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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.)
250 cc (8.5 oz.)
145 cc (4.9 oz.)
3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40cm (12" to 16")
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3913 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.


Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 269reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Quality, I expect this saw to rate right up there with all my other Stihl equipment I own. Great saw, balanced well and handles every job I've used it on. October 19, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bad EZ Start System I had this saw for 1 year and 1 month, but only used it for a total of about 16 hours. I was using it cutting up wood in my yard after hurricane Mathew it ran out of gas and after refueling I attempted to crank it but all I got was an EASY pull on the starter cord and a clicking noise and it would not engage the motor. So now I'm off to a dealer to see IF it is covered under warranty. After talking to some other Stihl owners, it was stated that this product has a lot of problems.I use this saw from my wheel chair and my wife bought it as a present thinking it would be easier to work with because of the same. I am a firm believer in Stihl products but this one is a big let down. October 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wow I recently purchased this saw from a young man that said it just was not a good saw. after taking it home I noticed the chain was on backwards. After turning the chain around this saw cut like a million dollars.I really like the easy chain adjust and tool less feature. A nice lightweight saw that really cuts. I have owned several other saws this one is my favorite. October 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent saw for the price I needed a light weight chainsaw to use around the home and our small pine trees and birch trees. this saw is everything and more of what I wanted. powerful, easy to start, light weight. love it!! October 13, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by not satisfied Looked good, ran good. First cut was to fell a 10 inch tree. As soon as I started to notch, the chain brake activated as it was close to my big hands. The chain stopped immediately as it should, but it also locked up. Engaging and disengaging the chain brake had no effect. Still locked up. I shut the engine down so as to not damage the saw. I am taking it back to the dealer where I bought it. October 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by ms 180 c-be FANTASTIC !!!! need I say more! yes easy chain adjustment, easy start . spend the few bucks more by a stihl October 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very easy to use As I said it is very easy to use, cut's smoothly and quickly with little effort. October 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My fav lightweight saw!! The Stihl MS180 is a fantastic value and a hard working little machine. I have two of them and use this model to cut 90% of my firewood for home heat. Some people laugh at my little saw but for me a light weight saw lets me keep working all day without user fatigue. I have several larger saws but only use them for felling large trees and for big jobs. Never under estimate the value of small, lightweight equipment. In the right hands they can do a ton of work! I do however wish Stihl would avoid some of the newer additions to this model like the easy start and tool-less chain adjustment features. In my experience they just add weight and reduce long term reliability. Keep em simple, strong, and light!! October 4, 2016
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