MS 171 - $199.95 DSRP


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A lightweight, fuel-efficient chainsaw with reduced-emission engine technology.

One of a new generation of occasional use saws, the MS 171 STIHL chainsaw features reduced-emission engine technology — an advantage for the user because it reduces fuel consumption while reducing exhaust emissions. This innovative chainsaw is just right for homeowners who need to cut firewood, fell small trees or do clean up.
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MS 171 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 31.8 cc (1.94 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 180 cc (6.1 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE Gas
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 000 3913 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
Model Features
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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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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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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 77reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor quality for a Stihl Worked well for a while and then lost power.My older Stihl saw is much better quality.Last time I went to Ace hardware where I bought it they said they don't carry Still anymore.Sad that Stihl will probably not be my next chainsaw.I probably toss the little junker in the trash.Not worth the time and effort waste more money on it. September 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great lighter weight, powerful saw I bought this to supplement another 50cc saw that I love, but it gets heavy after hours of use. This saw has really impressive power for it's light er weight and size. The sales guy told me it was a little harder to start, but i had no issues. Starts right up with a couple of pulls. I was concerned about the 'tool less" chain adjustment of the more expensive models, and really like to keep things simple, lees to break or loosen. Love it September 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for the job Used saw to cut trees into fireplace lengths. Did the job quite well. Only complaint is that at times it starts 'hard' when it is hot. But not all the time. Just have to wonder why now and then. But it did always start. September 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dependability,Durability, & Easy Handling ! Exactly what I needed... Grrrrreat! Perfect size for around the house. The price was right too. September 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Works really well so far I have had the saw 2 weeks and have used it 8 times. Have not had starting problems when I followed the directions. Using 91 octain regular gas. If I push the choke lever all the way down and pull till it sputters and then lift the lever up a notch it starts very nicely. It is very light and cuts very well. I am a begenning carver and the chain cuts well and tends not to kickback. I will follow up if I have any problems. The dealer service has been excellent. August 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw for price Rips through what's needed. Great saw for the price! Easy to use and very light. August 16, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by MS 171 Started out being a great saw. It cut the wood with ease. Then after using it a few months it started to loose power. Turned out the motors pistons somehow got scarred. Luckily I bought the oil that gives it another year worth of warranty. Well worth it.On the second engine and having the same loss of power.Saw is light weight and great out of the box but longevity not worth the hassle.The chains dont last long. August 9, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by MS171 Chain Saw quality is not good I just bought the save 7/23/2016 and already having problems. I ran it less than 25 minutes and the chain loosen which is kind of sad. There are reviews on here about the quality of the chain not being that good and they are right. I figure no problem I would loosen the nut that holds the blade so I could tighten the chain. The whole stud wanted to come out not just the nut. The blade was even stuck to the stud. I had a hard time trying to get the blade to go back in it place. I got everything back together. Since this was a dude on the start that means it will be a problem saw. I am hoping to get a refund and go buy a competitors saw. This saw was replacing a small saw of the same size that had gave up it fight. That saw came out the box with no problems and the chain did not loosen in less than 25 minutes. I would like to give ms171 a negative number of stars but that is not available. I hate to give a negative review I would rather leave a positive review. I bought a larger Stihl last year. It is a better grade than this one. But even the larger Stihl is not like the old 041 Farm Boss that I inherited. July 25, 2016
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