STIHL MSA161T Cordless Top Handle Chainsaw


Stihl lightweight battery top-handled chainsaw for aerial use by qualified professionals.

**Certified training is required to use this chainsaw, as detailed in the Health & Safety Executives guidelines. See product description for further details.**

Get an additional 2.5% discount on these accessories when purchased as a bundle.

STIHL AP300 Li-ion Battery

Temporarily unavailable

STIHL AL301 Quick Charger

STIHL Micro3 1/4" P 1.1mm 10 inch Chainsaw Chain 57DL

STIHL Micro3 1/4" P 1.1mm 12 inch Chainsaw Chain 65DL


This is a lightweight cordless top handled chainsaw, designed for professional arborists working at height.

Being cordless, the noise levels are considerably lower when compared to it’s petrol counterparts, making it ideal for use around noise sensitive areas such as residential areas, schools and hospitals. It has a powerful engine and rapid chain speed (16m/s) for a great cutting performance. The chain speed is around 40% faster than the previous model MSA160T, and also packs fantastic acceleration.

As standard this saw comes complete with a captive nut on the sprocket, and a high performance 1/4” P cutting attachment.

**Main price shown is for the machine only – batteries & chargers to be added separately.

PLEASE NOTE: Under Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, all Top-Handled chainsaw should only be operated by certified/qualified users. We have detailed below some useful information as published by the Health and Safety Executive BUT it is the customers responsibility to ensure they have the necessary up to date qualifications and training prior to using a Top-Handled chainsaw.

Briants of Risborough Ltd does not undertake any form of training in respect to the safe working practice of chainsaws, this must be carried out by an appropriate training centre/awarding body i.e. LANTRA, NPTC. We have provided details of a local training centre below to contact should you need to complete such training.

We reserve the right to refuse / refund any sale of this item where an appropriate certificate or proof of competency is not provided upon request. Any request will be made via e-mail to the address provided in the transaction prior to us shipping the product(s).

Use of Top Handled Chainsaws as documented by the Health & Safety Executive

AFAG308 – Top-handle Chainsaws

Excerpt taken from the publication – “This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be followed when using a petrol-powered top-handled chainsaw for arboriculture off-ground work. Tree work requiring the use of a chainsaw should only be carried out by a trained and competent climber who has experience in chainsaw use, or by a trainee under supervision who is competent using a chainsaw on the ground.

You can use this leaflet, along with the chainsaw manufacturer’s handbook, as part of your risk assessment to help identify the controls to put in place when using a top-handled chainsaw.

You must assess the effect of the site and the weather as well as following this guidance. Operators who do not observe good working practices with chainsaws in trees can cause serious accidents and fatalities. All operators must have had appropriate training in how to operate the machine and how to carry out the tasks required (see HSE leaflet INDG317 Chainsaws at work).

Top-handled chainsaws are only suitable for use off the ground. Operators must use rear-handled saws when working on the ground.

Read this leaflet in conjunction with AFAG401 Tree-climbing operations, 402 Aerial tree rescue and 403 Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) for tree work. For guidance on work preparation see safety topics on HSE’s Tree work webpages:”

HSE documents relating to the use of Top-Handled chainsaws:

Chainsaws at Work HSE indg317

Top Handled Chainsaws HSE afag308

Top Handled Chainsaws_Working Practices crr01402

Additional information:

Training Providers:

Vale Training

Personal Protective Equipment

Appropriate PPE is essential when using a chainsaw of any kind. Please see below for suggested protective equipment relating to Top-Handle chainsaws or visit our Chainsaw Protection category .

Product specification

  • Battery life with AP100 - up to 18 min
  • Battery life with AP200 - up to 42 min
  • Battery life with AP300 - up to 50 min
  • Weight without battery - 2,1 kg
  • Rated voltage - 36 V
  • Chain pitch - 1/4"P
  • Vibration level left/right - 2,1 :: 2,2 m/s²
  • STIHL Oilomatic chain type - Picco Micro 3 (PM3)
  • Battery Technology - Lithium-Ion PRO
  • Recommended battery - AP 200

Additional information

bar length

10" inch, 12" inch


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