Stihl MS 170 chainsaw: For firewood
Who is the small but functional Stihl MS 170 chainsaw aimed at? It’s a simple but fundamental question to instantly identify the prospect looking for something specific. It is not a professional tool so it seems obvious to us that it cannot do for the professional woodcutter.
It is suitable, however, for cutting firewood, or at least it is mainly for this task, then it is clear that the chainsaw can be used for other occasional tasks. As an engine, we find the 2-MIX which has the advantage of being low-emission and saving on fuel consumption. According to an estimate made by the producer, consumption is reduced by about 20%.
We must mention the compensator thanks to which a constant mixture of fuel and air is obtained, even if the air filter should be dirty. The single-lever control is absolutely convenient from where the various functions can be performed, starting with starting: just one hand is enough, even if this does not mean that the chainsaw should not always be held with both hands.
Stihl MS 170 Technical details
How much horsepower does the Stihl MS 170 have?
Displacement 30,1 cm³
power 1.2 / 1.6 kW / PS
Weight 4,1 kg 1)
Rail length 30 cm
Power to weight ratio 3.4 kg / kW
Who is the product suitable for?
MS 170 petrol chainsaw from Stihl with a blade length of 30 centimeters is suitable for light sawing work in the home garden or for making firewood. It offers modern engine technology that is designed for economical consumption and low emissions.
Strengths and weaknesses
Stihl MS 170: With a displacement of a good 30 cubic centimeters, the single-cylinder engine provides an output of 1.2 kilowatts. Due to the particularly efficient combustion of the fuel mixture, according to the manufacturer, the built-in engine technology can save up to 20 percent of fuel and at the same time reduce exhaust emissions by up to 70 percent. When it comes to chain lubrication, less is more. Thanks to design details, the consumption of lubricating oil should be up to 50 percent lower. The drive unit is connected to the handles via an anti-vibration system, which is gentle on the joints. The front handlebar is ergonomically shaped and covered with a soft grip for a secure hold. The net weight of 4.1 kilograms is appropriate for the device’s performance.
Stihl MS 170 chainsaw is available on Amazon for just under 280 euros and provides modern engine technology that is not only geared towards performance but also takes environmental and health protection aspects into account. The processing quality is high and numerous technical details make it easier for less experienced users to use the chainsaw. It is an appealing option for all users who value quality but do not want to tackle the most extensive and ambitious projects straight away.
Verdict: 9.8 / 10
We liked MS 170 chainsaw a lot: we believe that it is one of the best solutions offered by the market for those who are about to buy such a tool for the first time and do not have to use it professionally. Light and easy to handle, it is for those with little experience.
The cutting quality is of a good level, precise and clear. To this, it must be added that the chainsaw is well-balanced thanks to the excellent weight distribution which, together with the very few vibrations, facilitates the work and does not tire too much.
Despite the many goods and praiseworthy qualities, the performances, as well as the materials, are far from what you are looking for in a professional chainsaw, therefore it is to be considered a valid tool only if you mainly intend to cut firewood or eliminate some branches from your trees.