Andreas Stihl AG & Company is a German firm that produces chain saws. The company was founded by Andreas Stihl, one of the innovators who first developed the chain saw as a technology. Stihl is one of the most thoroughly recognized brands of chain saws, and the company has been producing them for more than 70 years. The model 056 chainsaw was released by Stihl in the mid 1970s, and was updated twice in the 1980s. It is no longer listed as a current chain-saw model on the Stihl web site.

Construction Details and Ergonomics

The model 056 chain saw was Stihl's medium-performance model and was popular with people who needed to use a chain saw as a daily work implement. It is contemporaneous with the less powerful Model 044 and the more powerful model 066. It, and parts to maintain it, are still available on eBay and on the secondary parts market, in large part because of the machine's reputation for reliability and durability.

Engine Specifications

The Stihl model 056 chain saw has a 54 mm (2 inch) piston engine with a total engine displacement of 81 cubic centimeters (4.94 cubic inches). The two-stroke engine is largely made of chromed steel to enhance durability. The saw has an excellent reputation for reliability.

Weight and Dimensions

The model 056 chain saw is a heavy piece of equipment, weighing in at over 11 kilograms, or a bit over 23 lbs. It has a chain pitch of 3/8" wide. The guide bar attachments ranged from 40 centimeters to 71 centimeters for this model, and can handle most commercial chain saw bars. (Stihl largely defined the standard for the interchangeable chain saw bar to replace chains and bars that wear out during use.)