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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.* We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

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*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. 6 months ago
    Stihl upgrade
    Tons of branches have fallen off our 100 old pin oak tree over the summer. I had a cheap green chainsaw (you can guess the brand) a really a terrible saw, can't keep it running. Needed something that I could rely on. I've used my dads Stihl's in the past. So I went out and picked up a MS170. Really like the saw. Always starts within 2-3 pulls. Now I have a nice old Maple trunk and will need a bigger Stihl to do some chainsaw milling.
  2. 9 months ago
    Great for homeowner
    I love this saw. Easy starting (using stihl fuel), and enough power for home owner (even cuts thru the occasional 18" tree). It is a smaller saw so you have to let it get moving...and key is not to force thru cut! Wish it were easier to find the proper chain for the saw on this site! Also would love to get a hand sharpener, but this site is a bit useless for that....will have to contact stihl.
  3. 4 months ago
    Well designed product, powerful, easy starting, great value.
    This is my third Stihl chainsaw, all have been very good, well designed saws. This MS170 starts and runs great. The saw is reliable, easy to adjust chain and clean air filter, good power, well balanced, and comparatively quiet and fuel efficient. I would definitely buy it again.
  1. 11 months ago
    Great Saw all around saw
    I have had this saw for a few weeks now, I have cut three cords of wood and fell two trees so far. I am very pleased with the performance and the power that the 362 C-M has to offer. This is my first stihl saw that I have owned, due to being hesitant on paying so much but as I have learned you get what you pay for, and after my experience so far I wont own any other saws. I purchased this saw with the 25" bar the saw has no problem pulling the chain through 24"+ oaks, although I do plan to get a ... read more 20" bar for smaller trees. Since buying this saw I have already began looking to replace my smaller saw with another stihl.
  2. 4 years ago
    Hot rod of mid size chainsaws!
    First ever purchase of a Stihl and now I know that the saying is true: You get what you pay for. The 362cm is a powerful saw that is a great all around saw. It may be a bit heavy for those only doing trimming, but for anything more is will rip through wood. I have never experienced such a fast saw. It had a 25" bar on it at the dealer, but I had them switch it out for a 20" bar with a yellow chain. Talk about fast cutting. And with the power of this saw, its definitely a Hot Rod saw! Also, ... read more the antivibration works very well. I can assure you, I will only buy Stihl products from now on!!
  3. 4 weeks ago
    So far I can say this saw has done what I expected
    I have 2 gals of fuel though this saw so I would say it is broke well. I noticed the first 5 tanks of fuel when starting the saw it does not always like to go shortly after starting. In fact it dies on my occupationally when I take the saw off start (^) shortly after starting it. There is a line there you have to be careful about. You cant let it idle in ^ for too long or it goes into its reset mode. So this means you must keep a close eye on the saw and time when getting it started. I have also ... read more noticed you have to watch the chips coming from the saw. This saw will still cut reasonable well with a chain that really needs sharpened. I am sure running a not so sharp chain is hard on everything. I also own a 028 and I will grab the 362 every time because it is a much stronger saw, but the weight is comparable. I like the 028 but it is hard to pass up the extra power with the same weight. Only dislike so far is what appears to be a fully plastic wrap handle on a PRO saw. Not a big fan of that but I have been using this saw hard and have not broken the handle yet. I think it will happen eventually.
  1. 3 months ago
    Works as a standard chain!
    I've been using this chain for a few years now. The first one that came with the saw lasted about 3 years of heavy cutting. So I purchased two more for my MS250. This chain cuts a little slower than others, but is matched well to this saw. As a low kick back chain it has saved my bacon, and face several times. I do recommend this chain for the average user.
  2. 6 years ago
    I can start it every time
    I am a 67 year old woman and cannot get my want to jobs done around our 27 acres. Got tired of please honey will you --- and got myself this lightweight easy start chainsaw. I love it and don't have to wait until he has time to do my jobs for me. Sometimes I have to go ask him if he is through with my chainsaw so I can use it. he loves it so much too.
  3. 7 years ago
    Great all-purpose chain!
    This chain came on my MS 271. It has been in use for about a year now cutting dirty, moss-covered, frozen, rotten wood and lots of firewood. The chain only requires an occasional hand filing and is back to throwing chips like new. After a year, the cutters are still about 95%. It should last a long time at this rate (and I bought 3 more spares!) Well worth the extra few dollars over the chain most other manufacturers use. It seems to be sharper right out of the box than other brands as well. ... read more Compare STIHL chain with other brands and you can see the extra effort put into making them.
  1. 1 year ago
    Best saw i own
    I have been using stihl for over 22 years now. I have used about every saw known to man. I would reccomend stihl chainsaws over any other. I cut 2 cords of wood a week through winter. I had a 290 it lasted 10 yrs doing winter work. I bought a 311 its even better yet awesome power i use the full chisel chain its much faster than the regular chain. I would not reccomend a beginner use this saw for a first saw.
