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Taking chainsaws on a ferry??

Tommy Love

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No usually a problem but empty them to reduce fumes, the customs don't like fumes.

Strictly speaking, all flammables are forbidden even empty fuel canisters.

One thing, NEVER try taking one even unused, new, onto a ferry as a foot passenger.

I almost lost a new 261 even though it was it bits and not even tested by H'brothers.

The customs people are not always bright and intelligent types and often employ a strain of jobsworths at ports.


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Have been travelling to Europe for years with my kit, never had a problem on ferries or tunnel. Don't drain tanks but put saws in separate box to contain any leaks. Been through plenty of security checks, not an issue, more petrol & oil in vehicles.


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Never had a problem on ferry, ours chainsaws were in a soft roll back topped pick up. they could smell my french cheeses we bought to take home! and were more concerned by a sealed box, of would you believe it jams! someone we met asked us to take them to UK, we were not 100% sure what they had packed in box which was stupid, so I just said 'Les confitures' and they did not bother opening it.

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I go to France regularly with chainsaws, axes, silky, tomahawk etc. in the car. If stopped I tell them what's in the car and they always say okay.


If you have any long-bladed weapons or tools they will want to be assured that they are out of quick reach i.e. in the bottom of the boot or by the spare wheel or somewhere inaccessible.

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