MS 171 - $199.99 DSRP


STIHL MS 171 ChainsawSTIHL MS 171 Chainsaw
Distributor Suggested Retail Price
16 in. Bar

DSRP: $199.99

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

As part of the lightweight generation of STIHL chainsaws, the MS 171 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.
Print Spec Sheets
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 based on which powerhead it is installed on.
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.

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MS 171 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 130.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting a lot of saw for the price This saw will limb trees and fell big trees too. Let the saw do the work. Takes a bit of patience with the picco chain but it's safe and will get the job done.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth It I have had my saw for about two weeks now, my only complaint, was it was a little hard to start at first. It took a while to get fired up, but once it did, I cut a lot of limbs and branches. It made me happy. However, they do tend to flood easy if not stable. It does a workout to get it going at times though. But, for home use, I would get another one.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice saw but does not cut hard wood well Bought this saw to clean up brush around the house and starts well seems to be of good quality but it will hardly cut really hard wood, this is with a brand new chain and I even took it back to where i bought it to verify everything was put together properly. Not sure if this is due to the anti kick chain or if its just a bad saw either way not happy w
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally satified Ever better than my old Stihls, Easy to use, refue,l and oil. I can work faster and safer.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw and thought the in store service was absolutely excellent Great chainsaw, got It home and used it right away. Really like the program where I buy the stihl fuel and my warranty gets extended. What a great program. Do have to mention it, but, used my phone to do survey and struggled to finally get to the point where I could input my survey... But I'll take that any day over a chainsaw that won't start. Again love my new stihl and the in store support was a dream. He knew the product and all the support items that I might need and I never felt pressured to buy more than I needed
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for home owners Used for clean up after storm. Light weight, easy to use clearing brush, never slowed down on the big stuff.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from More time being repaired than used... I purchased this saw from a local dealer based on a recommendation after describing my needs/application. The saw worked great the first time used. Then the issues started...the saw is reliable and starts every time, but when I engage the chain and start cutting; the vibrations cause the top air filter/spark plug cover fall off. The saw has been into the dealer for repair twice now for this same issue. I just got it back and need to trim more branches off some trees on my property but am hesitant to use my saw. I highly DO NOT recommend this saw with the slide lock that keeps the cover on. I suggest looking at a model that has a more secure lock to keep the cover on. I asked the dealer if they would be willing to take this saw back due to it being defective and SELL me a more expensive saw where the cover locks, but was told that they couldn’t help me and that I needed to contact Stihl directly. What great customer service by the dealer!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Used once. 2nd time it broke. Used it once and it worked fine. Stored without fuel. Used second time and piston broke. Was told improper fuel,but used gas mixed per stihl oil directions. Took to Ace and they said no oil in bottom of motor indicates improper fuel so not covered under warranty. I am not an engine expert so unable to validate diagnosis. Will not buy again.
Date published: 2017-09-13
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