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MS 181 C-BE

MS 181 C-BE
A chainsaw with reduced-emission engine technology, STIHL Easy2Start™ and Quick Chain Adjuster.

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.
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
31.8 cc (1.9 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
1.5 kW (2.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
280 cc (9.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
180 cc (6.1 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE
Gas
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3919 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Ematic™ 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 based on which powerhead it is installed on.

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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Reviews

MS 181 C-BE is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 64.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Saw won't start Saw is a few years old - won't start. Always hard to start in spring. Now won;t start at all. Has spark but no fuel. Shop says carb needs replaced. Literally used a few times a year for last three years - and carb needs replaced???!!!Very disappointed. My bigger sthil works fine for 15 years. Will not buy a small saw like this again from stihl.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts easy, plenty of power I really like the easy start and the tool less chain tensioner. Very easy to use and plenty of power for a home owner
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product is not worth buying Can not keep a chain sharp on this saw. I have bought four new chains, had the chains sharpened professionally and taken to the shop three times. The saw starts without a problem but is no good due to chain issue. I have had the oiler checked and even set up a test cut log, made four cuts with a new chain before the saw started throwing saw dust. My guess is the problem is due to the metal thickness on the chain, wanted to change the bar so that I could put on a better chain but just so happens you can not change the bar on this saw. My opinion is that this is the poorest designed saw Stihl has every built and not worth buying.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute rubbish! This is my second one. The first one was faulty. This one is also faulty despite good care. Temporary cheaper chainsaw I bought to hide me over is still going strong for less than half the price.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great home saw I love my MS 181 C-BE. It is easy to start, which is important as I am a 64 year old woman. I bought this saw to clear sprouts and dead fall around my rural property. I have never had a gas powered chainsaw, just a small electric, and this saw is very easy to use and powerful enough to do the job.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! Great little saw; light weight, easy start and easy to handle. Only wish it came with a hard case, had to purchase seperatly.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical Stihl quality, power only issue This is a great saw at a fair price. The unit is easy to service, easy to fill, and easy to start. My only complaint would be that mine came with a 16" bar, and in hard wood, there is a bit of a power deficit. I'm sure it would work great with a 14" bar, and then it would be second to none.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around saw for occassinal home use Very easy to break in and put to use clearing tree limbs and removing dead.
Date published: 2017-01-24
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Optional Accessories

  • Bumper Spikes
    Help prevent pull-in and provide better control, making cutting easier.

Standard Features

  • Common Features for Chainsaws
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