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ESPN Enters Two Hosts As Competitors In The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series

August 10, 2010 1 comment

Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 were the two late entries into the STIHL Timbersports series. Ok, so they just tried out some of the events in a Stihl Timbersports expedition on the ESPN campus.  Needless to say, from the looks of it Golic wanted to do everything and Greenberg…well, not so much.

Both hosts wanted to know why they had been sent to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS exhibition set up in the parking lot on the campus of ESPN.

Greenberg stood in nice jeans and a button up shirt, eating a bowl of yogurt mixed with cereal. He stared at the logrolling pool, the 40-foot speed-climbing trees and lumberjacks holding axes, and asked the question aloud.

“Why am I here?”

Golic wore shorts, an Under Armour shirt and a huge smile. He was on a mission from the moment he stepped into the parking lot to find out why ESPN wouldn’t let him try any of the chopping or sawing events. Once it was confirmed that he’d only be allowed to try the logroll and speed climb, he frustratingly asked the same question.

“Why am I here? I want to use an ax.”

Full Article: Making a splash – Polar opposites Mike and Mike try their hand at a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS exhibition

STIHL’s promotional communications manager Roger Phelps (follow on twitter @uphelpsr) who was in attendance for this spectacular showing of athleticism, was kind enough to give THE BACKFILL a behind the scenes look at what he got to experience first hand on the ESPN campus.

Every now and then you get to do something with the job that is just plain fun.  That’s the way it was when we headed to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol CT to produce a special demonstration of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The event is part of our 25th anniversary celebration and ESPN invited STIHL to bring a demonstration to their campus to give their employees a chance to interact with their second longest running program. Joining us were STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® athletes Mike Sullivan, Dave Jewett, Will Roberts, Nathan Waterfield, Katie Rick and Shana Martin. The goal was to give the ESPN folks a taste of all the disciplines featured in the show.

ESPN rolled out the welcome mat, flying our flag center of campus and publicizing the event with signs and intra-office emails. Our first guest was the team of the Mike & Mike morning show. Mike Golic and Mike Green watched the demonstrations, provided commentary on the skill of the athletes, and then got in to the action taking on the speed climb and log roll. Both commentators had a great time getting involved in the events, and walked away with a new found respect for the competitors in the sport.

Our film crews were on site and clips can be seen at or our Facebook page. We will also be incorporating elements of this event into our show that will air in September.

In the afternoon we set up demos and interactive event for the ESPN staff. STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Competitors demonstrated their skills across the eight disciplines while taking questions from the crowd about their equipment, training regimen, and the development of the sport over the years. We later opened up the venue to the large crowd of ESPN staff to attempt the different disciplines for themselves while learning more about the techniques of the sport. staff joined us as well and took on the log roll challenge.

We want to thank everyone who helped make this event possible including our production teams of Granite State Lumberjack Shows, Lumberjack Sports International and JM Associates. And of course our sincere thanks to our great hosts at ESPN.


Not only did Roger give us that take but he even spent a few minutes with us to answer 5 questions for a BACKFILL interview. 

1)  What is the best thing about the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and why should people tune in or make it to an event?

It really is the original extreme sports. I mean you can just imagine two lumberjacks sitting around the camp 100 years ago and saying “bet I can chop that log faster than you.” The thing I love about the sport is that the competitors are still doing it just for the love of the sport. While the prize money is good, they all have normal jobs and don’t make the millions that most professional sports do. I think that is what attracts fans to them. They are still real.

2) Who is your favorite STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitor, and why?

Nice try. There is no way you are getting me to go there! They are all great folks, and as the organizer I am completely impartial and have no favorites.

3) If you were putting together a team, what STIHL TIMBERSPORT Series discipline would Golic and Greenberg anchor for your team?

I would have Greenberg supplying the athletes with water. He didn’t seem comfortable with participating. Golic on the other hand would probably be my single bucker. He has the meat and the power.

4) Which Mike would you want to sit down and have a beer with and which Mike would win at “words with friends”?

I would really like to learn more about Golic’s sports career and what he is doing now. Greenberg appears to be a bit more cerebral, so he is my scrabble man.

5)What STIHL product should every man and woman have in their garage?

STIHL KombiSystem. 11 tools, one power head. Can’t go wrong there.

Bonus question: What blog is a must read for you, and what do you like best about it?; this may or may not be a loaded question.

For balanced journalism and objective product reviews, I would think that there really is only one choice, THE BACKFILL

Follow Roger Phelps on Twitter for outstanding STIHL information and news and join the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Facebook page.

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Categories: Sports, STIHL

What Is The Right Size & Model STIHL Product For You?

April 30, 2010 1 comment

Looking to buy a STIHL chainsaw, trimmer, blower or other outdoor power product and have no idea how to decide on what the right size and model is right for you?

Don’t get all bent out of shape, we are here to help!  There are a few ways to go about tackling this issue and feeling good about the product you select.

Option #1)  If you are in the greater Houston area go to either of Aztec Rental’s locations and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will help put you on the correct equipment for your needs and application.  If you are not in Houston go to your local STIHL dealer and our guess is they will have someone who knows STIHL products as well. 

*NOTE – You will not find any STIHL products in any “box stores” (ie. Home Depot & Lowes)!  Why? Great question! Check out the answer here.

Option #2) On the STIHL website they provide a great product selector tool.  All you have to do is answer a few questions about what application you want to use the product for and BOOM, it spits out a few suggestions of models and sizes that will be right for you.  Then you call up Aztec Rental or your local dealer and tell us what product you want and we will have it serviced and ready for you to pick up at your convience!

