MSA 160 C-BQ


MSA 160 C-BQ 12" bar w/o battery & charger

Innovative and surprisingly powerful STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-powered chainsaw. Batteries & chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

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 features reduced vibrations and instant start-ups. And the commercial-grade h...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MSA 160 C-BQ Specifications
POWERHEAD WEIGHT w/o Battery 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs.)
w/ AP 100 3.5 kg. (7.7 lbs.)
w/ AP 300 4.9 kg (10.6 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 25 to 35cm (10" to 12")
ROLLOMATIC® E
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 210 cc (7.4 oz.)
RUN TIME (w/ AP 300) Up to 50 Minutes
OILOMATIC® CHAIN ¼” STIHL PICCO™
POWER SOURCE Battery
STIHL recommends #3670 (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 based on which powerhead it is installed on. Chain saw weights include recommended bar and chain combination. Battery and charger sold separately.
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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    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.
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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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    Coast-down Brake
    A controlled braking device (Q) to stop the rotating chain when the trigger is released.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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MSA 160 C-BQ is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 47.
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 5 out of 5 by from All the power I need to maintain fruit trees, on demand! This little saw was a surprising workhorse. Recently cut off a large leader from a fruit tree. Cut up largest ten pieces into firewood logs, and the limbs were recyclable in no time. Then needed it to get the kitchen sink cabinet out in our modular. No other saw could have reached into the gap so well.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! I've had other brands and they left me wishing they were boat anchors! My Stihl 16" made my light clean-up after Tropical Irma a breeze. Started each every time with no effort. I'm glad I won't be buying another chainsaw (unless it's a bigger Stihl) in my lifetime. When I think of the money I've spent...
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs Much Better Than I Planned This little chain saw, although expensive when compared to gas powered, does a great job on small to medium sized trees. I have not tried it on a large tree yet, but it seems to have a lot of power. I spent the whole day cutting small trees and clearing brush and the battery went the whole day without a charge! Wow. All you need to do is make sure the chain oil level is kept up and you are good to go. I really like this saw. The dealer did not give me a manual with the saw, which was disappointing, but there is one on line. I recommend this saw (if you can afford it) - no fuel and oil to mix. The breaker bar can throw you off - I thought it was out of juice one time and it was just that the breaker bar was activated - hard to tell it was activated - maybe it should have a beeper or something to let you know. Not sure why it needs a breaker bar - it does not act like a gas powered saw in that it does not take a long time for the chain to come to rest.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough little saw I am an engineer on a trailing suction hopper dredge. We have an occasion about twice a year to need a chain saw, and gasoline storage is a huge pain on a ship. We typically use this saw to cut a stuck log out of the dredging gear. It often gets sprayed/splashed with salt water and mud, and I have seen the chain rusted solid due to neglect and the wet environment. Despite our best efforts to ruin it, its held up pretty well. The battery seems to hold up even not being used a lot, and with no gasoline issues this is a pretty handy tool. That being said, if you are used to using a huge chain saw, its not that. It never will be. I would love to have one of these for my camper at home. Its the perfect size for small or infrequent use.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little but mighty My husband laughed when I purchased this. He stopped laughing when I had him try it out. Cuts like butter.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely handy and reliable Excellent product for trimming and pruning. The 1/4" narrow chain cuts very fast and smooth. I was surprised with the amount of cuts, 4 to 6 inches that this product can handle in a single charge. I cut 3 to 4 hours with it on a new battery, (not yet fully charged) and still had half battery charge left when done. I use it with a AP300 battery and a AL300 charger, which I would recommend to anyone wishing to invest in this product. I do most of my work in town and on Sundays. I don't have to worry about waking up neighbors or interfering with church services because it is very quiet. This product is very well balanced and light in weight, which makes it handy when reaching up to make cuts.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workhorse Cordless Compact Chainsaw Excellent cordless compact chainsaw. Has worked great for hours of continuous use for land clearing. Two AP180 batteries provide more than enough continuous use before I am ready for a break. With the new AP300 batteries I suspect by time the second one is ready for a charge one will be exhausted while the MAS 160 can keep on going. The only thing to slow down the chain saw is the need for chain sharpening.
Date published: 2017-03-06
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