Do you know much about the MS 171:
I don’t know anything about the 171, I never worked on one. I do see the 171 has a side adjust chain tensioner, which is better. But it also has the new “flippy“ gas and oil caps which I absolutely despise. Those things are worthless and can be a pain in the ass to close after a while. Where the 170 has the old school tried and true gas caps.Oregon chain?
I looked at Pole saws too, actually I have looked at all saws. I even had that saw in my cart at one time. What I found is Sunjoe and those like it, other than name brands, were cheaper than buying a hand pole saw. The difference is with a hand pole saw you can double the pole height.When I had to remove the monster sized live oak tree in my backyard 7 years ago, I did most by hand (didn't have any other tools). Had a party and a friend said to me, 'WTF is wrong with you? I will let you borrow my gas Stihl chain saw.' OMG what a sweet cutter! Went thru that tree like cheese. Fantastic. Forward a few years and I have a few small to medium sized branches to get down. So it was black Friday and I found this for $35. That was a few years ago and still works like a champ! (a bit beat up though) Again, different jobs, different tools. If I needed a full sized chain saw, I certainly would NOT hesitate to get a gas Stihl.
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I almost bought one of those. I told myself it was unnecessary since I already have the dewalt saw.
A muffler mod really opens those little guys up. But you need to throw a different carb on first. The carb that comes on it only has low side adjustment, not high side. A quick google search will leed you to a carb with H side adjustment for that saw. They are cheap, I’ve had really good luck buying Chinese carbs off eBay, they ain’t much more than $20.My Christmas present to myself. I am going to get a starter chainsaw. The Stihl MS170 It will give me something to play with until I get a better one. Tired of waiting.
Been seeing all the Mods people are doing with these. Carb. Mod, Muffler Mod, Chain Tensioner Mod. I am going to wait on the first two but did order a side tensioner, it should help. Also a Dog, not that I will need it but it is cheap enough to make the MS170 look good