Stihl Chainsaws – Still Going Strong

When people hear about STIHL, they think about old-world care and the handcrafted work of last century’s skilled artisans. This dedication to quality is what has made the Stihl chainsaw the most popular on the market over the last 80 years.

Stihl specializes in developing and manufacturing a wide variety of portable power tools, both gasoline and electric. When looking at purchasing a chainsaw, some due diligence should be performed, yet, I found when shopping around and asking pertinent questions, such as what brand should I look at, most of the time the answer was always…”well, you can’t beat a Stihl.”

Along with Stihl’s dedication and commitment to develop the ultimate product performance comes quite a long history of manufacturing and selling chainsaws.

Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chainsaw way back in 1926. At the time, professional loggers found his innovation very useful and were glad to take advantage of it. Andreas Stihl’s significantly improved the lives of many farmers and woodcutters who had to rely on laborious crosscut saws and axes to etch out a living. It was tough going. Timber harvesting was virtually revolutionized by Stihl’s invention.

Today,the use of Stihl chainsaws is no longer limited to the logging industry and has spread to other fields as well. The chainsaw has become such a versatile tool; while it’s use amongst professional woodcutters is wide and varied, it’s use has spread to the home owner, where the once arduous task of chopping firewood has now “become a breeze” through the application of the trusty chainsaw. The chainsaw has become an important part of the farming landscape; I remember growing up on our farm and learning to use a chainsaw at an early age. There were always trees that needed to be trimmed and land cleared. The landscaping industry have adopted the chainsaw as an important part of their make up. Contractors use of the chainsaw involves such things as cutting landscaping and cross ties as well as large timbers.

Stihl chainsaws have been constantly refined over the past 80 years. A reduction in weight and increased operating efficiency is a major reason why the chainsaw is no longer restricted to the professional woodcutting industry. Innovations such as the elastostart, anti-vibration system and improved shock absorption have catapulted the chainsaw to it’s level of versatility. Dual braking systems and the inertia activated chain brake are more reasons why Stihl has remained at the top of the chainsaw tree.

During the last few years, the company has joined the fight to protect the environment. It has come up with new ideas to develop techniques that decrease hydrocarbon emissions. This has been a blessing for people who work in restricted areas.

Andreas Stihl’s successors say that his commitment to quality has remained constant throughout the company’s history. Stihl has maintained it’s position in the power tools industry through that very commitment. And there are a lot of chainsaw users who would appreciate the lesser workloads they now face because of this versatile machine.

How to Choose Best Chainsaw for You

CAT0729A chainsaw is a cost-effective and time saving tool for wood cutting. Owning a chainsaw allows you to skip the rental shops and expensive contractors and use your machine on your own terms. By spending a little time upfront, you can find the chainsaw that fits your needs exactly and become an expert on how to use it.

Like any piece of equipment, knowing what chainsaw you should buy depends on how often you’ll be using it and for what tasks. There are high-powered, gas-fueled chainsaws with enough power to take down a small forest, but if you are a homeowner who wants to do just a bit of light pruning or trimming, a lightweight, electric model might suit you better. Be warned, there is an inherent tradeoff between price and power. A machine with a higher-capacity engine and more cutting power will likely be more expensive than an electric model. To make sure you have the best chainsaw for your needs, assess how often you will use your chainsaw and what kinds of projects you intend to tackle to make sure your investment is worthwhile.

Another factor to consider when searching for a chainsaw is the size of the wood you will be cutting. Pay attention to the bar length, the distance from the cutting tip to where the chain enters the chainsaw housing. This measurement determines what size wood you can cut. A chainsaw can cut twice its bar length—for example, a saw with a 20-inch bar can cut through a 40-inch log. However, in the longer the bar length, the heavier it becomes. Because of safety considerations, buying a chainsaw larger than 20 inches is generally not recommended for homeowners.

Electric cordless chainsawAs you continue with your selection process, it’s important to keep your comfort and ability in mind. A chainsaw is a powerful and dangerous piece of equipment that will produce serious consequences if not handled property. Select a chainsaw that is at a comfortable weight you can manage.

Electric Chainsaws

Lightweight, easy to start, and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts, electric chainsaws are ideal for light jobs such as pruning or yard work. However, most electric models run on a cord that must be plugged into an electrical outlet, confining you to the area surrounding your home. Electric chainsaws are quieter and require less maintenance than gas-powered units, which makes them a convenient option for homeowners with a few light tasks.

Gas-Powered Chainsaws

346XP_TrioBrake_H150-0037Gas powered chainsaws offer more powerful cutting and a broader range of bar lengths, making them ideal for heavyduty use. Powered by a mobile source of fuel, you can cut wood anywhere without being chained to an external power source. However, their heavier weights and extended bar lengths can cause operators to fatigue easily, requiring much more effort to use. Gas chainsaws are generally categorized by weight. Lightweight saws feature 8 to 12 inch guide bars and are perfect for the homeowner who has plans to cut small trees and branches less than a foot diameter. Midweight saws with guide bars up to 20 inches are good for the homeowner who will be doing frequent log cutting or felling of trees. Heavy weight chainsaws, those with guide bars more than 20 inches, are recommended for professional use only.

CAT1258Pole Saws

Pole chainsaws are basically a small chainsaw on a pole. They are not terribly useful if you are need to cut a cord of wood but they are indispensable if you are trying to reach limbs high up on a tree. Depending on the height of the tree limb you are looking to remove, pole chainsaws eliminate the need to climb on ladder or climb up into the tree to make the cut. With a pole chainsaw, you can safely trim and prune with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Pole chainsaws are available in high-powered gas, battery, and lightweight corded electric. Most pole saws come equipped with poles that extend reach out at least 8-15 feet.

To make the best investment, try to find a compromise between weight and power in a model that will fi t your budget. Keep your comfort and safety in mind throughout the entire buying process. At Power Equipment Plus, we have the largest selection of chainsaws in the marketplace and would be happy to talk through the best machine for you. Call our chainsaw specialists at 1- 800-550-8780, or go online at With over 25 years of experience with power equipment innovation, manufacturing, and service, we can help you with all of your property care needs.