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MS 170

A lightweight chainsaw designed for woodcutting tasks around the home.

MS 170
MS 170 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 750.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw at a better price. This is the lowest entry level home owners saw Stihl sells but don't let the price fool you! You have to realize that most of their saws are designed for commercial use non stop hence their huge price difference but that doesn't mean the MS 170 isn't great!. I had 3 40' trees felled by a pro arborist and cut a deal cause I was going to do the rest. 2 were of fir types and the other was alder. This saw powered through the hard wood with ease and sliced the firs like butter!. You can save maybe $20 at the most at a big box store for their 16" but you'd be buying a VW instead of Ferrari. I did that first and when it failed out of the box, got my money back and I bought my Stihl. I've owned just about every known big box brand and this is my first Stihl and wont buy anything else and probably wont have to. No issues from start to finish all 3 huge trees are chopped up with no problems at all. The only tip I can give if your dealer doesn't offer it is ask them how to start this saw. It is different and there is a method or your not going to get it to start and will flood it. There's no primer bulb for starters so right there its not like anything you've had before but when started by manufacture specs, 3-5 pulls in 35 degree weather from choke to idle, then when warm, one pull every time, that simple.... When you follow directions lol.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the home owner Start off by saying I own this saw and a 391. I'm no pro but I do put several hours a year saws. I bought the 170 because the 391 is heavy after a few hours of use. I wanted a lighter saw without the cost of a pro top handle saw. The 170 is a bit cold blooded but once it's up to temperature it's the perfect saw for light trimming and limbing of trees. I use it more than my 391 for stuff around the house. Spend the extra $ on a small stihl rather than a big box stores brand and run the still pre mx for longevity. You'll be glad you did.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ms 170 chainsaw Bought a year ago for my wife to use it has had zero issues and easy for her to start got it at mt Jackson southern states great customer service there 2nd stilh I got there no issues with that one either it was a 290 farm boss will only buy stilh
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for limbing or small home projects This little saw is ready to work around the house for small jobs or works great for limbing larger trees.I mainly use this saw for limbing larger trees and taking down small trees. Saw is very light and easy to carry around trees when limbing without tiring you out.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent saw for the money. Starts easy, wish it did not have the autochoke. But then again its a new saw so it better start easy.Fairly light weight which is great, the build quality is what i would consider avwrage in todays market, feels a bit cheap in the hand.Feels a bit under powered with the 16" bar. If you swap it out for a 14" bar may give it a little more pep.Took 4 times adjusting the chain which was a pain before getting it settled in but that was likley due to chain stretch.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from had to take it back to the store 2 times in the first week i had it got the saw on monday. i used it a couple of hours clearing around fence line. the next day i cranked it and it died with in a few minutes and would not crank back up. i took it to the store and made them give me another one. it done the same thing so i took it back to the store and the tech said it fouled the spark plug. put a new plung in it and it started. i have only used it about 20 minutes since so we will just have to see if it stays running this time.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pull Cord Knot untied itself The pull cord knot came untied inside the housing, so I had the pull cord in one hand and the chainsaw in another. I had just bought the unit for ease of starting and the light weight. To finish my work I had to drive back to the barn and use the old 025.Took to Stihl dealer and resolved problem under warranty.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw For the price, you can't beat this little tiger. Works just like it should. Had a little trouble with the pull cord for the first few times, but now it's a champ. Unstoppable.
Date published: 2018-02-08
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