This September sees the introduction of two brand new STIHL cordless chainsaw models capable of the most demanding jobs in tree work. The new STIHL MSA 220 T and MSA 220 TC-O are our most powerful cordless top handle chainsaws, designed exclusively for professional use by trained arborists. A fantastic alternative to the MS 201 TC-M petrol chainsaw, both models are more than capable of cutting large branches and reduction cuts in the tree canopy.
With a compact and well-balanced design, the MSA 220 T is easy to handle in awkward or outstretched positions. The intuitive trigger lockout system is simple to use, and the electronic unlock button is within easy reach of your thumb. The status LED will light up green when the chainsaw is ready for use, and the chain brake LED will light up red when the chain brake is engaged, so you can easily see when the tool is good to go.
The MSA 220 TC-O model features a chain oil sensor, alerting you when the chain oil tank needs re-filling via a bright red LED light on the handle display. This helps to prevent premature wear of the guide bar and chainsaw chain, as well as preventing downtime if you accidentally forget to top up the oil before climbing. Both chainsaw models also feature an adjustable oil pump, allowing you to customise the oil output to match the application or guide bar length at hand.
Just like the MS 201 TC-M, the 220 T’s have a sprocket cover with captive nut, easy to use side chain tensioner and a black felling line for making accurate cuts. With the STIHL AP 300 S battery, the MSA 220 T is comparable to the 201’s power output too.
The STIHL MSA 220 T and MSA 220 TC-O are recommended for use with the AP 300 S battery. Alternatively, the new STIHL AP 500 S battery will the extend the working time further. It’s important NOT to use AP 100, 200 or 300 batteries as this will reduce both the runtime and the performance. The AP 300 S can be fully charged in 45 minutes with the STIHL AL 500 quick charger and will give up to 29 minutes of working time depending on what’s being cut and how it’s used.
The motor and electronic components are air cooled and protected from dirt by an easily accessible fleece air filter. The filter needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent heat build-up – to do this we recommend STIHL VarioClean, our cleaning agent specifically designed for this task. Spray on both sides of the filter, leave for 10 minutes then rinse gently with water and leave to dry.
Like all our AP System cordless tools, the MSA 220 T is compatible with our STIHL Smart Connector. We have plenty of information available about the STIHL Connected platform on separate blog posts, but in short, the Smart Connector will record the working time of the tool and transmit the data to the Connected App via Bluetooth. This means you’ll know exactly when to complete certain maintenance tasks (such as cleaning the air filter or dressing the guide bar) and have an accurate record of exactly how much work your tool has done.
Top handle chainsaws should only be bought and used by trained arborists and should never be used for cutting at ground level. Find out more about the STIHL MSA 220 T and MSA 220 T-CO in our video or visit your nearest STIHL Approved Dealer.