So far, many models of Stihl chainsaws have come into the market. But can all models be perfect for an operator? No, of course, it won’t. Rather, different operators require different models of chainsaws.

Stihl chainsaws are getting upgraded almost every year with advanced features. That’s why a clear understanding of older models, as well as newer models, can help you choose the most effective chainsaw for you.

stihl chainsaw models by year

In this article, I will provide a list of Stihl chainsaw models by year. Here, you will find old chainsaw models as well as new models. Hope this article helps you to upgrade your chainsaw or buy a new one.

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Stihl Chainsaw Model History

It may surprise you to know that the first chainsaw invented by Andreas Stihl (founder of Andreas Stihl AG) in 1926 weighed 48 kg. Later, in 1930, they invented a chainsaw that one person could operate.

Since then, the popularity of Stihl chainsaws has increased gradually. The company was also working to improve the usability and performance of chainsaws. In continuation of this, since 1952, Stihl chainsaws of different series and models have started coming to the market.

Stihl Chainsaw Model History

In the 1970s, the company built manufacturing facilities in the United States and Brazil to ensure a supply for increased demand. Besides, the company introduced various upgraded modes in the market, considering different operators and different requirements.

Today, we find various models and series of Stihl chainsaws in the market. There are different Stihl chainsaws for various operators. Unique features and benefits of these chainsaws make different work more convenient.

Why Should We Need to Know Stihl Chainsaw Models by Year?

Well, we notice companies work to improve the quality of their products regularly. The company is modernizing its products by adding modern features to Stihl chainsaws. That’s why almost every year we see a new series or model of chainsaws.

Why Should We Need To Know Stihl Chainsaw Models By Year

We need to experience the upgradation of these chainsaw models to make our work easier. Suppose you want to buy a new chainsaw. Maybe the company introduces some improved chainsaws to the model you were using.

Or there are chainsaws on the market with features that can make your job easier. Ideas about all models will help you choose the best Stihl chainsaw for you. As a result, your productivity will increase as well as reduce your workload.

Stihl Chainsaw Model Numbers List By Production Year

Since 1952, the company has marketed many models of chainsaws. These include gas chainsaws as well as electric chainsaws. You will find some old or vintage Stihl chainsaws on the list that are no longer manufactured.

Stihl Chainsaw Model Numbers List By Production Year

I will list the models here as gas and electric-powered on a series basis. This will make it easier for you to find models or get an idea about them.

Stihl Gas Chainsaws: Production Years Per Series

Below I list all STIHL gas chainsaws series, including models. Also mention the production year in brackets.

Stihl Gas Chainsaws_ Production Years Per Series

Series 1147

Series 1146

  • Stihl MS 150 C-E, MS 150 T C-E (2013-2022)

Series 1145

  • Stihl MS 201 C, 201 T C (2011-2015)
  • Stihl MS 201 T C-M, 201 C-EM (2015-2022)

Series 1144

Series 1143

  • Stihl MS 241 C-M, 241 C-MQ (2014-2018)
  • Stihl MS 251, 251 C-BE (2013-2022)

Series 1142

Series 1141

  • Stihl MS 261 (2010-Current)
  • Stihl MS 261 C-M (2014-2022)
  • Stihl MS 261 C-MQ (2014-2019)
  • Stihl MS 271, 291 (2010-2022)

Series 1140

Series 1139

  • Stihl MS 171, 181, 211 (2009-2022)

Series 1138

  • Stihl MS 441 (2007-2012)
  • Stihl MS 441 C-M (2011-2019)

Series 1137

  • Stihl MS 192, 192 T (2005-2014)
  • Stihl MS 193, 193 T (2014-2022)

Series 1135

  • Stihl MS 361 (2004 – 2010)

Series 1133

  • Stihl MS 270, 280 (2003 – 2010)

Series 1132

  • Stihl 019T (1997-2002)
  • Stihl MS 191 T (2002-2006)

Series 1130

  • Stihl 017 (1995-2002)
  • Stihl 018 (1999-2002)
  • Stihl MS 180 C-B (2002-2012)
  • Stihl MS 170 (2002-2022)
  • Stihl MS 180 (2002-2022)

Series 1129

  • Stihl 020T (1996-2002)
  • Stihl MS 200, 200 T (2002-2012)

Series 1128

  • Stihl 044 (1988-2001)
  • Stihl 046 (1996-2001)
  • Stihl MS 440 (2001-2012)
  • Stihl MS 460 (2001-2012)
  • Stihl MS 461 (2013-2022) [MS461 Discontinued?]

