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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.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40cm (12" to 16")
250 cc (8.5 oz.)
145 cc (4.9 oz.)
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 powerhead 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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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 208reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Adjuster is a PAIN The adjuster is a pain and the old 017 still works fine and stays adjusted. I would trade it for another old 170. November 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by First and last chain saw I will ever use! I am a healthy 61 yr. old female farmer and I have never had the arm strength to start a big chain saw. I got the MS 180 C-BE and it is sooo easy to start that even I can do it.I just finished cutting and loading a pickup bed full of firewood that I cut myself! November 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Quickly became my favorite go-to chain saw Bought land with acres of trees, so took advice from tree arbor friend to purchase this MS180 C-BE to use as my primary limbing saw as it is light, has a higher rpm than many small saws, easy start and the no tool chain adjustment feature, which is great compliment the larger MS262 and Pole Saw purchased. What I have discovered after using this saw for a few seasons-- unless I cannot reach high enough (needing the pole saw), or I find myself cutting on larger diameter trees, this saw is now by far my absolute favorite for felling AND limbing up to around 12 inch diameters.It truly is "Easy" to start, light weight so less tiring to use for extended periods. Purchased optional carbide chain with second bar to get down and dirty on roots to get job done.So impressed, my arbosrist friend bought one too and I also bought second one for my Father-In-Law, who LOVES the Light Weight & Easy-Start too, letting his other saws collect dust in his shop! Solid Purchase-- Highly recommended for anything up to around 12 inch diameter. November 6, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stihl Gas I liked the saw and bought it to cut up three apple trees in the yard. It worked fine and ran well. Until I had to fill it up. I used the Stihl Gas that the dealership had and tried to start it after this... it started fairly easily and ran for a short bit... Then it died and would not start. after I was able to get it to start again it it would not run properly and acted as if it had the choke on or there was something in the gas preventing it from running properly. I poured the Stihl gas out and used the gas I already mixed for my blower and trimmer. It took a bit but started working pretty well soon afterwards with the mix gas out of the garage.I am also not a big fan of the easy start system. If I had to do it over I would have bought one without the easy pull system. November 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to start and easy to maintain. I've only owned the saw for about a month but have used it for hours. It is very easy to handle, adjust, and maintain. I would recommend this saw to any homeowner who has trees on their property. The experts at Arlington Hardware made my saw selection very easy and where able to order the saw in less than a week. October 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great except for easy start problem I've had this MS 180C-BE chain saw for about 6 months and have cut several large trees, along with a bunch of smaller ones. The power and cutting ability is decent - way better than my older one I got from a big box store.I had a couple of problems with starting. The first was that I was flooding it. After viewing a few videos on the web about hard starting, I guess I was finally "let into the club" as one guy put it. Apparently since there is no priming bulb, the priming happens when you have it set to full choke. So no more than 2 pulls at full choke or you flood it (not sure if true, but it seems to work this way).The other problem I had was with the easy start. A couple of weeks ago it wouldn't start. Nothing would happen when I pulled the cord. It's kind of hard to describe, but the easy start has this clip that pushes out when you pull the cord, and it uses a wound piece of metal to produce the tension before it releases to start it. I found that the piece of metal has a round furled end that sits in a hole in the plastic casing. The metal was coming out of the hole, so it wasn't catching the clips and winding. I took a finishing nail and pounded it into the end of the furled end to make it a bit bigger, and now it seems to stay put in the hole.We'll see how long this fix lasts. I am also a bit conerned about the plastic wheel used to adjust the chain tension. It feels cheap, and doesn't really work very well, especially after you cut for a bit and debris gets on it. I end up just taking the cover off first, manually adjusting it with the metal wheel, and then putting the cover back on.This is my first Stihl product, and I really want to think I am getting a lot of value for what I paid for it. I think the tension wheel and easy start are kind of consumer level "gimics". Over all I am happy with the performance, but we'll have to see about the long term reliability. October 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Underpowered I bought an MS180C recently with high expectations after having used other Stihl Chainsaws over the years. I have been extraordinarily disappointed - the saw is gutless and barely adequate for backyard trimming. It bogs down in anything but small branches and/or dry/dead wood. The chain quick tensioning system is useless. I'll never buy one of Stihl's homeowners series saws again. I should have upgraded to the farm line from the get go. About the only good thing I can say is that it is easy to start. October 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dealers are everything The machine has worked with out any problems. One exception is just the operator not knowing the machine. The people at the dealer put up with me and explain what is going on with the saw so I get the picture of how it works. The easy start is the best system for starting it easy too. October 7, 2015
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