After testing the impressive STIHL cordless leaf blower we had high hopes for the STIHL MSA 160 cordless chainsaw and it didn’t disappoint.
STIHL has been manufacturing chainsaws for more than 80 years so they have the engineering dialed in. They’ve now got the powerplant in the 36V 4.5amp battery platform with more than enough power for any homeowner. It’s brushless motor is low-wear and has great power from top to bottom.
Here’s a quick video of the chainsaw in action.
We were reluctant to take out any trees in our yard and the branches we had were all too small but we traveled to our ranch and helped clear some mesquite which it did with aplomb. The safety guard works extremely well and you forget you are using a battery powered saw until you realize you don’t smell like exhaust.
Nothing can replace the brute power of gas but this cordless unit will meet the needs of a lot of people.
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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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