MSA 120 C-BQ

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Battery-powered chainsaw for suburban homeowners with various cutting needs.

Product Description

The MSA 120 C-BQ is your new go-to chainsaw for storm cleanup or limb removal around your property. It is lightweight at only 8.4 lbs. (including battery, bar and chain) and features low vibration, quick chain adjustment and STIHL Quickstop® Plus chain braking feature. It also comes with the exclusive ¼” STIHL PICCO™ saw chain custom designed for use on STIHL battery-powered chainsaws. On four-inch diameter wood, this STIHL AK Series chainsaw can make 100 cuts on a single charge, which gives you enough power to tackle a tall stack of firewood. Add this battery-powered chainsaw to your garage today.

The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on. Usage claim tested and verified by an independent third-party test laboratory. Run time may vary based on battery type, charge level and capacity, model, operating style and conditions.

Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

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Model Features

  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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  • STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) - an additional chain braking feature
    STIHL offers an additional, manually-activated chain brake on some models. This system is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. Available on some models.

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  • STIHL Electric Brushless Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.
  • Coast-down Brake
    A controlled braking device (Q) to stop the rotating chain when the trigger is released.
  • STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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  • Rubberized Soft Touch Handle 
    Soft rubber texture is both easy to grip and makes the product comfortable to hold for extended periods.  
  • Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
  • 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.
  • Lightweight Portability
    Great for maneuverability and extended use.

Specifications

GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
30 cm (12") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
210 cc (7.4 oz)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
1/4" STIHL PICCO™
POWER SOURCE
Battery
RUN TIME (w/ AK 20)
Up to 35 minutes (Only works with AK 20)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT (w/ Recommended Battery)
w/ AK 20 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs.)
BATTERY SERIES
AK Series
STIHL recommends #3670 (71 PM3 64) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 12" 3005 008 3405 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on. Chainsaw weights include recommended bar and chain combination. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

Important Information

WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.

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

WARNING FOR CORDED ELECTRIC AND BATTERY CHAINSAW USERS! The fibers may not stop the sprocket on most corded electric chainsaws and some battery-powered chainsaws because of the constant high torque. However, to reduce the severity of injury from accidental contact with the chain, STIHL recommends that leg protection be worn when operating these types of chainsaws.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

MSA 120 C-BQ is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful yet lightweight Bought this saw for my initially for my wife to use. It is very impressive and works better than what I would have expected. I use it now quite a bit. I recommend one for anyone who would like a lightweight yet powerful saw, perfect for trimming limbs off a ladder around the house.
Date published: 2019-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very handy little saw Trimmed 2 trees with this saw and it handled everything I threw at it! Very light and easy to handle even with one hand when needed. The only thing I wish it had was just a little bit more power and a little bit longer run time on 1fully charged battery. I’m very happy with the saw overall.
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually like it, works great. Used to cut a small 6” diameter maple up in blocks once on the ground. Used trimming limbs on my hunting property for paths. Works great!
Date published: 2019-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1 YEAR AND STILL AMAZED! THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PRODUCT I HAVE EVER HAD. EVERYONE THAT USES OR SEES IT IT VERY IMPRESSED AND WANTS IT!
Date published: 2019-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick use I currently own an MS250, a great saw. I purchased the MSA120 thinking it would be a good backup saw. I now use my MSA120 90% of the time, it is so handy and powerful enough to handle almost all of my jobs!
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best tool purchase in awhile Just today, my larger gas saw would not start...had to use the MSA 120 for a medium-size ash that had died and fallen.....no problem. Further, this saw is outstanding and very convenient for trimming and cutting items around the yard that I would defer with the gas saw. Simply keep the battery charged, check the oil, and go. I love this saw!
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Battery Powered Products I bought the Chain saw, trimmer, blower and hedge trimmer. All work great. the folks at Marvin's in Millbrook AL were outstanding. I would recommend these products.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent alternative to pull-start gas power excellent alternative to pull-start gas power: Ease of maintenance and just as much cutting ability when up against any 12-14 in arm. And no worry about lugging a gas can and refueling.
Date published: 2019-07-01
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