Stihl MSA 160 C-BQ Cordless Chainsaw with 12″ Bar + Chain

(1 customer review)

AP Battery System

£289.66£601.18 (inc VAT)


The MSA 160 C-BQ is the first STIHL cordless chainsaw with outstanding cordless cutting power. This 36 V chainsaw fulfils even the highest demands for performance and working comfort and is the perfect assistant for property maintenance, horticulture, cutting firewood and sawing work in enclosed areas.

The 30cm guide bar can be used to saw easily through branches and small trees with a diameter up to 20cm.

It has plenty of STIHL-designed features like the Quick Chain Tensioning so you can tighten the chain without tools, the Ematic chain lubrication system which uses up to 50% less chain oil and the QuickStop Super chain brake. It has low vibrations too so it is comfortable to use.

The MSA 160 is part of the AP System PRO Cordless range of tools, with interchangeable batteries – it is not compatible with the AK batteries in the COMPACT AK Cordless System.

Run Times 

  • Run time on AP 200 battery: Up to 42 minutes
  • Run time on AP 300 battery: Up to 50 minutes

QuickStop Super Chain Brake (Q)
The additional braking system for extra safety. Users can trigger the chain brake directly at the rear handle. The chain stops in seconds whenever the user lets go of the rear handle and whenever there is sufficiently strong kickback or when the front handguard is activated. This unique safety feature ensures even more user protection in all working positions.

STIHL Quick Chain Tensioning (B)
The STIHL chain quick tensioning system (B) makes it very easy to tension the chain. Just release the sprocket cover and turn the knob to set the optimum tension. No tools needed.

Ematic chain lubrication system
The STIHL Ematic chain lubrication system provides maximum lubrication, longer wear and less oil consumption that conventional methods of chain lubrication. The oil consumption can therefore be reduced by up to 50%.

Two-handled operation
The ergonomically shaped handle and rear control handle with comfortable soft-grip component ensure safe working in all operating positions.

Operating handle
The black soft component on the rear handle provides a secure and firm grip in all working positions.

Toolless filler cap
The tank can be filled quickly and easily using the toolless filler cap.

STIHL Electric Motor (EC)
The STIHL electric motor (EC) is extremely energy efficient, lightweight and compact. It runs quietly, generates very low vibrations and does not require servicing.

Cordless Technology Lithium-Ion AP System
Rated voltage V 36
Recommended battery AP 200
Recommended bar length cm/inch 30cm/12″
Weight kg 1) 3.1
Run time with AP 200 min 2) up to 42
Run time with AP 300 min 3) up to 50
Run time with AP 300 S min 4) up to 62
Battery life AR 1000 min 5) up to 125
Run time with AR 2000 min 3) up to 180
Run time with AR 3000 min 3) up to 230
Weight kg 6) 3.2
Chain gauge 1/4 ” P
Vibration level left/right m/s² 7) 2.0/2.0
Sound pressure level dB(A) 8) 84
Sound power level dB(A) 8) 95
Oil tank volume cm3 209

1) Without battery, with bar and chain
2) Run times vary depending on the application
3) Run times can vary depending on use and application
4) Running times are reference values ​​and may vary depending on the application.
5) Battery life times are approximate and may vary depending on the application
6) Excluding battery, bar and chain
7) Uncertainty (K) factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2 m/s²
8) Uncertainty (K) factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2.5 (dB(A)

Parts, Consumables + Accessories for this Chainsaw

Bar + Chain


Chain Oil (Good, Better, Best):


Cleaning + Care:


PPE (Stihl Function range for occasional/home use):

Weight 4.37 kg
Dimensions 46.5 × 24.5 × 25.5 cm

Power Type


Bar Length


Unit Only, Kit (Unit inc. 2 x AP 200 Batteries + AL 101 Charger), Kit (Unit inc. AP 200 Battery + AL 101 Charger)

1 review for Stihl MSA 160 C-BQ Cordless Chainsaw with 12″ Bar + Chain

  1. Mark Thomas (verified owner)

    Delivered very promptly by R&T van, lovely peice of kit, a petrol saw reached the end of its days and decided on this as replacement. Excellent really good to use no noise much less vibration and battery lasts well. Already had a battery hedge trimmer so chose this chainsaw to have common batteries.

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