In a STIHL chainsaw, it is the guide bar that pulls everything together. This element is responsible for the precise manoeuvring of the saw chain with minimal friction loss, and has to stand up to the toughest strains. The guide bar is the conduit that directs the power of the motor via the saw chain and into the wood.

STIHL offers perfect guide bars for every area of application, all developed and produced in-house. Decades of research, high-quality materials, innovative production processes and ultra-modern production facilities ensure proven STIHL quality in every guide bar, as do our electronic production checks and the final quality control stage. This is how every STIHL guide bar proves itself in the face of the challenges it faces every day at work.

What makes STIHL guide bars the right choice?

Felling, pruning, thinning, processing – whatever you’re planning to do with your chainsaw, with the right STIHL guide bar you are well-equipped for any task. As with everything STIHL develops, the quality features make all the difference:

Ematic System

The STIHL Ematic system reduces chain oil consumption by up to 50%, depending on the type of wood and the cutting attachment used. The system comprises an Ematic guide bar, an Oilomatic saw chain and a variable-flow or reduced-flow oil pump. With these elements in place, virtually every drop of chain lubricant is delivered to precisely where it’s needed.

Hardened chain track

Hardening by means of electromagnetic induction ensures that the entire chain track is even more resistant to every kind of wear. This significantly increases the service life of the guide bar.

Closed bearings at the sprocket nose

Our Rollomatic guide bars have a sprocket nose with covered roller bearings. This means low wear during saw chain operation and also keeps out dirt that can cause corrosion. The closed bearings in the sprocket nose are also lubricated for life, meaning longer durability and less maintenance – helping you save time and protect the environment, as well as reducing the strain on your wallet.


Thanks to their fully symmetrical shape, STIHL guide bars are reversible, making it possible to ensure that both of the long sides wear evenly.

Ultra light

STIHL offers a range of guide bars with a special design that makes them particularly light, and which can be distinguished by the word “Light” in the product name. Rollomatic E Light guide bars are made from electrically welded steel plates, which are extensively hollowed out and filled with fibreglass-reinforced polyamide; while Rollomatic ES Light bars are produced by first cutting out the spaces and then being welded together using a special laser process. These processes result in a significant weight saving compared to conventional bars.


Rollomatic E, Rollomatic ES and Duromatic

STIHL guide bars for all applications

STIHL guide bars can be divided into three basic types. Each is designed with different requirements and areas of application in mind, from all-rounder models to professional products. We have listed the key features of our guide bars below for you.

Rollomatic E

  • Guide bar for universal use, in a range of designs
    • Three metal plates welded together
    • Middle plate extensively hollowed out for lightweight design with high stability
  • For applications ranging from use in cordless chainsaws to petrol chainsaws with an output of up to 3.5 kW
  • Available in bar lengths of 25 cm to 63 cm

Rollomatic ES

  • Sturdy solid body with fully replaceable bar nose; includes sprocket nose
  • For professional chainsaws with outputs of over 3.5 kW
  • Available in bar lengths up to 150cm


  • Steel solid body
  • Carbide plating on bar nose
  • For use with chainsaws in the middle and high performance categories

All STIHL chainsaw chains and guide bars are developed in-house. This means we can guarantee that the cutting attachment and powerhead are always perfectly tuned to each other – which is what ensures the best possible performance when you work.

For the best chainsaw performance, use STIHL guide bars and saw chains together. When you’re working in the great outdoors, you need equipment that can handle the toughest challenge. That is why we have developed a whole range of chainsaw chains and guide bars to respond to all kinds of requirements. All of our products showcase outstanding technical innovation and high production quality, and when you pair a STIHL guide bar with a STIHL saw chain, you will fully benefit from the specialist expertise that goes into what we do.

Click here to view our guide on STIHL chainsaw chains.