Some of the biggest chores of the winter season involve tackling timber — from slicing through firewood to cutting back trees which may otherwise pose a hazard during seasonal storms. In order to make short — and safe — work of these tasks, Stihl has been hard at work further refining its saws and safety gear.
It’s a process which the Scandinavian company’s engineers have been at for decades, and each year they manage to find new ways to improve the reliability, ease of use and safety of their core products in the field of chainsaws. For 2017 the range of sizes and options is bigger than ever, with new cutting technology suited to every arena from the backyard to the forest.
Having a large range means it’s easier to choose the right sized saw for any given situation. Part of cutting efficiently and safely is selecting the right sized machine for any given task, and the Stihl range spans the small, firewood friendly MS 170 and MS 180 through to the big Magnum, designed for forestry.
Across the range, the options for ease of operation also abound, with improved technology delivering an easier pull start, tool-free locking and tensioning of the chain itself, and advances in engine mounting to reduce vibration.
At the very edge, Stihl has been hard at work refining the bite of its saws for longer chain life. In applications such as the building industry, where timber may be contaminated by cement residues, or in pruning and garden maintenance, where it’s necessary to work close to the ground, the new Duro 3 carbide-tipped chain developed by Stihl’s engineers has been tested to last up to ten times longer than conventional chains. That means more work between sharpenings, and more efficient cutting when it comes to dirty wood.
Finally, Stihl has kept pace with the need for extreme safety equipment to match its chainsaws. Alongside tough ear and eye protection, Stihl’s specially designed chainsaw chaps are built to trap the blade of a running chainsaw with unbreakable fibres should it come into contact with the operator’s legs, preventing the number one cause of serious injury while cutting. If your current equipment has just come out of the shed for winter and is looking the worse for wear, a step up to more modern gear might save more than just time and effort this season.