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MS 170

A lightweight chainsaw designed for woodcutting tasks around the home.

MS 170
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 253reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by its my 3rd Stihl and it's just as powerful as my older ones I have 2 older Stihl saws, one that is at least 20 years old. They both still get the job done. When I saw this new 170 model for the price I paid, i thought maybe they were cheapening up the saw and its integity. Not a chance. I used it today around the farm and it's every bit the saw as the others. There isn't another saw on the market that I would choose over the Stihl brand. April 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by MS 170 For the past three months I have been using the STIHL MS 170 Chainsaw and so far am very impressed. It is a durable piece of equipment and has gone through many hours of work and still runs good and keeps cutting. Maintenance is fairly easy and the routine will help you save time and money. It is easy to handle and will can easily be handled.The MS 170 is a pretty tough piece of equipment. As I said above I have been working with it almost every day for the past three months being dropped and banged around in the back of a truck. Still runs great. I prefer to use the pre mixed fuel instead of mixing your own. The cleaner burning ethanol fuel helps tremendously with the exhaust build up. It has lost some power even though we have been using the pre mixed fuel but what do you expect after three months of hard work.For the most part maintenance is easy. After every use be sure to give the Chain bar and housing group and good wipe down or if you happen to have an air compressor nearby blow all the dust and grime off of everything. Doing this will save you both time and money. Cleaning will avoid the chain barring from getting clogged up and spinning smoothly without burning out. Be sure that you refill the chain oil reservoir every time you refuel. This will also keep that same barring running smoothly. The chains do have a tendency to dull out fairly quickly but once again that is also after nonstop work. Be sure you change it regularly. When you cut if there isn’t shaving and the deposit is mostly powdery then it’s time to change the chain.This saw is pretty light weight making it really easy to handle. The pull cord to start it might take some practice but once you have the hang of it is easy. I am able to use it long periods of time without my arms getting tired. Even for its size it is very efficient, able to easily cut trees six inches in diameter. It has been able to do everything I need it to do.The only real negative I would have to say is that refuel time does not last as long as I would like and the chains dull to quickly other than that I have no bad things to say about it. April 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Second season; still running great I'm probably pushing the 170 beyond its capabilities but it's running great. Last weekend (my second year with the saw) I cut up one large (15" diameter) pine that had blown down, a 12" pine that was leaning against an oak, a third pine (about 7" across) and a 5" oak that the first pine had fallen on. I cut them all into about 15" rounds and then I chopped up the top of the trees for a big brush fire. This was the second season of pushing my Stihl. After last weekend I brought it into the authorized dealer where I bought it and asked them to give it a once over. The 170 was running fine and didn't need a tune up. I dulled a chain by hitting the ground last fall and replaced it with a Stihl chain. Bottom line: great saw! Run it with 93 octane and the right oil mix and don't ever run out of bar oil and this baby will serve you well. April 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by First time owner, great saw This is the first chainsaw I've owned. Very easy to use and get comfortable with. I've used for firewood, some white pine and misc. winter and storm clean up at my mom's and my house. Great saw. April 21, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Died after only 1 1/2 tanks After only 1 1/2 tanks (chainsaw tanks), cutting 2-6 inch saplings (mostly 3" stuff) it droned to stop. Refused to start hot or cold. I was running new super unleaded, with startron stabilizer, and the using the Stihl full synthetic 2S oil.Even when it was running seemingly well during the first tank of fuel, the motor felt weak.Pretty pathetic.My fault I guess because I broke my typically strict rule of ONLY buying things with engines made in Japan. My rule has been reaffirmed. April 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by new saw STIHL all around good saw can never go wrong buying a STIHL April 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Little Saw for the money I use this saw to accompany the MS360 I have. The MS170 is perfect for me when brushing or for limbs. It will do larger diameters I suppose, but I use it within its limitations. The saw is light and is easier to maneuver, causing less fatigue then running the larger saw over a period of time. Also financially easier to replace then the larger saw, so I run it when possible. Overall, when used for jobs that are within its capabilities its a great little saw for the money, low vibration, power to weight, has always started (so far, knock on wood). If and when it fails, I will replace it with another one. Go Stihl, or go home and lock the door. April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for the First time STIHL buyer I bought this saw originally for around the house, but I have used it to cut big stuff as well (not recommended). If you have never owned a STIHL, this saw will prove how sturdy STIHL is. Light, powerful, and technically a HOMEOWNER SAW, I have cut firewood WAY bigger than my bar should be cutting. It's a strong saw!!!Perfect for: limbing felled timber, cutting down small trees, cutting up small firewood.If you are looking to buy a middle of the road saw for larger stuff, the 250 is where its at, but if you are looking for your first STIHL to use around the yard, this 170 has more than you need. April 10, 2015
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