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STIHL MS 170 ChainsawSTIHL MS 170 ChainsawSTIHL MS 170 Chainsaw
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16 in. Bar

DSRP: $179.95 $159.95


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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! 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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    Woodcutter Chaps - 6 Layer from STIHL are made from rugged, 400-denier nylon and feature the same UL® classified protection as our other chaps. Just snap them over your pants and you’re ready to go. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are six layers of Avertic® Pro by Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to clog the sprocket and stop the saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw in case of accidental contact with the rotating saw chain. The open-back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.
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    Durable and hardworking, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves deliver professional-grade hand protection. The palm and inner fingers are made of full grain tanned leather, so you can work with comfort without sacrificing a firm hold. Featuring multiple layers of cut-retardant materials – Avertic Pro and Dyneema fabrics by Engtex® – these gloves will help deliver protection without compromising the dexterity you need while operating a chainsaw. Accented with an orange rip-stop nylon backing, these dynamic gloves offer style and protection. Water repellant, breathable and featuring a Velcro wrist closure, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves are as ready for the woods as you.
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    Deputy Glasses

    Tough protection that also looks the part. The STIHL Deputy Glasses meet ANSI standard Z87.1+ and feature both protection and style. The lenses are a scratch-resistant polycarbonate that block out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They are also comfortable to wear, featuring a soft rubber nosepiece and dual-mold rubber temples that helps to keep the glasses in place when the head is in motion. Stop by our Dealership to check out these and other great protective eyewear styles. Shown in Brown Frame / Brown Mirror Lens. Available lens colors (Black Frame): Blue Mirror, Smoke (Brown Frame): Brown Mirror

