MSA 160 C-BQ


12 in. Bar

Innovative and surprisingly powerful STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-powered chain saw.

NOTE: MSA 160 C-BQ chainsaw, battery, and charger are all sold separately. The STIHL Lithium-ion battery technology is available for chain saws 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 chain saws. The MSA 160 C-BQ is portable, lightweight and...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MSA 160 C-BQ Specifications
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 cm (12")
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 3.2 kg (7.0 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 power head 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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    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.

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    Battery Belt & Bag
    Designed to carry the weight of STIHL Lithium-Ion batteries around your waist – as well as provide convenient storage for additional batteries – the STIHL Battery Bag and Belt is your one-two punch of comfort and productivity. The belt is lightweight and features a comfortable cushion and harness buckle for ease of use. Its included battery bag holds the STIHL Lithium-Ion battery. You can even add up to two additional bags for extended operation.

    But what really sets this accessory apart is its ability to power your tools from the belt itself. With its included battery adapter, you can keep the weight of the battery at your hip, making your already-light power tool unbelievably easy to operate and comfortable to hold while minimizing operator fatigue. Simply click the lightweight adapter where the battery would normally go and you’re ready to work. And with the optional double-shoulder harness, the weight of the batteries can be comfortably distributed to both the shoulders as well as the hips.

    Battery not included
For Your Safety
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    Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps
    For heavyweight protection that won’t weigh you down, choose Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps from STIHL. They’re rugged, yet comfortable to wear and easily fit over your work clothes. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are nine layers of Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to reduce the risk or severity of injury to the body parts covered by the pads in the event of contact with the rotating saw chain of a gasoline-powered chain saw. The open-back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions. These Pro Mark™ apron chaps provide three additional layers of Engtex® than our standard apron chaps. STIHL chain saw protective apparel is also wash and wear, unlike some other brands that require dry cleaning or light surface cleaning.

    The STIHL Pro Mark™ designation identifies products for professional users.

    Available color: High Visibility Orange
    Available lengths: 32", 36", 40"

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    Cut-Retardant Gloves
    Get a grip on your chain saw with STIHL Cut-Retardant Mitts. Made with water-resistant nylon backs and goatskin palms, these mitts offer exceptional comfort and grip without sacrificing dexterity. Engtex®, a cut-retardant material, is sewn into the back of the left glove. These mitt-style gloves also feature a separate index finger for chain saw throttle operation, while hook and loop wrist straps make fitting a breeze. These chain saw protective gloves are an excellent choice for the professional logger. STIHL chain saw protective apparel is also wash and wear, unlike some other brands that require dry cleaning or light surface cleaning.

    Available color: High Visibility Orange
    Available sizes: S (8), M (9), L (10), XL (11)

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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Rated 5 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
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 Most expensive and most rewarding Cheap it isn't, but I have been endangering my life for years with pull to start chainsaws. Let me explain, I have a hillside off the back end of my house that leads out to our fields. The hillside is, to say the least, quite steep. It is, in fact, way to steep to mow with a farm tractor. Every few years the growth on the hillside reaches a height that obstructs our view. In the past I have taken my 14" gas powered saw up this steep side and cut trees up to 8 inches. Just trying to start the gas powered saws was dangerous since slipping while pulling could be catastrophic. Often the saw would just quit because of the angle it had to be held on (gas not reaching the pickup tube) and then it required more starts. The fact that the MSA160 is so light and maneuverable is also a huge plus. I have only worked with the saw for a short time but I have to say it is amazing and worth every penny. February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pricy but Very Handy Chainsaw for Suburban Use This is a small, quiet, light battery operated chainsaw that has already proven to be extremely useful and capable. I used it to cut down a 8" diameter hardwood tree that was over 20 ft tall. One battery was enough to cut down the tree and convert it into firewood and there was still a little battery power left when I was done. The tank of bar oil roughly lasts for one battery charge. It is extremely easy to use and maintain with no headaches relating to carburetors ruined by bad gas, starting the engine, or other problems associated with gas chainsaws. This saw slices through wood - I really did not notice any speed difference between it and my Stihl gas saw -- this was very impressive. It is also substantially faster than using a Dewalt 18 volt reciprocating saw for tree trimming. This chainsaw can handle 90% of the tree cutting, tree trimming, and firewood cutting chores in my suburban neighborhood. The other 10% requires my larger Stihl gas chainsaw. It's sweet spot is for cutting 1" to 8" diameter trees or branches -- although it can cut larger diameters your larger Stihl gas saw is better for the thicker cuts. October 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic Saw I bought this saw this spring. I had been injured and the Farm Boss was a little more than I am able to handle. So, I did some investigating and decided to give this little guy a try. Yes it is pricey to get into the battery , charger and saw, but it has been exactly what I was hoping for. Soon after purchase I had a 20 ft. branch from a mature ash come down on my patio. The 160 made it an easy clean-up job. We had 10 inch width limbs to cut through. The 160 can't be pushed, you have to let it maintain its rpms, to do a good job. But, once you learn that, it has an exceptional clean smooth cut. I have used it to remove 25 yr. 10 inch dead Scotch Pines and my sons and neighbor were amazed at how it did the job. Battery stays charged as advertised. Great tool. September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by you must try it to believe it I am a Stihl dealer so I have tried and own many of their products. This is one of the best pieces of equipment i have ever used. I also have a 460 saw and between the two of them I can do all my saw work. July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A quiet and powerful saw We had severe thunderstorms pass through northwest Ohio last night (6/23/13) and I lost the top of my hybrid poplar tree. At 6:00 am on the 24th I was cleaning up the tree damage without waking the neighbors. The MSA 160 C-BQ saw was powerful enough to cut up 5 and 6 inch branches with ease and it was remarkably quiet. In an hour's time the clean-up was done and I was on my way to work at my regular job. What a great little chain saw! Thank you! June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good tool! A dependable small chainsaw without the noise and stench. Well balanced, light enough for one hand stretch work. No cord to pull, easy on elbow and shoulder. It taught me its own trigger dance: You want to speed it up all the way before the cut and keep it fast for all the cuts you have lined up. Not the squeeze-squeeze for every cut. It tends to choke up on fine twiggy stuff wrapping around the sprocket which seriously eats power . Maybe some baffle or cover redesign might help. I love it. Stealth chainsawing made real! June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Well made, quiet, strong I bought this saw soon after it came out and am delighted with it. I do a lot of hiking trail clean-up, cutting out windfall trees and limbs and this saw is perfect. It is small enough to fit in a medium size back pack with plenty of room left over for the usual hiking gear and light enough to carry long distances relatively easily. It can cut through a dozen or more 8" to 12" logs on a charge with power left over for dozens of smaller logs and branches. It is light enough to hold one-handed straight upwards to trim overhanging branches with ease. No need for hearing protection and so quiet it is inaudable from a hundred yards away. The price is high but this saw is a gem and it is well worth it. April 21, 2013
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