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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.* We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. 2 months ago
    Great saw
    Any bad review on this saw is bs I’ve owned this saw for 9 years I own several great stihl saws for the home owners that have problems with this saw don’t bash the stihl name because you don’t know how to operate the saw you purchased
  2. 1 year ago
    Exceptional saw
    We have just had Michael leave us and we have trees down everywhere . I have burnt up 2 older saws (Craftsman ) they were not up to the cutting . Purchased the MS 250 from a local dealer and paid a higher price but the intro , demo and the setup for the saw was worth it cuts like a rabid beaver and my brush & tree pile are growing larger and I have been cutting trees 18 - 36 in . I was surprised they even had the saw due to the hurricane demand. I would highly recommend this saw
  3. 4 months ago
    Excellent Chain Saw!
    After considerable research, I purchased this saw two weeks ago. I have used it a lot and am more than pleased with it's quality and performance. It has an excellent power to weight ratio so it is easy to carry over distance. It cuts like a much larger saw but handles well do to it's low weight and balance. It starts reliably every time: two pulls on full choke, one or two pulls at half choke. Warm starts with only one or two pulls at half choke. The more that I use this saw and become familiar ... read more with it the happier I am with the reliability and function. I highly recommend this chainsaw.
  1. 11 months ago
    Great light saw for trimming
    I really like this saw for light duty around the home. The only downside is that the battery takes a long time to charge. Could you design a fast quick rate charger?
  2. 2 years ago
    Great for carving
    This small electric saw works indoors or out doors and is very good for carving
  3. 1 month ago
    Super saw
    Ok we all want it simple! I can get on my atv see limbs down and viola no muss no fuss and plenty of power. Great for limbing and trail work. No gas no mix nirvana I like this saw, lots!
  1. 5 years ago
    Sweet saw for pruning trees.
    I own 3 other Stihl chainsaws. They all serve a purpose, but I really wanted a lightweight saw running a thin kerf chain for fine pruning, especially on fruit trees. I have owned a couple of orchards, and found they made much finer pruning cuts than any other chainsaws. This saw fits the bill perfectly! The cuts are very smooth and even, they look as good as if they were done with a hand saw. The saw is exceptionally light and well balanced. The motor has sufficient power for the fine cuts I ... read more make, but I thought it would run with a few more RPM's. (I am going to have the dealer double check the settings after I have some more hours on the saw). While I love the saw and highly recommend it, I do think it is over priced.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great power and price for a small saw
    This small, lightweight saw is absolutly perfect for the land owner who has lots of down limbs, and limbs that need to come down "widow-makers". Living in Missouri where we get our fair share of ice storms, this is an invaluable tool to have. It's lightweight, compact size, and great power is a perfect combo. Another great product from Stihl. I will never own any other brand of chain saw.. I also own a Farm Boss from Stihl which is perfect for the bigger jobs, but this is the one I reach for ... read more more often than not. Thank you for another great tool, at a reasonable price.
  3. 2 years ago
    Works like a champ
    This chainsaw is great for what I bought it for. I needed a small lightweight chainsaw to take care of some large shrubs and some small trees on my property. It starts up without any problems and has yet to give me an issue after about 8 straight hours of usage. I even tacked a VERY large tree without having to borrow my neighbors larger chainsaw but would not recommend this one for larger trees as it took quite a bit of extra effort. Overall I'm satisfied with the fit, finish, and power of this saw.
  1. 9 months ago
    Most useful chainsaw I own
    I have several,chainsaws including a Stihl gas powered and Husquavarna gas powered saw. The gas powered saws are for consistent tree cutting and can’t be beat for clearing downed trees. However, for day to day use, the 160 saw is the one I reach for. So easy to use. It is also the first saw my wife has ever used despite numerous attempts to get her to use the other saws. I can toss it in the back of the truck or the tractor and don’t have to worry about a can of gas spilling over.
  2. 6 years ago
    Pricy but Very Handy Chainsaw for Suburban Use
    This is a small, quiet, light battery operated chainsaw that has already proven to be extremely useful and capable. I used it to cut down a 8" diameter hardwood tree that was over 20 ft tall. One battery was enough to cut down the tree and convert it into firewood and there was still a little battery power left when I was done. The tank of bar oil roughly lasts for one battery charge. It is extremely easy to use and maintain with no headaches relating to carburetors ruined by bad gas, starting ... read more the engine, or other problems associated with gas chainsaws. This saw slices through wood - I really did not notice any speed difference between it and my Stihl gas saw -- this was very impressive. It is also substantially faster than using a Dewalt 18 volt reciprocating saw for tree trimming. This chainsaw can handle 90% of the tree cutting, tree trimming, and firewood cutting chores in my suburban neighborhood. The other 10% requires my larger Stihl gas chainsaw. It's sweet spot is for cutting 1" to 8" diameter trees or branches -- although it can cut larger diameters your larger Stihl gas saw is better for the thicker cuts.
