Now is the time to wake up your STIHL equipment from its winter slumber. These tips from Randy Scully, national service manager for STIHL Inc., will help you get the most out of your tools this season.
NOTE: For a comprehensive list of maintenance and repair instructions, refer to your product's instruction manual.
Top 10 Checklist:
A good place to start is to use the checklist on our website to get a good feel for the condition of your equipment before you use it.
You can also take your equipment to your local servicing dealer for a tune up. But be sure to visit early in the season to get a head start on all your handheld outdoor power equipment needs. To find a STIHL dealer, visit the STIHL dealer locator.
Clean and Check:
For gasoline-powered equipment, you'll also want to:
- Start with fresh fuel. Old fuel can cause issues with the engine leading to problems running the equipment.
- For STIHL equipment, we recommend you mix fresh 89+ octane fuel and STIHL HP Ultra mix oil at 50:1 ratio, but you should follow the specific instruction manual for each piece of equipment, whatever the brand or model.
- Try STIHL MotoMix® ethanol-free premixed fuel (w/a shelf life of up to two years once opened).
- Dispose of old fuel properly (including fuel left in equipment over the winter) – ideally, you should have emptied the fuel tank before storing the equipment.
- Replace the spark plugs after 100 operating hours (or as recommended in your instruction manual).
For corded electric equipment:
For battery equipment:
- Charge the batteries for your battery-powered equipment like the 36-volt STIHL Battery KombiSystem
- Recycle your old batteries; find a recycling location at http://www.call2recycle.org/.
- Be sure you have the proper personal protective equipment for each of your products, as indicated in the instruction manual.
- Reduce the risk of injury with the latest protective equipment, whether it’s chaps, glasses, gloves, boots or helmet systems.
- If you already have protective apparel and equipment, be sure to inspect it thoroughly to make sure it meets the proper standards. For example: a cut in your chaps or crack in your helmet means it’s time for new gear.