Keep clear of cheap fake chainsaws for sale in Cambridgeshire

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered t

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered tools, including chainsaws, were discovered for sale and now destroyed.Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards - Credit: Archant

Dangerous fake chainsaws have been seized and destroyed after 26 unsafe power tools were found for sale in the county.

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered t

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered tools, including chainsaws, were discovered for sale and now destroyed.Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards - Credit: Archant

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered tools, including chainsaws, were discovered for sale and now destroyed.

Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards are sending out the warning after the items were found in a vehicle stopped in south Cambridgeshire by the police.

Emma Butterfield, of the county trading standards team, said: “Chainsaws need to be used with care at the best of times. It is frightening to think that someone may be using one that is unsafe or could break in their hands.

“All of the machinery that we seized should have had the proper safety certificates. We are keen to remind consumers of the dangers of buying cheap machinery from un-reputable sources.

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered t

Residents are being warned not to buy fake machinery this Christmas after 26 unsafe petrol powered tools, including chainsaws, were discovered for sale and now destroyed.Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards - Credit: Archant


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“There are strict laws in place to ensure that machinery place on the market in the EU is safe.”

Trading Standards and police are urging people to buy from reputable places and avoid buying from people calling door-to-door or temporary sites that may be unreliable or disappear such as at markets or online.

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The haul, included petrol powered chainsaws, generators and pressure washers.

None of the tools had the necessary certification which proves their safety.

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