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MS 180 C-BE

MS 180 C-BE
With the STIHL Easy2Start™ system and Quick Chain Adjuster, this high-tech chainsaw is unbelievably easy to use.

Model Features

  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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  • STIHL Easy2Start™ (E)
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products easier. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
  • Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
31.8 cc (1.9 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
1.5 kW (2.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
4.2 kg (9.3 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40cm (12" to 16")
FUEL CAPACITY
250 cc (8.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
145 cc (4.9 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
3/8" PMM3
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3913 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Narrow Kerf guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

Important Information

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 114reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by When it works it works well, when it doesn't.............. The throttle assembly keeps coming loose and is difficult to put back so that the kill switch works right. Very annoying and disappointing. The tool less chain tightener suboptimal as well, it wants to snap back in place before I am done with it and then is annoyingly difficult to pry back out. Maybe I should have paid more and got a professional model or larger saw, I am not sure. Maybe I should have bought competitive brand. I thought Stihl was the best, now I am not sure. August 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very good light duty saw Good light duty saw. Would be nice if it had a primer bulb August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OMG, this saw is fantastic! I am a 60 yr old female. Had back and neck surgery and could no longer handle my O26. Its light, fast, no tools to adjust saw, and the best part of all, " the Easy 2 Start system! Which you will not believe until you try it. My husband Has to show everyone that comes over, and he keeps stealing my saw. August 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is an "AWESOME" saw. This is my second purchase of a Stihl chainsaw. My first was a MS 390 10 years ago. It is a great saw too. But I decided to down size to a smaller lighter saw. The MS-180 with a 14" bar was a perfect saw for me. I used it to limb and cut up a very large oak and a pecan tree. This saw cut through both without hesitation. It started on the third pull right out of the case and never stopped for 2 days of cutting. I was truly impressed with this little saw... I've owned other brands of saws in the past... But I'll never buy anything but a Stihl from now own.... July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Homeowner Chainsaw After growing up on a farm where we took down/cleaned up around 15 trees per year, I knew a Stihl was going to be in my future when I bought my first house. This saw is PERFECT for when you need a chainsaw and don't want to mortgage the house to get it. The bar is the perfect for routine clean up of downed limbs or trimming up in the spring. It runs like a top and makes the chain tightening a breeze. July 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good for what it is. I have the 16 inch bar with the .043 chain. I think it's a good combo for this size. I grew up on a farm and have used both bigger and smaller chainsaws. I live in town now with rows of trees in the back. I also help a friend with her large tree filled yard in the country.I didn't buy this saw to drop trees, only to clean them up and clean up occasional wind damage. I read some forums and was put off by the wannabe History channel loggers advising people to buy giant saws just to brag I guess.This saw so far does what I want it to. If I needed a bigger one I'd have bought one or I'll go nuts and borrow my friends 880. So be honest about your needs. If you need a saw for clean up work and dropping a small tree or two on occasion this one does the job. If you need a saw to drop several trees and run for hours at a time you should move to a larger more rugged model number.The saw starts easy. I've seen reviews saying it doesn't. I wonder though if people are understanding how these later model saws, trimmers, blowers etc. start? If you are new to the technique read the manual or even better yet scan the barcodes on the manual cover to watch videos. A big thumbs up to Stihl for being tech friendly in that regard. I had to wonder what my farmer grandpa would have thought about such a thing.The saw is light and vibration free. It's easy to handle and quick to rev. The 16" bar provides a nice reach yet with the .043 chain doesn't seem to big for the motor. I've bogged it a couple times on some bigger situations but it hasn't happened enough to bother me. The quick chain adjust is also quite handy and easy to use.The fuel tank is small and it does seem somewhat thirsty considering the small cc size, but it's not like you're filling up a Suburban. As of now the chain oiler seems a little aggressive also. Something that may or may not need looked yet, time will tell. Also there a couple times at idle for say about 20 seconds or so it stalled. The last time I used it, it did not do it. Not sure what changed other than break in.I think the 180 is worth the cost of upgrade from the 170. But if I had it to do over I might have sprung for the newer 211. I'm satisfied with the 180, but the 211 is attractive also.I have two good Stihl dealers nearby. That also played into my choice. In some ways a quality dealer is more important than the brand saw you choose.As always use quality gas, oil & follow storage guidelines. Ask any dealer the number 1 reason for repairs and its usually bad/old fuel. July 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by buy a model up less than a year old have gone thru 4 chains. The quality of the saw is not bad but the chain is so thin you can only cut a couple of limbs before it is dull again, July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by light weight = Plenty of power, easy chain adjust. light and easy to start. June 28, 2014
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