Stihl MSA 100 B-NS1 Review: Groundbreaking Chainsaw For Bonsai Enthusiasts

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The Stihl MSA 100 B-NS1 is Stihl’s smallest chainsaw.

Unbelievably, it’s even smaller than the popular one-handed GTA 26 and a far cry smaller than their largest chainsaw, the MS991 XXL Titan (an absolute beast of a chainsaw).

Bonsai gardeners have received the news with great excitement, with Mr T Cutter, Chairman of the Bonsai Appreciation Society of Great Britain, sharing “This is the first time that I have seen a saw so perfectly suited to my passion. It’s so nice to finally see the Bonsai community get the modern tools we’ve been craving. It’s a genuine game-changer.”

The battery-powered saw weighs only 50 grams/ 0.11 pounds, making it Stihl’s lightest chainsaw and, potentially, the lightest chainsaw ever made by any brand.

Is it right for you? Let’s find out.

Stihl Chainsaw For Pruning Bonsai Tree

smallest stihl chainsaw
 In their product release form, Stihl shared:

As the world’s leading manufacturer of chainsaws and garden power tools, we understand what our customers need to get the job done as effectively and easily as possible.

For more than 90 years, new innovations from STIHL have shaped the industry, from the original petrol chainsaw to the incredible AK System chainsaw….

…the STIHL range expands once again, although this time into new, unprecedented territory, with the launch of the new ultra-compact MSA 100 B-NS1 cordless chainsaw.

This new product is perfect for maintaining smaller shrubs, and was developed after a meeting with the Bonsai Appreciation Society of Great Britain highlighted a small but important gap in the market.

They said that extensive market research showed a lack of fit-for-purpose, precision tools for Bonsai gardeners who were having to cultivate and maintain their gardens by hand.

One keen miniature gardener, Mr. H. Prunier from Yorkshire, explained the impact this has had on them:

The lack of adequate tools for Bonsai trees has had a major impact on my health.

For years, I have been forced to try and maintain my trees with a range of objects that were less than perfect for the job. 40 years of using nail scissors to prune my garden has resulted in great sales for my local chemist, but a tiresome experience for me. Without specialist products, this problem will continue.

The new Stihl chainsaw was then launched at RHS Garden Wisley and tested extensively with their team in the Bonsai gardens.

MSA 100B-NS1 Specs And Features

Stihl MSA 100 B-NS1 chainsaw for bonsai trees

The new MSA 100 B-NS1 chainsaw has many of the same features as its bigger brothers, yet is the first chainsaw in history that runs on cell batteries, offering high power and long-life performance at an extremely low price.

Known specs and features:

  • Weighs 50 grams or 0.11 lbs
  • The lightest power tool ever made
  • Battery-powered MSA chainsaw
  • Extremely quiet, agile, and maneuverable
  • High power and long-life performance
  • Designed for maintaining smaller shrubs and bonsai trees

Mini chainsaws have never been this mini, and Stihl really has pushed the technology further than it’s ever been pushed.

Some believe that this innovative product even rivals the uniqueness of Stihl’s gas-powered coffee machine or the Stihl Manscaper Shave Kit – both equally impressive lifestyle products in their own right.

Stihl Ultra Compact Cordless Chainsaw

stihl mini pruning chainsaw
See the smallest STIHL chainsaw on Amazon here

The final word goes to Paul Hicks, Senior Product Manager for STIHL GB:

STIHL aims to provide tools for gardeners of all abilities and passions. Whatever task you need doing, we will have a product to perfectly suit. With this in mind, it was only a matter of time before we filled this gap in our product range.

We always want to put our customers first, and we hope the new MSA 100 B-NS1 will find its way into the hearts and tool-sheds of many Bonsai gardeners.

The ultra-compact cordless range opens up a whole range of opportunities for STIHL, and we will be looking at what products could potentially be added in future.

And if you haven’t realized yet, this is an April Fool’s joke from Stihl GB in 2017.

Did you pick up on it?

It is arguably a more useful tool than the Stihl MSA 22 AF Dual Bar chainsaw though!

The MSA 100 B-NS1 is just a joke, but there are plenty of fantastic toy chainsaws that can make for the best Christmas or birthday gifts for kids.


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4 thoughts on “Stihl MSA 100 B-NS1 Review: Groundbreaking Chainsaw For Bonsai Enthusiasts”

  1. Excellent chainsaw. I’ve used it to cut steak and open boxes . My wife carries one in her purse instead of bear spray. I wish they had more color opinions. Overall four out of five stars.


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