|Review by SchotterWoodworking||posted 02-11-2010 05:03 AM||12591 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I picked up the Stihl MS 180 from a small shop called Straub’s near Haubstadt, Indiana for a little less than $200.00. I had never used a Stihl and bought it based upon the recommendation of my coworker who has a penchant for discriminating taste in tools. I bought it for small chores of cleanup and light firewood cutting. The chainsaw is lightweight, powerful, and comfortable to use. It does bog down when sawing anything larger than 12” diameter logs, but the bar is only 14” to start. One of the nicest, albeit, difficult features to master, is the tool-less chain tensioner. It’s devastatingly simple to use; loosen the knob, roll the wheel to desired tension, tighten knob. It is also very easy to undertighten the chain, or overtighten the chain. It takes a little time to get used to it, but not having to carry that little wrench which seems to disappear into the forest leaf litter so easily is a bit relief. It has a idiot-resistant choke (because nothing is idiot proof) which makes starting a breeze. You slide the choke to full, pull until it kicks over, the saw automatically kicks the choke lever to half-choke, pull again until the saw runs, then push the choke lever manually to run after a little idling. The chainsaw is great for the small property owner who doesn’t need a Farmboss with a 22” bar but wants more quality that a Poulan. I’ve had the saw for two years now and it is a high quality, affordable chainsaw with a few niceties that make work just a little easier.