I've been trying to determine which Stihl's are German and which are American made. My local Stihl dealer told me the way you can tell a German made from an American made (no mention of Brazil or China) is the color of the handle. The typical Stihl off white is German, orange and black are American. That would mean, by looking in their catalog, all the occasional use saws, 290, 310, & 390 are American made, the 270, 280 and all the professional use saws are German made. Some other posts in other forums say the 260pro is American made (white handle) so I'm going to assume the dealer is incorrect and will look at the serial number to be certain.
He went into great detail about how the American made crankcases are pressed together verses two-piece cast design made by Germany.
What are your opinions regarding German vs American made? I was looking to either get the 310 or 390 thinking they are German but according to his theory and the catalog they are American made with the one-piece crankcase.