming.
Xmas is a good occasion for all type of business. Right before the Xmas, the money that the tree guys need, recover from Xmas.
For used saw, place matters more than time. You can get the same saw at 25%-30% less price on local farm auction instead of eBay or hardware/rental store.
You can check for offers on popular forums such as arboristsite.com or forestryforum.com.
Tip: You can do reverse engineering. Check on what models people are not talking about. You can get those models at a much cheaper price.
Before buying a used chainsaw, take some time and research the products carefully.
If you want to buy online, there are a few websites to check and compare. Try to buy the saws which are lightly used such as in-home, garden or yard.
You can find such "used" saws in classified websites if it is "likely new". I will mention a few renowned website names to check later.
Do not purchase the saw that has been used for more than 2 years. Older saws do not worth the risks. You can find good pro saws which are around 1 year old and can use those saws for firewood cutting. But you have to spend a little time to find and check them.
If the price is the main factor, you can get good deal for used saw around the year. But you must be careful to select the right one during slow times.
Most professional tree guys use chainsaw in spring. They try to upgrade their saw for better performance and sell old problematic saw.
If you cannot check and judge properly a saw, you may end up buying problematic saw.
Tree companies sell saws that are already dropped. crushed or run over. So, before buying anything from them, double-check and make sure you get what you have paid for.
Where To get good deals for used saw
- Local craigslist
- Forums or community sites
- Farm auction up the road (my favorite)
If you are a homeowner and your budget is $40-$50, I suggest not to wait for the right time. You will never huge discount for these models.
The same goes for the expensive pro saws for most of the time. The dealers make a little profile, so the chance of huge discount is very rare here too.