10 Things You Didn't Know About Stihl

Stihl is the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America.* That much we all know. Of course we know about their commitment to quality and innovation throughout their history, but how much do you really know?  We'll wager you didn't know all these facts about Stihl Inc, Stihl World group, or even your own Stihl chainsaw! 

1. They are an in house manufacturer


Only gasoline-powered chain saw manufacturer that designs and manufactures its own saw chain and guide bars.

2. Stihl has over 1000 patents


Stihl is innovative and an industry leader with over 1000 patents that protect its products from replication.

3. Their first saw weighed over 100lbs

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The company was founded in 1926 with a two man electric powered bucking saw as their main product. It was the first saw built by Stihl, was two man operated, it had an output of 2.2kW and weighed 106 lbs.

4. They Manufactured the First Gasoline Chainsaw


In 1929 Stihl manufactured the first petrol powered chainsaw named the “Tree Felling Machine”. It was a two man saw with an output power of 6 hp. It weighed 101 lbs

5. They manufactured a Tractor


In 1949 Stihl manufactured a tractor it was an air cooled 2 stroke engine. 

6. They Manufactured the 1 person Gasoline Chainsaw


In 1950 Stihl Manufactured the first Single operator gasoline chainsaw. The saw weighed 35lbs.

7. They have their own Choir

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Founded in the 1950 and singing for fun, the Stihl Works Choir has 38 active members to date.

8. Stihl Model Numbers are abbreviations for their German names


MS= Motosäge = Chainsaw
FS= Freischneider = Line Trimmer
BG= Blasgerät = Handheld Blower
BR= Blasgerät Rückentragbar= Backpack Blower
TS= Trennshleiffer= Cut Off Machine

9. They developed the first Catalytic converter for chain saws


In 1988 Stihl developed the world’s first catalytic converter for two stroke engines. It reduced the level of harmful emissions by 70-80 %. The Stihl 044 C is the first chain saw with the Catalytic converter.

10. You can tell where your Stihl Machine was made by the serial number


The first number indicates where it was made.
1 = Germany
2= United States

Well there you have them. How many did you already know? Where is your saw or trimmer made? Do you have any other insights that we might have missed?  









*”Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2013 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.