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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.

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*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
    So far solid tool for what I am using it for.
    I have been let down in the past by a couple of other saws. After reading some reviews and the web sites information on usage and what type of cutting I may be doing I made the investment on this unit. Still in the break in phase of the timeline, following the extra steps of their oil and highest grade gas small mixes make sure I get off to the best start I can. Hope this one will last to make the investment worth the time and money. So far so good.
  2. 2 months ago
    Well designed product, powerful, easy starting, great value.
    This is my third Stihl chainsaw, all have been very good, well designed saws. This MS170 starts and runs great. The saw is reliable, easy to adjust chain and clean air filter, good power, well balanced, and comparatively quiet and fuel efficient. I would definitely buy it again.
  3. 4 weeks ago
    Low cost/high performance saw far better than the price!
    I needed a smaller, lighter saw for most of my sawing tasks. After asking guys on my disaster relief team and the guy in-store - universal agreement was found on the MS170. I'm glad I made the (reasonable) investment! What I didn't expect was a saw of this size and weight being able to effectively utilize the 16" bar and chain it comes with. This little saw is surprisingly powerful and can handle cutting chores I might have previously reserved a bigger saw for. I have just about worn out ... read more the original chain, yet even that keeps cutting despite being seriously worn and sharpened several times. I also like that there are many available parts/aftermarket parts as well. One that I found handy and almost necessary - metal bucking/felling dog. This saw doesn't have real ones - instead utilizing small spikes molded into the case. Yes, this works - but having metal teeth like it's larger brethren is helpful. I suppose Stihl chose to only include the built-in plastic spikes to prevent consumers from over-working the saw. Overall, I'm impressed! I've run this saw probably 20+ hours (actual run time), mostly clearing trees and limbs after a tornado in our area. Keep the chain sharp and the works reasonably clean and this think cranks every time and runs with larger saws! I highly recommend!
  1. 1 month ago
    Very dependable saw
    I love this saw! It's light enough to carry without issue but powerful enough to cruise through everything I've put it through. It starts every time and works until I quit. The only issue I have is not with the saw but with the starting instructions. In every review that I've read on Stihl saws, users say to set the choke on full and pull twice; NO MORE. Move to run mode and the saw should start after a few pulls. If you pull more than twice you'll flood it and spend the next 10 minutes wearing ... read more yourself out. The owners manual says nothing about this.
  2. 1 month ago
    love my new toy
    The saw works great. Having said that. I find it hard to start. Maybe as the motor loosens up it will be easier. I watched all of the Stihl videos. How to start, chain tightening, how to sharpen. The chain adjustment is super easy. Sharpening the chain was fairly easy. I'm still confused on the workings of the depth gauge. a warning to other users. I used the saw 3 hours the first day. Next time I took it out was to clear away a small tree that came down in a storm. After just a few minutes the ... read more saw fell apart. The two nuts that hold the side cover and bar on fell off and were lost in the leaves. Fortunately the chain flew off away from me. Tighten these nuts often,
  3. 1 month ago
    2nd to None!
    Bought my saw from Northern Tool in Woodbury, MN. It was assembled, fuel and bar/chain oil added, and test run before leaving the store. This saw was purchased so I could assist a neighbor in taking down a 47 foot tall pine tree. We took our time, ensuring complete safety the whole time. Even with that, total time, including 3 trips to drop off the now downed tree, was less then 12 hours (2 hours on Thursday, 6 hours on Friday, 3.5 hours on Saturday). This saw made cut times a fraction of what ... read more they would have been using the other saws used. Easy start. Smooth running. Cut! Cut! Cut! Worth every penny of it!
  1. 3 years ago
    Excellent power for a light weight saw
    I use this saw regularly for clearing blow downs on the hiking trails where I might be carry the saw and all my other gear five to ten miles. I too also own a MS-261 for this purpose and carry it when I know there will be lots of bigger trees. The 201 cuts great as long as the chain is very sharp. The small teeth do dull much faster than the teeth on the larger saws. I always carry two extra chains for this sort of work so dulling is not an issue in the field. In addition to be lightweight ... read more and powerful for its size, it is also very quiet and vibration free. This is a great benefit to those of us (like myself) who do not saw on a daily basis. There is one major drawback to this saw. If you get the bar and chain stuck in a tree (this is always a concern when clearing blow downs that are loaded in every direction) the bar and chain cannot be removed without first removing the external clutch mechanism. This requires removing the spark plug, immobilizing the piston, and then unscrewing the clutch. The MS-261 has an internal clutch so it is not an issue on my other saw. I would recommend this saw without reservation except for this one concern.
