List of Stihl Chainsaw Models by Year (Production History)

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Stihl chainsaws have a solid reputation for being both durable and high-performing. And because they’ve been around for so long, it’s natural that people want to find out the production year of their own machines.

Whether you’re just curious or need the info for technical reasons, it’s good to know. You might be surprised to find out how long your model has been around. I’ve compiled a list here that traces Stihl chainsaw models back to 1950.

Stihl Chainsaw Models by Production Year


Stihl chainsaws were initially manufactured in Germany. The first known chainsaw model was patented in 1926. Interestingly, it was an electric model. The next chainsaw was produced in 1929, the first gas model.

Stihl Inc. Virginia

Since its inception, the company has manufactured numerous chainsaw models. While Stihl is of German origin, its chainsaws are now assembled in various locations worldwide.

Stihl Gas Chainsaws: Production Years Per Series

Series 1101

Series 1102

Series 1106

Series 1107

Series 1108

Series 1109

Series 1110

Series 1111

Series 1112

Series 1113

Series 1114

Series 1115

Series 1116

Series 1118

Stihl 028 on a log

Series 1119

Series 1120

Series 1121

Series 1122

Series 1123

Series 1124

Series 1125

Series 1127

Series 1128

Stihl 461 MS

Series 1129

Series 1130

Series 1132

Series 1133

Series 1135

Series 1137

Series 1138

Series 1139

Series 1140

Series 1141

Stihl 261 on a log

Series 1142

Series 1143

Series 1144

Series 1145

Series 1146

Series 1147

Stihl Electric Chainsaws: Production Years Per Series

Series 1202

Series 1203

Series 1204

Series 1206

Series 1207

Series 1208

Series 1209

Series 1210

Series 1252


How do I tell what year my Stihl chainsaw is?

You can tell the year of Stihl chainsaws by locating the serial number [1]. The serial number is usually embedded in the chainsaw’s motor housing.   

Where is the model number on a Stihl chainsaw?

The model number on a Stihl chainsaw is usually located on the crankcase.

What do the letters mean on a Stihl chainsaw?

The letters on a Stihl chainsaw explain the specific feature and performance of the model.


The makers of Stihl chainsaws go way back, and it’s fascinating to discover that your model was probably made years before your existence. Even better is when you hold one to use. 

Whatever your reason is for searching Stihl chainsaw models by year, I hope this post has answered your question. 

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