MSA 160 C-BQ - $289.95 DSRP


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Innovative and surprisingly powerful STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-powered chainsaw.

NOTE: MSA 160 C-BQ chainsaw, battery, and charger are all sold separately. The STIHL Lithium-ion battery technology is available for chainsaws with the STIHL MSA 160 C-BQ. Eliminating fuel costs and engine emissions with cordless 36-volt STIHL Lithium-Ion power, the MSA 160 C-BQ provides another environmentally responsible option in STIHL chainsaws. The MSA 160 C-BQ is portable, lightweight and f...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MSA 160 C-BQ Specifications
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 25 to 35cm (10" to 14")
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 210 cc (7.4 oz.)
RUN TIME (w/ AP 180) Up to 38 minutes
WEIGHT (w/ AP 180) 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.)
WEIGHT w/o BATTERY 2.7 kg (5.95 lbs.)
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.
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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    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%.
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    STIHL Electric Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.
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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    Bar and Chain Oil
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    5605 007 1027

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    5605 007 1028

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    5605 007 1029

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    5605 007 1030

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    AP 180 Lithium-Ion Battery
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    Black Wrap Glasses
    The Black Wrap Protective Glasses from STIHL help keep you cool and help you look even cooler. They feature a ventilated nosepiece designed for better heat dissipation and less lens fogging. The polycarbonate lenses block out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and are available in multiple color options. The black-wrap half frame includes rubber pads to prevent slippage while delivering sleek style that looks great with both protective and normal work apparel. Glasses meet ANSI Z87.1 standard.
  • Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps Zoom
    Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps
    Rugged, yet comfortable, apron-style chaps are treated with water and oil resistant nylon covering multiple layers of Avertic™ Pro by Engtex® sewn-in, cut-retardant material. Garments are easy to buckle on and can be adjusted to fit a variety of sizes. Cargo pocket on front. Waist size expands from 30" to 42". For Proper fit and protection, the chap length should extend below the calf of the wearer's leg. Larger waists can be accommodated with the waist extender strap (Part No. 0000 886 5901)

    STIHL Pro Mark items are "Wash and Wear." They do not require dry cleaning as other brands do.


    Where this label appears, these garments have been Classified by UL® (Underwriter Laboratories Inc.) as chainsaw cut-retardent leg protection for all operators of Gasoline-Powered Chainsaws by using ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) F1414 Test Method and ASTM F1897 performance standard. See complete marking on the product.


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Rated 5 out of 5 by 29reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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! October 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Small but powerful! I work maintenance for a school and I use this saw a couple times a week. It is a phenomenal little saw! Don't shy away just because it has a battery! It's still packed with power! We keep the blade sharp as recommended and it cuts through large wet hardwood with no problem at all. We love it so much we are purchased one for all our other campuses! Great job Stihl! July 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love my chainsaw. I am a 55 year old girl (at heart anyway). I love my little chainsaw. I have the small battery to keep the weight down and it lasts plenty long for the amount of work I want to do at one time. Cuts through 6" trees easily making cleanup and trimming a breeze. Thank you Stihl for making a battery operated chainsaw. July 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Chainsaw Purchased this as I had a couple trees and many large branches to removed from my newly purchased property. I'm not a fan of the smell of gasoline or the idea of breathing the fumes in. The saw it had the power that I needed, no emissions, and is so quiet. The running time is perfect with the Stihl AP-180. Since you're never running the saw continuously, you can get hours wroth of work in. Stick it back on the charger every time you take a break and you're good to go all day.I'm looking forward to using it for future housework as well as making it a necessary addition to my overlanding toolkit. June 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it! Great Chainsaw. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a lightweight and easy to use chainsaw! April 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Chain ajustment is the best. This is the best Chain Saw I have ever used. It is very user friendly. November 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Small but Mighty!!! Awesome Saw! First time chain saw user. I like that it is quiet. No dealing with a gas engine!!! Light weight and powerful. Battery charges fast. October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent saw a little high on rpice with battery,charger etc Taylors was most helpful in set up. Excellent saw although a little pricey:) October 5, 2014