STIHL chainsaw chains and guide bars: the team for top performance

All STIHL chainsaw chains and guide bars are developed in-house. This means we can guarantee that the cutting attachment and powerhead are always perfectly tuned to each other – which is what ensures the best possible performance when you work.

A man wearing safety gear by a tree, with a STIHL MS 261 C-M petrol chainsaw with Light 04 guide bar in the foreground

For the best chainsaw performance use STIHL guide bars and saw chains together 

When you’re working in the great outdoors, you need equipment that can handle the toughest challenge. That is why we have developed a whole range of chainsaw chains and guide bars to respond to all kinds of requirements. All of our products showcase outstanding technical innovation and high production quality, and when you pair a STIHL guide bar with a STIHL saw chain you will fully benefit from the specialist expertise that goes into what we do. 

STIHL saw chains: precision on delivery

STIHL chainsaw chains embody pure Swiss precision. For decades, they have been produced at our factory in the Swiss town of Wil, on specialised machines that were themselves developed and produced in-house. This level of focus on the product makes all the difference, and today STIHL offers saw chains in every performance class and for every brand of chainsaw. You can be assured that STIHL saw chains deliver outstanding cutting performance and a long service life, and are extremely quiet in operation – even when used on chainsaws from other manufacturers. 

Exceptional saw chain features

STIHL chainsaw chains are so effective because we are constantly innovating, and continually refining the many quality features that go into the products and production process. Specific benefits that we have honed over the years include: 

All of these features ensure that STIHL saw chains, in combination with guide bars developed by STIHL and a STIHL powerhead, offer optimal cutting characteristics. However, the high quality of STIHL saw chains and the modularity that has been considered in their design from the very outset mean you can also upgrade chainsaws from other manufacturers by adding a STIHL chain. 

The innovative 3/8" Rapid HEXA saw chain from STIHL

STIHL Rapid HEXA Sägekette auf einer Arbeitsfläche mit Holzspänen

The new Rapid Hexa saw chain sets new standards with up to 10 percent more cutting performance compared to the 36 RS chain. Thanks to the innovative new tooth shape and the narrow kerf of the Rapid Hexa saw chain, this significant increase in performance is possible - perfect for professional forestry and timber harvesting. The same also applies to resharpening. 

This is because the new Hexa 6-edge file that matches the chain fits perfectly into the shape of the tooth and you sharpen your saw chain at an almost ideal sharpening angle faster and more accurately than before. All without file holder and sharpening grid - for a chain that lasts longer.

STIHL product in focus: .325” Pro saw chains

A STIHL saw chain beside a tool on a workbench

Our innovative .325” Pro saw chains include all of the advanced features outlined above, as well as offering impressively improved performance: 20% better cutting with a 20% reduction in vibrations. These features mean fatigue-free work and the best performance of all STIHL saw chains to date. STIHL .325” Pro saw chains are available in five design variants – Super, Super 3, Micro, Micro 3 and Duro 3 – for guide bars with a groove width of 1.3 mm.

STIHL guide bars: light, robust, innovative.

In a STIHL chainsaw, it is the guide bar that pulls everything together. This element is responsible for the precise manoeuvring of the saw chain with minimal friction loss, and has to stand up to the toughest strains. The guide bar is the conduit that directs the power of the motor via the saw chain and into the wood. STIHL offers perfect guide bars for every area of application, all developed and produced in-house. Decades of research, high-quality materials, innovative production processes and ultra-modern production facilities ensure proven STIHL quality in every guide bar, as do our electronic production checks and the final quality control stage. This is how every STIHL guide bar proves itself in the face of the challenges it faces every day at work. 

What makes STIHL guide bars the right choice

Felling, pruning, thinning, processing – whatever you’re planning to do with your chainsaw, with the right STIHL guide bar you are well-equipped for any task. As with everything STIHL develops, the quality features make all the difference: 

Rollomatic E, Rollomatic ES and Duromatic: STIHL guide bars for all applications 

STIHL guide bars can be divided into three basic types. Each is designed with different requirements and areas of application in mind, from all-rounder models to professional products. We have listed the key features of our guide bars below for you. 

Rollomatic E

  • Guide bar for universal use, in a range of designs 
    • Three metal plates welded together 
    • Middle plate extensively hollowed out for lightweight design with high stability
  • For applications ranging from use in cordless chainsaws to petrol chainsaws with an output of up to 3.5 kW 
  • Available in bar lengths of 25 cm to 63 cm 

Rollomatic ES

  • Sturdy solid body with fully replaceable bar nose; includes sprocket nose
  • For professional chainsaws with outputs of over 3.5 kW 
  • Available in bar lengths up to 150cm


  • Steel solid body 
  • Carbide plating on bar nose 
  • For use with chainsaws in the middle and high performance categories
A man sawing a tree using a STIHL MS 261 C-M petrol chainsaw with a Light 04  guide bar

STIHL product in focus: Light 04 guide bars

Our innovative STIHL Light 04 guide bars now make working in nature even safer and more enjoyable, with improved system weight, optimised manoeuvrability along the trunk and lower kickback with no compromise in stability. The slim version of the Light 04 guide bar is approved for use with MS 261, MS 271 and MS 291 powerheads. This means that you can easily use existing powerheads with the newly developed bar. 

Light can be strong:

  • Bar up to 200g lighter 
  • Significantly increased piercing performance 
  • Reduced kickback
  • Better balance when sawing 
  • Bar can be guided more easily 
  • Slimmer bar contour 
  • New, distinctive design 

When used with the new STIHL .325” Pro saw chain, this cutting attachment sets a new standard for saw chains and guide bars – professionals and discerning private users will see and feel the difference from the very first cut. 

Summary: STIHL saw chains and guide bars 

  • All STIHL saw chains and guide bars are developed in-house by STIHL 
  • The STIHL saw chain range includes products to suit any application 
  • STIHL saw chains can also be used in chainsaws from other manufacturers 
  • STIHL guide bars can be divided into Rollomatic E, Rollomatic ES and Duromatic types 
  • STIHL has the perfect guide bar for every challenge

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