What does Super mean on Stihl Chainsaws?
For example, there is a Stihl 056 and a Stihl 056 Super.
What’s the difference?
The answer is that the Super version has slightly more engine displacement and power.
The chainsaws gain that extra power by having a wider bore or longer stroke, as we’ll see next.
Stihl Super Examples
Super on Stihl saws means that saw has more power than the standard or base model – it’s a designation that’s a lot easier to understand than what the C means on modern stihl saws!
Here are the specs of a few different Stihl models that have a Super version.
1. The differences between the 056 and 056 Super.
|CCs||81 ccs||87 ccs|
|Bore||52 mm||54 mm|
|Stroke||38 mm||38 mm|
|Weight||18.1 lbs||18.1 lbs|
The stroke is the same on both versions, but the 056 S has a wider bore giving it 6 ccs more displacement.
There is also a 056 Magnum which has a 56 mm bore (and is 94 ccs).
Complete Stihl 056 review here.
2. Compare that with the differences between the 024 and 024 Super.
|CCs||42 ccs||44.3 ccs|
|Bore||42 mm||42 mm|
|Stroke||30 mm||32 mm|
|Weight||10.5 lbs||10.5 lbs|
On this model, the Super has the same bore width but a longer stroke, giving it 2.3 ccs more displacement.
The pistons are the same size in the base 024 and 024 Super. The 024 Super has the same crank as the 026.
And the Super has a magnesium case which is what Stihl considered a “PRO” line saw at the time (production years here).
3. And the differences between the 034 and 034 Super.
|CCs||56.5 ccs||61.5 ccs|
|Bore||46 mm||48 mm|
|Stroke||34 mm||34 mm|
|Weight||11.7 lbs||12 lbs|
Again, the bore is larger on the Super model.
In this case, the 034 Super version also weighs a bit more than the base model.
Stihl Super Saws
Many old Stihl saws have a super version on top of the standard version.
If I’ve missed any off this list, let us know in the comments below and I’ll add it in (no aftermarket labels ?)!
Stihl does not use the Super designation anymore. Instead, they give the more powerful versions their own model number.