Series 1127

  • Stihl 029, 039 (1992-2000)
  • Stihl MS 310, 390 (2000-2009)
  • Stihl MS 290 (2000-2012)

Series 1125

  • Stihl 034AV (1984-1993)
  • Stihl 036 (1991-2001)
  • Stihl 036 Pro (1996-2001)
  • Stihl 036QS (1997-2002)
  • Stihl MS 360, 360 P, 360QS (2002-2005)

Series 1124

  • Stihl 084 (1985-1997)
  • Stihl 088 (1997-2004)
  • Stihl MS 880 (2004-2022)

Series 1123

  • Stihl 021, 023 (1990-2002)
  • Stihl 023L, 023C (1996-2002)
  • Stihl 025 (1991-2002)
  • Stihl MS 210 (2002-2008)
  • Stihl MS 230 (2002-2012)
  • Stihl MS 250 (2002-2022)

Series 1122

  • Stihl 064AV (1986-1997)
  • Stihl 066 (1988-2003)
  • Stihl MS 660 (2004-2014)
  • Stihl MS 650 (2005-2012)

Series 1121

  • Stihl 024AVES (1984-1989)
  • Stihl 024AVEQWB (1985-1994)
  • Stihl 026 (1988-2002)
  • Stihl 026 Pro (1996-2002)
  • Stihl MS 260, 260 P (2002-2011)

Series 1120

  • Stihl 009 (1980-1989)
  • Stihl 009 Mini Boss (1993-2006)
  • Stihl 009LE (1982-2009)
  • Stihl 010AV (1978-1982)
  • Stihl 010AVE (1982-1985)
  • Stihl 011AVEQ (1980-1990)
  • Stihl 011AVT (1980-1982)
  • Stihl 011AVET (1982-1996)
  • Stihl 012AVE (1986-1994)
  • Stihl 012AVET (1986-1989)
  • Stihl 1121 024AVEQ (1982-1985)

Series 1119

  • Stihl 038AVE (1980-1985)
  • Stihl 038AVS (1982-1985)
  • Stihl 038AVEFB (1983-1985)
  • Stihl 038AVM (1984-1989)
  • Stihl 038AVSFB (1985-1993)
  • Stihl 038 MAGNUM (1985-1997)

Series 1118

  • Stihl 028AV, 028WB (1979-1980)
  • Stihl 028AVEQ (1979-1983)
  • Stihl 028AVS (1983-1990)

Series 1116

  • Stihl 015 (1973-1980)
  • Stihl 015L (1973-1983)
  • Stihl 015AV (1976-1983)
  • Stihl 015AVE (1974-1983)
  • Stihl 015AVEQ (1978-1983)
  • Stihl 1117 042AV (1976-1980)
  • Stihl 048 (1980-1985)

Series 1115

  • Stihl 045 (1974-1980)
  • Stihl 045 Super (1977-1980)
  • Stihl 056AVSE (1980-1984)
  • Stihl 056AV (1980-1985)

Series 1114

  • Stihl 020 (1971-1979)
  • Stihl 020AVP (1972-1979)
  • Stihl 020 Super (1979-1994)

Series 1113

  • Stihl 030 (1970-1971)
  • Stihl 031 (1971-1982)
  • Stihl 031E (1973-1982)
  • Stihl 031Q (1980-1982)
  • Stihl 032 (1978-1985)

Series 1112

  • Stihl 041G (1969-1975)

Series 1111

  • Stihl 050 (1968-1972)
  • Stihl 051 (1972-1985)
  • Stihl 075 (1974-1980)
  • Stihl 076 (1980-1986)

Series 1110

  • Stihl 040 (1966-1967)
  • Stihl 041 (1967-1975)
  • Stihl 041AV (1967-1986)
  • Stihl 041AVE (1968-1973)
  • Stihl 041FB (1976-1986)
  • Stihl 041AVQ (1981-1985)

Series 1109

  • Stihl 090G (1969-1985)

Series 1108

  • Stihl 08 (1963-1965)
  • Stihl 08S (1965-1994)
  • Stihl S10 (1968-1973)

Series 1107

  • Stihl 07 (1961-1965)
  • Stihl 07S (1965-1968)

Series 1106

  • Stihl Contra 06 (1959-1968)
  • Stihl Contra S 06 (1964-1968)
  • Stihl 070 & 090 (1968-1977)

Series 1102

  • Stihl BLK (1954-1966)

Series 1101

  • Stihl BL (1952-1959)

Stihl Electric Chainsaws: Production Years Per Series

There aren’t as many models of Stihl electric chainsaws as there are Stihl gas chainsaws. I have listed all of the Stihl electric chainsaw models in series order below.

