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STIHL Chainsaw Buyer’s Guide


STIHL Chainsaw Buyer’s Guide

Finding the right saw for your needs doesn’t have to be a guessing game. This guide for buying a chainsaw is designed to help you better understand which STIHL chainsaws have the power and features you need for your task.

If you have specific questions about a chainsaw, such as which size guide bar to buy or how to find a direct comparison of performance between two or more models of chainsaws, visit your local STIHL Dealer for more information. They can help you with specific questions, as well as provide live demonstrations, in order to help you choose the right chainsaw.

Homeowner Saws

Homeowner Saws

STIHL chainsaws for the home combine reliable performance with great value. Like all STIHL chainsaws, they feature German engineering and advanced technology. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake system is designed to stop the chain in a fraction of a second and can be activated by inertia in the event of kickback. STIHL chainsaws have many more features, including anti-vibration technology for enhanced comfort.

Farm / Ranch Saws

Farm / Ranch Saws

When you need a chainsaw that works for a living, choose STIHL Farm & Ranch saws. STIHL offers a variety of high-performance chainsaws that are engineered for service, day in and day out. The chainsaws in this category are ideal for a variety of uses, such as firewood cutting and storm cleanup. One thing you can be sure of – they have what it takes to get the job done.

Professional Saws

Professional Saws

When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust STIHL. Our pro chainsaws have the reliability, power and features needed for the toughest jobs in the industry.

Battery Chainsaws

Battery Chainsaws

Part of the STIHL Lightning Battery System™, our battery-powered chainsaws bring the power you expect from STIHL, but in a portable, instant-starting package. Available in the AK and AP Series.

Electric Chainsaws

Electric Chainsaws

Plug into power and efficiency with STIHL electric chainsaws. They're lightweight, start instantly and have an infinite run time. If you've got an outlet, you've got STIHL power.


Chainsaw Features

When you see STIHL chainsaws with letters in the model number, they indicate specific performance features. Here is a quick guide to those features so you can identify the features that better complement your needs.

E = Easy2Start™

The innovative STIHL Easy2Start™ (E) makes starting STIHL power tools easy and straight forward, without requiring a lot of effort. The secret is an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope rotor.

 

B = Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA)

The Quick Chain Adjuster (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

 

Q = STIHL Quickstop® Plus

STIHL Quickstop® Plus braking feature (Q) is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. It works in any operating position – without requiring additional levers or handles.

 

R = Wrap Handle

Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.

 

T = Top Handle (Arborist Use Only)

Top-handle models are specially designed for in-tree professional use only!

 

 

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