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Old 10-08-2018, 05:49 PM   #1
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A small sale on Stihl chainsaws. Is this a good price?

MS 170 16 chainsaw. SALE $159.99 Regular $179.99

Will not be used a bunch but want something that will cut a little firewood for the lease and possible for home if we ever get a cold winter again. Mostly cutting mesquite!

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Old 10-08-2018, 05:51 PM   #2
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Excellent choice! Good price on a great saw.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:52 PM   #3
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I have three stihl`s one is 15 years old and has been used hard and still runs like a champ . I would not own any outher saw but STIHL !! you cant go wrong with it.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:52 PM   #4
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Don’t knot familiar with that model, but I got a Stihl gas powered pole saw that is great!
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:52 PM   #5
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I really like mine!
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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I have a gasoline saw that works good for me and.I run it empty after every use. If I had to do it over again Id spend $100 more and get their battery powered model.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:55 PM   #7
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I have that saw.

Needed something that would see minimal use and still be reliable. So far it is doing the job. Lose track of time on things but think I've had it 2-3 years.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:59 PM   #8
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Love my MS271, they don't discount 'em much, so $20 off is about as good as it gets.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:00 PM   #9
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MS170 is a good entry-level saw for limbing, but I wouldn't use it for bucking logs for firewood.


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Old 10-08-2018, 06:12 PM   #10
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IMO one of the best buys on the market
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:22 PM   #11
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That is a great little saw and a great price. It will do 90% of the work an average person needs
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:25 PM   #12
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MS170 is a good entry-level saw for limbing, but I wouldn't use it for bucking logs for firewood.


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That was my thought, get a little more power for that miquite firewood.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:36 PM   #13
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MS170 is a good entry-level saw for limbing, but I wouldn't use it for bucking logs for firewood.


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Agreed. I would get a pole saw if this was the main focus for him. I'm certainly not an expert but my mid range is as light as I would like to go for cutting yearly firewood and wood for the smoker.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:41 PM   #14
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Have that same saw and does great. 159 is good price
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:47 PM   #15
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Get the synthetic 2 stroke oil and regular chain oil...you will be good
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:47 PM   #16
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I have a $200 echo 14Ē that has lasted awhile. Pruning and smaller firewood. Starts easy every time. A big part of that is using the premixed fueldnin the container as I donít use it often. I had less trouble with it starting than stihl weedeaters and blowers in the past, although was using pump gas mixed on them.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:52 PM   #17
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Got a neighbor that keeps the Stihl MS 170 in his mule, that saw gets abused bad and has never failed to start and it is old.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:53 PM   #18
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Great saw and about as cheap as you will ever find it
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:17 PM   #19
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Love my MS271, they don't discount 'em much, so $20 off is about as good as it gets.

That's what I've got, 271. Couldn't ask or need for more. You can use a 16", 18", or 20" bar on them things~!
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:20 PM   #20
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Good saw, good price
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:26 PM   #21
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:30 PM   #22
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That's what I've got, 271. Couldn't ask or need for more. You can use a 16", 18", or 20" bar on them things~!
He's asking about a 170 though....
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:38 PM   #23
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I got one. It'll do exactly what your wanting.

I run the 50/50 premixed fuel and runs like a champ.

Those cheap bastages at Stihl wont give you a case with that saw, just comes with a bar cover.

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Old 10-08-2018, 08:00 PM   #24
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Great saw and will do almost anything youll normally need a saw for.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:25 PM   #25
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Itís all we use at work... reliable if you take care of them.


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Old 10-08-2018, 08:30 PM   #26
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Small and light weight. Can't go wrong, but don't expect to cut a 24" tree down.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:44 PM   #27
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If you are looking for a limb saw and small firewood then the 170 is a tough to beat option. If you are looking for what I would call a light use firewood saw then check out an MS250. They are also on sale right now for $299 instead of $359. It comes down to which price point you can be in. The 250 will run a .325 18” chain instead of a low pro .375 16” chain. It will also have notably more power than a 170. It just comes down to your budget, and what you are looking at for firewood. Size of what you want to cut, speed you want to cut it, and how long you want the chain to be sharp(if used properly) make all of the difference.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:57 PM   #28
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It’s perfect for what you discribed.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:59 PM   #29
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One and done ! MS 271 Farm Boss




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Old 10-08-2018, 08:59 PM   #30
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Is the 170 the farm model?

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:01 PM   #31
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Thatís about the same size as my dads Echo CS 330t. Itís a super handy little saw. Run a 12-14Ē bar on it, and theyíll rip.

Iíll carry it, or my CS360t (slightly bigger saw) around the Farm all the time.

Iím not felling big trees in the northwest, Iím trimming limbs and small trees , I have no need for a gigantic saw, neither do most of us here in Texas.



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Old 10-08-2018, 09:08 PM   #32
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I have a 2 Stihl chainsaws, a pole saw, and their weed eater...I love all 4 of them.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #33
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A small sale on Stihl chainsaws. Is this a good price?

