In our development testing department, we like to ramp up the pressure. Our hydraulic press can apply 10 tonnes of pressure to the smallest of areas, putting a wide variety of steel compositions to the test. This allows us to test the performance of a variety of alloys.
When you use your hedge trimmer or chain saw for a sustained period of time, you’ll soon notice that every gramme counts. That’s why reducing tool weight is one of the cornerstones of our research and development activities.
When you enter the acoustic measurement room in STIHL plant 2, it takes your breath away. The silence in the room is absolutely jaw-dropping. It’s an experience in itself, but there’s a good reason for the peace and quiet. This is where our acoustic development engineers measure the noise levels of our tools.
When you enter STIHL plant 2 in Waiblingen at 7.30am, you’ll come across some of our early-risers who are already going about their day-to-day work. But, for the STIHL tools in our testing chambers, it’s been a long night.
Our tools really pack a punch. They deliver the proper performance so that you can work with absolute efficiency. The MS 880, the world’s strongest production chain saw, offers 6.4 kW of power. That’s the equivalent of 8.7 hp, more than some road-going mopeds.
If there’s so much dust that you can’t see your hand in front of your face, you are most likely in the STIHL dust chamber. Dust is something we’re very interested in. It’s a stubborn material, can be found everywhere, even in the smallest opening, and likes to trouble mechanical and electrical devices – if it’s not combatted the right way, that is.
Even though you may not see it at first glance, your STIHL tool is the result of great expertise and a considerable amount of research. That not only applies to the device itself, but also to STIHL fuels, oils and lubricants.
Our materials engineers lift the lid on a fascinating new world when they put steel under their scanning electron microscopes. The surface of the material, which STIHL uses in a variety of alloys, could be mistaken for a mountain range or other impressive landscapes.