Stihl MS180  - $199.99

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Weight -8.8 lbs
Engine Displacment -31.8 cc
Bar Lengths -12" to 16"
Chain Width -mini
Engine HP -2.0 bhp

One of our most popular chain saws for use around the home. Equipped with electronic ignition, STIHL Quickstop® inertia chain brake and anti-vibration system, the MS 180 C-B starts fast and is comfortable to use. STIHL's exclusive Quick Chain Adjuster (B) is standard.

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Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/13/2009

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Good for jobs around home. The easy2start works great and leaves you with more energy to cut logs instead of killing yoursef getting the saw started. I use it to cut smaller trees for firewood. I had heard a lot of good things about Stihl before buying one and they all were true.

Strengths:
Light, Fast ,Easy to start. Cuts up to a 12" diameter log easily.

Weaknesses:
Needs longer bar for felling trees.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Stihl Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/17/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
kick ass

Strengths:
nice saw I can run it all day and not get played out I use it to cut black and white poplar for fire wood thats all we have for trees around here just the right amount of power for those trees they never really exceeed 20 in in diameter

Weaknesses:
could have a better air filtration system like the bigger saws

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From agro coronation (johndeere dealer)
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/5/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
An excellant saw for cutting wood for heat or yard cleanup but not designed to cut huge trees or professional use. I have cut a dutch elm hardwood 28 inches in diametor but thats pushing this little saw to its limit. Pretty hard on the clutch and drive train it dont take long for it to heat up working that hard its not designed for huge timber remember its only 32cc

Strengths:
Excellant power to weight ratio i cant believe the power this little saw has. it always starts good and is easy to service and adjust chain tension it really cuts well with the narrower guage bar and chain an excellent saw for home owners not wanting to deal with sub par knock offs like homelite or poulin. This is a quality stihl product but remember its not a lumber jacks saw for the average joe its a great buy we have had ours for three years and do about 20-30 hours a year with it fencing and yard work and cutting wood to heat my shop (6 chords a yr)

Weaknesses:
only weakness is the air filter plugs fairly often you can tell when its stariting to get pluged because it will stall when idling almost like leaving the choke on it does this after about two hours of operations or less sometimes but its a minor detail

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/5/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I see no reason to pay a $ premium for a Stihl brand low end saw. Get another brand and save the $ if you are looking for a small home owner's saw.

Strengths:
Worked great for 1 cutting session. (2 tanks of gas)

Weaknesses:
Stored the saw away according to the manual instructions, didn't use for 1.5 years, now no start.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Stihl Independent dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/14/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
This is a great little saw for the price compared to homelite or poulan perfect for around the house jobs it is very light for the amount of power it has.

Strengths:
Very easy to start starts in 3 pulls or less the chain tightening system is a great feature, i have had this saw for a little over a year and only tightened the chain once!

Weaknesses:
Could be a little quieter.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Wilson Dismukes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/14/2010

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 2
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Moderately expensive to buy and now with carb replacement, a little more than a much bigger Makita 21"

Strengths:
Lightweight to carry around. Love the Quick Chain Adjust feature. OK for small stuff like limbing or brush clearing. Handle grip area not big enough to get a boot thru.

Weaknesses:
Always been hard to start. Now dealer says I must replace carburetor because of ethanol rotting away internal o-rings. Saw was purchased new in 2004, same year I purchased a Makita 21" (which starts immediately, even after sitting for months)

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Five Star Tractor
Review
Reviewed by:
Joet47
Review Date
2/9/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 4

Summary:
I use the MS 250 around the farm cutting brush, limbing and general sawing. It always starts easy no matter how cold. A very handy reliable chainsaw.

Strengths:
Light weight, power, and easy starting.

Weaknesses:
Found none so far.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Mark's Pro Hardware
Review
Reviewed by:
G Sullivan
Review Date
3/23/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I use this saw for cutting stumps down to the ground before I grind them out and it works awesome for that.It is a small saw thats lightweight and easy to use.I think some guys here that don't like the saw are trying to get too much out of it.Just my opinion.

