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How to find out where Stihl's are made

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Aled Owen, May 11, 2010.

  1. Aled Owen

    Aled Owen ArboristSite Member

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    I heard Stihl opened a plant in China and that the MS 170 is made there (not getting it anyway but still). How would I find out where each Stihl chainsaw is made, are Germany, China and the US the only manufacturing places?

    If anybody knows where is the MS 211 made?
     
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    If I remmber right they have one in Brazil
     
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    I believe that is where the 038 is made is in Brazil
     
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    Only US sold items made in China are HS45 hedge clippers, and I think the HSE electric hedge clippers, MS170 is made in the Virginia Beach plant. Serial numbers starting in 8 are made in China, 1 is Germany, and 2 is US, and Brazil is 3 or 5 don't remember.

    Bars are made in the US, or Germany, and the Stihl Chain is still Swiss made.
     
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    ms 211 should be made in the US
     
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    Yes, but all saws can of course contain parts made elsewhere, as with all brands!
     
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    Most likely, if it is sold in the US.
     
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    my ms 211 is US made. Not sure what they will be in Europe? Maybe they're tooled up to make them in germany? There should be a sticker on the saw...
     
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    I agree, or perhaps a list on the website of where each saw is made.

    I've pretty much decided on the MS 211, but I've not seen it in real life (seen the MS 200, MS 250 and MS 171 at a dealership) and I'd like to test it out before I buy.
     
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    What do you think of the MS 211?
     
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    It's a pretty cool, well featured saw, especially for that small of a saw. It is very smartly designed. I like the top cover, and the fact that it's basically like a husky in terms of its airfilter and AV.

    It has pretty good power for a small saw. Certainly depends on what you're using it for. I got it next to new on CL for $150, so I couldn't really go wrong. Here, if I were looking at buying one new for $280 or buying a husky 346xp for $440, I'd get the 346xp in a heartbeat. 70cc saws may be king of versitility, but a 50cc can still do a lot more than a 35cc saw.

    I wanted a light, small saw that I could use with me in the brush if I encounter big materials with the fs 450.
     
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    the 026 i have apart has a serial number starting with 4 ,any ideas where this was made:dizzy:
     
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    Could be Brazil
     
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    More important then where its assembled is who engineered it. My opinion of the ms 200 is it has lots of power but the ergonomics is the worst in the business. The handle feels like it came off my sisters banana bike. Every saw in its class has more comfort. Balance is bad and they tend to need more cleaning then the others. They do have more power hands down. Hope the 211 is better. Ill keep my modified husky its faster more reliable and more important comfortable.
    To each his own.:)
     
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    ANYONE,just curious because i have had a look over it and no sign of a <made in .......... > country badge or anything:dizzy:
     
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    Is the sticker still visible, or are you looking at the one etched in the crankcase?
     
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    Do you see 7 digits in the serial number? Some of the older saws only showed 8 digits. Most of those were German made.
     
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    this one has 9 digits starting 4256-----and thats the etched ones between the muff and b/c,heres a pic of it when i got it
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