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MS 180

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

Product Description

The MS 180 chainsaw gets back to basics with improved engine air flow and shroud design. With its improved design comes enhanced engine cooling and air filtration, giving you more consistent performance in the field. Make quick work of trimming branches, cutting small trees and clearing fallen limbs after a storm. If you’re looking for a reliable, light-duty chainsaw for occasional use, the MS 180 is a value you can’t ignore.

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.

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MS 180 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 208.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handy to have Used stihl years ago in a professional role. They always worked 8 to 10 hrs a day no issues other than routine maintenance. It was an easy choice to buy the MS 180 for work at home. Quality is still there. In fact I also picked up a used one off a co worker built in 1983 that still starts on the second pull. You can go cheaper but in time you will realize why it was cheaper.
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality for the price The MS-180 is a solid powerful chainsaw. You will not find a better quality product for the price.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MS180 Chainsaw does the small jobs well Its a bit smaller chainsaw and engine, so it doesn't always make it through wet wood or larger logs quickly. But give it time and let it do the work.We use it on mostly firewood and felling small <7" does the job!My disappointments, although I knew them when purchasing: -Plastic dog teeth. Wish these were metal to really bite into the wood. -No priming bulb. So far we start every time, but this will be frustrating in the future I'm guessing.
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely easy to start and use Shopping for a replacement of another "orange" name-brand saw I wore out after 17 years of light work around the farm and on the hunting lease. The Stihl equivalent of what I had was in line with the MS 170/180 but after researching and comparing I decided to spend a few more $ and go with the MS 180 for the Easy 2 Start feature and the easy chain adjustment. The two most frustrating and time-consuming features of my other saw.First time using the MS 180, trimming limbs for a couple of hours of on-off use, the Easy 2 Start feature convinced me that I made the right purchase! And not once did I have to adjust the chain, perhaps because it's still new and bar oil hasn't coated everything else in addition to the chain and bar. So far, very pleased with the purchase and performance. Only reason I didn't give more excellent ratings is I haven't used it long enough to really put it to the test.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable and lightweight Used it right away on our property last year. It was very easy to use and maintain. Great performance for its size. Cut some pretty big trees down with little effort. Ready for another project this year.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great once I reversed the chain Works great once I reversed the chain that was put on backwards by either the shop or Factory.
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oil leaking during first use I was excited to get to work with my new MS 180, however within the first 30 minutes oil was caking around the chain and all over the outside of my saw. I took it to the local dealer and they told me over and over that it was normal for oil to leak. I tried telling them that not this much oil is normal and I’ve never seen that happen before like it did with my new machine. Instead of working with me to check it out or to replace, they insisted on arguing with me and told me they would take a look at the oil pump “just to make you happy.” Beyond frustrated with this product and I’ve only used it for 30 minutes! Even more frustrated with the “Stihl dealer”
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive. Cuts like it should. No problems thus far. I'm working this saw like I stole it. The moto mix is good. Regular gas don't cut it. I may be working it a little too hard. The heat in Alabama right now is unbearable., I know this can affect performance. I run a tank and let it cool off. Keep the bar out of the dirt and your good to go. I must say that chain that comes with the saw has been stellar. Still sharp as can be. Thank you for a good product at a fair price.
Date published: 2019-05-27
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