In any case, the Chinese version deserves attention because a small price attracts any buyer. On average, the Stihl MS 600 chainsaw differs from the original in its price category, a fake will cost 100, while the original German chainsaw will cost several times more. The exact price is difficult to call because the original chainsaws are no longer produced, instead created a model Stihl 661.
Why fake brand Stihl so appropriate? The fact is that the colour scale of the saw and its quite standard sizes and characteristics enable the Chinese “craftsmen” to change their cheap chainsaws for famous brands. Very often, the Chinese “Shain Saw 5200” saw with simple visual changes could become an inexpensive Stihl MS 660.
First of all, the original can be determined by the characteristics, because the heavy saw is really “heavy” and powerful, its weight is 7 kg, and the power is seven hp. If simple methods can fake the weight and dimensions, then the power, unfortunately, will be two times smaller. Consequently, the two versions of the Stihl 660 will have a different purpose:
- The original is used on sawmills, works with various woods and can be used continuously for several hours;
- Counterfeit. low power and medium quality makes it possible to use the saw for domestic purposes, equating it with amateur models.
Due to the low cost of counterfeiting, it is an excellent choice for those who want to work with a chainsaw in the domestic environment; it easily copes with branches, firewood and other household tasks. With proper handling, Stihl 660 will serve for a long time and without breakdowns. A small price will allow you to exploit the fake for various purposes, use the standard for chainsaws as fuel. But be extremely careful, especially greedy sellers can make a strong markup on a cheap saw, equating it to the original.
Also present in the sale of the model Stihl MS 660, which are considered original, but are manufactured in China using Chinese parts. Residents of the Middle Kingdom for a long time use this technology, in some cases it happens that the brand Stihl collects its saws in Germany, but from Chinese parts. Chinese spare parts and cheap labour forces more and more companies to transfer their production.
The main differences.
Chinese chainsaws Stihl 660 distinguish, for this guide the following differences:
- The original always provides bundled branded instructions with all the information, including the manufacturer;
- Counterfeit has a less attractive body colour, not so bright and saturated;
- In the Stihl 660 chainsaw, the starter, or rather its body, is significantly different;
- Differences in the tank cover (for oil and fuel), on the German version of the cover, are created under the combined screwdriver (included), a copy received ugly convex cover;
- The original always has a serial number located in the area of the body immediately under the silencer.
Any original Stihl chainsaw is confident in its quality. Therefore it is sold with a guarantee coupon.
The main disadvantages of the Chinese chainsaw:
Unfortunately, low cost plays its role, the saw can work for several months, and can completely fail in the first days. It all depends on the decency and the hands of the Chinese, who make fakes. But we have identified the main shortcomings of the Chinese chainsaw Stihl 660:
- weak unreliable coupling mechanism;
- poor quality return spring on the starter;
- cheap air filter housing, made of cheap plastic;
very bad tire, it is recommended to change immediately after purchase.
Instructions for use:
The instruction to the Stihl 660 chainsaw is mainly in German models, forgeries can copy this data and indicate it in their manual. It is said above that the fake will not withstand the minimum load on the sawmill, so use the saw carefully and only for domestic purposes. Fill a good oil in the right proportions, watch the wear of parts in time and adjust the carburetor. This will increase the life of even inexpensive Chinese fake.
If you decide to get a high-quality Stihl chainsaw for domestic purposes, look at the review of the Stihl MS 180 model.
Stumbled upon a cheap chainsaw famous brand, fell for and immediately bought. Worked not for long, used only 5 litres of fuel, after which the chainsaw broke down. I do not see the point of repairing and diagnosing; it’s easier to take a more expensive but original model.
I bought a copy of Stihl MS 660 chainsaw on the market. A starter broke a week later, a simple matter. I decided to replace it. Then I changed the tire, it seemed to work further and not bad sawed, I helped out quite well for domestic purposes. After a month of continuous work, he processed the entire plot, cut down trees, and prepared firewood. The centrifugal clutch flew, decided not to “steam” with the search and left the device gathering dust.