Dangerous and appalling quality
Supposed to cut up to 30cm. After 3 minutes cutting the chain stretches and falls off. Completely dangerous and should not be on the market. A waste of petrol, oil and time
Purchased in May 2020.
Love my Stihl
Finished 3rd winter of hardwood firewood cutting. I find it easy to start. 3 pulls on choke then 1 or 2 and off it goes. I use slightly richer than 1:50 mix and alway 98O fuel. On second chain. I’ve cut logs up to around 40cms. Starting to do curved cuts but I didn’t flip the bar as frequently as I should have so a user problem rather than the machine. I’d happily buy another MH180
Purchased in January 2018 at Stihl Dealer.
So much fun to use
Love this thing can’t put it down starts every time for me so light weight and fun to use great for 6 to 8 inch stuff and makes quick work of the bigger stuff out cuts my 20 inch poulin pro no question hands down a great saw
Purchased in September 2020 for $245.00.
Great little saw
This is my first “proper” chainsaw after wasting years with other cheap brands. The Stihl 180 mini boss is perfect for chopping small to medium sized trees and branches. I use it regularly to chop down palms. I wish it had a priming bulb to get fuel in faster but it takes 5 cranks to start every time, unless it’s hot then it starts first pull every time. Stihl is quality and this saw is a great price for what you get. Perfect for the weekend hack like me or camper who needs firewood. Get yourself this saw and a few spare chains then you are set. I recommend it completely, great little saw
Purchased in April 2019 for $299.00.
Worse chainsaw ever!
Gave Stihl a try after owning husquavarna for years. product I ever bought! The chain always comes loose and it is only made for branches and pruning! Does not always start either. Never again!
Purchased in June 2020 at Stihl Dealer for $360.00.
Brilliant for a budget saw
Brilliant saw for the price tag! My ms180 get its share of abuse & neglect but starts every time & cuts anything I can throw at its 16” bar, including quite a bit of hardwood. Ideal for 6-8” logs but will cut upto 14” when the time arises. The Picco micro green safety chain is a bit disappointing being the only option in this size chainsaw bar. A great size saw for camping, yard cleanup work & pruning.
Purchased in October 2018 at Stihl Dealer for $300.00.
Great little machine
Bought this little chainsaw for clearing brunches on my land and I take it camping with me. It is unbelievable how much power this little thing has! No matter what you cut, small, big, hard, soft this thing just doesn't give up. Keep your chain sharp, clean the filter and turn your bar upside down every time you sharpen it, and this chainsaw will keep that smile on your face. I use this little chainsaw much more than my big one and cannot do without. Best $300 I've spent..
Purchased in April 2020 at Bolton Motorcycles for $300.00.
Excellent little saw.
Once you work out how to start it in your conditions it will run and perform for hours.
Touch up the blade every time you refuel and you'll go all day.
Great tool for the price.
Purchased for $360.00.
on/off lever very bad design
got this saw from a stihl agent, it did work well cutting some firewoods and some small branches, but everytime i want to turn it off, the on/off lever just keeps on going out of its place, and the only way to turn it off is to open the plastic case and put the lever back to its place and hold it in while turning it off, this happens everytime i use it! really bad design!
Purchased in May 2018 for $300.00.
Bought from Stihl agent
Wanted a good small chain saw as my old one gave up the ghost after 30 years.
Started easily and cut well, but when I went to stop it it would not. Seams the lever comes out of it’s housing.Have taken it back twice but still jumps out,a very bad design!
Causes much angst I wish I never bought it.
Purchased in February 2020 at Stihl Dealer for $299.00.
This is horrible very bad build of a machine!
I bought this machine and they showed me how to start this machine so I started it at the store went the small tutorial to learn got home tried to start it again and still have yet to start. My junky old craftsman is looking good in comparison so at this point I'd never ever recommend this junk to anybody
Purchased for $300.00.
I bought my Stihl 180 years ago and being on a rural property it has had a lot of hard work. Other than a new chain now and again it has never failed to start or has ever let me down.
In a Nutshell, I would never buy any other Brand.
- MS 180 MiniBoss
- Verified purchase
It has its purposes
easy to start sometimes. Other times it bites the big 1... It can flood easily at times, So you then need to pull the plug and clear the plug and chamber properly!
It's a light weight saw good for pruning mainly. If you're wanting to drop trees with it, you'll really want to use a bigger more aggressive chain!!! I ended up buying another bar the same length and a more aggressive chain half way through cutting down 3 conifers. The replacement did the work so much easier than the factory release! The original was/is really only suited to pruning work. The bar and chain upgrade was 4x more efficient at cutting trees in Fuel, Oil and Time expenditure! ;)
Purchased at local hardware store for $450.00.
Not good. Serious issue with starting.
When it runs I have not had any issues. Utilised on branches between 5cm and 15 cm but be prepared to spend more time trying to start the machine than using it.
Purchased in November 2016 at Stihl Dealer for $359.00.
