STIHL MS 500i is the first chain saw on the worldwide market with electronically controlled fuel injection.
Designed and built exclusively for forestry personnel and tree service professionals, the MS 500i is the first ever chainsaw on the worldwide market with electronically controlled fuel injection. With its excellent power-to-weight ratio, this saw is an impressive piece of equipment for pros looking to take on tree felling, bucking or delimbing operations. Thanks to its unique fuel injection system, the MS 500i delivers rapid acceleration. Combining innovative technology with world-class engineering and durable construction, the MS 500i is another great addition to the long line of legendary STIHL chain saws.
STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
The decompression valve reduces the compression in the combustion chamber during cranking and helps reduce the effort needed to pull the starter rope.
The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
Fuel and oil caps with retainers
The fuel and oil cap retainers keep the caps attached to the unit for added convenience.
Side-Access Chain Tensioner
The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
Ematic™ Lubrication System
The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
Ease of use
A user friendly tool for a variety of tasks.
HD2 Air Filter
The new HD2 air filter on this unit is washable, providing an extremely long filter life and lowering maintenance costs. The large surface area allows for longer run times between cleanings and high performance even while operating in dusty and dry conditions. Overall, the HD2 air filter provides better protection of the engine compared to standard air filters.
When used with STIHL OILOMATIC ® saw chain and STIHL Ematic ™ guide bars, the high output oiler can supply additional lubrication if needed for longer guide bars and/or dry/dusty cutting conditions.
Quarter Turn Lock on the Air Filter Shroud
The quarter-turn shroud lock provides quick access, so users can quickly and efficiently service the chain saw with minimal downtime on the job.
Allows users to get more done by minimizing fatigue. Sensor-controlled fuel metering
Sensor-controlled fuel metering delivers the right amount of fuel.
Lightweight sprocket cover with captive bar nuts
Lightweight sprocket cover with captive bar nuts.
Unique bumper spike design
Unique bumper spike design ensures pros can expect optimal performance regardless of what species of tree they’re cutting.
Quick acceleration helps deliver excellent cutting performance.
New generation MDG 1 Diagnostic Software
Allows dealers to quickly identify where service might be needed.
Simplified Starting Procedure
Saves the user time and reduces the chance of flooding the engine when starting.
STIHL OILOMATIC Saw Chain
STIHL makes its own saw chains.
Includes a polymer ramp reservoir that holds bar oil until it can be picked up by a passing chain. This can reduce oil usage by up to 50%.
They help prevent pull-in and provide better control, making cuts easier.
Spark Arrester Muffler
Has large baffles which reduce noise levels and contain a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
STIHL Quickstop® Chain Brake System
Designed to stop the chain in fractions of a second. Can be manually activated by inertia if the kickback force is sufficient.
Front Hand Guard
Designed to reduce the risk of injury.
Designed for a secure grip and ergonomically angled for comfort.
Protected Spark Plug
Protected, yet easy to change.
Large Starting Handle
Easy to grip.
Smooth Clean Design
Has no rough edges to snag on clothing or brush.
Air Filter Cover
Easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
Master Control Lever™
Is a single lever operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch.
Rear Hand Guard
Reduces the risk of injury as well as provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.
High-Tech Polymer Housings
Lightweight, withstand greater impact, and are corrosion-resistant.
Translucent Fuel Tank
Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work.
Helps reduce operator fatigue.
Provides easier starting and smoother running.
Replaceable “In Tank” Fuel and Oil Filters
Lower cost and are easy to maintain.
Inboard Chain Brake
Requires less maintenance and makes saw chain sprocket easier to remove.
Automatic Bar and Chain Oiler
Lets the operator concentrate on cutting, not bar lubrication.
Helps reduce the risk of operator contact by a chain if it should break or derail.
Throttle Trigger Lockout
Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
Other STIHL Professional Chainsaws
- STIHL MS 261
- STIHL MS 261 C-M
- STIHL MS 362
- STIHL MS 362 C-M
- STIHL MS 362 R C-M
- STIHL MS 400 C-M
- STIHL MS 462 C-M
- STIHL MS 462 R C-M
- STIHL MS 500i R
- STIHL MS 661 C-M MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 661 MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 661 R C-M MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 661 R MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 880 MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 881 MAGNUM
- STIHL MS 881 R MAGNUM
1 thought on “STIHL MS 500i Review”
We only use the MS500i
Nothing competes with it.
Best model in the world.