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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 58reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by used it for everything I bought this saw three months ago for a small tree cutting service I run. So far I have used this saw to cut a red oak from the top down, I have cut down about a dozen dead trees with it and often used it to limb. the saw AV is great, and the weight and power ratio are good. the saw is easily maintainable by anyone and the 14 inch bar is great for tight spaces. this saw has earned a place next to my larger saws. November 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great cutting ability I was able to cut three fruit trees which were sick within a matter of minutes. The cutting ability of this MS171 was great and I had plenty of power. November 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice, easy starting little saw I've had my ms171 for just over a year. It came with a 16" bar and chain. I recently swapped out the 16" bar and chain to a 14" and the difference was huge. Plenty of power by moving down to 14". Great for limbing and trimming up around the farm. One thing I have learned with all chainsaws is to use the canned fuel mixture. It will save a whole lot of headaches down the road. These modern 2 stroke engines absolutely hate ethanol. They start so easy using the premixed fuel compared to mixing your own using gas from the gas station. I have a Husqvarna 445 for bigger jobs and it is the same way with fuel. If you use the premixed fuel you will be very happy with your machine, otherwise it will be hard to start and have less power. Mine still starts every time with one or two pulls. November 8, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by hard start will not start with choke, have to start it without the choke and after it stalls a couple of times it will be ok. had the dealer work on it twice and still no luck October 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by fantastic for carving I love this little chainsaw for carving. it takes some time to get broken in but after that it works very well. a little low on power but I guess that is because I am use to my 391 which is awesome too. all in all I would buy this saw again oh and the chain stays very sharp for a lot of cutting. August 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A "David" of a saw OK, let me say that I have an MS361 and that is one powerful saw, but can get heavy with extended use. The 171 I use primarily for limbing, but I recently bought a vacation house and took it with me last weekend. I took down and cut up some pretty thick hard wood and this saw did it (I had a sharpened chain!). Took some time when the wood was hard, but took all I could give it. If I would have had my 361 I would have used it in several instances, but the 171 did the job. It's light, relatively quiet (I always use hearing protection, chaps, gloves etc however), and easy to use. July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Value This is my 3rd Stihl Chainsaw. Great value for the price and the light duty work that is required of the saw. July 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can not beat this little saw!!! I guess I am not going to say something that alot of other people haven't already said. I LOVE THIS LITTLE SAW. Have used it the last two years to cut up wood for my smoker and other odd jobs. Just recently a friend of ours had a 30ft mulberry tree fall on their house. I pulled out my ms310 and my ms171. My 310 went down early so used my 171 for most of the tree. I am down to the last 4 to 6 ft of the trunk ( 30" cut) and just got my 310 working again. The 171 had more than enough power to do everything I asked it to do and would have cut the entire tree, I just felt like I was over working it. Would not trade this saw for the world. All my stihl products I own and have used over the years have never let us down. The 310 was my fault. I should have changed out the chain before then and didnt and when I went to get a new one they were out and had to wait for a shipment to come in. July 10, 2015
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