The STIHL company dates all the way back to the 1920s in Stuttgart, Germany, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that STIHL began making major innovations in the chainsaw world. With nearly 60 years of experience in chainsaw creation, STIHL is one of the most trusted, reliable and sought-after brands.
This guide outlines the best STIHL chainsaws for various needs. For example, a 16-inch gas chainsaw with a 50cc engine is probably overkill if all you need to do is some light pruning around the yard, while an electric model isn’t suitable for cutting large bundles of firewood in the forest. With this guide, you’ll be able to pick out the right tool for the job at hand.
The 30.1cc motor is powerful enough for felling, trimming and pruning small trees, as well as for light firewood cutting. You don’t have to be an ironman to pack this motor around, either. The MS 170 is lightweight and compact, and it features an anti-vibration system that helps keep your hands and arms from getting tired while cutting. This is an important feature not only for your hands, but for your overall safety. The chainsaw can be equipped with a 12-, 14- or 16-inch guide bar.
We tested STIHL MS 170 when we updated the best chainsaws category. It was among the favorites of our testing crew. They found it to be light, maneuverable and fast. It didn’t take the top spot, but if you want a professional grade tool an affordable price, this is the chainsaw for you.
The homeowners that need a bit more power than the MS 170 can provide. The MS 250 has a 45.4cc motor and the option for a 16- or 18-inch guide bar. The 45.4cc motor is ideal for moderate tree felling and medium to large firewood cutting (and the 18-inch guide bar is recommended for larger cuts). There’s a side-access chain tensioner that makes it easy to adjust the chain tension with a bar wrench, and the fuel and oil caps can be accessed without the use of any tools.
The known as the Farm Boss. It is a great combination of power and portability. It features a 50.2cc engine that can handle cutting large logs and felling medium-sized trees when necessary. This chainsaw is similar to the STIHL MS 290 and STIHL MS 029 – both popular models that are no longer in production. The MS271 has nearly as much horsepower, but weighs slightly less, making it more portable, fuel efficient and better performing than its predecessors. In fact, it is one of the best chainsaws for cutting fire wood and log bucking. Bear in mind that a 50.2cc engine packs a lot of power, so the chainsaw is loud. Your neighbors will appreciate you for not using this for light yardwork around the home.
This is one of the best electric chainsaws for homeowners. Even though it is electric, it still has a considerable amount of power. The 13.1-amp motor can handle a number of different jobs, including medium tree felling, trimming and cutting medium-sized firewood (roughly 10-inch logs). This chainsaw has a two-year warranty and can be equipped with a 12- to 16-inch guide bar. With all of that in mind, the MS 170 C-BQ only weighs 9.4 pounds, making maneuverability a cinch. It also comes with STIHL Quickstop, a chain stopping system that can help prevent injury during chain kickback.
This is one of the best electric chainsaws for professional use. It features a powerful 15.0-amp motor and options for 16- to 20-inch guide bars. The 250 C-Q weighs just over 11 pounds, which is a bit on the heavy side for an electric chainsaw. It is incredibly simple to start – plug it in, press the start button and it’s running. The motor has a red LED light that indicates when the motor starts to run too hot, helping you prevent motor damage.
This chainsaw is easy to start, easy to handle and easy on the ears. It built-in battery offers up to 50-minutes of operating time, depending on your usage. It weighs just 6.8 pounds without the battery, so almost anyone in the family can use it. It also has the STIHL Quickstop feature, a chain-stopping system designed to keep you from getting hurt in the event of chain kickback. The MS 160 C-BQ also has a quick chain adjuster that enables you to adjust the tension of the chain without using any additional tools. This is one of the best cordless chainsaws STIHL offers. Keep in mind that the battery and charger are not included with purchase.