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MS 180

MS 180
This lightweight chainsaw features excellent air filtration, enhanced engine cooling and redesigned engine shroud.

Model Features

  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.


31.9 cc (1.9 cu. in.)
1.5 kW (2.0 bhp)
4.1 kg (9.0 lbs.)
250 cc (8.5 oz.)
145 cc (4.9 oz.)
3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3913 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

Important Information

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.


MS 180 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 50.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great when it starts When it starts, it works great. When it is warm it is difficult to impossible to start. I've taken it back to the dealer twice. The first person told me it was flooded and he did get it to start but it took awhile. The second time another person told me the procedure that I needed to do to get it started. This advice has not worked well. I've used chainsaws for over 50 years and this saw is by far the worst to start when is warm.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect tool for home maintenance This saw starts easily and reliably every time. Easy to refuel and oil. It replaced a 25 yr old saw and I regret not making that switch sooner.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Starts great, runs well, underpowered This saw is for small trees as in six inch diameter or less. It is under powered for anything bigger unless you have awhile to make the cuts. In my opinion a 10 inch chain would have been better for this saw. The saw does start easily and runs good. Overall I'm really not impressed with it. The saw I replaced was a another brand which out performs this one for half the price.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great to be back with Stihl After another brand, I returned to Stihl and find it easy to use and light weight. The tension adjustment mechanism is much better than any other I've ever used. Access to the fuel and oil caps are easy and the "tie" preventing the cap from disappearing is greatly appreciated.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Chainsaw! Hands down the best chainsaw I have ever purchased. I only wished I purchased one years ago.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first STIHL Chainsaw Like I said my first STIHL chainsaw but not my first chainsaw. I ended up with a STIHL from the local farm store after 3 days of fighting with a competitors brand chainsaw from a Lowe's. I came home with my first STIHL product and I must say I am impressed with the MS 180, the local farm store set it up at the store and gave me a 2-year warranty if I bought a six pack of 2 cycle oil. As soon as I returned home I put it to work and was even more impressed with the performance and wow it cut way better than the competitors brand of the same size. Huge difference and allot less work and it started every time I needed it. Yes, I spent a few bucks more for the STIHL like 30 dollars more but let me tell you it is the best extra 30 you'll ever spend.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely well built Excellent product for the money. I would recommend Stihl to anyone.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to start, but a good saw I originally was looking for the 'easy start' version of the MS180, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I think I see why. The MS180 is a great chain saw, but it can be tricky to start. Having said that, it was a good buy and I'm glad I have it. I just wish it was a little easier to get going.
Date published: 2017-04-21
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  • Common Features for Chainsaws
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