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MS 170 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 874.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great running saw Runs great. I have three different saws but I only grab this one.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good for saplings Purchased at my local truvalue, Not know much about saws the sales associate sold me what was on sale, not what I needed for the job. It’s a good saw for saplings or very small trees, other than that it Boggs down. I wish I purchased a bigger saw
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect saw for a small property! The MS 170 is the perfect saw for my small property. High Quality, easy to use saw for small jobs around my property. Highly recommend this saw for those that haven't used one in a while, or are just beginning.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in Class The saw is relativeily new, but after the few times I have used it, it became apparent that the quality of this saw was at another level compared the others I have owned. Easy to start and more power than I expected for a small saw. Prefect for trimming and cleaning up after storms. Don't fool yourself, It will easily cut down a small tree too.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms170 Bought this little guy for limbing trees to give my big saw and arms a rest, the price was great an power is just as great, I've cut limbs up to 14" in diameter of various species of trees and little guy surprises me every time. I've ran this saw 8+hrs almost nonstop with exception of refilling gas an bar oil, I highly recommend this saw for anyone who needs a small but powerful basic saw. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good clean up saw Used it for a couple days in a mix of pine and hardwood. Saw did great. Nice and light to carry around and limb trees with. No complaints.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIHL MS 170 Great product, excellent for the person who has some small tasks that are a big too big for a hand saw.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Under powered Average cutting bite will stop the chain from cutting and bog the saw down. Saw tends to not stay running when done with a cut and left idling. Otherwise seems like a good saw.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw is awesome I have never owned a stihl until about a month ago when i bought the ms 170. I use it to cut firewood and it always starts up first pull. It has a fuel efficient engine that uses very little gas. I used 2 tanks of gas for a whole day of cutting firewood.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw. Perfect for trimming branches and cutting small growth trees.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BMW of chainsaws I love my chainsaw , best power tool I have. I beleive its quality is well known and the brand is untouchable.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HAS NOT LET ME DOWN User my MS170 to trim and fell spruce trees on my property. Starts after one or two pulls, runs for hours with no complaints, and only bogs down if I push it too hard on a tree larger than the bar. The saw has never bucked or kicked back and is light enough to use for hours. I only use the premix fuel which is a little expensive but the saw runs great on it and I don't have to worry about draining it during the winter. Very happy with the saw!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 170 I've only used the saw once, but I cut quite a bit of wood with it. Starts very easy, has good power, & cuts well. Not too heavy, so it's nice to handle. It wouldn't stay running at idle, but was just a simple carburetor adjustment. The chain adjustment is simple as well. So far I'm pleased with the saw.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dealer can't fix it I bought this saw a year ago,ive used it a couple of times.ive taken some pretty big trees down with it.I'm happy with the saw when it runs.The problem is when i use it for awhile,(about 3/4 tank of fuel ) it shuts off and wont refire till its completely cooled off.I took it to dealer,they cant repeat the issue.when i bring it home it does the same im stuck with it.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good saw I had a large branch fall out of my tree. Bought the MS170. This is my first saw and it worked very well. Light, and I haven't had any problems with starting. Biggest part of the branch was about 12" across. Saw had no problem cutting it. I'm a novice chainsaw user and was very happy with this saw.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Use it will not take gas set it down 30 minutes same thing over again
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really wanted to like this saw but I can't I was so excited to buy this saw for my son so he can start helping me cut wood however after working with this saw for 30 mins this weekend all I have to show for my time is frustration. I was trying to show my son how to limb an already down tree. And this thing wouldn't cut through anything but the tiny limbs that you can break off with your hands. I am extremely disappointed.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY AWSOME I have had a lot of chainsaws but none could cut like this stihl I bought light model very easy to handle and very easy to use I would recommend this to anyone
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from wont start when hot First time start was good and ran and cut well. Will not start after it has run for about ten minutes when hot
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It looks nice! The first day I took this saw out I spent half the day starting it, turns out the hardware store put old gas in and it wouldn't run right, I've never been so frustrated in my life. The second day I took this saw out, the sprocket on the end of the bar clogged up with wood chips and it took around 45 minutes to get cleaned out and it spinning again. If I could do over I'd buy a different brand, I'm not happy with this saw at all!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My second Stihl saw. Bought it because it was smaller and lighter than my MS250 which is frustrating to start. I like the weight and ease of starting, it’s capability and price. The 16 inch chain handles most of the cutting I do and the MS250 may go on ebay soon. What a pain to start!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Bargin Can't beat this saw for around the house or light farm type work.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its Nice to not have to pull a Saw 20 times to Start it, I am Impressed! It Starts and Runs Great! Even had a Bigger Tree Fall in the Yard, it Handled It. I would Recommend this to anyone Even if Theyre only gonna Use it Twice a Year, Just Because it fires Right up and Does Great.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great little saw I have only had the chance to use the saw a couple of times, so I can't comment on reliability over time, but this saw is easy to use, easy to start and has the attention to quality that Stihl always offers. I have used a lot of farm and yard tools and I find Stihl to be the best, overall.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and just right for home use. The MS 170 was exactly what I needed to do around the house trimming and clean up. Easy starting and light weight are perfect for my use.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s definitely the little engine that could. This thing cuts through anything. Very impressed and happy with this chainsaw.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its great for my carvings I bought my now second Stihl for my chainsaw carving i like the light weight of both and now having a smaller chain bar for fine work and the reg 18" bar for bigger work they start great and i like the quality and makes my hobby even more fun
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight Easy to use great for brush,light weight easy to use.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best small chainsaw ever!!! Light strong dependable. Runs smooth. Cuts nice. Use it while slabbing monkey pod tress.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will keep up and/or outrun competitors. Starts every time, all the time. Very pleased. It will run toe to toe with competitors. I use it for jobs around the house and have not been let down. I've even taken it to work (firefighter) when severe storms are expected and have been impressed at it's ability to complete the job. The biggest I have cut is about 18 inch freshly fallen pine and maybe 16 inch freshly fallen oak, but it kept paces with other bigger Stihl saws. I've found that for jobs like clearing roads and cleaning branches, it could care less. It's like the runt of the litter. Keep it sharp, keep it clean and it will keep you happy!
Date published: 2018-05-08
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