Stihl has launched upgraded versions of three of its battery powered chainsaws to offer professional users “a new streamlined design, improved battery performance, faster cutting and enhanced operational features.”
The new MSA 160 C-B is more powerful than the previous version thanks to its larger motor, says Stihl. It is compatible with Stihl’s AP 300 S AP System battery, which ensures an increased electrical output of 1.5 kW “for faster cutting performance”.
Stihl’s MSA 220 now comes as standard with a 3/8P pitch, 1.1mm gauge PS3 PRO chain, which the manufacturer says improves cutting performance by up to 20% due to its narrower kerf. The new chain has been specifically designed for use with Stihl’s new Light 04 1.1mm guide bar, allowing more cuts to be made per battery charge. The MSA 160 C-B and MSA 200 C-B feature a 1/4P chain for smooth and precise cuts.
All three new models have seen numerous upgraded operational features introduced to improve the user experience. These include improved visibility of the chain oil level for faster checks, a thumb lever and OPC starting switch for increased comfort and safety, as well as a soft rubberised grip and optimally balanced handle position for maximum control and comfort.
They also feature quick chain tensioning for fast and tool-less replacement or tensioning of the chain, as well as bayonet style oil tank caps which can be opened quickly and easily while wearing gloves.
All the new saws are compatible with the Stihl Smart Connectors, part of the Stihl Connected fleet management system. Smart Connectors record and transmit the working time of the tool to the user’s smartphone, giving prompts to complete maintenance tasks when required.