STIHL MS 170
For nearest stockists tel. 01276 20202
Very strong plastic casing and spiked bumper. Plastic engine shroud, rubberised chain brake, rear handle and handlebar. Metal guide bar and steel chain.
A 30.1cc 2-stroke engine and a chain that reaches 24.8m per second. Chain tension is altered by a screw alongside the guide bar. Clear fuel and chain oil tank, making it easy to monitor levels. As with all models tested, the chain brake stops the chain from rotating. Has a single control lever, without a primer. Weight: 4.1kg; guide bar: 30cm (12in); sound: 113dB.
The lightest model with the smallest engine, this chainsaw felt incredibly compact and easy to manoeuvre and went through all wood cutting, felling and pruning thrown at it – with very clean results.The instruction booklet was comprehensive and clear, plus the machine is assembled and handed over by dealers who explain exactly how it all works. Access to engine and tanks using the combination tool was easy. With no primer and no choke, it was uncomplicated to start and did so equally well whether cold or warm.
A great price for a very solid machine that will cover most gardeners’ needs.