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MS 171

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

MS 171
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 25reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great little chainsaw Works like a champ never has giving me any problems I have used a lot of different brands but this stihl is the bomb August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flawless everytime I have used it. Great saw very handy and lightweight. HHas never given me any trouble August 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by After 4 trips to shop, the new saw still bogs down & hesitates The saw had great features that were very handy, but the increased pollution controls made me wary. It starts just great, but on restarts it bogs down and dies when you touch the throttle. I have had the saw for 6 weeks, and have yet to run a tank of gas through it, as it has spent most of the time in the shop. The dealer has tried very hard, with many adjustments, and a new carb, but it is still very buggy and you have to carefully stroke the throttle to get it to rev up without dying. It was in shop for almost 3 weeks this last time, and they all have used it and said they are satisfied that it is as good as it will get, so I will try it again, but it almost died on them when they started it for me in the shop. This has sure turned out to be a sad experience, and I suspect I should have tried a different model.What little I used it, it consumed hardly any chain oil, but they said it needs to run at full speed to use the oiler, so hopefully that will not be another issue. July 24, 2014
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