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Stihl MS 171

Stihl MS 171

3.2 from 5 reviews

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Oil leaking


Peaple when chain oil leak just open cap when done working to relieve pressure and won't leak much. Same with gas cap. Great little saw. Great for limbing but also for falling small trees and bucking up. Would buy another any time also own a 251 and a dolmar 7900.

Date PurchasedMar 2018


aumegmAdelaide, South Australia

  • 8 reviews

Stihl MS 171.


Have used the MS 171 in a commercial setting. Use the correct fuel ratio and follow the startup instructions on the Stihl website, you shouldn't have any issues. Save the cutting of stumps until the end as cutting dirty wood will result in a blunt chain. Generic chains are available on eBay at a cost of $10-15. Keep a few in your kit & change them over as soon as the saw stops pulling into the wood to avoid further damage. At this price, it is hardly worth the time of sharpening.

Date PurchasedJul 2018

Great Saw .Be Sure to learn how to start it

Date PurchasedFeb 2015

Do not waste your money.


Worked great the very first time I used it and that was it.been back to the shop twice since and the last time carb.was replaced and it still does not work well at all.has a brand new chain on it and I could cut a log faster with an axe then this thing will cut.been using saws for over 20 yrs. would not recommend this saw to anyone.hard to start, no power and stalls constantly.

Date PurchasedSep 2015



Waste of Money


This is the most unreliable chainsaw I have ever known. The only good thing I can say is that it starts easily. I have owned it for only 2 years and it has been back to the dealers for repairs 3 time now, and the repair total costs are now just over 50% of the purchase price. My previous chainsaw was a husqvarna of similar size but not only was it cheaper to buy but in 10 years it never required any more than routine services. Regret now I was talked into "trading up"

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Questions & Answers



can I use sump oil for the bar? if not why not ,it is only to lubricate it.

3 answers

Stihl says used motor oil gives you skin cancer and it does not have the tackiness needed to stop sling off of oil from chain.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

Sump oil will also damage or even kill living trees you cut or prune. Use canola oil, like many professional chainsawyers do


No only use bar oil best value in a 5 litre as has the stickiness required therefore the best lube for bar and chain



It is practically brand new, have not used it for may months. Put gas and oil in but does not start at all. Is there some plug or switch on it that has to be turned on before starting?

2 answers

Hi, no switches just the starting switch to the left of the trigger, if you haven't used it for quite a few months it's possible the petrol has gone sour, which makes life very difficult, also make sure the air filter is clean and remove and clean the spark plug, its entirely possible that you simply flooded it. hope this helps, good luck.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

Empty out old fuel, add new fuel mixed 50:1 with the correct 2-stroke oil. Then read manual on how to start this machine. It's an incredibly easy-starting, reliable machine. If you are still having a problem, see dealer, it's still under warranty most likely.

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CategoryPetrol Chainsaws
Price (RRP) $399.00
Use Pruning
FeaturesAnti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
Weight4.3 kg
Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Fuel Tank Capacity270 mL
Release dateMar 2008
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