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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 4.4 out of 5 by 131reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 Handy saw for smaller jobs I purchased this chainsaw for you around the home, primarily in trimming, cutting smaller (2-4") diameter limbs, etc., but with the ability to cut moderately larger pieces as the need arises. The first job it had to tackle, however, was the felling of a (12 inch diameter at trunk base) ornamental cherry which had become diseased. It did the job, but by the time the tree was felled and pieced, and some additional light cutting was done, the chain had had it. A replacement chain, Stihl's own recommended part, experienced the same phenomenon. In the first case, once the chain became dull, the saw threw it and irrrevocably damaged the chain. In the second, it appears the chain will need sharpening much sooner than what I'm used to. I am left with the hypothesis that the thin kerf chain is simply overtaxed with heavier work.In spite of the chain issues, however, I still recommend the saw, but for specific duties as described. It is reasonably easy to start, and the chain tensioning device works reasonably well--I give that design a B+. It is light, well-balanced, and the engine seems to run well and smoothly. October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT light weight saw and fast cutting I bought this light weight chain saw for long days of cutting. It's well balanced,fast cutting and easy on fuel. It is now my go to saw over my MS361 Stihl. They were able to fine tune the cutting chain to the hp. rating perfectly. October 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A good reliable saw I have had this saw for a long time. It's easy to handle and still very easy to start even after not being used for a while. Well worth the price!! October 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Like most things but hard to start I haven't used it much. Its hard to start! When you get it started, I love it. All my life I've had different chain saws, but this one is hard starting, and at my age I'm not happy about that! October 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by best little saw build log hand rails for living was super impressed with ease of start in power . took it logging last weekend for de limber saw ended up droping 20 " trees with ease wow !! didnt even get big saw out of the box October 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by poor design on the chain The spacing on the cutting teeth causes the saw to bounce and grab especially in small diameter wood. This also causes the chain to sling off of the bar when it touches a small branch. October 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Chain constantly falls off Pros:LightCons:Chain falls off frequently, even after immediate tightening. When chain falls off it damages the chain. My theory is the easy tightening dial (which is the reason I bought this model) does not adequately tighten the chain.Struggles on anything larger than a 4" diameterThought starting would be easier. it starts, but I would not recommend paying the extra for the easy start.Unless you are only using this on dead wood, or limbs less than 4" stay away from this modelMoving the Off lever up to off no longer turns off the saw. To turn if off I now have to move the lever to choke. Saw only two months old, used for maybe 3 hours.Screw holding the bar on was very loose and almost falling off in first 20 minutes of use.I do recommend Stihl products, just not the smaller ones with fancy gimmicks like easy adjust chain tensioner and EZ start. Get the larger simpler versions. October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great once properly tuned! Needed a light, easy saw for cutting trails and getting firewood. Was always a Husqvarna guy, but several friends with new Huskys have had nothing but problems (seems to be since Poulan got in the mix), and my local mom and pop hardware store carries Still products. This saw seemed to fit the bill, so I sprung for it.It started and ran great right off the shelf, but it would not idle. I wasn't shocked, they set these things super lean for emissions, and I live at 7000 feet, so all my use is between 7 and 10000 feet. Fortunately I've got a local guy who really knows his stuff, and he got it ironed out, and it's run flawlessly since! Very durable, it's been bounced all over the bed of my truck, and strapped to the four wheeler and bounced all over creation. If you don't need a pro grade saw, but something lightweight and sturdy, snag one, you won't regret it!!! September 28, 2014
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