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Monday, February 15, 2016

Here's How a STIHL Chainsaw is Built

STIHL chain saws...Precision engineering and quality manufacturing at its finest.

At our factory in Virginia Beach, Virginia,  STIHL Inc. manufactures more than 75 different models
of gasoline-powered, handheld outdoor power equipment, including most of our legendary chain

Our American manufacturing facility combines the best of computerized technology with a hands on,
human approach to ensure when a chain saw leaves us… it’s ready for you.

The first step is the STIHL guide bar facility. STIHL built this dedicated facility, and even designed the equipment inside, for unparalled quality.

STIHL also manufactures many of its own parts – transforming raw materials like metal and polymers into precision engine components.

The assembly of a STIHL chain saw starts when the STIHL piston is connected to the crankshaft.

From there, the chain saw will pass through several assembly stations, each adding another critical
component, including short block, engine housing, carburetor, handle frames, chain tensioner and

Next, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is installed. This exclusive chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with
sufficient force.  After these parts are assembled, the ignition module
is installed and wired by hand, providing a solid and secure electrical connection. The final step, and one that sets us apart, is the test running phase, where each and every chain saw is started and inspected, ensuring optimal performance.

STIHL chain saws are then packaged and shipped to over 8,000 servicing Dealers across the country,
and to STIHL facilities around the world. Now that you know what goes into making a STIHL
chain saw, just think what you’ll be able to get out of it. For quality you can depend on, sold by Dealers you can trust, there’s only one STIHL.