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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 202reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw for around the house! After having other chainsaws that were difficult to start, the 180 is a breeze. I've had it for about 6 weeks now and have cleared out a huge portion of the scrub trees in my back yard. So far there have been no issues whatsoever. It starts so easily I can't believe it took me this long to buy a Stihl!I bought it and took advantage of the free case offer. So nice to put it in my basement and know that it is protected and not out in the open as a temptation to my grandkids. September 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for the ladies As a young woman, I find this saw is so easy to use. My 180c always fires right up even after sitting for months at a time and the easy pull start is great for a lil wuss like me. I often go out to my farm to cut fire wood and I've never felt like it was more than I could handle. Just the right weight and the safety features make the idea of using a chainsaw a bit less intimidating. The dealer gave me a basic maintenance refresher when I purchased and upkeep is fairly simple. Husbands/guys...this is the one your sweet helper needs! September 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Never started and I had to send in for repair. Well I had a issue on day one, recoil failed on 2 pull. Never started and I had to wait 2 weeks for a repair. That's right a day old and never start and they would not exchange it. Had to send back. Since I got it back it works pretty well once it warms up. September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product - Super easy start - Gets the job done Bought it to replace an older (15 years) Stihl chain saw that was impossible to start. New easy-start system is dynamite! When cold, takes 2-3 pulls on full choke, then 1-2 pulls on half-choke and it starts. And pull start is so easy, you have to be careful that you don't pull too hard (as I had to do with the old saw).While it's not a contractor or lumberjack saw, this one has plenty of power and size for homeowner use. It will handle up to a 12 inch tree with no problem.I love it - I wish I had bought it years ago! September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome saw for around the house I found one of these saws laying in a mud puddle on an abandoned peice of property its probly been there 5 years or more. The gas cap was off the oil cap was off and the carb was exposed and there was a slug living in the carb. I cleaned it all out cleaned the carb and fuel filter put some fresh gas in it and it fired up first pull and has been running perfect ever since September 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Every year this saw has to go in for carburetor repair, very disappointing. I like Stihl equipment! I have a 290, a blower, a trimmer which bogs quite a bit, and a 4 stroke weed trimmer which is great. The 180 seems to need to be taken in every year for poor performance, engine does not get enough gas to be able to pull hard or continue to run. I run Stihl ultra premix oil, high test gas. All my other machines run fine. Don't buy this saw, very unreliable, so frustrating. It is light and IF it runs.... it cuts well, when I took it to the dealer there were about 5 other 180's already there for repair. September 8, 2015
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