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Stihl MS181 31.8cc 12in Petrol

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Brand: Stihl / Fuel Type: Petrol

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      18.06.2010 16:16
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      Excellent saw for casual user or test candidate.

      This is a low end chainsaw for the occasional user or for small scale felling or ringing up. I would usually use a Stihl MS260 for my every day work but I have often had call to use one of these such as when on training courses or whilst my saw is in for a service.

      The advantage of this saw is that it is very suitable for the casual user or people with low stamina. Face it, carrying round any chainsaw for a day while dressed up in all the protective gear is pretty hardwork. This saw though, is a pleasure to use as it weighs next to nothing, especially with its short standard bar length (12"). You don't need anything bigger than this if you are cutting the odd piece of wood or small tree 12" or less. Maybe if you are cutting beech all day, you might want something a bit more powerful.

      Light all good tools, it is perfectly balanced so that you can get your levels right on your felling cuts, just by hanging it from the front handle on the side or on the corner. That will always get you a perfect levelled gob cut and back cut.

      Going back to the engine, it is small and if cutting harder woods like beech then it might struggle a bit but let it run at full pelt and let gravity take it through and you'll be fine. Just make sure you are spot on with your sharpening so that it doesn't have any excuse not to cut well.

      The saw starts nice and easy and is easy to fill up with 2 stroke and chain oil. To service it is easy, with the air filter being easily accessible and the bar and chain coming off nice and easy with the standard chainsaw tool.

      I would recommend this to new users or those taking NPTC tests. The reason for this is that the practice days and the test day can be very stressful and exhausting. Students often turn up with much larger saws and are tired before they have even finished one tree. If you have a smaller saw that is capable, then fatigue is just one less thing to worry about. Also, an added bonus is that there are less teeth on a chain for a 12" chain than on larger bar/chain combos, therefore more time cutting, less time sharpening and boy do you notice it once you start using 20" bars!

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  • Product Details

    Powerful 31.8cc Petrol Engine / 30cm (12in) Bar Length / 1.5kw Power Output