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★★★☆☆

“change the bar to a smaller one for more accurate cuts ”

Written on: 28/07/2015 by TamaraRoberts (1 review written)

I'm a professional fencer and I take pride in making every stay fit nice neat and tidy and the cuts have to be accurate this saw has the power but the bar has to much flex my suggestion is that if you need an accurate cut down size the bar to a 10 inch bar you'll get a better cut and takes less power to drive the chain Also clean air filter regularly as it doesn't quite fit right and a lot of fine dust gets through between the carburetor and air filter other than that great saw… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Nice for small work”

Written on: 23/04/2015 by jdwoodshop (1 review written)

This saw replaced an old Echo. It is lighter then the Echo and has a little less power, but it is a good saw for what it is designed for. I have had no problems with this saw. I cut six cords of wood, and I used this saw for everything under 12" round. I use square professional chains and I change the chain as soon as I have to push the saw through a cut. If you use regular gasoline in this saw, or any other equipment, you are going to be buying a lot of carburetors. I only use alcohol free gas… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Clean the muffler!”

Written on: 12/04/2015 by Junglejake (1 review written)

Bought the Stil MS 170 saw and ran great... lots of power. First thing ... take the little wire screen off the front of the muffler becuse it only clogs up. "Burp" the saw then put the choke to normal and it will start next 2 pulls. When the idling speeds up shut it off and refuel. Dont continue to run it till it dies from lack of fuel or it will be hard to start. Next year the saw was sluggish. Couldnt even cut through a log if i put any weight at all on the saw. So much so i thought obout… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“most of you don't know what you have!”

Written on: 15/01/2015 by twobrotherstreeservicellc (1 review written)

This saw is used by me and my tree service on a regular basis. If your having a hard time starting, you shouldn't be using a saw. Full choke till it pops. Up one click w brake off to warm, pull trigger and let go to release throttle. I know I can grab this saw right now, start it, and cut wood twice the length of the bar (just roll over your log) with out a problem. If your chain goes dull, stop using it as a shovel! Keep it out of the dirt. Don't forget to take down your rakers and remove… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“It is a saw for the $. And for small jobs even some of...”

Written on: 06/01/2015 by HaileeMiller235 (1 review written)

It is a saw for the $. And for small jobs even some of the big jobs it works hard and has given me no problems. The ms 170 is a little cold blooded but most sthil saws are. Proper 50:1 mix and magnents are crueshol. Every stihl I've own has run 10 15 years. The guys at my sthil shop have been good to me when it comes to service and parts… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“It's used a bookend”

Written on: 12/12/2014 by JasonEtter (1 review written)

I purchased a new stihl chainsaw and after the second use I had to replace the bar and chain,at my cost. After using it a few more times and only on small shrubs and trees the top popped off and broke completely. This is now after 7 weeks in the shop I got it back. Worked awful and returned it again to again have them fix it and state they have never had these issues before. At this point I've owned it less than a year and used very rarely. I again got it back and let a friend who is… Read Full Review

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Bruceaub's Response to JasonEtter's Review

Written on: 13/01/2015

If you paid $500 for an Ms170 your to stupid to own power tools!

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★★☆☆☆

“get the 171”

Written on: 15/11/2014 by jumpingjason (1 review written)

From what i saw online the max rpm's are around 9000 the 171 was 13500. I went ahead and got the 171 for a little extra. This thing rips and has a decent tunable carb. Would recommend the ms171… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Shoddy and unreliable”

Written on: 08/10/2014 by JoeyCooper493 (1 review written)

Bought a 170 as they had no 160s in stock to replace my old one. Poor starter and has to be nurtured when cold. The blamed adjuster has pulled right out twice, 1st time after 2 days! Has always leaked chain oil. Now has seized. This saw had hardly had any use, 18 months old. Cuts well when it goes, like any Stihl… Read Full Review

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Written on: 13/01/2015

Try putting new gas in it!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Made in China Junk”

Written on: 12/09/2014 by TBendoraitis (1 review written)

I bought a 170 Stihl chainsaw because it was on sale at a Home Hardware store at a good price..My 036 saw, my 260 saw, my cutoff saw worked amazing. This 170 is an embarrassment to the Stihl name. I'll bet I didn't put 5 five hours on it before it started to malfunction, (after warranty). I took it to the most well known small motors mechanic out here and as soon as he saw it, he said,"ah ah Put it back in your truck, they're pieces of sh#t"...Wouldn't even touch it. Another mechanic installed… Read Full Review

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Written on: 13/01/2015

I think your mechanic is an idiot. I

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★★★★☆

“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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★★★★☆

“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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★★★★☆

“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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★★★★★

“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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★☆☆☆☆

“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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★★★★★

“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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★★★★☆

“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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★★★★★

“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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★★★☆☆

“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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★★★★★

“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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★★★☆☆

“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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