MS 170 - $179.99 DSRP

STIHL MS 170 ChainsawSTIHL MS 170 ChainsawSTIHL MS 170 Chainsaw
Distributor Suggested Retail Price
16 in. Bar

DSRP: $179.99


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A lightweight chainsaw designed for woodcutting tasks around the home.

Looking for a compact, occasional use chainsaw? Homeowners, look no further. Complete with the same design features the professionals depend on, the MS 170 is lightweight with just the right amount of power— perfect for residential cutting and trimming of small trees, firewood or storm clean up.
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MS 170 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 250 cc (8.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 145 cc (4.9 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3913 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.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
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…
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
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WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Optional Accessories
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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MS 170 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 942.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from MS170 The power isn't as good as I thought it would be and it is extremely difficult to start. I more from a Stihl product.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little saw for light cutting and trimming The MS 170 is exactly what I wanted in terms of weight and workload ability. I've so many chainsaws over the years but this one is one of the best in terms of reliability, starting, cutting small branches and limbs.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chainsaw Lightweight and runs great. Best chainsaw I ever owned.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great little saw are you going to be taking down giant old growth trees with this saw? No. That being said, that's not what this saw is for. I purchased mine for clearing out dead pine trees on my property. this saw is lightweight which is great for all the delimbing I need to do. it had sufficient power to blow through even the thickest of my pines. I love this saw. Edwards chainsaws in starbrick pa, where I bought this is a fantastic dealer.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For use around the house - lightweight and enough power Bought this chainsaw to trim oak trees in my garden and it did not disappoint. I also had to cut down a pine tree and the job was completed in minutes. What impressed me the most was the ease to start and the overall weight of this chainsaw.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product For Limbing! I purchased an MS391 saw two years ago and had great results. The only drawback was the weight and getting into tight areas while limbing. Knowing the great value in the Stihl products, I decided to purchase two MS170 saws strictly for limbing. This smaller saw is PERFECT for this type of use! I am thrilled to have added additional saws to my Stihl arsenal. Top notch products!!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great back yard saw! I have had this saw now for a little over a year and I love it. I bought a house last year with a half wooded lot and have been clearing it little by little ever since. This saw has exceeded my expectations. Its great for cutting up dead fall and dropping trees bigger then I am comfortable taking down. Most of the wood I have cut up has been hard wood (oak, maple, cedar) and this saw chews through it with little effort. It also cold starts with little effort as long as you follow the simple cold start directions. I have sharpened it once after about 20 hours of use and it cuts like brand new once again. I honestly look forward to using this saw. The perfect back yard saw that can do the job when you need to deal with a bigger tree.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product is a great saw (value) for the price Well worth the cost. Start quickly and very low kickback.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worst saw i have ever purchased i bought this saw about a year and a half ago. i have ha to have it repaired twice. i will not throttle up correctly and at times is very hard to start. i will never purchase another stihl product after this.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from MS 170 CHAINSAW I bought the MS 170 chainsaw right off the shelf at my local ACE Hardware store. Sales person informed me that if I bought Sthils gasoline that I would get a two year warranty. But said I did not have to use Sthils chain oil to get the warranty. I was surprise the chainsaw does not come in a box. The sales person grabs the chainsaw right off the shelf unknowing if anyone has tapered with the product. The sales person said they have to start it before they sell it to a consumer. So the took the chainsaw to the back and said it started right up and registered the chainsaw and I was on my way after paying of course. Let me say I would have like to have seen the sales person start the chainsaw because I drove 3 hours to my property to do some work and it never started. So called them from out of town and they tried to talk me through starting the chainsaw it never did. Let me say that Sthil does not like returns on their products. According to the Ace Hardware store MGR.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like it should This saw was a great deal. If you only need an occasional chainsaw for around the home, this is the one. I expect many years of service.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little saw! Going into the second year using this saw; it's easy to start and doesn't wear me out! Used it for limbing and cutting fairly large trees varying from pine to oak and it keeps on going.. Just keep the blade sharp and it works it's heart out.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the price Great saw for the price. We purchased a few acres of land in Texas and were in the need for a chainsaw. My first year after using it has worked very well especially for the price I paid for a Stihl. I believe I should have gone up a few sizes as I really put this saw to work clearing out our land. I would highly recommend for the average home owner, if you have some land you may want to pay a little more and go up a few sizes
