Why I'm proud to own a Stihl chainsaw

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  1. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    I am going to tell you a story that my wife Angie told me about something that happened at this years Landscape Olympics.
    My wife teaches Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State Univ. Every year she takes students to the "Planet Student Career Days, Landscape Olympics"
    The Landscape Olympics is a cool event where they have everything from backhoe competitions, bobcat driving competitions to simple garden planning.
    ---------------What she told me----------------
    Stihl, the people who make the best chainsaws in the world is a major sponsor of the Landscape Olympics, this year it was at Auburn Univ.
    Well, one event they hold each year is a contest to see who can disassemble and reassemble a Stihl chainsaw, and the winner gets a free top-of-the-line Stihl chainsaw!
    Ok so, they do the event, its an all day thing as all the various schools take their turns.
    The next day, at the closing ceremonies the winner is announced.
    Everyone is there and the CEO of Stihl is there and he presents the chain saw to the winner. Everyone cheers.
    But wait…. There is another chainsaw up there, what’s it for?
    Well, there was one school from North Dakota who brought a student along as part of their team and he is mentally challenged. He is a slow student but hopes to be a landscape installer some day.
    Lets call him “Joe”. It turns out that Joe spent the whole day doing nothing but trying to disassemble and reassemble a stihl chainsaw in the hopes of at least finishing the contest! He tried and tried all day, never could quite get it.
    Well then late in the afternoon another school is doing their turn and there is a girl on that team. The girl sees “Joe”, and knows he’s been out there all day trying and trying. She stops her attempt (remember this is a timed event) and walks over to Joe and takes him by the hand and leads him over to her chainsaw. She then tells Joe to do her’s and she will help him. She instructs him and helps him and finally Joe finishes the event culminating with Joe starting the chainsaw!
    Now, back to the Stihl chainsaw CEO giving out the awards at the closing ceremonies and that other 2nd chainsaw he has. He announces that there is someone who deserves a chainsaw even though they didn’t win. He presents the Chainsaw to the girl who gave up her chance to win to help Joe. The girl is up on stage crying her eyes out as the crowd goes crazy with cheers and applause. :clap:clap

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  2. Big Bird 928

    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    That is a good story about a sportsmanship award, the best ones are the ones that don't exist untill someone does something that deserves it. :clap
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  3. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    That fuckin' rocks :thumb
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  4. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Does she have an older unmarried sister? :D

    Seriously, that girl has some heart and she did deserve to take home the chainsaw. It is thoughtfulness like that which we need to reward and encourage. It isn't always about winning, but how you play the game.
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  5. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Way too rare a thing to hear about in this corporate world. :thumb
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  6. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    What about "Joe"? Did he get lucky?:ear
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  7. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    That's good stuff.:clapThe gal absolutely deserved to win a saw. Mostly because that was probably the farthest thing from her mind when she helped Joe.
    Been lusting over a stihl polesaw, this may have put me over the edge.
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  8. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile

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    Most Excellent
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  9. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    LOVE my Stihl trimmer, but their chainsaws are too heavy for my back.
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  10. SJSharkfan

    SJSharkfan Been here awhile

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    Great story all around! We use Stihl saws at work( FD) and I own one for home use. The best saws and now I like them even better.:clap
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  11. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    I hope that Stihl gives her a scholarship too.

    Bless her heart.
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  12. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    My MS250 Stihl chainsaw starts within a couple of pulls every time. Cuts nice, has plenty of power, is easy to change chains on and is not too heavy. My neighbor tried mine and went right out and bought a slightly smaller model that was much lighter. I am getting a Stihl weed whacker this season and probably won't ever buy another brand of yard care equipment if Stihl has what I want. Nice stuff. Nice to hear the company has some heart too, though it does not surprise me.



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  13. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    :thumb Great job Stihl! I've been a fan of the company for decades.
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  14. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Story could have only been better if they also gave one to "Joe".
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  15. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    That's a nice story, but I really love my start every time Husqvarna 350.

    What's nice is I never have to take it apart. :rofl
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  16. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    I'm not sure that would be good for "joe". No offence...

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  17. Toyanvil

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    GREAT story :clap
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  18. snofrog

    snofrog Been here awhile

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    I have a 660 and weed whacker from Stihl :clap they along with the story ROCK
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  19. Bricen18

    Bricen18 Been here awhile

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    Great story thanks for sharing!!!

    I love my Stihl leaf blower / VAC, just need one on their front license plates to match all the redneck posers around town. J/k
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  20. marret

    marret Transient

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    Great story, thanks for posting.

    I have a Stihl edger that works great.
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