  3. 7 years ago
    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 ... read more 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!
  1. 2 years ago
    Long Lasting Performance - RS Chain
    I bought a 20” Rollomatic and 2 RS Chains to break in a new MS661 R C-M Saw to keep the mileage off my RSK chain, and give the Saw some drag to load the motor for break in. I’m actually pretty impressed with how smoothe the chain cuts and it’s pretty quick for a safety chain. I’m cutting soft pine but It’s still razor sharp 2 tanks into the break in. The 2nd chain has not even come out of the box!!! It’s not as cheap as the “O” brand chain but I’m sold on it. I’d buy another one to keep around ... read more just for the small stuff.
  2. 1 month ago
    Sharp, durable, easy to sharpen, buy this chain!!
    This is the chain that came with the MS-362 I recently purchased. Bought 2 extra of these chains and I rotate after each day of bucking. Several brief digs in the dirt, moss on the logs, wet leaves, etc when bucking and this chain has still lasted me throughout the day without swapping for another. They're heavier weight and have a lot more aggressive teeth than the Rapid Micro which was on my MS-291, I would definitely recommend the Rapid Super. This is a safety chain and there is a very ... read more minimal "kickback zone" at the front of the chain on the top side and even when I was experimenting with that to see what it did, wasn't bad at all. As far as bucking goes, this chain has never caused the saw to kick back but it's done one heck of a job chewing effortlessly through whatever I've wanted to cut (all hardwood). Make sure to purchase an electric bench mount sharpener if you do a decent amount of cutting, in my opinion a chain needs to be sharpened after every days worth of work. If just using around the house, sharpness should last a long time between sharpens.
  3. 5 years ago
    Works well, even for plunge cuts
    This the chain that came with my saw. I could have swapped it out for a non-safety chain but after having a couple friends of mine take chunks out of their nose from kickback I decided I would take the safety chain. The big thing I keep hearing is that you cannot plunge cut with a safety chain. This is a myth. Most of the wood I harvest is from windblown trees and I have to do plunge cuts to safely dropped them. I have done a number of plunge cuts without a problem. Keep it sharp and it will eat ... read more through wood like a hot knife through butter.
  1. 5 years ago
    Cuts Wood Like A Knife Through Butter
    I have used this saw for years around the house and farm. The feature I like most about this saw is that the blade and bar have a thinner kerf than most chainsaws. This allows a noticeable increase in cutting performance. The chain teeth also stay sharp longer than most other saws I have used. The ergonomics are great and the saw feels good while in use. The light weight of the saw allows for extended use of this saw. Although I have larger and more powerful saws I will use this one more often ... read more because it is less fatiguing. The only knock I will give this saw is the design of the oil fill cap. The way it is designed it is very easy to mistakenly leave the cap loose and the oil will slowly spill out of the reservoir. Overall this saw is the best I have used in this size category.
  2. 7 years ago
    awesome saw!
    I purchased this saw this week with a 16inch bar, couldn't ask for a better saw. i don't cut trees daily, so this was the ideal choice. i had a large peacan limb fall out of the tree. it was up to about a foot in diameter and aprox. 20-25ft long. the saw handled flawlessly and didn't use much gas, or oil. Cut like a hot knife threw butter. if your just going to use a saw every once in awhile, then i highly recommend this one. no question, stihl makes the best saws out there.
  3. 3 years ago
    A great saw at a big box store price
    Bought this saw 2 years and about 6 gallons of fuel ago as a limber saw to relieve the ms291 from light duty work. Well, the ms171 as been used a lot where the bigger saw should of been used(didn't feel like cleaning two saws). I can go on for awhile about how great this saw is. The biggest reason for this review is for the folks looking at a big box store saw, this saw is worth the very few extra dollars over the big box store chainsaw. I have had them saws and you will not regret buying one of ... read more these. Great power, very light, easy on fuel and my wife doesn't mind using this saw. Happy wife, happy life! p.s. we heat our home with wood, so poor performing saws are no longer tolerated.
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