My Servicing Dealer

STIHL Delivers More Power with New Electric Chainsaw

STIHL MSE 170 C-BQ offers dependable cutting power and leaves fuel costs behind

Release Date: 7/17/2014

Press Inquiries:
Anita Gambill

All other inquiries:
STIHL Incorporated
(757) 486-9100


MSE 170 C-BQ


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The STIHL MSE 170 C-BQ 1,500-watt electric chainsaw delivers the power and durability a user needs for tasks around the home and even indoors. With a powerhead weight of just under 8.5 pounds, it’s light enough for agile cutting work and strong enough for trimming and cutting firewood.

“The compact size and weight of the MSE 170 C-BQ makes for easy use,” said Kent Hall, senior product manager for STIHL Inc. “No seasonal engine maintenance simplifies it even more.”

The MSE 170 C-BQ will also save users money on fuel. This electric chainsaw needs no gasoline and has no exhaust emissions, so there won’t be any mixing oil and gas or fuel-related engine problems. Just plug it in and put it to work.

A wide trigger switch and the toolless Quick Chain Adjuster make for easy operation. Users won’t need tools to tighten, loosen or replace the saw chain. There’s even a coast-down feature which quickly stops the rotating chain when the trigger is released. The MSE 170 C-BQ can be outfitted with guide bars from 12 to 16 inches.

For more information on the STIHL MSE 170 C-BQ, visit

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chainsaws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit or text your zip code to 78445.

*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2013 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. 

STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the National Association of State Park Directors.

For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.



MSE 170 C-BQ Specifications - Occasional and Professional Use
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 3.8 kg (8.4 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
MOTOR OUTPUT 1.6 kW (13.1 amps)
VOLTAGE 120 volt (60 Hz)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
STIHL recommends #3636 (63 PM3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 4809 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
  • Seasonal Landscaping Tips
  • Special Offers from Your Local STIHL Dealer
  • Guides & How-To Videos
  • Maintenance Tips