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These Rare Chainsaws Are Worth Big Bucks to Collectors
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May 18, 2024

Learn about the world of chainsaw collecting, from rare models like the Comet B to limited edition chainsaws that fetch top dollar. (Depositphotos)

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Collecting chainsaws has been popular for decades, but interest is only growing. Thanks in part to online communities of chainsaw enthusiasts, more people are becoming aware of the value and historical significance of these interesting tools.

Valuable chainsaws fall into a range of categories. Some are sought-after because there are not many of them. Others are collectible because of their place in history. And some will fetch top dollar because the chainsaw performs exceptionally well but is no longer in production.

Let’s look at some of the world’s most valuable and collectible chainsaws. Who knows, perhaps you have one hiding in your shed?

The Comet Model B

The Comet B is a very rare chainsaw. Between 1950 and 1953, it is estimated that only 1,000 were made, and far fewer are still with us today. It’s also important to history because it is diesel powered, which is unusual for chainsaws.

To give you an idea of value, a Comet B on eBay in March 2024 was listed for $4,800. And although it isn’t much to look at, many collectors consider it a bucket list chainsaw. Not only is it rare, but it’s unique compared to other vintage chainsaws, making it worth even more.

The STIHL MS 200T

The STIHL MS 200T is a different kind of valuable chainsaw. It’s a small top-handle model made from 2002 to 2012. It’s widely considered the best arborist chainsaw ever made. The newer model that replaced it is not considered as good, making the 200T more desirable.

Unused 200T chainsaws sell for over $1500, while used or unworking examples can be worth well over $500. Saws like the 200T are worth so much that some folk even build “new” chainsaws from scratch out of parts. They aren’t assembled in a Stihl factory but rather by small engine mechanics in their workshop.

Military or Army Versions

Almost any army or military chainsaw version is collectible. STIHL and Husqvarna usually command the highest price, with models now out of production being worth more. The value increases if sold with original storage boxes and documentation.

For example, the army green Husqvarna 281 XP came with instructions on how to quickly destroy it to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. These additional details improve a saw’s story and increase its value to collectors.

Limited Edition Chainsaws

Another type of chainsaw worth more money than you’d expect is limited edition chainsaws. These saws can be relatively modern compared to some of the previous examples, but because so few were released and because of the special tags, they become collector editions.

One such example is the STIHL MS 500i Launch Edition. This chainsaw model was only released in 2019, but Stihl released 500 Launch Edition saws as a promotion. The only difference is the tag or label. There’s nothing at all different about the machine, but it’s that minor difference that makes it special.

Powerful Chainsaws

Powerful chainsaws are always worth money, whether they’re rare or not. If they are also rare, they’re generally worth a lot of money. One of the most powerful chainsaws ever made was the STIHL Contra Lightening. One version of the saw was 106 cc, while another, the Contra S, was a mighty 137 cc.

These chainsaw versions are extremely powerful, historically significant, and hard to find. A combination that results in high prices for those ready to sell. Some collectors wait years for these saws to come on the market in an area near them, and often, people pay huge amounts to have them shipped around the world.

New Old Stock

Brand-new old chainsaw models fetch top dollar, especially if they’re still in an unopened box. People find such chainsaws more often than you might think. They’re hidden in garages, sheds and basements around the world.

When it comes to this type of collectible chainsaw, the older the better. New-in-box chainsaws from the 80s or 90s are highly sought after. If they are also powerful and respected chainsaws, like the STIHL 044, you have a priceless unicorn on your hands.

Collectible Chainsaws

This is the tip of the iceberg regarding collectible chainsaws. There are other types of collectibles in this niche and sought-after chainsaws from other companies that we haven’t mentioned.

Some people love collecting old chainsaw posters, signs or merchandise. Others collect unique chainsaw bars and chains. And while Stihl products are probably the most valuable, old Poulan, McCulloch and Dolmar chainsaws are examples of other brands collectors want. Take a look in your dad or grandad’s shed and research if his saw is worth anything today!

Daniel Morris founded Fire and Saw, a site about chainsaws, wood stoves, tree care, and related topics. He operates the site where he shares his passion for these subjects.

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