The Complete Guide to Buying Stihl Chainsaws on a Budget

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The Complete Guide to Buying Stihl Chainsaws on a Budget

A chainsaw is a great tool to have on hand, whether one owns a home with a yard or runs a farm. Stihl chainsaws, in particular, offer a range of features that appeal to many consumers. Of course, not every consumer has a large budget to work with when shopping for a Stihl chainsaw. Fortunately, by zeroing in on necessary features and power ratings and looking for alternatives to new Stihl chainsaws, any consumer can find a good model that fits within a tight budget. Learning to shop for a chainsaw on the online retail site eBay can also prove advantageous when looking for an affordable Stihl model outside of home improvement and gardening stores.

Finding the Right Model

One of the most cost-efficient ways to buy a Stihl chainsaw is to choose a model that addresses the exact tasks at hand and nothing more. A residential user, for example, should not invest in a large-scale model designed for agriculture or forestry. The following table outlines some of Stihl's domestic chainsaw models, along with their specifications.

Model

Displacement (cubic cm)

Power Output (kW/bhp)

Sound Power dB(A)

Sound Pressure dB(A)

Vibration Level

MS 150 C-E

23.6

1.0/1.3

108.0

97.0

4.9/4.9

MS 170

30.1

1.3/1.8

106.0

98.0

4.2/5.9

MS 171

31.8

1.3/1.8

109.0

98.0

4.1/3.6

MS 181

31.8

1.5/2.0

109.0

100.0

3.5/3.0

MS 181 C-BE

31.8

1.5/2.0

109.0

100.0

3.5/3.0

MS 192 C-E

30.1

1.3/1.8

110.0

99.0

3.0/3.2

MS 211

35.2

1.7/2.3

110.0

99.0

3.5/3.2

MS 211 C-BE

35.2

1.7/2.3

110.0

99.0

2.9/3.1

MS 211 C-BE mit Picco Duro

35.2

1.7/2.3

110.0

99.0

2.9/3.1

MS 231

40.6

2.0/2.7

112.0

102.0

3.5/3.5

MS 231 C-BE

40.6

2.0/2.7

112.0

102.0

3.5/3.5

MS 231 C-BE with Picco Duro saw chain

40.6

2.0/2.7

112

102

3.5/3.5

MS 251

45.6

2.2/3.0

112.0

102.0

3.9/3.9

MS 251 C-BEQ

45.6

2.2/3.0

112.0

102.0

3.9/3.9

Consumers shopping on a budget can utilise this data to make a more informed and affordable decision when selecting a Stihl chainsaw. Within the residential Stihl models, consumers may wish to explore lighter and more affordable options, rather than go for the more powerful units, or they may decide that an investment in a higher-performing unit delivers a greater return on an initial investment over time.

Understanding Stihl Chainsaw Classifications

Another piece of the puzzle that consumers can utilise to find the best fit is Stihl's classifications. Stihl uses a series of letter designations to indicate the performance capabilities of its chainsaws: E for ErgoStart, C for Comfort Models, B for Chain Quick Tensioning, W for Heated Handle, Q for Quick Stop Super Chain Brake, and M for M-Tronic.

ErgoStart Models

The ErgoStart feature enables easy start-up of a Stihl chainsaw. With ErgoStart, a chainsaw pulls smoothly and evenly to start and has no demanding load due to compression. ErgoStart also helps assure that a chainsaw starts every time.

Comfort Models

Just as an automobile may feature upgrades from a base package, a C Stihl chainsaw offers supplementary features that make it easier to use. A C designation typically coordinates with another letter designation, such as E or Q.

Chain Quick Tensioning

A B designation indicates that a Stihl saw leverages chain quick tensioning. This means a user can tension a chainsaw with no tools simply by using a turn dial. Chainsaw owners using a B-grade chainsaw also have an easier time mounting the guide bar.

Heated Handle

Anyone who operates a chainsaw in inclement weather might enjoy Stihl's heated handle feature. A heated handle is not for keeping a user's hands warm necessarily, but rather for keeping the handle free of ice and snow in the winter months. This ensures that a user has a solid and safe grip on a chainsaw during operation.

Quick Stop Super Chain Brake

Stihl's Quick Stop Super Chain Brake feature delivers a supplemental braking system that helps a user stop a blade quickly from any operating position. With a released throttle trigger lockout, the Super Chain Brake stops a blade in a matter of seconds.

M-Tronic

M-Tronic is an advanced user feature for professional end users. It delivers control of ignition timing in all operating modes and controls a unit's petrol supply, taking into account temperature, elevation, and fuel quality. With M-Tronic, users can also save previous settings on an internal chip for future use.

Buying Used Stihl Chainsaws

For consumers who weigh all the features and discover the models they want are outside their budgets, a used chainsaw is a possible solution. Given the sturdy engineering of a Stihl chainsaw, these units have long performance lives. Consumers can look for a well-maintained used chainsaw and save significantly. They can also access replacement parts to repair or maintain older chainsaws.

How to Buy Stihl Chainsaws on eBay

To search for a new or used chainsaw on eBay, utilise the search interface found on any page on the site. Enter a keyword term using the model number or run a search with a general term to get a full list of the chainsaws available. Review the listings in detail and make sure to communicate with sellers regarding any questions you may have. Finding a Stihl chainsaw for a home or business is not an intimidating or expensive proposition when approached with care. With the array of new and used options available on eBay, consumers can quickly find Stihl chainsaws that fit into tight budgets. Stihl chainsaws may sometimes appear on the eBay Deals page, as well.

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