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Stihl MS170

“Won't start after I refuel”

Written on: 25/03/2014 by ChainsawChip (1 review written)

This a great chainsaw as Stihl has a reputation for but, after I use it for a while and it runs out of fuel it don't want to start. Like it gets too hot or something. I had a Poulan(Sears Craftsman) that was fantastic, any issues were easy to adjust for or take care of and I was back to sawing right away. Oh, I bought my first chainsaw back in 1993 to learn how to carve bears. I beat the guts out of my first saw, a Sears Craftsman made by Poulon, and it still ran without a problem. The last one… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Does a lot for a small saw - do I really need more?”

Written on: 31/12/2013

This review is from Canada. I have been cutting cedar logs over the last year for docks at a marina. Actually not that mnay logs. I have been using my friends 170. So far, no problems. The cedar is a light wood. The trees are probably 10" to 14" at the base. It does not go through real quickly but it gets there. The thing I like is it's weight. I can swing this saw for a 1/2 hour or so before I need to rest - my arms get tired. It is nice for limbing, once you get the tree down. I have been… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Good saw for it size”

Written on: 10/11/2013

This saw does well for a camp saw or small jobs , I have cut down 16 inch trees with no troubles any trees bigger the saw worked , the only problem is starting from cold there is no primer on this unit so you need to choke to start and than half choke then unit will running a good saw for the price … Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Brilliant little saw.”

Written on: 28/10/2013

This is a fantastic saw. I have had a large sthil saw for years. I have had it serviced once by sthil agent, rest of the time I sort it myself. I bought this little chap about 4 years ago mainly for using up in the tree as its so light and easy to start (although it has a kick with the compression). So far I have replaced two chains and thats all. Starting only requires a couple of pulls with the choke on--- then if you shut off the choke it starts next pull. Once you have had it running it… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“It's a dog!”

Written on: 28/08/2013

Been using this saw for 9 months, cutting logs and pruning branches. The chain continually loses tension. The saw clogs up with sawdust, so I have to strip it down and clear it every few minutes. It runs very smokey despite having been serviced recently. The chain doesn't stay sharp for long, so cutting anything beyond a twig feels like hard labour. I mostly resort to using my electric chainsaw and I am now going through reviews of petrol chainsaws with a view to buying something more reliable… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“The cutting power of... a powerful chainsaw”

Written on: 06/06/2013 by phillipduggan (2 reviews written)

Love this thing. It's nonstop and will cut through any tree that I've tried it on thus far. I've never had a single issue with it. It requires the usual upkeep (oil, chain tightening) that any other chainsaw needs, but honestly, it's above par in most respects. I do believe the chain on this lasted longer than any other I've ever had. No complaints whatsoever from this fella… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Gardener Loved It”

Written on: 30/05/2013 by AnnieMarie1928 (2 reviews written)

I bought it for the chap who does my garden - he needed to pull down a big tree, and the job was done in just a few minutes with this powerful chainsaw. The nice thing is that it isn't too expensive, although some friends said I should save up a bit more first. In reality, we had no issues with it at all. I think the main thing is to make sure you realy know what you're doing with these things so you don't hurt yourself!… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Top draw saw”

Written on: 15/02/2013 by mrcldavies (1 review written)

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“hard to start”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Great Saw ”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Spend the extra money for the MS211”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“the worst saw I have ever owned and I've owned many”

Written on: 07/11/2011 by kevinmoody (1 review written)

Complete lack of power on any job no matter how small. It would bog down half way through a 4… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“MS170 - not for Suburbanites with no clue”

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 situation… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“I do not know where the other reviewers bought their...”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“had a stihl 240 for years brilliant solid dependable....”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“I bought my Stihl chainsaw model ms 170 about 4 years...”

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 a… Read Full Review

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Seisix6's Comment

Written on: 05/02/2011

What you must remember foremost is that this saw is literally a small domestic pruning and logging saw,hence the small bar size and narrow chain.The starting procedure should be explained by the dealer selling the product,as it is the same for just about all the small Stihl products.
<br/>Make sure fuel is mixed correctly at 50.1 ratio using good quality two stroke,this is normally the biggest hurdle to starting a two stroke engine properly.Pull the throttle lever in and set the choke lever fully down.Pull the saw over a couple of times until it fires.Then set the choke lever into the run position,with chainbrake on,remember not to touch the throttle lever.Pull until the saw starts{2-3 times},let it run for 3-5 seconds then blip the throttle lever.As with all modern small two strokes,let it warm up for at least a minute before attempting to work the saw.Chainbrake off and away you go!If your saw does'nt start this easy,it needs to be looked at by a Stihl dealer,as there is a problem with it somewhere.My advice is to start at the Ms 181c-be,as it is an all round better saw for the beginner...

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Stihl MS170

“Wife purchased new chain saw for Christmas to replace...”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“I've had horrible experience with the MS170, first one...”

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 and… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“Of all the saws that I own, which is over two dozen,...”

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 Full Review

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Stihl MS170

“The Stihl MS170 lacks power, struggles to cut 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 Full Review

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Guest's Response to ag1964's Review

Written on: 20/07/2011

you wanted to go logging with the smallest saw in the range? good on ya...

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