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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.

Product Description

"I took this saw up to my mountain property,and chopped several fallen trees up to 14 inches, and it operated surprisingly smooth and strong for a saw its size. the easy start feature is the greatest thing since sliced bread. just pulling slowly on the rope kicks in the spring starter and it fires right up. you have to try it to believe it."
-jack101
New Jersey
The MS 181 C-BE is our gift to anyone who gets that technology is here to serve us. (And not the other way around.) With the Easy2Start™ system on board, firing up this chainsaw couldn’t be simpler or faster. Just a light pull on the cord does it. And our Quick Chain Adjuster makes it possible to adjust the saw chain without tools. This model also has our pre-separation air filtration system – which can extend the life of your air filter up to five times over previous models.

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.

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

Reviews

MS 181 C-BE is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 69.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from power and dependability I used my saw to top a tree in my back yard and several times I had to shut the saw off to change positions, and with the easy start I had no trouble restarting my saw.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practically made for me I simply cannot find fault with this tool. It was made for softies like me. What I like best is the starter; that made worth a price premium. With a choke that holds the trigger down (so I don't have to), it's made for starting the way I've always had to: With the saw *pressed to the ground* and my good hand on the pull cord. (This is hard to do while also holding down the trigger.) The saw does the work; pulling the cord doesn't.I need a chainsaw between once and three times a year, but this year I have *tons* of firewood to harvest, so my MS 181 C's gotta get me through it.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All around awesome saw. Picked up my saw at J&R Sales E.Dubuque, It's a great saw that has power and starts easy every time.Ytime.You can carry this saw long lengths of time and weight is such it won't wear you down.Does the work of bigger saws without hesitation.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw for homeowners I've not had the chainsaw very long but have felled, limbed, and bucked about 20 trees with it. Much lighter than my old Poulan.Stihl is a better brand and that comes with a higher price. Well worth it.The easy start function on this saw is fantastic. After spending 2hrs of cutting and manually hauling lumber in the summer, you can get tired quickly. Yours arms can be very tired and the easy start function doesn't require even half of the strength or speed needed to pull start a cold engine. Once she's warmed up, the easy start works like a breeze.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I It's easy to start this chainsaw but once it's hot and you turn it off you have to wait 30-45 before it will start again. Very frustrating. I have to make sure to continually fill it with gas and chain oil while it's running so that it doesn't turn off.
Date published: 2017-07-26
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
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Optional Accessories

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

Standard Features

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