MSE 170 C-BQ - $299.95 DSRP



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A durable corded electric chainsaw with power to spare.

The MSE 170 C-BQ delivers dependable cutting power for the home – even indoors. With a powerhead weight of just under 8.5 pounds, the MSE 170 C-BQ is light enough for agile cutting work and features a wide trigger switch and the toolless Quick Chain Adjuster for easy operation. There's even a coast-down feature which quickly stops the rotating chain when the trigger is released. No gas and thus no...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MSE 170 C-BQ Specifications
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 3.8 kg (8.4 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
ROLLOMATIC® E
MOTOR OUTPUT 1.7 kW (14.2 amps)
VOLTAGE 120 volt (60 Hz)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 3/8" PM3
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
POWER SOURCE Electric
STIHL recommends #3636 (63 PM3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 4809 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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    STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) - an additional chain braking feature
    STIHL offers an additional, manually-activated chain brake on some models. This system is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. Available on some models.

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    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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    Wide Throttle Trigger
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

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    5605 007 1026

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    3/8 PM
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    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

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    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

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    Apron Chaps from STIHL are made from rugged, 400-denier nylon and feature the same UL® classified protection as our other chaps. Just snap them over your pants and you’re ready to go. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are six layers of Avertic® Pro by Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to clog the sprocket and stop the saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw in case of accidental contact with the rotating saw chain. The open back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.

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MSE 170 C-BQ is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for home use I have purchased many types of chainsaws and this is by far the best.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very surprised first time user My first time using this saw was simply amazing. I had a bunch of pecan wood to work up that will eventually end up in my smoker cooker. This saw went through all of it like butter and it was so easy to handle. I really liked the idea of no more filling it with fuel and when I was done with the job I just cleaned it up, put it in its case knowing that it would be there and ready to go for the next job. I no longer go out in the woods and cut several cords of wood and my saws no longer get the use that they used to.Now I leave them sit for long periods of time with out using them and when I do its always a hassle to get the gas ones going again no matter how much care I took in putting them away. ( my other saws are not Stihl ) maybe thats the problem with the gas ones. Although I have other Stihl equipment this is my first chainsaw.and I simply love it. It has more power than you would believe for an electric. Uses the same chain thats on a gas model the automatic oiler seemed to hardly use any oil, the tool less chain adjuster, and the fact when you let off the trigger the chain stops instantly are some really good features of this saw. There is not one con I could say about this saw except maybe for the price. It is expensive but when you get this saw in your hands and start using it you wont care that you had to put out the big bucks for it. The old saying you get what you pay for stands true for this saw. Hey, its THAT GOOD!! Thanks Stihl for a simply great saw!!!!
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a cheap electric saw I bought this saw to put in the camper and be able to use in campgrounds with out making the noise of the gas powered ones. I bought a cheap one, but wanted one with a little more power and features. This Stihl has it all. While I have only used it once, it has plenty of power and all the features of the gas powered ones, it's well built, made in Germany not China. While I haven't used it much yet, it will get a work out next month while we are in the UP of Michigan cutting campfire wood.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Saw for the Money P&K Equipment in Hiawatha, Iowa was a very good dealer to purchase the Ms170 from. They were very helpful, and the service dept. took the saw into their shop and made sure it was setup and running right.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good "Little" Saw If you start looking around for an electric chainsaw you will quickly see two things. They look cheap and use special chains that may only have a cutting link every 10 links or so. NOT this saw it is a very legitimate saw. It uses the same bar and chain as the Stihl gas models. I do not do much cutting but I don't like dealing with cheap tools. This saw is basically the same as a gas 181 C-BE with an electric motor on it, and that is a good thing! Tool-less chain tensioning, automatic oiler, potential for longer bars and yellow chains. You get what you pay for, it is not as cheap as some electric saws but it is not a toy saw. I trimmed up an oak tree today (3/28/2015) and the wood was literately dripping wet and up to 10 inches in diameter and the saw had no trouble going through it. I just cleaned it up after cutting and I know it will be ready to go years from now whenever I need it again. This saw is oozing the typical Stihl quality that I have built the rest of my homeowner power tools around, gas and electric. If you want an electric saw for a homeowner look no further. I would buy it again but I will probably not have too as it will last a long time.
Date published: 2015-03-29
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