MS 162 petrol chainsaw
MS 162 petrol chainsaw
MS 162 petrol chainsaw
MS 162 petrol chainsaw

MS 162 petrol chainsaw

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The MS 162 is a lightweight, entry-level, petrol chainsaw that is perfect for processing firewood for your log burner and small, maintenance jobs around your home and garden. 

At STIHL, we have over 90 years of experience in producing chainsaws, so you can be sure that the MS 162 will deliver an impressive cutting performance. Powered by a STIHL 2-MIX engine, it also benefits from low fuel consumption too.

It’s fitted with a 12” (or 30cm) guide bar and 3/8" P saw chain to give a precise cut when pruning branches or felling small trees. Please note that the design on the guide bar may differ from the one pictured above,

The STIHL anti-vibration system lowers vibrations to the handle, so it's more comfortable to use. It’s also fitted with a transparent fuel and oil tank, so you can see the fuel and oil levels quickly and top up when you need to. Re-tensioning the chain is safe and easy to do too, thanks to the practical side-mounted chain tensioning.

When using a chainsaw, you must always take the correct precautions. Please fully read the Instruction Manual before using a chainsaw and always wear the correct personal protective equipment.

If you are in any doubt about how to use a chainsaw correctly, we recommend speaking to your local STIHL Approved Dealer first. Many dealers offer a Click & Collect service, where you can order online then collect it in person where a trained member of staff can give you a full handover and instructions on how to operate the machine.

Please note you should never use a chainsaw whilst on a ladder and should only use it in a tree if you have the appropriate qualifications.


STIHL 2-MIX engine

STIHL 2-MIX engines are designed to be extremely economical compared to standard 2-stroke machines. They offer reduced exhaust emissions too.

Anti-vibration system

Our innovative anti-vibration system significantly reduces vibrations at the handles of the machine making it more comfortable to use over longer periods.

Side chain tensioner

The saw chain can be tensioned using the tensioning screw on the side of the chainsaw so you don't need to come into contact with the sharp saw chain.

Transparent Chain Oil Tank

You can easily check the level of chain oil in your chainsaw with the transparent oil tank on the side of the machine.


QHow long is the guide bar on the MS 162?

A: The bar is 30cm / 12in long.

QWhat type of chain does the MS 162 use?

A: The MS 162 uses a 3/8" P saw chain, which has an impressive cutting performance.

QDo I need to sharpen the chain?

A: Yes, a dull chain on your chainsaw can affect the performance of the machine, making it less efficient, so it's important to keep it sharp. Check out our blog to find out the four signs of a dull chain. This can be easily done for you at your nearest STIHL Approved Dealer, or you can do it yourself using a filing kit, or our 2-in-1 EasyFile that makes chain sharpening a breeze.

QCan I replace the chain?

A: Yes, you can - simply visit your nearest STIHL Approved Dealer for a replacement.

QWhat should I wear when using this chainsaw?

A: We recommend that you wear cut-retardant trousers or chaps, cut-retardant boots or wellies, goggles and gloves, and tie back long hair. When cutting above shoulder height, we also recommend wearing a helmet.


#1Cleaning your MS 162

When you have finished using your chainsaw, wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth. Don't forget to wear gloves when doing any maintenance on the tool.

#2Storing your MS 162

Store your MS 162 in a clean and dry area and keep out of the reach of children at all times. 

#3Check for wildlife

Don't forget to check your area for wildlife before starting to use your tool. 


Technical Specifications

Recommended bar length cm 30cm
Weight kg 1) 4.99 (without fuel, with bar and chain)
Chain gauge 3/8" P
Vibration level left/right m/s² 1) 3.2/3.0
Sound pressure level dB(A) 2) 100
Sound power level dB(A) 2) 113

1) Uncertainty (K) factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2 m/s²
2) Uncertainty (K) factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2.5 dB(A)

STIHL Factory


Andreas Stihl founds an engineering office in Stuttgart and develops his own chainsaw.

STIHL Logo 1928


STIHL becomes a brand. The name represents the ceaseless quest of the engineer and company founder Andreas Stihl to ease the heavy labour of forestry work with his inventions.

STIHL Chainsaw 1930


STIHL presents his portable petrol-powered chainsaw at the Leipzig trade fair – it is well received and orders flow in from across Europe.

Learn more about the history of STIHL

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