WHY BUY STIHL CHAINSAWS

Homeowners and professionals across New Zealand choose STIHL Chainsaws for their exceptional performance and high quality. From sawing firewood to felling large trees in the forest, STIHL has the widest range in the market with over 30 Chainsaws including battery electric and petrol models. 

The world's best Chainsaws - All STIHL Chainsaws are engineered and designed with German precision, cutting edge technology and over 90 years of experience. We do not settle for second best. 

Not only do we sell great Chainsaws, we also provide on-going technical support via our workshops and supply spare parts for a minimum of 10 years. You can rely on your STIHL Chainsaw for years to come.

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Mixing fuel mixture for petrol chainsaw

FUEL AND LUBRICANT

Getting the correct fuel mixture and using quality engine oil is essential for optimal performance and the health of your engine.

Regardless of whether you have a petrol or battery Chainsaw you need to use bar lube to avoid damage to your Chainsaw. We will talk about fuel and lubricant handling in this article.

Learn What Is The Right Fuel And Lubricant?

PPE you need for your Chainsaw operation, including helmet and gloves

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Safety should always be taken seriously when using a Chainsaw.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn; noise protection, work boots, gloves, and chaps are a great place to start. We have different grades of safety gear available so you can be confident that you have the right kit for your job.

Learn What Safety Gear Do You Need?

Iluustrating how to start your Petrol Chainsaw

STARTING YOUR CHAINSAW

STIHL Chainsaws are designed to be started quickly and easily. If you have a Battery Chainsaw you simply push a button!

Petrol Chainsaws require a few extra steps, and the starting technique may vary depending on the model you have. Learn more about the correct starting procedure for your STIHL Chainsaw here.

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a man with safety visor on, examinating his saw chain before sharpening

SHARPENING YOUR CHAIN

Over time, chains will lose their edge. Having a sharp chain is necessary for the best cut and also for your safety.

All STIHL SHOP stores offer chain sharpening services for your convenience. However with the right equipment and technique you can also sharpen your chain at home. You can learn more about chain sharpening by clicking the link below.

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A man wearing Earmuffs,safety gloves and trousers, cutting log with his battery Chainsaw

PRE-CHAINSAW OPERATION TIPS

Your Chainsaw is a powerful tool, there is a lot to think about before you start your job. Have you chosen a saw that is suitable for the task? Do you have all the safety gear you need? Have you checked the safety features are all working correctly on your Saw?

Learn more about some of the things you should be thinking about before using your Chainsaw to maximise your safety.

Learn What To Do Before Using Your Chainsaw

A man holding a Petrol Chainsaw cutting through a log on a sawhorse

SAFE CHAINSAW OPERATION

Chainsaws can cause serious injury if not used correctly. Even if it's just a quick job, it's important to consider your safety. You have probably heard of terms like Kickback and Reactive Force. But what do they even mean?

In this article, we will cover several basic yet useful techniques that can reduce the risk and keep you safe.

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A man carrying his petrol Chainsaw pointed backward after chainsaw work

POST-CHAINSAW OPERATION TIPS

If you are not looking after your Chainsaw correctly this could not only affect its performance and longevity, but it can also compromise your safety.

We have all the tips to help you care for and maintain your Chainsaw after you've finished the job.

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A man looking satisfied after cutting firewood with his Chainsaw

CUTTING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD

The satisfaction of warming yourself with the firewood you cut is indescribable! As challenging as it might sound, with the right tools and skills for the job, getting your wood cut can be easy as.

Here's an essential guide to cutting your own firewood with a Chainsaw.

Learn How To Cut Your Own Firewood

a stack of firewood with a STIHL petrol chainsaw and helmet

STORING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD

Storing your firewood correctly is important for optimal firewood burning.

How long should I dry my wood? What should my wood stack look like? Is a woodshed necessary? We cover the essentials of storing your own firewood the right way.

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FIRST FREE SERVICE

Every new STIHL Chainsaw is entitled to a free first service after about 5 hours of use or about 1 month after purchase. During this service STIHL SHOP technicians inspect crucial components of your Chainsaw such as fuel filters, air filters, spark plugs and chain brakes, as well as the overall condition of the machine, this service will ensure your saw is working efficiently. After the first service we recommend annual servicing to ensure your Chainsaws performs for many years.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use any 2 Stroke fuel mix in my Chainsaw?

We highly recommend using STIHL 2 Stroke oil as it is specially formulated for STIHL engines to maximise the life your machine. If using STIHL oil, the mix is 50:1 or 20 mls of oil per litre. If you are using any other brand please mix at 25:1 or 40 mls per litre.

What grade octane should I use in my 2 stroke mix?

We recommend the use of higher Octane 96 petrol. If you are using STIHL oil, the mix is 50:1 or 20 mls of oil per litre of petrol.

How important is fresh fuel?

Fresh fuel in your Chainsaw is critical for engine startup and the performance of the carburettor. We do not recommend leaving fuel in your machine for more than 1 month. After a month we suggest that you empty the fuel tank and run the engine until it is dry.

What is the correct chain tension?

At about the center of the bar, just take the weight of the saw by lifting the chain. You should just see the bottom of the drive links.

How often should I sharpen my chain?

This depends on the level of usage. A tell-tale sign of a blunt chain is when the user must place force on the Chainsaw to achieve a cut, rather than letting the saw to the work.

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