  2. 3 years ago
    Great saw
    I bought this saw to do storm damage clean up around Iowa. I've used it in the aftermath of 5 storms and the saw is great. I got the 25" bar and the saw has the power to cut full length. This saw is heavy but not against peer saws. This is one of two I use on such jobs. The other is a Stihl 211 I use for limbing. Much lighter and easier to handle for the small stuff. I would buy this saw again.
  3. 2 years ago
    Great All Purpose Saw
    Purchased this saw to harvest firewood as I recently put a wood stove in my home. I had used a Stihl 015 for years as a young man and I love Stihl's reputation for durability and performance. This new MS311 has not disappointed me. I have already used this saw to help a friend remove over 30 trees from his property that were dead and needing to come down. The saw has performed flawlessly. The controls are easy to operate with gloves and the saw starts with a single pull. It does get a bit heavy ... read more by the end a day of cutting wood. Very pleased with this purchase.
  1. 2 years ago
    Rollomatic E Light -Upgrade for Smaller Saws -MS170
    I bought a new MS170 on the dealer days sale and like it for the light work, HOWEVER! The chain was really small and the sprocket hammered the drive links so badly it threw the chain off a dozen times before even the first tank of gas was through it. I made the decision to upgrade from the 3/8 PMM chain to the 3/8 PM chain and install a Rollomatic E Light bar to be able to run a wider kerf and stronger drive links. I’m only using it to cut smaller stuff so weight was a consideration for carrying ... read more it around and maneuvering it to cut branches and brush. I didn’t want to get “bogged down” with weight after buying a saw for its light total weight benefits. This bar was perfect for the upgrade and functions perfectly while running the stronger and wider chain. I kept the 16” bar length that the saw was originally equipped with and went with a heavier duty bar/chain without increasing the total weight of the saw. The quality is great and it’s a German Made part, so the highest standards of build quality. It’s not the cheapest bar for he saw, but the benefits of this bar outweigh the cost penelty. Upgrades done to MS170 16” Rollomatic E Light 63PM-55 Chain Stihl MS181 Bumper Spikes Stihl MS250 Side Tensioner Swap The Rollomatic E Light bar is the perfect easily upgradable part for an already good small saw to make it a real performer that can take a beating with beating you up! Highly recommended upgrade!
  2. 3 years ago
    Excellent Guide Bar
    This is a really great guide bar ! Any one who owns an arbor saw needs one of these
  3. 2 years ago
    The BEST chainsaw bar on the market, BAR none!
    After many years of timber falling, the old bones deserved a break. Stihl delivered! My old MS 066 Magnum was ready to be retired, so I replaced it with a new MS 661 R-CM. I viewed the Rollomatic E Light bar skeptically, but decided to take a chance. I outfitted this saw with an 8-tooth sprocket and chose the 32" bar length. The balance of this saw is better, even though I had a 28" bar on the old MS 066! I'm turning wicked chain speed with that sprocket set-up, too. It screams! This bar has ... read more superior hardened steel for longevity. I decided to buy a lighter saw, as well, rather than pack a heavier saw around all day long. I bought an MS 362 C E-M & outfitted it with a 20" Rollomatic E Light. When you pick it up, it is perfectly balanced fore-and-aft at the handle! Double the pleasure; double the fun!
  1. 4 years ago
    Best Full Comp Chain
    I can't say enough about these Rapid Micro chains for durability. I used to run all full chisel, Rapid Superb but dulled more quickly. Have changed over to the semi chisel. Stay sharp longer in hard wood. I've tried other cheaper brands but the genuine Stihl is the best chain but important to always keep sharp and properly tensioned.
  2. 2 years ago
    One tough Chain!!
    I picked up a 33RM-72 to use on the downed dirty trees that are scattered about the property in order to keep the RS chains from digging into the dirt or really dulling out the full chisel chains. The teeth are notisanly smaller (width) & obviously different form the RS with a rounded corner but they cut fine and I haven’t noticed any issues with dulling out. It just keeps going and going even in dirty wood. I did notice it’s slightly slower cutting than the RS or RSK chain but not by much. ... read more It also does not seem quite as grabby as my RS/RSK chains but is also not a “Safety” chain either so careful attention should be given especially by “homeowner” to avoid the possibility of kickback. It is a smooth running, easy cutting chain that lasts and lasts. I happy with the performance overall and would recommend it to any chainsaw user!!
  3. 2 years ago
    Top notch
    The STIHL RM chain is hard to beat. I have tried 3 other brands and there is no comparison. The chain stays sharper longer, and is easily returned to almost new with a few minutes of sharpening. Been running this on a 261CM with an 18 inch bar all fall/winter. Very happy with the performance. I am now convinced STIHL chains are the best. Worth a few extra dollars over the competition. Maintain correct tension and this will be a workhorse for you.
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