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Stihl MS 180 C-BE Chain saw

 
Approximate retail price:
$230
Summary: This 16-inch, 32-cc, gasoline-powered chain saw from Stihl weighs 11 lbs. It has a chain brake, a tool-less bar adjuster, and a 2-year warranty.
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Type: Lighter-duty gasoline chain saws
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1.0
No Warranty
1/6/2015
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Comment:
The MS 180cbe is a capable saw while it works. As another reviewer stated my saw also burned up using high test gas and Stihl oil mix bought at time of purchase (as recommended). This saw has a design flaw in my opinion (small engine mechanic for 30 years) that Stihl will not warranty!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
STIHL DOESN'T STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT
12/17/2014
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I WAS GIVEN THIS 180 CHAINSAW AS A RETIREMNT GIFT. SO I MADE SURE I TOOK CARE OF THIS SAW LIKE NO OTHER. USED STIHL OIL. BOUGHT GAS WITHOUT ETHONEL. MADE SURE CHAIN WAS ALWAYS SHARP AND CLEANED AFTER EACH TIME I USED IT. ONE DAY IT WOULDN'T START. FOUND OUT THAT IT HAD SCORED THE PISTON--LOST COMPRESSION. TOOK IT TO DEALER TOLD ME I USED THE WRONG GAS. RAN TO LEAN WOULDN'T STAND BEHIND IT. TOOK TO ANOTHER DEALER THEY TOLD ME I RAN IT TO RICH. WOULDN'T DO ANYTHING WROTE STIHL AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD GET BACK. ITS BEEN A YEAR AND STILL WAITING. PLUS THEY PULLED MY REVIEW OF THEIR PRODUCT
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Would Make a Great Doorstop
8/7/2014
Pros
Cons
Coughs
Gas guzzler
Hard Start
Sputters
Weak
Best Uses
Doorstop
Small boat anchor
Target practice
Comment:
I bought this saw because some thieving piece of trash stole my Echo chainsaw. The same saw my friends of own Stihls used to make fun of. The saw I intend buy again, so that I can pound the Stihl MS180 into shrapnel and deliver it unto my dealer who won't take it back.<br /><br />That said, here's the story:<br /><br />Unfortunately, I use this thing almost every day. It takes forever to start, even with Stihl's supposedly-nifty easy start thingy they have on this piece of garbage. When it finally does start, it sputters and coughs for the first thirty seconds or so, and then struggles through even cedar or cypress.<br /><br />While it runs, it drinks gas like my neighbor drinks beer. I seem to forever be checking to see if it has enough gas in it to make it through a log, because of its incessant coughing and sputtering. Don't rush it through a cedar log, or it'll make a dreadful noise and sputter again.<br /><br />The tool-less chain adjustment is neat. The first time. Then it gets old, and you sorta wish you just had your old chainsaw back that needed the tool to adjust the chain. If it was put together better, or was easier to adjust, then it might be okay. You can tell that some engineer in a polo and khakis designed it, though, because if your hands are sweaty (which, if you're working they can be, as you may be aware), the little knob at the top right of the body of the head (look at the picture at the top of the page - look for the little black knob you push forward or backward) is difficult to move. If a working person had designed this machine, that knob would have knobs on it, and be easier to adjust.<br /><br />It's a pretty little machine, but that's about all I can say about it that isn't negative. I hate it. My guys hate it. Even my six year old asked why it sounds like it's coughing all the time. I told him, It's a piece of garbage. That's why.<br /><br />Oh. Okay, dad.<br /><br />And that's pretty much the end of that story.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Stihl MS 180 C-BE is part of the Chain saws test program at Consumer Reports. The Stihl MS 180 C-BE Chain saws features and specs include Anti-vibration, Chain brake, Tool-free chain adjuster, Translucent oil tank, Storage case, Extra chain, Metal bucking spikes, Protective sheath, Warranty (yrs.). In our lab tests, Chain saws models like the Stihl MS 180 C-BE are reviewed on Overall score, Safety, Ease of use, Handling, Cutting speed, cc/amp, Weight (lbs.), Bar length tested (in.). Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Stihl MS 180 C-BE based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Stihl MS 180 C-BE include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Stihl MS 180 C-BE.
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