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Stihl Mowing Head Recall Announced

Just a helpful heads-up for you Stihl users out there…last week, Stihl Inc. of Virginia Beach, VA announced the recall of about 73,000 Polycut mowing heads. A few reports have come out that the mowing head can come apart while in use, posing an injury risk to users and bystanders.


The Stihl mowing head recall involves all of the 27-3 and 47-3 model PolyCut attachments for your compatible Stihl string trimmers, brushcutters, and clearing saws. If you have any questions about whether or not your Stihl mowing head falls into this “recalled” category, the model number can be located on both the original packaging, as well as molded into the top side of the mowing head.

These mowing heads use three plastic blades that attach to a center top and bottom housing with a nut and bolt. Apparently, out of the 73,000 units sold, there have been 28 reported cases of the heads coming apart, which has caused 2 injuries.

If you have one, you probably bought it from an authorized Stihl dealer between July 2018 and July 2019. The 27-3 model retailed for about $30, while the 47-3 model retailed for about $40. If you have either one of these models, Stihl has advised that you stop using them immediately and bring them back to a Stihl dealer for a full refund.


For more information about the Stihl mower head recall, you can reach the company at 800-610-6677 from 8am to 8pm on weekdays. You can also reach Stihl by emailing them at [email protected] Or, visit and click on the “Product Recalls” tab at the bottom of the page.

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