STIHL Chainsaw Common Features


When Andreas Stihl built the first electric chainsaw in 1926, he probably did not foresee the international following and amazing technological advancements that would result from his efforts. While today’s users want the same elements important to STIHL – durability and dependability – we deliver much more. Modern designs incorporate innovative safety features like the STIHL Quickstop® chain braking system; components for ease of use such as our anti-vibration system; and a commitment to environmental responsibility with our line of products with reduced-emission engine technology. The STIHL promise only begins with quality; we are equally devoted to caring for our customers and our environment.


STIHL OILOMATIC® Saw Chain. STIHL makes its own saw chain.
Ematic™ Bar includes a polymer ramp reservoir which holds bar oil until it can be picked up by passing chain. This can reduce oil usage by up to 50%.
Bumper Spikes help prevent pull-in and provide better control, making cutting easier.
Spark Arrester Muffler has large baffles which reduce noise level and contain a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
STIHL Quickstop® Chain Brake System is designed to stop the chain in fractions of a second. Can be manually activated or activated by inertia if the kickback force is sufficient.
Front Hand Guard is designed to reduce the risk of injury.
Front Handle is designed for a secure grip and ergonomically angled for comfort.
Protected Spark Plug is protected, yet easy to change.
Large Starting Handle is easy to grip.
Smooth Clean Design has no rough edges to snag on clothing or brush.
Air Filter Cover is easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
Master Control Lever™ is a single lever operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch.
Rear Hand Guard reduces the risk of injury as well as provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.
High-Tech Polymer Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
Translucent Fuel Tank allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work.
Anti-Vibration System helps reduce operator fatigue.


Electronic Ignition provides easier starting and smoother running.
Replaceable "In Tank" Fuel and Oil Filters lower cost and are easy to maintain.
Inboard Chain Brake requires less maintenance and makes saw chain sprocket easier to remove.
Automatic Bar and Chain Oiler lets operator concentrate on cutting, not on bar lubrication.
Chain Catcher helps reduce the risk of operator contact by a chain if it should break or derail.
Throttle Trigger Lockout must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.


These features are found on some STIHL Chainsaws.
IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures air on clean side of air filter and adjusts metering diaphragm in carburetor. Keeps RPM levels even when filter begins to clog.
Decompression Valve makes starting easier.
Easy2Start™ System (E) reduces the strength and effort needed to start the engine. Available on select models.
STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) - an Additional Chain Braking Feature designed to activate when you completely release the rear handle. Designed to stop the chain within one second.
Purge Pump Primer lets you prime the carburetor without flooding it. Standard on select models.
STIHL M-Tronic™ electronically optimizes the fuel mixture over the whole RPM — ensuring top performance and efficiency under varying conditions.
ElastoStart™ Handle has built-in shock absorber for smoother starting.
Quick Chain Adjuster (B) is a toolless chain adjuster (Available on select models).
Captured Guide Bar Nuts secure the guide bar and sprocket cover.

*NOTE: STIHL chainsaws have many common features. However, all models may not have all features shown here. Consult your Dealer for details.