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts tough wood like butter. Have 2 MS 170 saws. One has a 14 inch bar and the other a 16. Other than a pole saw I need no other equipment to handle the trimming on 2 acre wooded lot.Reliable and with sharp blades, chores are a breeze.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I had a 30 inch pine tree cut down near my driveway. The ms 170 cuts through these logs with ease. The 16 inch blade obviously will not go all the way through so, I cut half of it then go to the other side and cut the rest of it. This is a very powerful chainsaw.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw for me! I am a small woman and needed a lightweight chain saw that i could use around the property without breaking my back. My dealer listented, and helped me get my MS170, and put on a 14 inch bar that i requested. He also showed me how to use properly, start, etc. It is the best chainsaw I have ever owned, starts easily, and performs great!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great little saw. I bought this saw for limb work and could not be more pleased it starts easy, it's light and has enough power for what I am doing with it.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't even shop around anymore. This is my 5th Stihl as a homeowner and I don't even shop other brands. Everything has been exactly what I expected.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The saw runs good after you get it started Have used 3 tanks of mixed gas in new saw and every tank full it gets harder to start. This is spring, the truth will tell next winter if it'll start. Very unhappy with saw so far.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice light saw ! If you cut a lot or a little , This a nice light saw , I have a bigger saw with a 20 inch bar for the big stuff , but if I just want to trim first I grab this saw first , It always starts ,It handles and is easy to work with . The dealer is close and knows what they are doing , I Would suggest this saw to anyone for light clean up , or a saw to trim the branches off the tree first .
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value A reliable, light weight US made chain saw. It's almost electric. After warming up, it starts with just one pull.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hard to start I have the same problem as some others.After about 15 to 20 tanks of gas its very hard to get started and if you do will not stay running and has very little power.I also to it in for repair and was told that is how they are.I have had Stihl in the past and they ran very well. Now I don't know what to do with this one.Very disappointed in Stihl
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This chainsaw is exactly what I have been looking for. This chainsaw is perfect for what I am using it for. I have cleaned out some dead trees, invasive plants, and basic yard work around my home and our local park.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good small saw, but a bad chain As soon as the chain was stretched per the instructions I readjusted and began cutting. After 10 minutes or so the chain came off. After many feeble attempts to get it back on I gave up and installed the spare I had bought. I followed all the same instructions and yet to have an issue with it. The chain that came with the saw doesn't seem to be the same quality as the spare I bought. Other than that it's a great little saw.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great The first 3 times it would start fairly good. Now it is really had to start.Took it back to the store, they had it for a few days, got it started then they tried to start it and couldn't. They said that is the way it is and couldn't do anything about it. So I have it and can't get it started. It pulls hard. I don't think I have 2 hours on it.I have a friend and his is the say way. Then said they have had other complaints about it.So I will not be getting another one.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the product, checking out the warranty. I have two other STIHL chainsaws & Love them. So I bought this MS170. Now after about 15 to 20 tank fills it just slowed down & died. I tried to restart it with no luck, so I took it back to the dealer. He is looking at it too determine what happened & if it's covered by the warranty. I hope so because I've only had it for a few weeks. This is about the twelfth STIHL I've owned & never had an issue before this. At this point I don't recommend this product, but if they cover the warranty & it's just something minor then I would.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good for occasional home owner use. Unfortunately, my 3 year old MS170 was stolen. Looking for one as good again as that one, which I bought on a special day when some Stihl reps were at a local supply stores special day and got a really great special price that time. Guess I'll have to pay the real price this time around. Just having one that will crank and go when you need it only occasionally is worth the price. Thieves usually get their rewards eventually, a few years inside a concrete room with bars for a door.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice product. This Chain saw has a mighty punch for a little guy. Even though I have only had this product a short time, I have used it on quite a few projects and it performed very well. I sure hope over time it holds up to the Stihl name. The weight of this device (light) made it easily used by this female. I was also very impressed by the sales person at Oakdale Ace Hardware in Smyrna, GA. He reviewed (physically showed me) the operation and safety of device in a non-condescending manner. Sometimes people are very condescending to women buying these types of products.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it is all the saw i need it cuts just as good as my old one did. got extra blades for out in the woods, just in case. it cuts everything I put it into just fine.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lightweight easy to handle The only disappointments were in the handle when tilted on it's side cutting small trees off at ground level. The trigger on the handle seems to "catch" and not let me fully open up the throttle. When upright there is no "catch" so evidently something in the handle either moves or tilts and thus catches on the trigger keeping it from fully opening the throttle.The power isn't as great as I was hoping but I am used to the MS 270C that I had.
Date published: 2017-03-14
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