The best cheap chainsaw I have used
I must say I was surprised by how many people have starting issues as I have a lot of 2 stroke tools and never had the problems of some of the owners .I am suspecting fuel issues could be part of the problem !I can see that about half of the owners have this problem if not more - fuel and spark are the 2 things that I know can effect the starting operation and the MS180 is probably fuel fussy but saying that 2 stroke fuel can go off, and I only use 2 stroke oil in the fuel and try to mix it before I need it ,saying that the last load was in the...chainsaw for 2-3 months unused and it started on the 3rd pull as always , just like the MS250 . I have a Makita wipper snipper,Shindaiwa multi engine with pole pruner and hedger attachment ,Tanaka blower and a Stihl 2 stroke hedge trimmer and the chainsaw . This MS180 replaced my 12 year old MS250 that my son in law now uses as I needed a less powerful chainsaw after moving house and it will probably last him the same. I have just cut up a fallen gum tree that came down the other night on the road ! I must say I am really happy with this chainsaw as I haven't needed it to the same extent as the MS250. I know it is a cheapie and has compromises but for the occasional user I am sold - would I buy it again - yes, is it the best maybe not but will not buy a Husqvarna product ever again (dont get me started on the problems on 2 different types of tools both not cheap ) as I have wasted so much money on this brand as well as a Honda 4 stroke pole hedger -A 4 stroke pole hedger in your dreams ! and premium priced ,to add insult to injury . I think I can say 2 stroke Jap or Stihl for me ! * I have a lot of cypress hedges and they are tall, the Honda multi power unit that takes the pole pruner and hedger attachment was the biggest disappointment as it hates working vertically and made me realize the marketing was better than the product on so many levels - replaced with Shindaiwa 2 stroke , 7 years later it still has another 7-10 years in it and it works even upside down !
Purchased in January 2018 at Stihl Dealer for $290.00.
Terrible saw. Even for a low end saw
7-8 hours of use. Twice to have serived. Of course warranty did nothing for me. Have used Stihl for 30 years. Last saw never had serived in 15 years. I do believe they are manufacturing these lower end saws with poor quality control, or are providing their service providers plenty of work. The saw is good enough for very small green logs, until the fuel line clogs...
Purchased in July 2017 for $300.00.
Good saw - when it works
Started easily when I first brought it home a few days ago. I worked it then for about 20 minutes. Ever since the saw has refused to start despite what i tried. It goes back to the dealer next week.
Purchased in July 2019 for $299.00.
- MS 180 MiniBoss
- Verified purchase
Great little saw
Wasn't really excited about this little saw due to it's size but it was a bit of a surprise. Starts easy with 1-2 pull on full choke then 1 pull on 1/2 choke. Makes pretty light work of 200-250mm jarrah logs and will even cut the full bar length without too much hassle if you have to. For a 16" bar it's got more than enough power and starts first pull with no choke between moves (warm). Has a nice chain adjuster and can be serviced/cleaned with the 1 factory tool thats included. It's really light with a thin bar & chain and hasn't leaked bar oi...l to this date. Would recommend this saw even to someone cutting domestic fire wood for themselves as it is capable of more than you'd expect. Would have liked steel bumper spikes and a bit more warranty like you get with the Husqvarna 5 year when you buy oils but if I get more than the 2 years offered from it I'd be at peace with that.
Purchased in June 2019 for $299.00.
Junk .. but not as bad as other Stihl products I have bought
Worked well for the first 3 months (4 to 5 hours use) then became difficult to start. Often spent 10-15 minutes to start. BTW I always used the expensive Stihl fuel. Took it to the dealership, they found no problem. Worked well again for 3 weeks (maybe 2 hours) then the starting issue came back.
Purchased in May 2017 for $249.00.
Perfect for the little jobs and great for camping
I’ve had this saw for 16 years and it has cut more timber than I can remember. A great little saw. It has only just started give some problems when running hot e.g stalls and won’t run full throttle. But after 16yrs it has certainly earned it keep. It has been used to cut small to midsize trees. The 16inch bar has been replaced once and about 6 chains have been used in this period. I would recommend this little saw, I have updated to a MS 211 and I hope it performs to the same standards.
Purchased in March 2003 for $300.00.
Questions & Answers
Has anyone but me had trouble with chains stretching so much can not tighten them on ms 180 and didnt do a lot cutting either ?Have gone through 3 chains and they aint even half worn out. My old 025 stihl saw could run the chain until wasnt any thing left to sharpen and never stretched to the point I couldnt tighten it.
I’m looking at getting a saw for general household use, but also want to cut some slabs from some 500mm diameter hardwood as a one-off.
Will the 180 be up to the task if the time taken isn’t an issue?
What is winter and summer shutter?
Never heard of it..can only assume choke when cold and no choke when hot..
I asked at dealers and he didn't know..
|Category||Petrol Chainsaws||Petrol Chainsaws|
|Use||Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting|
|Features||Anti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning|
|Engine Displacement||31.8 cc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||250 mL|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2008|
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