Written on: 15/02/2013 by mrcldavies
what a great chainsaw, starts very easy, great for cutting firewood for woodburner, highly recomended. Have owned a mcculloch for 10 years for the most part its been easier to cut wood by hand because it never started properly. Well worth the money (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2012
had this chainsaw a couple of days and it's very hard to start up,floods really easily.I use premix aspen fuel so it's not the mix.I think if you try starting it initially on full choke and as soon as it won't start try starting it on no choke and then it will start.cutting wise it is excellent cuts through anything very well and once it's started and warmed up it runs very well,just the initial starting that's a b****** (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2012
This is one of the best saws on the market for small jobs. People leaving poor comments are unknowable and need to know the saw’s capabilities. This is a saw for limbing and anything smaller than 4” in diameter. It’s not for felling trees. I have had this saw for 4 years and it has never let me down and starts on the first pull. Also, I always thoroughly clean my saws after each use and never use the ethanol blended fuels. I also have a Stihl Farm Boss and have never had any... (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2012 by deerhunter2067 (1 review written)
I used the chain saw twice with no problems. The third time could not get it to start. Took to the store where i purchased and they said the carb was bad. The salesman tried to get me to spend the extra 100 for the MS211 saw but i didn't. In less than one month the carb had to be replaced. Saw also is low on power for a tree trunk of any size. Compare this saw to my poulan pro and i will take my poulan! (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2011 by kevinmoody
Complete lack of power on any job no matter how small. It would bog down half way through a 4 (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2011
I've used a Farm Boss 029 for 15 years, and it can do some amazing things - but no saw is perfect. Todays alcohol adulterated fuels are wreaking havoc on quality saws, as it sours in just a few weeks and can disable ANY 2stroke motor. Fuel additives like Seafoam or Stabil are now mandatory, all because we allow our politicians to underwrite the subsidies of agribusiness and mandate gasahol. Since the fuel line on the 029 - made in 1995 - swelled and required repair, I accepted the... (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2011
I do not know where the other reviewers bought their MS170 saws, and their experience, but the one I have istill goung well and I bought it in 2004. The only thing I have done is change the spark plug. I use it almost every day as I have a wood burner, and have never had a problem. I am a long-term chainsaw user, many brands and sizes, I own six saws and this is one of the best small capacity saws I have owned. I have cut all manner of wood including 12" diameter trunks into logs. (read more)
Written on: 21/12/2010
had a stihl 240 for years brilliant solid dependable. someone stole it. wife bought me 170... plastic rubbish.trigger mechanism.. a little piece of wire ,drops off for a pasttime. gutless even on sall jobs,starting routine idiosyncratic to say the least. (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2010
I bought my Stihl chainsaw model ms 170 about 4 years ago and the only problem i have had with it is the chain lube pipe popped out of its hole and i fixed that this morning. I have cut a wide range of wood with it from pallets, scrap wood to trees and for its size i have found it a little thirsty but not a problem, i have cut down a few trees with it ranging from 3" to 18" all with ease, i can admit starting the thing when i first bought it was a problem but with all stihl products they are... (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2010
Wife purchased new chain saw for Christmas to replace 30 year old Mccolluch. This a total piece of junk. Returned to dealer because saw would not start. They replaced with another saw because they could not get saw to start. No adjustments for carb - no power - saw cannot be turned horizontal or it stalls. Complained to Stihl and they said to talk to dealer. What an insult. (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2010
I've had horrible experience with the MS170, first one I bought wouldnt start, returned it back to the dealer who couldnt get it to start either. They exchanged it for another one which worked fine the first time I took it out. However I would only recommend it for use on small limbs since its a little underpowered and gets bogged down easily with anything larger than 3".
However after sitting for a few weeks I cant get it started either. After trying everything in the book I've given up... (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009 by Treeclimber57 (8 reviews written)
Of all the saws that I own, which is over two dozen, this has to be the poorest of them all.
Now the saws owned today are all Stihl, Husqvarna and Echo. I did own a couple of Poulan's years ago which would likely be as poor as this one, however one to review.
This saw had 3 carburetors in the first six months of its life! It simply would not start or run once in field.
Once it was finally fixed, it is ok as a small limbing saw. It is not a great saw, but for limbs under maybe 3" it... (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2009 by ag1964 (1 review written)
The Stihl MS170 lacks power, struggles to cut more than 4" of beech. No good for logging, only good for small branch lopping. Looking to buy another saw ASAP. (read more)