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MSA 160 C-BQ

Innovative and surprisingly powerful STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-powered chainsaw.

MSA 160 C-BQ
Rated 5 out of 5 by 21reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very well thought out and designed, the saw-battery-charger-and chain, excellant. A pleasure to work with, no ethanol problems, the saw is quiet, very well made almost no vibrations, and combined with the new 1/4" 43 gauge chain the saw cuts and bores very well, with most applications the battery lasts longer than a tank of gas. I also have the option of working indoors, and in a suburban setting the neighbors love the saw too. I also like the fact that the saw is much easier to maintain, no air or gas filters,no mixing oil and gas, no spark plug or smoke during idling, no carb adjustments, and no oily mess on the muffler and saw, all I need to do when im done is blow off the chips with my compressor, wipe off the sprocket area as usual and mount a new chain. I have two MSA 160 saws, I also use standard 1/4" RMS chain. For precision pruning, firewood, storm clean-up or Carving, it's outstanding, I love my saw! October 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent for fire mitigation We have Colorado woods acreage that requires limbing, trimming, thinning, and removing dead trees, mainly aspen, the perfect setting for this little saw. I've owned it over a year and in that time have only had to use the gas saw once for a large Ponderosa that was too big for the guidebar. A battery charge usually lasts longer than I do and has never been an issue.Not being a gas saw offers some substantial benefits. Obviously, no gas to deal with, no carb settings, no pull starting. Less obvious is the fact it never gets hot, so no worries about setting it down and starting a fire. Also, it can still be used during high fire danger when the county prohibits the use of gas chain saws.I was initially skeptical about the power and if it would cut fast enough and a battery charge last long enough to be useful. Not a problem! The small width blade cuts very fast and maintains an edge quite well. Its light weight is a huge benefit for me.As with any cutting device, let the tool do the work. Let the saw come up to speed before starting a cut and don't force it. Our trees are all pine, fir, and aspen, thus, soft wood and the saw has handled everything within the limits of the length of the guidebar. September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A superb instrument for light to medium duty Appreciate having a machine that I can use handily at age 75; and which has moved into the relatively clean and convenient Li-ion design of tools. July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wish I had bought this saw 10 years ago. Great value and product. Easy to use. More than capable for big jobs or small. Power to spare. Lightweightl July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I agree with Chuckles, it's an outstanding piece of equipment. Good quality saw. Easy to use. Priced fairly with a lot of options on the high quality batteries. June 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Saw starting This saw came with an easy start spring system which is one of its best features. June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This chain saw is perfect for homeowners! This chain saw really impressed me. I had a 50 foot Ash Tree infested with the emerald ash borer so I had to take it down in my front yard. I would not use it if I cut trees down for a living but for the homeowner it is 'PERFECT" !! It cut through a 11" trunk in about a minute. Please note an ash tree is very hard wood !You can't rush it, just hold it steady and it will confidently glide through a tree trunk.It's a little pricey, but not having the maintenance and operating costs of a gas and oil chain saw it is money well spent for the convenience and ease of use. If and when I ever wear this one out I am going to go buy another one just like it ! May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic Love this chain saw for using around the property. Traded in a Stihl gas engine one for this as could not start the other one. This one is so easy to use and lightweight. Yes, it is a bit pricey but hope to get many years of use out of it. I only use it for small branches and small tree limbs so probably not appropriate for heavy duty tree removal. May 22, 2014
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