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Stihl MS 180
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  • Build Quality
    1.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    1.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.0 (1)
  • Safety
    3.0 (1)
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AaronL
AaronLSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 2 reviews

It's a tree pruner, not a chainsaw

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Purchased in April 2021 for $350.00.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
2/5
Vaughn J.
Vaughn J.Greater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

Disappointing all round

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Purchased in January 2021 for $300.00.

Build Quality
1/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Michael
MichaelWide Bay-Burnett, QLD

on/off lever very bad design

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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.

Build Quality
1/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Incentivised Review No

Leaks oil till empty

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Kept taking it back because of chain lubricate completely self draining out. Then ran out of warranty and needed new oil pump, thought the problem would be now resolved. No_ still leaking oil, don't touch this model or brand. Maybe just find a good dealer!!!kept being told it was normal!

Date PurchasedSept 2014
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Good small chainsaw

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I find this to be a good little chainsareally can't fault it.w. being a tradie, I use it on the smaller jobs with no problems. I keep maintenance up to it, sharpen the chain frequently and it goes well. Had it for about 5 yrs,

pk7
pk7AU

would not buy MS 180 again

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problems starting it right out of the box (following users manual) oil cap keeps coming off during use (used it 4 times and cap has come off every time). Took it back to shop and they could not fault it (but they also didn't test it cutting wood) they gave me a new cap. I'll see how that goes.

So far, it doesn't live up to the Stihl name or price tag.
it does cut very nice though.
little things- read description

Jeanette13
Jeanette13

I had problems from start with oiler and hard to start when cold. Filter on oiler needs to be changed after a year and you have to take the flywheel off to get at the tank. Poor design expensive to service due to the design.

Questions & Answers

Buck
Buckasked
MS 180

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.

3 answers
Graeme2900
Graeme2900

I have used a lot of different chainsaws including MS180 and I have found 2 things about chains
1. They will stretch if blunt and can quickly lose their edge if allowed to cut on dirt or dirty timber.
2. Cheap chains stretch very quickly always use good brands like Stihl, Carlton, GB, Husqvarna & Oregon

Jimbo
Jimbo

Need more oil?

A L.
A L.

All chains stretch over time. New chains will stretch for a period until they're run in too. But most causes are (1) Overheating due to teeth being blunt, but more importantly your rakers may not have been filed down properly causing over-revving and minimal tooth contact, if you get a burning smell or the wood you have cut has slight burn marks, that's the problem. If the wood chips flying from the saw are nice big chips, then all good, but if they're small, sawdust like chips, it ain't cutting and biting into the wood real well. An important part of sharpening is every 5th or so times you file the chain, file the rakers about 2-3 light strokes with a flat file. Saw teeth lose a little bit of depth affecting the working corner of the chain each time you file them, so it's imperative to keep the raker depth in check. The factory depth is about .6 of a mm. I grind the rakers down to to 1mm on all my new chains, and on some of my saws I grind them down about 2mm below the tooth height for a very aggressive cut on softer wood, but you've gotta know what you're doing and be careful of kickback doing that though. You can buy raker guages online for next to nothing too. (2) You're cutting dirty wood, self explanatory. (3) Not enough lubrication. Use a good oil in the oil tank, make sure it's getting oil to the bar and onto the chain and the oiler hole in the bar is not blocked with sawdust or dirt...or on the other hand, oil leaking down the bar near the spike which is a sealing problem ....To check for proper oiling of the bar and chain....Start the saw, hold the tip of the bar close (about 3" away) from a white surface (side of house/shed etc) rev the saw up to full noise and see how much oil splatters on the white surface. It should spray a nice pattern of oil (not too much) onto the surface as it flies off the bar. But the biggest reason for chain stretch is el-cheapo cruddy chains, they're actually dangerous as they break at the rivets often, as well as stretching and loosing their edge quickly ....I only use Oregon chains, they are the ducks guts. Cheers and good luck with it.

Ben A.
Ben A.asked
MS 180

Hi,
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?

2 answers
Mudman
Mudman

It won't cut slabs Ben. It'll cut cookies off the end with a bit of practice and a sharp chain, but It'll bog down on slabs.

Ben A.
Ben A.

Thanks very much!

Michael P.
Michael P.asked
MS 180

What is winter and summer shutter?

4 answers
Rob
Rob

Never heard of it..can only assume choke when cold and no choke when hot..
I asked at dealers and he didn't know..

Robin Y.
Robin Y.

Icing of the The carburettor can happen below about 50°F. There is a sliding shutter between the carby and the head. It can be left open over 50° but is suggested if you drink below that that you have that shut it closed. It is a little vertical slide.

Richard S.
Richard S.

Had my stihl 180 since 2002
Still a great garden saw , starts ok , when you know how
Oil pump half working, but still cuts fine, considering it is nearly 19 years old.
My universal chain saw!
Have a Husqvarna 346xp for forest work, and heavey work

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CategoryPetrol ChainsawsPetrol Chainsaws
Price (RRP) $299.00
Use Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Tool-free Chain Tensioning
Weight4.1 kg
Engine Displacement31.8 cc
Fuel Tank Capacity250 mL
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)2 year(s)
Release dateMar 2008
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