Stihl MS 280 I

We are expecting something good from Stihl and we are not disappointed. This 54.7cc saw has built-in “intelligence” — and it shows.
The intelligence refers to Intelligent Engine Management and that, says Stihl, guarantees maximum power at all times, combined with reduced fuel consumption. In effect, it does away with manual adjustments to the carburettor high-speed screw. The secret lies — you guessed it — in a microprocessor.
Integrated into the ignition module, the microprocessor monitors the engine speed to control the opening and closing of the solenoid valve in the carburettor. If the valve remains open for a long time, the proportion of fuel in the mix is increased, whereas the shorter opening times reduce the fuel flow. In this way, the engine should always receive the correct mixture and deliver optimum power at constant maximum speed.
In practical terms, we find all this clever stuff equates to rapid acceleration. It also means that incorrect settings become a thing of the past, thus eliminating potential damage and downtime due to incorrect carburettor settings. At the same time, fuel consumption is cut — and that’s good for the environment.
The MS 280 comes with “intelligence” as standard. The Rapid Super Comfort (RSC) high-performance saw chain is also standard. Fast becoming a favourite, this chain is characterised by low vibrations, smooth cutting and excellent cutting and plunge performance. If you haven’t tried it already, you should.
Other features are Stihl regulars — robust construction, low vibration levels, Elasto Start, QuickStop Super chain-braking system, filler caps that don’t require tools and lateral chain tensioning. Chain Quick Tensioning is an option. It all adds up to a versatile, all-round chainsaw for professionals.

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