Strengths:
Nice little saw.Decent power for what it is.Easy to start.

Weaknesses:
No weaknesses for what I use it for.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Stihl Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
B-57
Review Date
4/17/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Just a fun work horse. Buy two!

Strengths:
Great compliment to my MS 460! Should be perfect for the home owner for general saw use. If you are a pro then you understand how it would go great as a short saw for one of the big boys. It works all day long and will not wear you out. I really love this little guy!

Weaknesses:
I should have purchased it a long time ago. The 460 will wear your butt out doing short stuff that this thing was designed for.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/16/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
You won't find a 10lb saw with this much power and reliability in any other brand.

Strengths:
I use this saw professionally. It has taken down 30ft mesquites from top to bottom. Best price for what you get. Exelent limbing and trimming saw. Mine has out lasted 2 Poulans while doing ten times the work. No adjust carb is great, runs the same at 1500 feet as it does at 8000 feet.

Weaknesses:
You won't want to put it down and come in for dinner.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Stihl dealer, Tucson
Review
Reviewed by:
BBells
Review Date
7/24/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Seems to be built ok, but is pretty much worthless since I am exhausted by the time Istart it. First time took 40 pulls and 20 minutes. After that it takes 10-20 pulls, even if it is warm. And yes, I am following the choking directions and using Stihl oil in the gas.

Strengths:
Light,cuts very fast

Weaknesses:
Extremely hard to start - And is only 1 day old. Will probably return it. Bogs down, no carb adjustments to fix this.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Ace Hardware
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/2/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Low quality junk

Strengths:
Light

Weaknesses:
Gutless, gutless, built cheap, no adjustment on carb, high priced parts

Used product for
Purchased From dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/31/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
wery good

Strengths:
1,5 kW i a lott of power for this ccm mashine.Light , fast until 25 cm and wery good. big thing is that this chainsaw has a extra air whole and filter in this case eksist clean longer.

Weaknesses:
carburator is semi automatic...it means the fuel automaticly goes without adjustment...we may just adjust the air ,but its not the worst thing. in bigerr diameter tree chainsaw goes slowly than usualy.But aniway the sharp chain is the most important thing.We must exchange the membrans often and regulary and it is not cost much.

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Purchased From Croatia
Review
Reviewed by:
Ric Flynn
Review Date
12/22/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Great saw

Strengths:
Lightweight, lots of power for a little saw

Weaknesses:
No bargains

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Johndeere dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Tim
Review Date
12/28/2011

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Does what I asked it to do.

Strengths:
Bought in April 2011 for tornado cleanup in Alabama. Good saw for limbing. General cleanup. Light, easy to start.

Weaknesses:
Chain seems to wear out fast.

Used product for 180-Days
Purchased From Argo power equiptment
Review
Reviewed by:
Brad
Review Date
1/19/2012

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Great little saw for the money.

Strengths:
I have owned my MS 180 for six years and still kickin like a mule. Great little homeowners saw. Works great for delimbing, yard clean up, even cutting firewood if its not huge. Mine has the 14" bar. It will cut full bar and have power to spare. I like the chain adjuster. Easy to use and haven't had a problem with it.

Weaknesses:
None that i've noticed.

Used product for
Purchased From Kincaids Hardware, Fairfield, IL
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/20/2012

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I have given 2 of these away to family members as presents and always wanted one for myself. I should have kept the first one 2 years ago and gave a gift certificate. Lol....best saw for the money you can buy.

Strengths:
Have a 260 pro, 210c, 034, 211 and now this little jewel . 180c 16" bar. This is my favorite of all. Starts cold 2nd or 3rd pull and hot first pull. I may list the 211 and 210 on Craig's list now because there not needed. This saw will work for most about 95% of the time and the other 5% is going to need a pro saw with big nads.

