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MSA 120 C-BQ

MSA 120 C-BQ
This battery-powered chainsaw bundle comes standard with battery and charger, it is also lightweight and capable of long run times. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

Product Description

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Part of the STIHL Lightning Battery System™ line of products, 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 MSA 120 C-BQ bundle comes standard with the AK 20 battery and AL 101 battery charger. The MSA 120 C-BQ is also available as a stand-alone unit without battery and charger.



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 Electric Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.
  • 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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  • Coast-down Brake
    A controlled braking device (Q) to stop the rotating chain when the trigger is released.
  • 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.

Specifications

GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
25 or 30 cm (10" or 12") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
1/4" STIHL PICCO™
WEIGHT w/o BATTERY
2.2 kg (4.8 lbs.)
RUN TIME (w/ AK 20)
Up to 35 minutes
WEIGHT
w/ AK 20: 3.8 kg (8.4 lbs.)
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! 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 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! Perfect little saw for a 58 yr. old woman who wants to get things done around here! Researched for abt. 3 mos. I use this Stihl for honeysuckle, limb and small (4-6 in dia) unwanted trees on our 4 acre property. We have been going to town around here! Hubby helps cut down the trees,I treat with herbicide and then I can go out later and chop up what is down on the ground all by myself! Saw is easy to use and I will be honest with you, by the time the battery is getting low, I am ready to be done anyway! Keep an eye on the oil though. I will be buying another battery for longer days and another chain as well. Not because I have to. Just as back ups! The other reason I bought this saw is because of the strong Stihl dealership repair and accessory service in my area. Why have a saw that you have to wait forever to use if you can't get it repaired or get a new part easier?
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job I bought this saw to take care of tree branches and other garden brush. It has worked very well and it cuts through logs well. No complaints. Can't comment on the longevity of the battery yet.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good second chainsay. I bought this saw as a second saw to release a pinched chainsaw. I have used it to trim trees and shrubs. I take it along with my gas powered Stihl chainsaw in case I pinch the gas saw in a limb. I like that it does not have to be pulled to start and is ready to go when I have chain oil and battery checked. I have found that it is well suited to many tasks around my yard.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is the first battery pack chain saw I have ever had. I always used gas saws before. This saw is so lightweight and handy does a good job, I would recommend this saw to anyone.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for homeowner. Really good for homeowner use. Battery lasts a surprisingly long time. Enough power for any 12"-18" cut. This is an expensive tool, but you save the aggrevations of mixing fuel and balky starts, earsplitting noise and toxic fumes.A fair trade to me. Recommended highly.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #1 Favorite Chainsaw of 7 Love this saw and would recommend to anyone. It charges quickly, cuts quickly and easily and is super lightweight.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for trail maintenance I just got this yesterday and spend over an hour clearing paths in the woods. It's light easy to use. I wouldn't use it to get firewood, but for small stuff it's great.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is easy to use and maintain I previously had a gas saw which for me was difficult to start. This battery powered saw starts immediately. It's easy to use and maintain. Great for cutting small trees, bushes and branches.
Date published: 2017-07-05
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