MSA 160 C-BQ

MSA 160 C-BQ
Innovative and surprisingly powerful STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-powered chainsaw.

Model Features

  • 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 Electric Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.
  • 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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  • Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.

Specifications

POWERHEAD WEIGHT
w/o Battery 2.7 kg. (5.95 lbs.)
w/ AP 100 3.5 kg. (7.7 lbs.)
w/ AP 300 4.4 kg. (9.75 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
25 to 35cm (10" to 14")
ROLLOMATIC® E
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
210 cc (7.4 oz.)
RUN TIME (w/ AP 300)
Up to 50 Minutes
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
¼” PM3
POWER SOURCE
Battery
Battery and charger sold separately. STIHL recommends #3616 (71 PM3 64) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 12" 3005 008 3405 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.

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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Reviews

MSA 160 C-BQ is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 38.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well thought out and designed, the saw-battery-charger-and chain, excellant. A pleasure to work with, no ethanol problems, the saw is quiet, very well made almost no vibrations, and combined with the new 1/4" 43 gauge chain the saw cuts and bores very well, with most applications the battery lasts longer than a tank of gas. I also have the option of working indoors, and in a suburban setting the neighbors love the saw too. I also like the fact that the saw is much easier to maintain, no air or gas filters,no mixing oil and gas, no spark plug or smoke during idling, no carb adjustments, and no oily mess on the muffler and saw, all I need to do when im done is blow off the chips with my compressor, wipe off the sprocket area as usual and mount a new chain. I have two MSA 160 saws, I also use standard 1/4" RMS chain. For precision pruning, firewood, storm clean-up or Carving, it's outstanding, I love my saw!
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maddening We bought this chainsaw because it was something that I should have been able to use easily, and I will mention here that we have three other battery-operated Stihl products that we are pleased with. However, the chain has slipped off twice just going through about 1-2 inch branches. I took it back to the dealer the first time and they put the chain back on. It's Sunday today so I will have to visit them tomorrow. The second time I tried to put the chain back on and was unable to get it to stay. I've only been able to use the saw for a total of 10 minutes and I have hours of work to do, so with the chain coming off it is costing me lots of time. Even if I could get it back on, stopping every 5 minutes to do so would be aggravating. We are not happy with this product.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS271 Have to admit, works like a charm, no issues, ran very well and as long as I kept oil, fuel and sharp chains, my Stihl Got the job done. It's my gem. Roman
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS200C Electric Chainsaw This is my personal favorite due to its versatility. I can quickly swap out the chain blade, keep the oil level up and move through my task list without lugging a mixed fuel rig all over the property. My neighbors appreciate the quietness of the chain saw operation.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This battery powered saw is a great product. I recently purchased the Stihl MSA 160C battery powered chainsaw from a local dealer. I was interested in finding out if anyone could produce a chainsaw that could operate effectively without having to mix and use gas and/or oil, and without having to drag an electric cord around with you. Well, Stihl definitely has done it. This is a great saw for clearing small to medium size brush and tree limbs. It is very quiet, and starts up at the push of a button. When idle, of course, it makes no sound at all! Your neighbors will love this! Using the AP 180 battery, I was able to cut for over an hour, and still had 50% battery power left. This is an ideal piece of equipment for those who want convenience and easy operation.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reliable chainsaw for small jobs, excellent product! We purchased this battery-powered chainsaw after having purchased a battery-powered Stihl trimmer. Both my wife and I have found it to be a superior addition to our battery of tools to remove vegetation along our fence rows. It is lightweight and sufficiently powerful for the small trees along the fences. Its operation is quiet and without the annoying fumes that accompany our other chainsaws. We also purchased the AP 300 Lithium-Ion battery that provides approximately 45 minutes of continuous operating time with the chainsaw. We recommend it without any reservations.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chain saw! I knew through relatives and friends in the industry that Stihl makes the best chainsaws, but i was still pleasantly surprised by this saw. For cutting up smaller trees and dead fall (<8") this saw goes like a hot knife through butter. For larger trees and dead wood, it still gets the job done with no issues. In fact I have yet to over power this saw while cleaning up a overly wooded section of my yard. I use the premixed gas because it last for a long time and wont gum up the carb. I have had not issues starting it so far. Bottom line, I love this saw and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great and my first and only chainsaw purchase for my urban environment. I bought this for myself as a 60th birthday present. Growing up on the farm I watched my Dad and brothers operate all the equipment, but now that I'm a "city-girl" with quite a lot of small trimming to be done in my yard. This saw is perfect and I can operate it without the fear I had for bigger pull start versions. I love the battery concept and it in combination with my battery powered blower make me the envy of the neighborhood. A couple of neighbors when I helped them with some trimming and sawing up a branch that fell in a storm. The batteries can be used on both. One charger and two batteries let me finish any project where I use both tools. The blower is great for clearing the sidewalks and driveway in a light winter snow and very fast.
Date published: 2016-06-28
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