Starting a STIHL chainsaw

Starting a STIHL chainsaw

Want to start your chainsaw? We show you how to do it – step by step, with lots of detailed pictures. You can print out all the information so that you always have it handy when you are using the machine.

Step-by-step starting

Find out how to start your STIHL chainsaw from detailed descriptions with illustrations ...

The right way to fit the chain and bar

Find out how to assemble your chainsaw and prepare it correctly for use ...

Proper protective equipment

Good protective clothing provides you with the best possible protection ...

Before starting

We show you which oils and lubricants your chainsaw needs and the correct way to refuel your chainsaw. …

The correct way to store chainsaws

Correct storage ensures trouble-free restarting even after taking an extended break ...

Choosing a chainsaw

Follow our guide to choosing a chainsaw ...

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Download the Chain Saw Safety Manual


The instructions on the following pages should be regarded as supplementary to the Instruction Manual supplied with your STIHL chainsaw. The pictures are only examples of a chainsaw. Different chainsaw models may have different controls. So, before starting to use your chainsaw please familiarize yourself with the machine, read the Instruction Manual carefully and if you have any questions please contact your STIHL Approved Dealer.