The STIHL name has stood for revolutionary technology and innovative ideas ever since the firm was founded. Throughout our 90-plus year history that has made us the name for state-of-the-art engineering. The STIHL brand is known round the world today for quality and service. In more than 160 countries our products are helping people at work - and that has made us the world`s leading chainsaw brand. The STIHL Group develops, manufactures and distributes power tools for professional forestry and agriculture as well as for garden and landscape maintenance, the construction sector and the demanding private user. STIHL distributes its products through its network of 45,000 Approved Dealers in over 160 countries.
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STIHL started out as one man with a vision. Now, more than 80 years later, the STIHL Group provides jobs for more than 12,000 people, including over 400 designers and engineers. As a company, we have over 35,000 Dealers in more than 160 countries and, due to the excellence of our products and craftsmanship, STIHL has become the preferred choice of many professionals and hobby gardeners worldwide.
One year after founding his company, Andreas Stihl opens a factory in Bad Cannstatt, near Stuttgart. The building is severely damaged during the war and Stihl moves production to Waiblingen where it remains today.
From the very early years STIHL believed in developing good people.
An attachment to the STIHL BL chainsaw transforms it into an earth auger.
Andreas Stihl's vision is realised and the 'lightweight', portable chainsaw revolutionises the tree work industry.
Evolution of the STIHL logo reflects diversification of the range. Originally designed as a symbol of forest work, it is now internationally recognised as a mark of quality power tools.
In order to meet the high standards of quality and reliable deliveries it demands, STIHL opens a magnesium pressure die-casting plant in Prüm-Weinsheim. The plant produces components such as crankcases for chainsaws and power tools.
The company's founder, Andreas Stihl dies at the age of 76. Management passes to Hans Peter Stihl and his sister Eva Mayr-Stihl.
STIHL Incorporated in the United States is founded.
Andreas Stihl Ltd in Great Britain is founded.
Lumberjacks have long tested their strength with an axe and chain saw. Harnessing that competitive spirit and showcasing their skill, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series is launched. It now has a global fan-base following events live and on TV.
STIHL acquires garden equipment manufacturer, VIKING. Based in the Austrian Tyrol the company rapidly expands under the leadership of Dr Nikolas Stihl – grandson of the Group founder.
The century turns and STIHL launches its innovative multi-tool concept. A splitting shaft allows a whole range of tools to be powered by one engine. It is known today as the KombiSystem.
STIHL opens its state-of-the-art Engineering Centre in Waiblingen, on time and on budget. The project represents a €40 million investment in STIHL's future R&D infrastructure.
VIKING launches a unique lawn tractor range. Designed from the ground up by the Austrian team, the new models have been over four years (17,000 hours) in development.
STIHL enters the cordless power tool market with two standard-setting new hedge trimmers. Quiet, powerful and lasting performers, the new models are praised by gardeners.
A fully electronic engine management system, STIHL's M-Tronic technology makes the MS 441 C-M chainsaw its most advanced ever. The self-tuning engine makes this a chainsaw with a brain!
A new era begins with the arrival of a complete range of cordless garden power tools from STIHL. A clean, quiet and long-lasting lithium-ion battery powers each of the five tools available.
STIHL has been setting the standard for chainsaws and other garden power tools for 80 years. During this time, we have achieved a number of key feature breakthroughs. These include:
Automatic chain oiling - the chain and guide bar are automatically lubricated by an oil pressure lubrication system in the handpiece (1934).
Centrifugal clutch - this ensures that the saw chain is automatically advanced as the engine speed increases (1936).
Anti-vibration system - the chainsaw is now equipped with an anti-vibration handle (1964).
Electronic ignition system - appears for the first time on the chainsaw model 041 AV electronic, ensuring trouble-free starting and optimum combustion (1968).
Chain braking system - the chain brake brings chain to a halt in a fraction of a second of the machine kicking back (1972).
Single-lever Master Control LeverTM - the functions cold start, start, run and stop are operated safely and reliably via the handle (1976).
EmaticTM system - this reduces chain oil consumption, cuts operating costs and helps to protect the environment (1987).
Catalytic converter - the first version for 2 stroke engines was developed reducing harmful emissions by 70-80% (1988).
ElastoStartTM system - a dampener integrated into the handle absorbs the peak forces, perceived as jerks, when pulling the starter rope on chainsaws and other power tools (1991).
Auger brake - the BT 106 C was the first earth auger to be equipped with a QuickStop drill brake for additional safety (1995).
4-MIX technology - this revolutionary mixture-lubricated 4-stroke engine combines the advantages of 2-stroke and 4-stroke units providing fewer emissions, lower weight and high torque (2002).
4-MIX engine – operates with the patented STIHL petrol-oil lubricating system. This ensures cleaner, more efficient engine operation, lower noise levels and favourable fuel consumption (2002).
ErgoStart (E) – STIHL's revolutionary easy starting system sets an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope. The result is a simple and effortless two-finger pull-start (2003).
Comfort saw chain – A significant stride in saw chain design, a newly profiled cutter produces a shock-absorbing effect as the cutting edge enters the wood. Chain vibration is reduced by as much 40% when cutting, making it more comfortable and safer in use (2003).
Spring-loaded anti-vibration system – advanced spring-loaded system is proven to significantly reduce vibrations from the engine to the user's hand (2005).
2-MIX engine – with up to 70% fewer emissions and up to 20% less fuel consumption, STIHL 2-MIX technology guarantees greater engine efficiency and performance (2007).
Long life air filter system – pre-separation air filter system extends the filter life by up to five times compared to its predecessor (2007).
Lithium-ion battery technology – STIHL's breakthrough 36 V lithium-ion battery technology powers the new light cordless hedge trimmer range (2009).
Flood prevention system – the latest domestic grass trimmers (FS 40, 50, 56) benefit from a simplified 4-step starting system and an engine that is virtually impossible to flood (2009).
Electric start – the STIHL FR 480 C-F backpack brushcutter can be started and stopped whilst still on your back by simply pressing a button on the multi-function handle (2009).
Picco Duro chain – the world's first ever carbide-tipped low-profile saw chain. Stays sharp for up to four times as long as standard saw chains (2010).
STIHL M-Tronic – featured on STIHL's most advanced chainsaw ever – the MS 441 C-M, STIHL M-Tronic is a full electronic controlled ignition timing and fuel metering system. The carburettor is automatically adjusted to changes in altitude, temperature and fuel quality, ensuring optimum engine performance day in and day out (2010).