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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.


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

Important Information

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

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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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 238reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A lot of chain saw for the money Light and easy to use. Great for everything but huge trees. My last saw was too big and heavy. June 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw and easy to start This is my third chainsaw and so far it is way above the other two. I replaced the first saw as it was 20 years old and in need of more maintenance than it was worth. The second was from a big box store that I could never get to work and when it did it stalled out for whatever reason.I'm sorry I didn't by a Stihl sooner. This is the easiest starting and smoothest running saw I have used. The easy start system makes it a pleasure to use. Just a coupe of easy pulls and you are in business. Plenty of power to use around my lot for the occasional tree or branch that falls.Now I have to figure out a reason to retire some other lawn equipment to buy more Stihl products. May 24, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bad experience I purchase the MS 180 C-BE on Sunday because I always heard great things about Stihl and had a small tree that needed to come down in my yard. After 30 minutes of use the saw stopped and would not start again. We returned it to Germantown Hardware in Germantown, TN and they said they could not give us a refund. The Manager called on Monday and said I used it incorrectly and that I was cutting with the chain brake on, which I wasn't. I asked him how it was possible to cut with the chain brake on and he said it happens. I just got a call from them and said I could pick it up but I would be charged for the repair. I used this saw for a total of 30 minutes. I will never buy a Stihl product again or anything from Germantown Hardware. . May 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good saw! 100%recomended! Very light! I have owned my ms 180 for about a year now and it has been a good looking reliable saw no matter what conditions. The easy-2-start is handy....sometimes. I found out that when you pull the cord about 5 times(not letting the saw turn over) it's like starting a regular one! Starts up every time weather it's cold, snowy, raining.....always. The way they designed the chain tightener is awesome, you just turn that flap thing and turn the little black knob with your finger and whalla your chain is tight! Great saw greatly recomended love it. May 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love the easy start. I purchased the easy start technology chain saw. It always starts, no pulling my shoulder out. I am a 55 year old woman and love having my own saw I can handle and I don't have to call someone for help. Then I went back and got an easy start trimmer. May 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This saw is a pleasure to run. I own 3 Stihl Chainsaws, mainly for cutting oak firewood. I use the MS 180 C-BE at least 2/3rds of the time. I run a 14 inch bar on it and it rips while limbing, cutting up branches and cutting small to medium logs. The weight to power makes it a pleasure to use and doesn't wear me out as much as my bigger saws. My 660 still gets used as needed but the 180 can do most of what's required to fill the wood shed without the workout. April 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by More powerful than I expected This saw works great for cutting small trees down and trimming . Keep the chain sharp and it will cut through anything. April 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by WOW this saw cuts like butter! I am a first time user of Still and of a chainsaw. My husband has MS and is in a wheelchair so all the upkeep of our property has gone to me. We needed a new saw and decided on a Stihl. The easy strategy made it great for me, I had no problems starting or using my saw, it was so much fun.I now know why men never tell their wives how fun it is because they would never get to use their saws again. Thank you Stihl for making this awesome chainsaw. April 16, 2016
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