Are Stihl Products Worth the Price?

Stihl chainsaws are slightly expensive, but offer professional-level quality, according to Popular Mechanics. Compared to six other top-brand chainsaws, the Stihl MS 210 C-BE has a full 5-star rating with Popular Mechanics. At roughly $290 as of April 2015, the MS 210 features a 35.2-cubic centimeter engine and 16-inch bar.

Among the seven reviewed chainsaws, the Husqvarna 240e is the only other model to receive a 5-star rating by Popular Mechanics. At roughly $220, the 240e features a 38.2-cubic centimeter engine,16-inch bar and a cutting speed equal to the Stihl MS 210. The only complaint about the Husqvarna 240e is an inconvenient cover, preventing quick access to the chainsaw's spark plug and air filter.

The most expensive chainsaw reviewed is the Solo 636 at roughly $305. This top-level competitor offers a 36.3-cubic centimeter engine, 16-inch bar and a compression release button for quick starts. Compared to the Stihl MS 210, the Solo 636 is lighter in weight but has a few missteps in its design, dropping its rating to 4 out of 5 stars.

The Stihl FS 90 R weed trimmer has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating among customers. A 28.4-cubic centimeter engine outputs 1.27 horsepower to a 16.5-inch cutting swath. On value only, customers give the FS 90 R a 4.5 out of five stars.