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Stihl MS181

“Great saw, bombproof”

Written on: 30/10/2014 by Farmerwill (1 review written)

Great saw, reliable, best saw I have. It costed me £ 180 ex vat from a stihl dealer I have cutted tones of wood including oak, ash and thorn some hard wood and in the first week I had it I must have chopped up a few tones of wood and I've gone out cutting trees with it and o I know that it will keep on going all day long. The saw is great quality and is built strong and also I've done some 'aqua logging' and the wood is really hard and it kept on cutting with ease and I've also done some wood… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“Very poor starter”

Written on: 21/10/2014 by 489Corbett (1 review written)

I purchased a Stihl because of the quality brand but a big mistake. It is has been a terrible starter since new especially when warm. No other small petrol engine I have owned has been this poor. An added problem is the chain bar stud is only held in plastic so pulled out whilst cutting. When running cuts very well and is quite light… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“never again!”

Written on: 13/07/2014

Not sure what machine everyone else is using here,mine has never worked since I bought it.Oil cap leaks,machine floods constantly,wont start again once it is warm,chain lube path blocks constantly,the list is endless the single worst machine I HAVE EVER OWNED.Have never used it more than twice without putting it back for repair.Local Stihl dealer would not fix it under warranty as it was bought in UK and was used in Australia as if that makes difference… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“ms 181 coil”

Written on: 30/12/2013

had my ms 181 for 3 years,but with very light use. Been pleased with it util today when it would not fire up.On checking it found there was no spark, the ignition coil being completely dead.Time to price up a new coil. The saw cost me £230 new, so what would you expect a coil to cost? £25-£30 pounds as per other models? NO WAY!!! Stihl want£106!!! How on earth can Stihl justify £106 for a coil on a machine that only costs £230 brand new? Looks like I've got a well looked after pile of… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“Which mid-priced chainsaw to buy?”

Written on: 24/09/2013 by ColRankin (1 review written)

I' m an infrequent chainsaw user who was looking for a reasonably priced petrol chainsaw for my larg'ish garden. I needed to cut down some smallish trees - say 20ft high, a chop some hedges to a reasonable height. I did have a b&q proline chainsaw for 3 years, but it broke and I could not get it repaired. Then I've had a Ryobi 14 inch petrol chainsaw. After a year it went wrong, but to be fair Ryobi had it repaired and it lasted another 18 months. So now looking for another, that won't break… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“Chainsaw”

Written on: 07/03/2013

Well where to start just had a log burner installed in my conservatory (fantastic) so need to keep it fuelled!! Lol so bought a chainsaw of eBay for the princely sum of £50 wow what a mistake good for pallets etc so decided to buy a new sthil 16inch ms181 let me tell you it's like driving a rolls royce cuts through logs like hot knife through butter!!! So if your thinking of buying a good chainsaw and want it for logging this is the tool to own I'm not talking massive oaks there's other models… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“stihl m181 - The best chainsaws I've owned so far!”

Written on: 19/09/2012

In the last couple of years I have purchased a few cheaper models (Mcculloch, Ryobi and even from Aldi) and all have failed to last. I have been meticulous in mixing the right oil and fuel ratios but all these models have now stopped working no matter what I do (change fuels, replace spark plug etc). I purchased from Bunnings (in Australia) and Aldi and both retailers have let me down with warranty service or replacements. Fed up I went to a mower shop selling only Stihl products and purchased… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“I purchased this saw a few mouths ago, since then I've...”

Written on: 22/09/2011 by metalsean (4 reviews written)

I purchased this saw a few mouths ago, since then I've cut about 8 or so ton of wood up into logs, now the saws… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“It's a fantastic entry level chainsaw not too heavy...”

Written on: 09/01/2011

It's a fantastic entry level chainsaw not too heavy but powerful enough to cut most things. It's not that fast so 4 star- I find it's still quite hard work. Excellent for chainsaw carving… Read Full Review

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Stihl MS181

“Has worked well so far this year, i have never had a...”

Written on: 06/04/2010 by will waters (7 reviews written)

Has worked well so far this year, i have never had a chainsaw before and this has suited my jobs perfectly, i have felled about 20 trees in the last year for my log burner's next year, it then cut them all up and i have got through about 2 saw chains and i have learnt to sharpen them myself on a course. I use 'aspen' 2 stoke mix in my chainsaw it is expensive but it is worth it, it burns much cleaner and is better for the engine. Please if you are going to buy a chainsaw, go on a course and get… Read Full Review

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Mylittlechihuahua's Response to will waters's Review

Written on: 31/05/2010

I found this review very helpful because... I too have a log burner and wondered if this would be powerful enough to cut logs. Thanks Jan

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