In this article we are going to be talking about Stihl Trimmers, which includes both grass and hedge trimmers. We hope we can provide you with all the info you need when it comes to choosing a suitable trimmer. Our aim today is to walk you through some of the possible choices you have, and some of the important features that the various models have.
So what should you be looking for? And how much will you look at paying for a certain model? We will answer this below, but first let’s start off by talking about the history of Stihl. The recommended models are at the bottom of this page if you want to skip the history section below.
A brief history of Stihl
Some of you might be wondering about the history of Stihl, and if they are a reputable company or not. We will give a quick rundown of the company so you can decide for yourself. If this doesn’t interest you, you can skip right onto the product section directly below this.
Stihl was founded in Germany in 1926, by Andreas Stihl. In that first year they concentrated on building washing machines, but seeing a demand for additional tools in the lumber industry, they created and designed a two man chainsaw which went to production that same year. This chainsaw was primarily designed for chopping instead of felling. Fast forward 3 years, they now employ 20 people and designed a second generation chainsaw specifically for felling trees. In the next 10 years they came to employ 250 people, and introduced a portable gasoline driven chainsaw, the first of its kind.
They begin exporting their products to Italy, and established a firm reputation as one of the top chainsaw manufacturers. In 1944 tragedy stuck as their German factory was destroyed by Allied bombs, but it was rebuilt the next year once the war was over. Just 3 years later they went on to design their first all purpose tractor to great acclaim. Up until the 1960′s they continued their innovative product design, and designed the worlds first 1 man portable chainsaw, and the first two stroke diesel engine to be used for their wide range of products. In the late 1950s Eva Stihl the daughter of founder Andreas Stihl joins the company, and remains on board until 2002 to oversee the company. In 1960 the son of the founder Hans Stihl came onboard as Assisting Director.
In the 1960s they introduced more chainsaw models, which now featured their patented anti vibration technology which made them safer and easier to use. They also celebrated the production of their millionth chainsaw unit, and up to that date employed over 1000 people. In 1973 Andreas Stihl passed away, and his daughter and son took over the company. The 1970′s provided more innovation, with the company producing their first hedgetrimmer and the first grass Stihl trimmer. In the 1980s the employee headcount rose to 3500, and further enhancements to products were added included various safety aspects, and ergonomic benefits. They introduced their first leafblower in 1983.
The 1990s gave way to many more product refinements and innovations included Quickstop and and Elastostart technology for their various products. They also added pole trimmers and high pressure washers to their ever expanding product range. In 2001 the company celebrated its 75th birthday. Catalytic converters now feature on most models to comply with new green emission rulings, and their Easy2start technology made chainsaw and brushcutter units much easier to start. A new development plant is built in Waiblingen-Neustadt to cope with increased product demand. In 2009 the American Brands Council recognized Stihl as one of the biggest and most trusted brands.
What are some of the more popular Stihl Trimmers?
Generally the trimmers they sell are divided into two categories. You get the grass trimmers, and the hedge trimmers. Today we are going to look at four of the more popular trimmers from both of these groups, and talk about some of the features that each product boasts.
Stihl FS 56 RC-E Grass Trimmer
Stihl FS100 Grass Trimmer
Stihl HS45 Hedge Trimmer
Stihl HL 90K Hedge Trimmer
Where can you buy them?
You can find them at most of the big retailers, although since they are a trusted brand name you will look at paying a bit more than some of the cheaper brands on offer. You can also find them on sale at your local garden center, but they do tend to add a bit more of a markup to their prices. You can also find them for sale online, so this is another potential option to look into.
Keep in mind everything we have talked about today, and choose wisely when you are picking between the various Stihl trimmers. Remember there are two different product lines for both hedge and grass trimmers – the home and the professional units, so make sure you buy whatever is suitable for your usage.
Keep all these tips in mind, and you will be sure to have many hours of hassle free trimming!