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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. 1 year ago
    great saw for average homeowner.
    I have owned this saw for about a month and have used it for yard clean up. I have everything from felling trees to light clean up. This saw has started on less than 3 pulls every time even in the cold (10-30 deg). Chain doesn't stretch as fast as other saws due to the oiling of the chain which allows me to run longer than other saws I have used in the past. This saw also has enough power to run through everything I have put in front of it.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great all around Chain Saw
    I have no complaints about performance or my expectations of this saw. Its powerful motor almost equals my old 029 Farm Boss and is a lot lighter weight. I found some reviews on the web that it could be hard to start. I also learned on the web (other reviewers) that starting procedure MUST be follow (in manual) that it is easier to flood than other chainsaws because of the high performance design. I follow starting procedure and have NO trouble starting saw cold. I am a stihl fan. Have back pack ... read more blower, tiller, 3 chainsaws etc... also have other brands and much prefer Stihl.
  3. 1 year ago
    Happy I went with this saw
    I was looking at the 180 and I am happy I went with the 250. The extra power has been great. I do wish I had a little more power but over all it has the power most homeowners will need. The only thing I wish Stihl would do is make a tool holder on the side of the chainsaw. I have already forgot my chain tool once. This is my 1st chiansaw I have owned. I have used others. For the price this was a great value. I am very happy with all my Stihl products and that is why I keep going back.
  1. 2 years ago
    I bought this CARBIDE TIPPED CHAIN with a few reservations was not sure if it would hold up like people said it would. Well it was one of the best decisions I've made. I bought 20 federal cord of wood delivered on a semi. That's 60 face cord of wood here in Michigan. I cut 4 face cord with a conventional chain. Replaced the chain 6 times because the wood is extremely dirty. Decided to get the carbide tipped and 30 face cord later am still on the same chain, haven't sharpened it yet. Cuts like I ... read more just put it on. Saving me time, money paying for sharpening of chains, wear and tear on my saw because I don't have to full throttle it through logs. Gas. I could go on and on. Thanks for a great product! Buy the way, if this chain failed today I would still be far ahead.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great for railroad ties
    I haven't had a chance to use this chain long-term yet so I can't comment on its long term durability. However, I can state that it works great in dirty wood, roots, and with used railroad ties as well. I cut a few dozen used rail ties (very soaked with tar, and with sand/gravel embedded) with a 461 using this chain and it never slowed down. It cut nice big chips and didn't gum up with the tar in the ties. I was expecting to see some wear on the chain and possibly have to stop to touch up the ... read more chain with a diamond file (or even swap to a spare chain I had on hand just in case) but that wasn't necessary. This chain cut the 50th tie just as easily as the 1st. I've also used it in some old fallen trees with a lot of sand in the bark, as well as clearing out an old half-rotten stump that was similarly loaded with sand and other debris and I am very impressed so far. I haven't had to touch it up yet, and the spare chain is still in its box.
  3. 4 years ago
  1. 4 months ago
    Great value in a capable saw for light home use
    This is an awesome saw for light use. The easy start system makes starting the saw (usually the biggest nightmare), a breeze. The mechanism that enables tool-free chain tightening is also great. The bar oil automatically dispenses and the anti-vibration technology works well. The dealership recommended “motomix” as the 2-cycle fuel and it works well. My only observation that isn’t positive is that it drinks fuel and uses bar oil quickly and that the chain will need regular sharpening if used ... read more heavily (as with any tool).
  2. 1 year ago
    I would recommend
    I bought this saw this weekend just for homeowner use on 4 acres. It was lightweight with good power. I only used it cutting 1"-3 1/2" diameter limbs so it's power for larger stuff I'm not sure of. It was easy to start and other than needing a bigger gas tank and chain oil reservoir it has good value for the product. Stihl was running a promotion to include a hard case for free. I would definitely recommend this to someone for residential use.
  3. 7 months ago
    Good Saw
    I only rate this as good because I just got this saw. It operated great for the two 8" dia trees I had to cut down and then cut up, I was leary of the easy start and easy adjust features but it started easily ever time and held its adjustment during my cutting. Light weight and has plenty of power as long as you do not force it. This is my first Stihl and I needed a saw to do tree trimming and cutting down small trees. I am a 60 year old man.