  2. 4 years ago
    Superb for my specific needs!
    My Stihl MS201-C was a purchase I researched for some time. Being a relatively new model, there were not many reviews to help me in the decision process and those I did read were not all super but detailed enough that I could tell those who felt the 201-C didn't meet their expectations were really used to or comparing to a previously owned model. My requirements were that the chainsaw would be easy to start (Easy2Start System), rugged yet light, dependable, and manageable maintenance needs. The ... read more additional (Anti-Vibration) feature really does make this saw a pleasure to use as it minimizes the fatigue brought on by muscles and bones being stressed. Think smooth operation for the hands, arms and shoulders. The other features (Read the Manual) were additional bonuses. I never thought I would find a chainsaw that made cutting cedar almost fun but I do enjoy the work more now with this saw. I do clearing of property and trimming every week and this saw fits my needs.
  3. 3 years ago
    Excellent light weight saw!!!!!!!!
    I worked the saw all day. I used it for limbing up of about 40 trees I dropped using my ms 261 CEM(another great saw). This saw has very sharp chain and was very maneuverable in some thick clutter from the dropping of the trees. Features I like: 1. Light and very compact 2. very very easy to start 3. no vibration feature doesn't shake and jar you 4. easy to handle in tight quarters. 5. cuts without wanting to back down I haven't tried it on the large stuff yet up to about 1 to 10 ... read more inches.This saw is probably how the new saws will be coming out in the future. Little saw with a powerful punch. Throws large chips never had problems with oiling. highly reccommend
  1. 2 years ago
    The BEST Chainsaw Bar on the market, BAR none!
    After many years of timber falling, the old bones deserved a break. Stihl delivered! My old 066 Magnum was ready to be retired, so I replaced it with a new MS-661 R-CM. I viewed the Rollomatic ES Light bar skeptically, but decided to take a chance. I outfitted this saw with an 8-tooth sprocket and chose the 32" bar length. The balance of this saw is better, even though I had a 28" bar on the old 066 Magnum! I'm turning wicked chain speed with that sprocket set-up, too. It screams! This bar ... read more has superior hardened steel for longevity. I decided to buy a lighter saw, as well, rather than pack a heavier saw around all day long. So, I bought an MS-362 C-EM and outfitted it with a 20" Rollomatic ES Light. When you pick it up, it is perfectly balanced fore-and-aft at the handle! Double the pleasure; double the fun!
  2. 2 years ago
    This is the best product I have ever bought. Well worth the money.
    I've had my STIHL MS180C chainsaw for a year now and I haven't had any problems. Runs great! So happy!
  3. 3 years ago
    Once you go LIGHT, you might say "A'IGHT!"
    I will seriously never buy another standard bar again!!! While the LIGHT is more expensive, it IS 100% worth the price!!! I was running my 661 with a standard 28" Bar and it never really felt heavy to me... until the end of the day when the 97° heat and costal Southeast humidity caught up with me. Now, I'm running my 661 with a 28" ES LIGHT. Man, what a difference! It feels like I'm only running a 20" bar! I'm kind of mad I didn't switch a few years sooner!
  1. 4 years ago
    Best chain saw I ever used or owned.
    Love using this saw. I love cutting firewood again. I heat with wood so I cut 5-10 cord a year and this saw has had no problems cutting anything in the 13 months I've owned it and no problems of any kind. I have a 16" & 20" bar for it which makes it very versatile. I spent 2 months looking and comparing saws and settled on this saw based on features, and power to weight ratio and have not been disappointed. It usually starts on the 3rd pull when cold and 1st pull when warm. Hard for me to ... read more believe any of the negative comments I've read here, have not seen any of those issues. Best chain saw I've ever used or owned.
  2. 9 months ago
    Very light yet Powerfull!!
    I have had many chainsaws. We cut at least every single weekend and use saws all day long at least once a week. I have recently purchased the MS261 pro chainsaw and ran about 8 tanks of fuel in it. I broke it in as per owners manual. It is my goto saw now. Power to weight ratio is fantastic and much it cannot do. The 362 used to be my goto saw and still enjoy it but the weight factor makes the 261 best combination for me. I do not think you will find a better saw that is versatile and light and ... read more can take on most trees. I thoroughly enjoy it and think you will too!!
  3. 2 years ago
    This is the first professional saw I have purchased, The fit and function on this saw is great, starts like it should every time. I have used this saw to cut some oak and it chews through it like a big saw, fuel economy is great. I can cut all day with this saw and I know it wont beat me up like a higher cc saw will do. I recommend this product.
  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. 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.
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