MS 170 16 chainsaw. SALE $159.99 Regular $179.99

Will not be used a bunch but want something that will cut a little firewood for the lease and possible for home if we ever get a cold winter again. Mostly cutting mesquite!

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Is the sale online?
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:41 PM   #35
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I have a MS170. Does everything I need. Nice and light. A sharp chain makes all the difference. Buy a spare when you buy the saw.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:51 PM   #36
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Just bought a MSA 140 C-BQ electric over the weekend.
I will never own a gas powered chainsaw again.
This little thing rocks. Cut plenty of fire wood with it already.
As long as the battery is charged it starts every time.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:00 PM   #37
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I have that saw for my light duty work. Going on 3 yrs. I run the gas out when done, but will take it in yearly for a once over. I also run the non ethanol unleaded & mix Stihl oil. For bigger jobs I run my Husquvarna 350 Rancher.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:04 PM   #38
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The MS170 is a Pile of Guano. Stihl has cheapened their lower tiered saws to the point that Poulan is more reliable. I have been getting fed up with their increasing attempts to decrease quality for increased profits, even by cheapening their commercial saws. You'd be better off spending a little more for a better saw. At that price point, Echo has been making better saws lately.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:14 AM   #39
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The sale is at our local Sutherlands.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:27 AM   #41
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The commercial hand held tree climbers saw is a beast! Iíve got 14 different Stihl products and theyíre all Iíll ever buy! Run the red armour mix or premixed fuel in it to keep it running clean!!


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Old 10-09-2018, 08:40 AM   #42
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A small sale on Stihl chainsaws. Is this a good price?

MS 170 16 chainsaw. SALE $159.99 Regular $179.99

Will not be used a bunch but want something that will cut a little firewood for the lease and possible for home if we ever get a cold winter again. Mostly cutting mesquite!

Thanks.

Buy it and don't think twice about it. $159 is worth having the peace of mind that you have a reliable tool to help you cut wood easily. (Just remember to take care of it... drain the gas out of it if it's going to sit a while and sharpen the blade YOURSELF)

I have a MS-290 Farm Boss for 16 years and I LLLLLOOOOOVVVVEEEEE IT...

When I had my shoulder and elbow injuries I thought I'd never use it and thought about selling it,,,, last month I took it apart, changed a few parts and cleaned it and it worked like a dream. It went through live oak like a hot knife through butter....



PS: try not to cut boux d'arc (Sp!) too much.

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Old 10-09-2018, 08:40 AM   #43
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Can't beat STIHL...prices are set by STIHL also
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:42 PM   #44
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The MS170 is a Pile of Guano. Stihl has cheapened their lower tiered saws to the point that Poulan is more reliable. I have been getting fed up with their increasing attempts to decrease quality for increased profits, even by cheapening their commercial saws. You'd be better off spending a little more for a better saw. At that price point, Echo has been making better saws lately.

I'm glad somebody else said it. I have some Stihl saws (including a 170), but they're not my favorite saws. I prefer Dolmar personally, but I can be at a great Stihl dealer in 40 mins and they stock almost everything.

I don't have an Echo saw, but everyone I know who has one seems to prefer it over Stihl lately.

I've only had one Husq that I can recall, but I just didn't like it personally. I know people that cut wood all day long for a living that prefer them over Stihl.

I'm curious about how many of the die-hard Stihl homeowner saw guys run or have run Dolmar, Husq, Echo, etc for comparison? It's simply a matter of personal preference as they're all good saws-but I wonder how much of the homeowner loyalty comes from branding? I wore a freebie hat from a dealer to a doctor appointment a few weeks ago and the doctor said "I can tell I like you already." Uh, ok




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Old 10-09-2018, 03:53 PM   #45
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In the commercial line, Stihl has some really good saws. At that level, its more name than quality, but parts are easy to find. I would say it is OK. Not really fair to compare a $160 saw to a $300-800 saw. It will probably do most of what you ask of it.
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The MS170 is a Pile of Guano. Stihl has cheapened their lower tiered saws to the point that Poulan is more reliable. I have been getting fed up with their increasing attempts to decrease quality for increased profits, even by cheapening their commercial saws. You'd be better off spending a little more for a better saw. At that price point, Echo has been making better saws lately.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:39 PM   #47
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I have three Stihls. I cut quite a bit of wood some years. My small saw is a MS201TC. 12 inch bar. Will out cut most 18 inch saws.I use it for limbing trees after they are down, and for a "camp" saw.
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The MS170 is a Pile of Guano. Stihl has cheapened their lower tiered saws to the point that Poulan is more reliable. I have been getting fed up with their increasing attempts to decrease quality for increased profits, even by cheapening their commercial saws. You'd be better off spending a little more for a better saw. At that price point, Echo has been making better saws lately.
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