Counterfeit products may look and feel genuine, but they share almost none of the quality and safety features found on genuine STIHL equipment. All our products are thoroughly tested and approved before being released into the market, whereas counterfeit or imitated products are not vetted by any reputable bureaus or testing facilities - even though they may carry (fake) EU and SABS stickers.
Counterfeit products are not always exact replicas or copies of STIHL products. Some are in a different colour to the characteristic STIHL orange but have the same build and familiar STIHL model designations (such as FS 250, FS 280, MS 381, etc). These are usually sold under the guise of being manufactured in the same facilities as genuine STIHL products.
At times these products are offered at prices only slightly lower than the genuine STIHL models – this is done to create the impression that they are original STIHL products.