Monday, February 8, 2016

Watch Team STIHL Compete in the 2015 Super Boat Championships on NBC Sports

Now you can watch Team STIHL Offshore Racing compete in the high-speed, high-powered action from  the recent 2015 Super Boat International Key West World Championships, on NBC Sports in February!

Show times are as follows:

2/14 3-4pm
2/20 6-7pm
2/28 3-4pm

This was the 35th Annual Key West World Championship and we’re proud to says STIHL is presenting sponsor of the championship shows.  “We, at STIHL, are very pleased to be bringing this exciting sport to a broader audience,” said Roger Phelps, Corporate Communications Manager for STIHL Inc. “Our brand is all about power, precision, and the team behind the machine, and offshore racing is a perfect fit for us.”

You’ll get an up close look from the air, land and sea, in-depth coverage and a behind-the-scenes look at the boats and the teams.

Check out clip from the show:

Monday, February 1, 2016

When Should You Call An Arborist?

When it comes to tree care, some jobs better left to the professionals. The rule of thumb when deciding to hire an arborist is unless you can work with both feet on terra firma, you should hire a professional tree service.

Working at height requires proper training and protection due to a number of risky variables such as electrical wires, wildlife, nearby fences, buildings or homes.

Third-generation arborist and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm also recommends calling in an expert if:
  • A tree has large limbs that are broken or hanging and it requires overhead chainsaw work, it could be very dangerous to handle alone.
  • A tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. A chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "springpole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
  • Branches are too close or touching utility lines. In this case you should call your local utility company – NEVER attempt to move them on your own.

In general, when there is any task you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable taking on, call for a professional opinion. To find a certified arborist near you, visit

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Tips for Four Legged Fun

by Tom Dropik

Winter time is fun-time for our dogs at Team STIHL. We love getting out in the snow and playing together. Snow offers a low impact environment and makes for a wonderful playground.  But just as we need to take the necessary precautions to keep safe and comfortable, be sure that you take precautions with your four-legged friends.

Here are a few things that can be done to help your dog have a safe and happy winter season.

Take care of those Paws.

Protective Booties are a great way to protect the paws, but if your dog doesn’t take a liking to these, keeping their nails and hair between and around the nails trimmed keeps them from holding moisture and freezing and will keep them from collecting snow and ice. 

Maintain a Healthy Coat and Skin.

With the colder weather comes drier air. A dog’s skin and fur can become dry so be sure to brush your dog on a regular basis and maybe even consider periodically using a dry skin shampoo.

Avoid Salt or other Chemicals used to melt ice on Sidewalks or Roads.

These chemicals can stick to your dog’s pads and when they lick their pads can be ingested and be harmful.  Try to avoid areas that use snow melt chemicals as much as possible, and simply wiping off the pads after coming inside should take care of any remaining issues.

Keep an eye on that Nose and those Ears.

Dogs are just as susceptible to frostbite as we are, especially on the paws, nose and ears. Make sure the ears are clear of snow and moisture and watch for any discoloring of the inner ear as well as the nose. If in doubt, time to go in.

Keep an eye out for Antifreeze.

Vehicles can leak antifreeze on roadways, driveways, and in garages. Dogs are attracted to this and it is very toxic for them. Keep them AWAY.

Don’t Fear the cold winter season. Respect it and enjoy it.

Winter time can be loads of fun for both you and your dog, so don’t let it stop you. A few precautions and some common sense and you both can play in a Winter Wonderland. 

Tom Dropik is top dog trainer and together with his “boys” RJ and Remi they make up the Dock Dog world champion Team STIHL Dock Dogs.  For more information and advice visit and follow all their adventures on Facebook at

Monday, January 18, 2016

Clearing the Air on Blowers

Science provides a new way to measure blower performance.

When you use a STIHL blower, the performance is easy to see. On paper, however, things become less clear. Different manufacturers use different testing standards and practices to achieve their results. This makes comparison shopping confusing and potentially misleading. That’s why STIHL is adopting a new, simple way to compare blower performance: Blowing Force.

The Problem

Traditionally, blower performance is measured two ways: air velocity and air volume. How these metrics are tested, however, varies greatly, which impacts the results. For example, if a handheld blower with a 25 cc engine is tested with its tube removed, then on paper it could produce an air volume nearly as high as the professional-grade STIHL BR 430 – which has a 63.3 cc engine! Since testing conditions can be manipulated, manufacturers have an opportunity to inflate their blower specs, appearing more competitive than they really are.

The Solution

A measurement method has been introduced by the American National Standard Institute: ANSI B175.2. This new method lays the groundwork for how blower specs are to be determined – and the way it does it is completely different than what you would imagine. ANSI B175.2 measures the force generated by the actual airstream produced by the blower, dramatically increasing testing accuracy and consistency.
Whether it’s a handheld or backpack blower, the tube is placed about five inches away from a 14-inch disk connected to a force sensor. The resulting force is measured in Newtons [N] – a unit of force. Simply put, the higher the blowing force, the greater the clearing power.

The Science

A Newton is a unit of force, combining air velocity and air volume into one easy-to-understand unit of measure. Consumers may find it surprising that the other more traditional blower specifications such as air velocity [mph] and air volume [cfm] are calculated values. To determine these values, the blowing force is combined in a system of equations with other factors such as tube diameter, air pressure, temperature, and humidity. The resulting values are average air velocity, max air velocity, and volume. Average air velocity best represents the air velocity across the entire air stream. Max air velocity is the velocity at the center of the airstream, which receives less interference from other sources.
You can see the performance of STIHL blowers under this testing method in this chart.