A lightweight magnesium alloy piston from STIHL leads to enhanced performance for professional chainsaw users, so you can make quick progress whatever you are working on.
STIHL chainsaws use 2-stroke engines which, like all engines, contain a piston. The motion of the piston is transferred to the crankshaft, which in turn drives the saw chain. The piston is a central components of the engine and it moves at high speed. Depending on the type of chainsaw, it could reach as many as 14,000 revolutions per minute. The piston moves continuously and rapidly inside the engine cylinder, and is exposed to high temperatures and stresses. Chainsaw pistons are not routinely serviced or replaced, which means they need to work effectively throughout the lifespan of the chainsaw. Consequently they are manufactured to be both resilient and lightweight.
Most chainsaw engine pistons are made from aluminium – a tried and tested material which guarantees a long service life. But what if there were an even lighter material which could achieve an equally high maximum rotation speed? Development work in this area has led us to create a chainsaw with a lightweight piston and a substantially enhanced power-to-weight ratio.
We have long been dedicated to the task of creating chainsaws with lightweight components. The result is a piston made from a special magnesium alloy, manufactured in our own magnesium die-cast plant. Our magnesium piston weighs less than a piston made of aluminium, and achieves an even higher maximum rotation speed. This leads to improved performance, a better power-to-weight ratio and reduced transmission of vibrations to the operator.
To make a component which can satisfy even the most demanding requirements, we produce the magnesium piston using a special die-cast process. The piston is then hardened by means of electrolysis, a chemical process which toughens the piston surface and renders it resistant to corrosion. These advanced processes produce a piston which is particularly suitable for chainsaws used in professional forestry applications, as the advantages of the new magnesium technology can be applied to the most challenging tasks.
There is currently one machine available with the new magnesium piston: the STIHL MS 400 C-M.
In conclusion this means the MS 400 C-M has higher performance, no loss of durability and only a small increase in overall weight. The MS 400 C-M is a powerful and lightweight device perfect for challenging forestry tasks such as felling and processing.
|MS 400 C-M
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