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MS 171

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

MS 171
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 42reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great price & power What a great saw, works great for small jobs and after I use my MS362 for a take down for cleaning off branches and small logs. Put a 12" bar and go up in size of chain and this saw really rips!Also the side chain adjust is worth the upgrade alone over the MS170 February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best saw i've ever owned After years of buying the cheaper imported chainsaws, I now know i'll never buy anything other than a stihl.The 16" saw works great for what I do, cutting down small trees usually 4-8" in diameter at the stump. This saw is perfect, as it's lightweight for crawling around and cutting over wide areas. It's got plenty of power and always starts up on the first pull. February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by the best chain saw on the market it's a stihl!!! have had chain saw for 45 yrs farm boss o41av still works January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little saw I have an MS 310 and bought this for smaller clearing projects. This little saw rips right through the brush and the power it yields was surprising I would recommend this for a handy utility saw. I don't I will give up my 310 for cutting fire wood but it is a welcome addition to my tool collection. January 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic saw for the Price I just bought this saw last month mainly for cutting overhanging limbs, and brush around the house. so to break it in I started off with a dead standing pine which was 15 inch's in diameter, and aprox. 30-35 ft. tall. Was impressed with the performance. Next I used the saw to cut some firewood and can say the more I cut the better it ran. great saw for it's size. December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A tiny powerhouse, a chain that cuts true, always starts, quieter than MS170 I recently got this saw for Christmas. I had an MS170 for close to a decade. It was an excellent saw to say the least. So good that someone else decided they needed it more than me. The MS171 is a homeowner saw that performs like a pro saw. I have cut many small hardwood trees down so the chain has already needed a touch up filing. So far one can of Motomix and one bottle of bar&chain oil has done about every frustrating task I needed it to. Had I not run out of gas I would have finished the giant elm (40"diameter) in my yard, but for as easy as it does the job I can take a break. Basically, this saw will bring other brands to their knees. I have used all of them. If you need a small saw and buy anything else you are asking for the trouble you get! My saw does not over heat, stall, or eat gas like a dragster. It always starts and with gloves on, is smoother than electrics running. Anyone who says these saws are no good in bigger timber have no idea what they are doing with a chainsaw, or no idea what they are talking about. I bought my first STIHL chainsaw in 9th grade. I started running chainsaws in 7th grade. I think I know by now a good chainsaw when I see/use one. December 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw I wanted something small for trimming and bucking little wood. This one fit the bill. Put a 12 inch bar on it, which works great for this model in my opinion. Starts easy, runs great and is very agile. As far as power output goes, mine is getting better the more I run it. With it being so light and having a short bar, I can cut through a treetop in no time! Take care of it and use it properly and this saw should last for years. The MS171 is a great saw for the occasional user!I read where someone was having problems with their bar & chain oil cap leaking. I had that problem too, until I discovered a little trick that seems to work. Once the cap is replaced and ready to be locked, I push down on the cap as I turn it. Mine makes a little ‘click’ right before it fully locks. I’ve only tried this a few times, but so far it seems to be working for me. December 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little saw I was looking for a back up saw and it made sense to buy a little trim saw instead of another large 20 inch. I must say I am pleased. I initially only used it for limbing but the starter recoil spring just broke on my main saw so while I await a replacement spring the MS171 has become my main saw. It is light and well balanced. With a sharp thin kerf chain it cuts surprisingly well. It's light weight and small size make it very easy to control. I really appreciated it's nimbleness while limbing a down tree, the amount of finesse I was able to apply to branches that were under tension was amazing.This saw does not have the power needed to force its way thru a log with a dull chain but with a sharp chain it has all the power it needs. December 9, 2014
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