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A great machine - does exactly what a home handyman needs without costing too much. As long as the chain is sharp and the chain rakers are filed appropriately, its hard to imagine you would need anything more. It has cut a 35cm thick gum tree that fell down - no problems at all (noting I sharpened the chain/filed rakers to get a good bite). Drain fuel after use - fill up when you want to use with fresh mix and it starts second pull everytime (first pull fires with choke, then take choke off and second pull starts the motor - normal for a Stihl (and most chainsaws)). I have cut more than 40 trees now over autumn last year and this week and its still going great.
Stihl MS 170 Miniboss.
I have only ever had small chainsaws for pruning & firewood cutting, my last one was a Stihl 009 which I bought second hand & gave sterling service till it died. So I bought another Stihl, brand new this time & it has many design improvements over the 009. It's quick & easy to clean/service/adjust the chain tension, & has always be easy to start & has never let me down, been through 2 chains now & it has saved me 1000's of $ from NOT hiring professional pruners.
Light weight, easy relible starting, has all the power I need, good quality.
You must pay for quality
Had this saw for about 5 years now has done countless hours trimming up trees,shrubs and even had to cut firewood at times when my bigger saws have been out of service.Its on its seventh chain now, could probably do with a new bar but that pretty good going for a small saw. It does leak bar oil when not in use now but i don't mind my shed has a wooden floor so it keeps the wood in good nick.
Light weight,handy saw for light work,cheap to run.
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Questions & Answers
Can a person put a heavier chain on the ms170?
Yes you can! It is the same bar/chain combo on the MS211.
Bar part number: 30050004813
Chain part number: 63PM55E
Your running a .043 bar and chain, u can go with a .050 bar and chain.. wouldnt recommend though because you power to bar and chain are mediocre you put on larger, it will require more power to run the loop and there for cut slower
Sure can though dealers are instructed to tell you it can’t be done.
Some say it will void the warranty but if you spend the extra on Stihl parts you can argue the case easily provided you don’t go overboard.
Contrary to a couple of comments I’ve seen it’ll improve your saw a great deal though you’ll have to be mindful of bearing down on it, it’s just a baby after all, just take a little time & get used to its new & greatly improved character, you won’t be sorry.
See my review for details.
I keep sharpening my chain on my mini boss but it just won't go through small pieces of wood just keeps burning through on matter how sharp the chain is what am I doing wrong?
Make sure you have the correct size file for the chain and are sharpening at the proper angle. Sharpen from inside to outside of tooth using a forward motion only. I initially had the wrong size file and it wouldn't sharpen the chain at all.
Hi Rick,the problem is the rakers, those bumpy things in front of the teeth. Get a small flat file and give each one a couple strokes, file in the same direction as if sharpening. Try cutting again, there should be chips not dust. Repeat this process, until chips are achieved. The more you file, the more the chain digs in. You don't need to do this every time you sharpen your chain, only when you notice dust or the problem you have now. Good luck and may you spit chips.
Stihl makes a offset file that has a flat file and 2 round files in the tool. Ie as you sharpen the tooth the flat file also takes the rake down to proper height. If rakes are not correct, sharp cutters will not be able to penetrate wood
|Bar Length||35 cm|
|Features||Anti-Vibration System and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication|
|Power (kW)||1.3 kW|
|Engine Displacement||30.1 cc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||250 mL|
|Release date||Mar 2008|
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