There is a great scarcity online for quality Stihl chain saw reviews. There are several small, one paragraph review-like posts, but very, very few of these are truly informative. Every version of every chain saw needs to be documented - and documented well. These have to separate from official Stihl documents as well - no one needs a Stihl press release in the place of a quality review.
The Andreas Stihl Company has been making chain saws in one form or another for over 80 years. One thing that you can be absolutely sure of regarding Stihl is that they love to manufacture a new model number. Even their founder, Andreas Stihl, waited only three years after he invented the first electric chain saw before he unveiled his new version, the gas powered chain saw in 1929.
In 2001, Stihl did the unthinkable, and they revamped their entire modeling system. Now when a logger went into a local dealer to purchase a beloved 026, they were instead shown to the MS 260. Same chain saw, new model number designation. This of course created a bit of turmoil at the time. It also created an easily definable date for separating Stihl chain saws into the older models and the newer models.Are you looking for old stihl model chainsaw reviews?
As a side note, the "MS" in the new chain saw model number simply stands for "Motor Schlagen" which is German for "chain saw." They are simply saying that the old 036 is now "chain saw" 360 - which became the MS 361, which became the MS 362, which is now also available as the MS 362 C-Q. (Stihl just loves a new model number!)
Of course, each model number and variation thereof needs its own quality chain saw reviews. You simply cannot read a review about the MS 440 and expect to have all the information that you need regarding the MS 441 C-Q Stihl Magnum - and you cannot read a review about the MS 192 in order to find the information for the MS 192 T. Each and every chain saw must have its own review.
Currently, Stihl has broken down their chain saws into five distinct categories:
Stihl is not going to stop creating new chain saws. As the technology permits, Stihl is going to continue to manufacture lighter, safer, and more powerful chain saws.
The current push at Stihl is to create "green" chain saws and expect to see more and more of the Stihl "Caring for Nature" seal. These chain saws include advanced engine technology for reduced engine emissions and lower fuel consumption. Expect to see this type of chain saw completely replace all the current chain saw models. This will, of course, create a new need for more Stihl chain saw reviews.