Stihl chainsaw suggestion

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by GravyTrain, May 17, 2011.

  1. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    I'm in the market for a small chainsaw to take care of larger branches and smaller felled trees.

    I have it on good authority that the Stihl MS-180 C is about as good as it gets for the money. However, my local dealer only carries the Easy2Start model which I do not want. Dealer suggested the Stihl MS-170 since they were virtually identical.

    On the surface, there really is only a minor difference in engine displacement (30.1-31.8cc) and then in engine power (1.3-1.5kW). The part that caught my eye was the lack of the Toolless Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) on the 170. Here is a link to the two models for comparison. Stihl chainsaw comparison.

    Does anyone have experience with any of these lower end Stihl chainsaws, and is the Easy2Start worth the extra $30, is the QCA a big deal, is the 170 underpowered...etc...etc....
  2. bradsmowing

    bradsmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I have the 170 and it works great for trimming it is a great saw for the money
  3. stephen424

    stephen424 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 730

    i just bought the MS 170 to prune some crapes, bring up some hollys, etc.
    my dealer had it for $179 w/ the 16" bar....and offered 10% off.

    I've used it about 8 times and love it. Plenty of power for what i'm doing, not that heavy and for $162....can't beat that
  4. dslc

    dslc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    ms 250 all the way light enough for small jobs and tough enough for big trees. i use one often. at the full time job water dept. and on the landscape truck
  5. OmegaRed

    OmegaRed LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 191

    my mom just bought the 170 last night.

    easy start is a nice feature, but totally un necessary if you can pull start anything else. the compression isnt bad, and as with all stihl stuff. it start within the first 2 or 3 pulls unless you are an idiot. she bought it for when she is brushhogging on the farm and there is a low hanging branch
  6. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    Thanks guys, I went with the 170, and although I've only used it about 3 times, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. Pretty good investment for under $200.

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