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MS 171

A lightweight, fuel-efficient chainsaw with reduced-emission engine technology.

MS 171
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 22reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 Weight to power ratio is great I am a lineman by trade,and have cut and trimmed a lot of trees and have used several different saws in my 36 years. Stihl saws have been the most reliable. There power to weight ratio is the best, and if you have cut all day long that is a big thing. I recently purchased one of there smaller saws (MS171) for myself at home. I have quite a few trees on my property that need trimming every year. I was not expecting a lot out of this saw but I had two bigger trees die on me this winter and I would normally have used a bigger saw on them but I got out the 171 and went to work. The two trees had 12 inch bases and I cut them down with ease. I was very impressed with the power of this smaller saw and how easy it was to cut the big trees down and limb them up. Very Impressive Stihl, Thanks.. July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent starter saw This saw is amazing. It's the first chainsaw I have purchased and have cut a full cord of wood with it already no problem. Easy to use chain tensioner, gas and oil caps and very easy to clean. A little loud but no complaints. I have cut trees up to almost 3 feet in diameter no problem. Of course, the bigger the diameter, the longer it will take to cut through. But for trees about a foot in diameter, this saw cuts through them like butter. Very easy to start. Uh don't know what else to say but I highly recommend this to any homeowner who owns alot of property with forest. June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great light saw I needed to clear a fence line of trees. There were two trees that were 12" & 18" at the base. The rest of the fence line was made up of about 20 trees under 3" in diameter. This little saw did the job easily. It is very light and has plenty of power for small jobs. It was comfortable enough to hold overhead for a few limbs. Gas tank is a bit small, but I'd rather have a light saw. This saw paid for itself with the first job several times over vs. hiring someone. The saw starts very easily and runs as long as it has gas. Same oil mix as my FS 90R trimmer, which is great.It's a great little saw for infrequent use. June 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by It's a small chainsaw, but it's a Stihl chainsaw Went to buy a new chain for my 310 and decided to just brouse down the isle of new saws. I asked a gentleman working the counter at the Nixa Hardware about the 171. He said it was a good little saw and great for limbing. Bought the saw on the spot and have to say it is a great saw to have on the farm. Light, Fast and Easy to use! Not a firewood cutter like my 310, which I love. But another great saw for everyday and/or everything uses. Thanks to all the great people and service at Nixa Hardware, and Thank You for being a Stihl dealer. June 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This saw is the perfect homeowner saw Easy to start and use. Excellent product. Reliable product. June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw Great Service The sales person was outstanding at Lumberjack sawthank you so much June 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Never know if it's gonna run. Bought this saw 1 month ago. Took it back to dealer within the hour because it quit running when I turned the saw on its side to cut a small tree. Dealer got saw running, and said this model sometimes has pickup problems when turned on its side. Next time I used the saw, about a week later, it did the same thing but I was able to get it to run again. Third time I used the saw it did the same thing but would not run so I took it to another dealer. Apparently only the selling dealer will honor the warrantee. Very dissatisfied. Next chance I got I was going to return the saw for a new saw, but it ran fine. I can't depend on this model to run when needed. May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by All around Perfect! This saw is everything one could expect from a "homeowners" saw. It is fast, quiet, built exceptionally well. I have used it to clean up some downed trees after a storm and to cut firewood. Very little vibration is felt in the hands and the saw has enough power to tear through hardwoods with ease. You will see a definite difference in Stihl products as compared to box store similar products. April 23, 2014