Thanks to one of our dealers, WJ Heaslip Ltd., we went back in time to 1961!
When a customer brought in their old chain saw for a repair to their local STIHL dealer, WJ Heaslip reached out to us via Twitter.
They asked if there was any way we could find out the year using the numbers engraved on the saw (see above).
We had to turn to STIHL headquarters in Germany, and we got the answer. It was a Contra, made in June of 1961! They even passed along the Owner's Manual to go with it, which you can download below.
Download the Owner's Manual