Weaknesses:
Perfect

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Argo power equipment
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/23/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Pathetic and immoral

Strengths:
Light weight and compact

Weaknesses:
Bought 180C from ACE and after 1.5 hrs of use, while cutting a piece of wood, it started to lightly smoke and not from the exhaust. Tried idling and looking around with both chain brake on and off, still just smoked and got worse. Took it in and ACE says Stihl won't cover it because I burnt it up with the chain brake (mind you while actually cutting wood.) I have a two year warranty and had it a month. Talked to the Stihl guy that covers warranties and he was pompous and unreal. He acted like he was doing me a huge favor in giving .5 Hr of work even though he didn't even listen to the full repair. ACE says the $200 dollar saw will cost 250 to fix....and IT"S BRAND NEW!!!!!!! I got burnt by Stihl..don't do the same

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From ACE
Review
Reviewed by:
Jmoira
Review Date
5/28/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Piece of junk. Within 10 days 3 trips to dealer. Always soom "lille thing I should have been told." Obviously besy product Stihl has is an OVER-HYPING Machine. They are 100% all right - 100% UNRELIABLE JUNK. [NEVER ACTUALLY GOT IT A JOB TO USE]

Strengths:
None

Weaknesses:
Bad Chain Guides Jumps often Unreliable Starting - IF YOU !CAN! get it to start.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From John's Lawn Mower & Saw
Review
Reviewed by:
RM
Review Date
10/24/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Well, was a great saw. great for trimming fruit tree's and light wood cutting (I used it on tree's up to 16" diameter.). Problem now is that my local stihl dealer says parts will be discontinued soon (and to replace the cylinder/piston/bearings = the price of a new saw anyhow.). Bad decision on my part to go with stihl.

Strengths:
lightweight, easy starting, good power.

Weaknesses:
engine blew up after approx. 30 hours of use. I use only stihl oils..

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Erie Stihl dealership
Review
Reviewed by:
Terry H
Review Date
12/5/2014

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
bye bye stihl , Im over it.

Strengths:
it always starts

Weaknesses:
after a year it bogs down , they took the screen out at the stihl dealership, it went two more years , back to bogging again. only thing is exhaust screen is out. ask google to trouble shoot a guy on there says he replaced every thing on it and it still bogs . Im rethinking stihl, the dealership said they are a small chainsaw. I was thinking its designed to use the way I use it .I always thought of stihl as the high and mighty . im over it. if you buy a cheap stihl you should just go to lowes and buy there cheap saw.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From dons hobby and bike
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/21/2014

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
Very good saw. Awesome power for a little saw. Very easily whoop a husky 240. Can't find a better small saw.

Strengths:
Easy adjust works great, tons of power, good price.

Weaknesses:
Haven't found one yet.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
jss1427
Review Date
2/22/2015

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
for a homeowner saw i have had good luck with the 180 i would buy another one (i did buy another one)

Strengths:
very light easy to use always starts hot or cold for a littls saw don't under estimate it cuts more than i think it should had this saw for 8 years its been used hard and still has 160 psi compression with the right sharp chain cuts great i always do regular maintance on it keep it clean and use only stihl's oils in it i have two other stihl chainsaws and other producs form stihl all have been great!!

Weaknesses:
could use a larges fuel tank air filter gets dirty fast

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From stihl dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/3/2015

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
To clarify for everyone, someone posted they used it for 2 tanks of gas and then put it up for 1.5 years and now it wont start. THAT IS OPERATOR OR OWNER ERROR. Ive had my saw for three years and I use it every year and it sets up for 6 or 8 months at a time. If you use regular gas, not gas with ethenol, and you run all the gas out of the carb., it will start every time with 3 or four pulls.

Strengths:
Great saw for smaller jobs around the house and at the camp.

Weaknesses:
none so far

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Cook Tractor
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
3/20/2017

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Like it so far. For around the house. Still not used to the auto start.

Strengths:
Been a good saw in our family. I got it from dad who ran it dull all the time. New 16" bar and chain and it fills the part of pos 023 only this one is dependable. Great for lighter yard work when I don't want to carry one of my bigger saws. From the reviews it sounds like you can either get a good or bad one of thes.

Weaknesses:
None for what I'm using it for. Too light for bigger tree cutting in harder wood.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Ace
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