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Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss

Stihl MS 231 Wood Boss

MS 231, MS 231 C-BE with Rapid Duro 3
4.6 from 5 reviews


  • Build Quality
    3.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)

Bob Boneo

Bob BoneoGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 5 reviews

cannot start the unit


Purchased it new and cannot start the unit because of the compression Will be taking it back to the dealer to have the Easy2Start accessory fitted at a further cost of $200 AU

Purchased in March 2019 for $750.00.


MissingSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 3 reviews

Good product with one weak link


This chainsaw performs very well, but be careful of the chain brake lever. It's plastic and there is a lot of leverage on the section that engages and disengages the brake. It may break for you as it did for me. As an engineer I can say there's not enough plastic bulk in the design in the right places, and it cannot take the sustained force of clicking the brake on and off a lot (which you should do for safety). Once broken, the brake will be either stuck on or stuck off. One way the saw cannot be used, the other it should not be used until it is made safe again. Keep this part of the chainsaw greased to reduce the forces in the area and that could lengthen the life of this part.

Purchased in May 2013 for $650.00.

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  • 11 reviews
  • 1 like

Great saw


Bought this second hand on ebay, changed the chain. starts super easy and powers through anything, really happy with it. I had a mcculloch c400t chainsaw that I paid $300 for in bunnings previously it was ok but only lasted 2 years, better to buy a Stihl when they have service centres and parts available everywhere.

Date PurchasedJan 2019

YeorgosMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 4 reviews

A pleasure to use


I was originally looking for a smaller chainsaw for trimming back some olive trees and to accompany me on our 4wd trips for cutting firewood , i settled for the Stihl MS 231 the baby of the Wood Boss category , so far it has been a pleasure to use , easy to start and maintain , an excellent chainsaw

Date PurchasedMar 2017

Tee Bo

Tee BoWhangamata

  • 3 reviews

So far, so good

Date PurchasedJan 2018

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