  1. 2 years ago
    Quality Made Stihl Tool
    I am a novice. The Depth Gauge Tool came in the pouch with the flat file and round file with guide bar. I'm able to follow the instructions, however I believe that a video should be created by Stihl to demonstrate to the novice all the wonderful features this tool has and how to use them. Safety is tantamount to the health of the arborist and forestry industry. Understanding the how and why of this tool to convince the owner/user to replace/service a saw chain in a timely manner will boost ... read more confidence in the user to utilize this and other Stihl products.
  2. 3 years ago
    file gauge
    The top plate angle and drag depth are pretty self explanatory. The side plate angle is what has me puzzled. I have sighted this with a brand new chain according to the chain spec and still don't really understand how to read the angle on the saw. I am guessing that four out of five ain't bad. 1. top plate angle (check# 2. drag depth #check# 3. bar groove depth #check# 4. bar groove cleaner #check# 5. side plate angle reading # x )
  3. 1 year ago
    Basic but effective tool
    I’m not sure how much more they could pack into this small package. It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of Chainsaw sharpening tools. I use mine to clean the bar and file the rakers when the shop sharpens the teeth (they never lower the rakers and it won’t cut as fast). Anyway, the tool is good and well worth the price, BUT now there is the 3 in 1 filing system that cuts the time down by filing the tooth and the rakers in the same operation. This tool is good and will serve you well but in the same ... read more way the computer is an improvement in efficiency over the abicus for calculating numbers the 3 in 1 tool is that much more efficient for filing your chain. You can get there both ways but one is much easier.
  1. 3 months ago
    Long Lasting Chain
    Use this chain with my MS 193T. Excellent power and cut. Do not experience any kickback.
  2. 4 years ago
    great chain for intended purpose
    I use this chain on my ms180c and it works great for limbing and small jobs. I'm comfortable using it to knock down 10"ish diamater trees anything bigger I use my ms290 with a rs cnain. Those two in a combo with those chains can handle just about anyhing my farm can throw at it.
  3. 1 year ago
    PM Chain Upgrade for the MS170 - I’m happy again!
    I purchased an MS170 on the STIHL Dealer Days Sale and gave it a run cutting into some small brush in the yard and burning it. The chain that came on it was the PMM chain and the drive links were getting battered so badly by the sprocket that they would not fit in the bar grove due to deformation of the drive link. This caused the chain to throw off the bar and required it to be filed to width again. This happened a few times and I decided to upgrade the chain and bar. The chain I installed was ... read more a PM 63PM-55 and it’s awesome!! Much better kerf size! Much much stronger!! Much better time between sharpening! Much better all around really.. I don’t burry the bar in wood, for me it’s only for cutting small stuff so it perfect in that role, anything bigger and I reach for the MS661... I highly advise upgrading to a .050 Bar groove and dump that anemic .043 groove PMM chain for the .050 groove bar and the PM or PM3/PS3 chains. Made the world of difference in my equipment, but it’s going to take more of the limited power available to pull it through wood so it will bog down if ya get deep with it, but as mentioned, if ya keep it to the basic small jobs ithe MS170 is designed for, then this chain is the perfect upgrade for the smaller saws!
  1. 2 years ago
    Great power and price for a small saw
    This small, lightweight saw is absolutly perfect for the land owner who has lots of down limbs, and limbs that need to come down "widow-makers". Living in Missouri where we get our fair share of ice storms, this is an invaluable tool to have. It's lightweight, compact size, and great power is a perfect combo. Another great product from Stihl. I will never own any other brand of chain saw.. I also own a Farm Boss from Stihl which is perfect for the bigger jobs, but this is the one I reach for ... read more more often than not. Thank you for another great tool, at a reasonable price.
  2. 6 years ago
    As light as a feather
    This little saw does not have GREAT power, but it does have GOOD power. I have only used it three times so far, @2-3 hours each time, and it CAN'T wear me out. My MS 270 Farm Boss does that easily as I'm not a very big guy, but not this one! Need to cut alot of limbs? This little guy won't wear you down like the big boys do. Expensive: yes, but the light weight and easy starting (as with most Stihls) makes up for it.
  3. 1 year ago
    Expensive, yes. Tremendous? Yes. Just because it's a big limb doesn't mean you have to go back for your big saw. This thing is the piranha of chain saws. I would say that I love it, but it's more like fearful respect with a dose of awe. Great tool; keep it sharp!
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