Stihl Vs. Huskvarna Chainsaw Comparison

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Stihl Vs. Huskvarna Chainsaw Comparison
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The Stihl vs. Husqvarna chainsaw debate has been ongoing a long time within the forestry world. These two manufacturers produce the most widely used chainsaws by far for both professionals and homeowners. Each company manufactures high-quality, reliable saws that withstand a lot of abuse. In most cases, it really comes down to personal preference when making a final comparison between these two manufacturers.

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History

Stihl Corp. chainsaws are made in Germany, and the company has produced top of the line equipment for almost 70 years. Its extensive product line means it has a saw to fit every need. Stihl is a pioneer in some of the earliest technological breakthroughs for small engines. Husqvarna chainsaws are built in Sweden, and the company has long been a leader in developing new technology for chainsaws. It offers many innovative features specific to Husqvarna saws.

Sizes

Stihl produces saws of all different sizes and uses. It offers small, compact saws for homeowners and heavy-duty long bar saws designed specifically for professional fellers. Husqvarna typically designs most of its saws for farmers and landowners, though it also has saws for professionals. Stihl saws, because of their larger size, are usually slightly heavier than Husqvarna saws. This also makes Husqvarna's power-to-weight ratio greater than Stihl's, which many homeowners prefer.

Prices

Although prices for both brands of chainsaws are fairly similar, generally, the Husqvarna saws are about £32 to £65 less than Stihl saws. Because Stihl is such a prominent and well-recognised brand name, consumers pay a little extra for its long-standing reputation and for Stihl's warranty. A lot of homeowners who don't cut wood frequently prefer the lower price.

Cutting Quality

In most comparisons, both saws cut equally well under the same conditions. Stihl saws are known for their ability to run for longer hours on a tough work schedule, but Husqvarna saws' lighter weight and greater engine power may make them a little easier to work with over time. Stihl, however, has made great strides in anti-vibration technology, which allows for long cutting hours without tiring out the cutter. Both saws are easy to maintain and to keep running in peak condition.

Overall Considerations

The main factor to consider before purchasing either saw is how you'll use the saw. For heavy, long-term use in professional settings, Stihl saws might outperform Husqvarna saws, but Husqvarna's lightweight, less expensive models make them an attractive option for homeowners. Both saws have an overall different look and feel when they're cutting. Husqvarna saws tend to be slightly more powerful and offer easy starting options for people who may not know how to diagnose and troubleshoot common problems. In either case, always purchase a saw from a licensed dealer, preferably at a saw or small engine shop. This will make repairs easier, and the dealer will ensure you are covered under the saw's warranty.

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