They’re not, not even close, but they’re good little machines for the cost.
A ) The ability to dismantle the whole saw with the use of few tools ,to me it is a "pro" build standard.
B ) The ability to repair the saw with the use of a dedicated
"Repair & Service Manual" ,even
with limited mechanics knowledge ,
is also a pro level standard.
C ) The "one way" fitment of most
parts is also a pro level standard.
D ) The availability of numbered parts ,
even down to a single bolt or washer ,
is another pro level standard.
E ) Almost in every home owner level chainsaw ,
no matter the brand ,the use of plastic parts is extended.
But Stihl uses the most durable and robust polymers.
No other brand has to offer such sturdy plastic housings and covers.Trust me ,I have dropped my MS180s so many times
and from such heights ,that no other saw could have survived these falls.I have experienced what happens with Husqvarna and Echo home owner grade saws ,when accidentally dropped from a tree or down on a slope.
Sure ,pro level Stihl chainsaws have magnesium housings
and covers,forged connecting rods,larger engine displacements,
M-tronic electronic tuning ...
But ALL Stihl saws are made under the same standards.