STIHL has launched a series of updates to its cordless saw, the MSA 161 T, aimed at providing professionals with a more ergonomic and robust tool.

The MSA 161 T is Stihl’s lightweight professional chainsaw that succeeds the MSA 160 T. Described as featuring a 40 per cent higher chain speed (16 m/s), it is said to also deliver a 15 per cent increase in motor performance, making it ideal for removing deadwood, crown maintenance and light reductions.

According to Stihl, the cordless nature of the tool means that the MSA 161 T is so quiet in operation that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.

The new MSA 161 T is now designed with three different trigger combinations that can be used with the new ‘trigger switch lock-out’ feature, including a combination ideally suited to when performing multiple cuts consecutively.

These new uses are intended to provide operational convenience, while also ensuring user safety.

On the updated version, the ergo lever – located under the palm of the hand – has also been enhanced, meaning it can now be fully pushed in flush against the handle, which prevents impact-induced damage as well as improving user comfort. Other changes to the MSA 161 T include a revision to the chain brake with new metal thread screw joints.

Powered by Stihl’s range of 36 V AP batteries, the AP 200 battery and AP 300 charger are recommended for the MSA 161 T, which affords professionals a run time of up to 42 minutes on a single charge whilst leaving the saw well balanced. Alternatively, when using Stihl’s AP 300 battery, users can benefit from a 50-minute run time.