Stihl Electric Chainsaws_ Production Years Per Series

Series 1252

  • Stihl MSA 160 (2014-2022)
  • Stihl MSA 161 T (2019-2022)
  • Stihl MSA 200 (2020-2022)
  • Stihl MSA 220 (2020-2022)

Series 1210

  • Stihl MSE 250 C-Q (2015 – 2022)

Series 1209

  • Stihl MSE 170 C-BQ, 210 C-BQ (2014-2022)

Series 1208

  • Stihl E140, E180 (1998-2002)
  • Stihl MSE 140, 141, 180 (2003-2014)
  • Stihl MSE 141 C-Q (2017-2022)

Series 1207

  • Stihl E20 (1985-1998)
  • Stihl E220Q (1999-2002)

Series 1206

  • Stihl E14 (1984-1997)

Series 1204

  • Stihl E10 (1973-1984)

Series 1203

  • Stihl E15 (1967-1985)

Series 1202

  • Stihl E30 (1967-1985)

What Does the Model Number of a Stihl Chainsaw Actually Reveal?

What Does The Model Number Of A Stihl Chainsaw Actually Reveal

Stihl chainsaw model numbers can confuse a new user. Prior to 2000, the company only released its models by number. After this period, they use MS at the beginning of chainsaw models.

The MS here comes from the German word Motorsäge, which in English means chainsaw. Electric chainsaws start with either MSA or MSE. MSA indicates the chainsaw is battery-powered, while MSE indicates it is an electric model.

The number in the model reveals a unique model. There are also some other characters in the model number that have different meanings. Such as B= quick chain adjuster, C= comfort, E= easy start, R= wrap handle, Q= quick start, etc.

The video below may help you understand the model number a little more.

What Does The Model Number of a Stihl Chainsaw?

Common Queries

New users often have a few queries regarding Stihl chainsaws. I would like to answer some such questions here. Hope these answers help many.

How to Tell If a Stihl Chainsaw Is Real?

There are three methods you can follow to understand whether a Stihl chainsaw is real. First, check if your chainsaw model is listed on the Stihl website. If it doesn’t match any of the models, the chainsaw is probably fake.

How To Tell If A Stihl Chainsaw Is Real

Second, check the price of the chainsaw. A Stihl chainsaw can cost several hundred dollars. If you get an offer at a cheap price, then you need to be careful. Because it is likely to be a fake Stihl model.

If you are a bit experienced, the third method is for you. Closely observe the chainsaw’s workmanship. Cheap chainsaws tend to have poor workmanship. You can tell between genuine and fake Stihl chainsaws by the saw’s workmanship.

How to Identify My Stihl Chainsaw Model?

It is really easy to identify a Stihl chainsaw model. These chainsaws have the model number stamped on the crankcase or motor housing. From here, you can find the model number of your Stihl chainsaw.

How To Identify My Stihl Chainsaw Model

If the model number is not there, check out the supplied user manual. If that is also not possible, contact the dealer or manufacturer.

How to Tell the Year of a Stihl Chainsaw?

There are two ways to find out what year your Stihl chainsaw was manufactured.

How To Tell The Year Of A Stihl Chainsaw
  1. From the user manual: Usually, every Stihl chainsaw comes with a user manual. You can find out the year of manufacture of the chainsaw from here easily.
  2. From the serial number: If you do not have the user manual, you can also find out the year of manufacture of the Stihl chainsaw from the serial number. You will see a series of numbers after the first two letters of the serial number. The first two digits of the series show the year, and the next digit shows the month.

If you are still not sure, you can find the serial number in the company’s database or contact the dealer.

Is There a Shortage of Stihl Chainsaws?

Yes, there are occasional shortages in some models of Stihl chainsaws. The reason for this shortage is not always explained by the company. If you ever don’t get your desired model in the market, you can talk to the dealer. Maybe from the dealer, you can get information about the next available time.

To Sum Up

When buying a new Stihl chainsaw, you definitely want to get the best model. I have provided here a list of models of Stihl chainsaws, from the most recent chainsaws to the earliest ones. This will help you know about Stihl chainsaw models by year initially.

Also, if you’re looking to buy a vintage Stihl chainsaw, this list will help you identify when the chainsaw was actually made. The article will also help you realize if the chainsaw is genuine.

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