STIHL research and development: powered by users

Sophisticated technology that you can rely on: we focus on ensuring innovation and quality in every STIHL product.

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How we ensure quality at STIHL

Our product range is as diverse as the work sites our tools are destined for – so it takes a full spectrum of checks and development measures to guarantee our famous STIHL quality, whether in our innovative garden tools or our professional forestry equipment. We’ve put together information to give you an insight into how we harness innovation in STIHL technology, and use our research and development to move your work forward.

Testing and innovation at STIHL

System weight at STIHL

For professional users, every gram of weight counts. That is why STIHL applies a great deal of R&D and engineering know-how to reduce the system weight, i.e. the weight of the unfueled chainsaw including cutting assembly. This has resulted in significant weight savings thanks to slimmer sprocket covers, redesigned cylinders, consistent material changes for other components and the development of lightweight rails – without, of course, compromising on power and durability. The result: a lower system weight and easier handling. 

Working in the rain with professional battery products 

All battery-powered tools within the STIHL AP system are designed for professional users and for daily use even under adverse weather conditions. For this reason, they are equipped with tested splash water protection. Their effectiveness is proven by demanding internal tests. The splash water test is based on the IPX4 standard, among other things. 

Summary: STIHL research and development

  • STIHL R&D ensures that the components of our tools are perfectly attuned to each other and therefore offer optimal performance
  • STIHL quality is ensured with a wide range of testing techniques

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