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★☆☆☆☆

“Had this Stihl chainsaw for 19 years & used it 4...”

Written on: 15/09/2020 by WestonGill (1 review written)

Had this Stihl chainsaw for 19 years & used it 4 times---WHY only 4 times , because this piece of junk wouldn't start !! Spark plug, carburetor, & all internal parts were replaced AT MY COST by a Stihl chain saw authorized dealer & it still would not start !!! WHY ??? Because the parts were ALL from Stihl -----PURE JUNK !!! DO NOT BUY ,a STIHL Chain saw. I paid $1,000. PLUS $250.00 for the parts & labor and it was the biggest waste of money I ever spent. They would not replace the saw---THERE… Read Full Review

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Salmonbob's Comment

Written on: 29/11/2021

you PAID $1000 for a MS170, you deserved to get a boat anchor ⚓

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★☆☆☆☆

“do not buy this saw”

Written on: 15/06/2020 by Daphnec396 (1 review written)

I bought this Stihl MS 170 about 6 months ago bought oil at same time. First time I used it took about 15 pulls to get it running and maybe 6 or 7 minutes to warm up enough to use. Then It ran good. Used again maybe a couple months later, same thing with pulls and warm up time, I thought normal. It set maybe 2 more months and I needed to use it and same thing with pulls and warm up, ran maybe 8-12 minutes started losing power then died out like it was out of fuel, had over half tank took back… Read Full Review

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Loandter's Comment

Written on: 10/11/2020

Mine was a piece of junk also. Sold it for scrap metal.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Didn't start after the 1st time”

Written on: 04/12/2019 by Bill62 (1 review written)

Would not recommend this POS to my worst enemy. It started the 1st time I tried, but had to take it to repair shop to get it started 2nd time. Ended up selling it and buying a Poulan. The Poulan has started every time I've tried it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Terrible Starting Up!”

Written on: 16/09/2019 by FelixWalker (1 review written)

I purchased this saw for small trim jobs and a from day one had difficulty staring it. Even when following storage directions as per manual it gave me a hard time starting up. After many attempts and my arm falling off my shoulder I just placed it on a garage shelf. Plus the chain comes loose rather quickly. Stay away from this product unless you’re handy repairing it. Sucks!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Don't waste your money !”

Written on: 02/05/2018 by Kaila48 (1 review written)

Stihl has a great marketing department and a catchy little ad tune, but I've owned two Stihl saws now and have had issues starting both. Maybe they're great for pros who use them every day or who own bigger saws, but both of mine filled me with dread each time I went out to use them. Same with my Stihl blower - always had starting issues. I use Hitachi products now, chainsaw and blower. Both always start right away… Read Full Review

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Loandtee's Comment

Written on: 10/11/2020

Saw is terrible and so is the customer service

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★★★★★

“The ms 170 chain saw”

Written on: 21/03/2018

This saw Is A Great saw I cut 24 1/2 in cherry With no trouble… Read Full Review

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Loandtee's Comment

Written on: 10/11/2020

You the lucky one.

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★★☆☆☆

“Weak strength and rapid dull blade”

Written on: 16/11/2017 by JamalPadilla346 (1 review written)

I purchased the MS 170 to use once in a while to trim fallen branches and perhaps a tree. I purchased it to replace my husqvarna chainsaw which I was disappointed in and returned it to the store where I bought it. The ms170 did not work out well either. The power was far short the the power and cutting ability that the manufacturer represented. After several cuts , the chain needed sharpening and I only cut a few branches. Several times I could hear the motor struggling as it was about half way… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Stihl ms170”

Written on: 09/09/2016 by loandtee (1 review written)

Piece of junk and customer service is worse. Will never even consider a Stihl again. Would never recommend to my worst enemy… Read Full Review

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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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Loandtee's Response to twobrotherstreeservicellc's Review

Written on: 29/10/2016

Your comment is sluggish at best

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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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Loandtee's reply to Bruceaub's Comment

Written on: 05/05/2017

You're kinda stupid yourself

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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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Bruceaub's Comment

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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Bruceaub's Response to TBendoraitis's Review

Written on: 13/01/2015

I think your mechanic is an idiot. I

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Loandtee's Response to TBendoraitis's Review

Written on: 05/05/2017

I bought one of these and it has been a major disappointment. Had to put a new chain on with very little usage. Had an oil leak I fixed myself. Almost impossible to keep running. I finally took it apart cleaned it real good and made sure things are tight. I got it running pretty good and can saw with it. Still shaky when cold but I believe the air gas mixture is just off somewhat. Like I said I got it running but would not buy another one.

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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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