MS 170 - $179.95 DSRP


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

DSRP: $179.95

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.
Print Spec Sheets
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.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Mini
POWER SOURCE Gas
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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For Your Safety
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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 751.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to start This dag thing is VERY hard to start. When I first go it, it started up on first pull. Now it take 2 people to get it running.
Date published: 2018-02-22
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 on.my 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
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