Here is the link:  STIHL Interactive Product Selectors

Now take a deep breath, relax and feel confident now that you know Aztec Rental and Stihl will put you on the right outdoor power equipment for YOU!

Categories: Landscaping, STIHL

STIHL Introduces New Mid Range Chainsaws: MS 311 and MS 391

March 10, 2010 4 comments

Stihl has added two new mid-range chain saws that feature low-emissions technology to their product line.

MS 311 Chain Saw Mid-Range User

This mid-range chain saw features an advanced anti-vibration system, improved fuel efficiency and reduced-emission technology as compared to previous models. The antivibration system ensures comfortable handling and operation, reducing operator fatigue. The improved engine technology reduces emissions by 50% and improves fuel efficiency by up to 20% as compared to previous models. It’s the ideal chain saw for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup. For longer operation time between filter changes, the MS 311 is also equipped with a new air filtration system.

Standard Features:

  • Advanced engine technology (Low fuel consumption and reduced emissions/more power)
  • Pre-separation air filtration system
  • Advanced anti-vibration system
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
  • Side-access chain tensioner
  • Decompression valve
  • View standard features common to many STIHL chain saws
MS 311 Chain Saw
DISPLACEMENT 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.1 kW (4.2 bhp)
WEIGHT 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 350 cc (11.8 oz.)
40 to 50 cm (16″ to 20″)
NOTE: STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RSC3 60) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16″ 3003 008 8913 Ematic™ guide bar combination.
Mid-range chain saw with an improved anti-vibration system, reduced
emissions and improved fuel efficiency as compared to previous models.


MS 391 Chain Saw Mid-Range User

A mid-range chain saw with advanced engine technology, the STIHL MS 391 improves fuel efficiency by up to 20% compared to previous models, saving you time and money. An advanced anti-vibration system increases comfort during all applications, including felling trees, firewood cutting, storm cleanup and more. Fifty percent lower emissions compared to previous models – combined with an exclusive air filtration system that allows for fewer filter changes – make the MS 391 an environmentally conscious choice for professionals and serious users.

As part of a new platform concept design series of power equipment, the MS 391 allows for quicker, more streamlined serviceability from your local STIHL Dealer.

Standard Features:

  • Advanced engine technology (Low fuel consumption and reduced emissions/more power)
  • Pre-separation air filtration system
  • Advanced anti-vibration system
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
  • Side-access chain tensioner
  • lntelliCarb™ compensating carburetor
  • View standard features common to many STIHL chain saws
MS 391 Chain Saw
DISPLACEMENT 64.1 cc (3.9 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.3 kW (4.4 bhp)
WEIGHT (powerhead only) 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 350 cc (11.8 oz.)
40 to 50 cm (16″ to 20″)
NOTE: STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RSC3 72) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 20″ 3003 008 8921 Ematic™ guide bar combination.
Advanced engine and air filtration technology, plus 50% lower
emissions than previous models, make this mid-range saw stand out.

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Categories: News, STIHL

Stihl Catalog – The Virtual Showroom

March 4, 2010 6 comments

We understand that it is not always easy or you don’t have enough time to get into Aztec Rental, where you can see our Stihl display and all of the outdoor power equipment – but we got you covered.  Below are pictures of our showroom. 

You’re Welcome.

Now, as always we are here to help!  We have two alternate options for you, if you can’t make it into the store, that will give you the proper information and research tools to find the Stihl product that is right for you.

[Option 1] – Stihl exclusive site, that acts as the catalog with any and all information.  You can even select and buy Stihl products online, and we will have them serviced and ready for pick up at your convenience. [Click Here]

[Option 2] – Online catalog, which is just the virtual version of the catalog you would get when you come to Aztec Rental.  Take a look at it, then contact us with any questions. [Click Here]


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STIHL in “Box Stores” – Negative Ghost Rider

February 1, 2010 12 comments

Ever wonder why you have never seen STIHL, the number 1 selling brand of chain saws, in Home Depot, Lowe’s or any other “box store”?

Well we actually get this question all the time, and I am sure STIHL gets the same one.

Question: Can I buy STIHL chain saws or any of their products in Lowe’s or Home Depot or any other “box store”?
Answer: NO, and has always been NO.

As a STIHL Dealer this answer is one of the many things we love about Stihl as a brand and company. The Mega Company probably has many reasons for this decision, but as we understand it, it comes down to one basic point. STIHL was built on quality, performance, dependability and innovation, so without knowledgeable people selling, servicing and giving product demonstrations to the end user, that foundation has a chance to lose its luster. This line of thought is why you can only buy STIHL products from certified dealers like Aztec Rental.

All STIHL dealers have to have on staff, employees that have been through numerous training levels for service and sales of all STIHL products, and must keep these certificates current. So when you come to Aztec Rental or any other STIHL dealer to purchase a STIHL product you get the knowledge of each product inside and out. Basically, we don’t think STIHL wants to put their product out, unless the people or company selling to the end user can represent their product as they would. Knowing how to service, operate, demonstrate, as well as know all the features, benefits and safety instructions is a must before it sold and handed over to the end user.

Combine that knowledge with experience and customer service, and you will get the product and model that is right for you. Not to mention before you walk out the door you will feel like a seasoned veteran, on the operation and product use.

Wouldn’t you know it that is what Aztec Rental was built on; Knowledge, experience and Customer Service!

This is a ad that you may have seen before that STIHL runs:

Bottom line, STIHL is recognized as one of Americas Greatest Brands, and that was done by no accident. Aztec Rental is proud to partner with STIHL and can guarantee you with our customer service, experience and knowledge combined with the Quality, Performance, and innovation from STIHL; you will be happy and productive with your purchase.

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Categories: Equipment, Landscaping, STIHL