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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.

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 245reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to Start, reliable, good cutting speed. I replaced a Stihl MS-170 with this saw. Extremely happy with performance, ease of starting, and weight. I cut 4 to 6 cords a year and this saw handles my requirements very well. I would strongly recommend this saw. Had a problem with the choke-On/off lever, returned to dealer and it was fixed in 2 minutes. No problems since. July 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great saw for small projects Bought this as my first gas powered chainsaw for cleaning up trees on my several acre wooded lot. The EZ starter dealio works amazingly well. It's easy to pull and the saw started quickly when both cold and warm. Starting this saw is MUCH easier than most of my other gas powered tools. The chain tension adjuster works well too. I liked not needing a tool that I'd never have with me or would eventually lose. The saw is super light. As my first gas saw, I appreciated not having to struggle with a heavy saw.I took a star off because my saw came with a 16 inch bar and Stihl says you can cut using the whole bar. While technically true, I did not find this to be practical. With the whole bar in use, the engine would bog down and it would take a very long time to perform the cut, quickly emptying the small gas tank in the process.If you need a saw for limbing or smaller trees, I would definitely recommend this saw. It worked great for branches/logs up to 10-12 inches. If you are doing bigger branches regularly, you should get a more powerful saw. If not, get this saw. July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better Than Your Big Box Store Product Having wasted money on two big box gasoline saws and a 1.5 electric model I finally said I need to get a saw that I see the professionals use. So I went to K-119 in San Bruno, CA and with their help I selected this saw. I always wanted a Stihl but was too cheap to plunk down the money since I thought they were too expensive. Boy was I wrong. Buying this saw was such an invaluable learning experience. I was impressed with the amount of items sold to support the smooth operation of this saw. From their own brand of chain oil to their premixed fuel. Now saying all that there is a significant learning curve going from the cheap big box store saws to a Stihl. It will take you (or at least me) a while to thoroughly understand how to effectively use this saw but once you bond with it, you will absolutely understand the value of purchasing equipment from a vendor that has both quality items but also superior support both from the retailer but also the website. One caveat you must remember, the chain does require a bit of attention and constant tightening, but everything you read tells you this, not like other saws what they say will happen does, you have the resources to make adjustments. Who ever heard of breaking in a saw? Who ever wrestled with chain adjustments on a cheap saw when you merely turn a handle on this model and then make the adjustment, just like the manual tells you. Bottom line, always wanted a Stihl, got one, fell in love. July 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poorly Designed and Low Quality I would like to start by saying I'm a huge fan of Stihl products and our local dealer Hi-Way 3 Hardware normally stands behind the products when it comes to service and parts. I have purchased many Stihl Products from Hi-Way 3 Hardware and currently own: MS 271 Chainsaw, FS 45 Weedeater, SH 56 C Leaf Blower with Gutter Extension, and MM 55 Mini Tiller.I purchased the MS 180 C-BE Chainsaw on 6/20/2016 while Hi-Way was waiting on parts for my MS271. When looking at the chainsaws available the Hi-Way 3 representative really pushed the MS 180 C-BE because he said it was a quality product. He also demonstrated the chain tightening mechanism that required "No Tools."I brought the chainsaw home and had issues from the first time I used the machine. I found the "No Tools Required" bar/chain mechanism works it's way loose after 5-10 min of cutting, the quick release top cover randomly pops off when any branch barely touches the button, the lid to bar/chain oil randomly works it way loose and oil dumps all over the ground, and the lid to the fuel does the exact same thing. I noticed a notch in the top of the bar/chain lid and the fuel lid but I thought to myself, "no way they expect someone using this chainsaw to carry a screwdriver around just to refuel when the chainsaw is promoted for no requiring a screwdriver to loosen or remove the chain."Over the next 3 weeks of minimal use around our property, I had tons of recurring issues with this machine so I broke down and called Hi-Way 3 today. They asked me to bring the chainsaw into their store so they could check it out. Upon arrival, the Hi-Way 3 Hardware owner had an employee checkout the saw while I explained the issues I was having with the caps popping off, the cover coming loose, and the chain constantly loosening. I also explained that I felt the machine was of very low quality and poorly designed, but I would be willing to buy a different Stihl chainsaw from them if I could return this product. The owner agreed to let me return the horrifically designed MS 180 C-BE and she asked me which saw I wanted to purchase. I decided on the MS 251 as it is lightweight like the 180 but doesn't have all the "No Tools Required" design flaws. The Hi-Way 3 owner said, "Great, I will give you $120 for your MS 180 C-BE." Needless to say, I was floored since I bought the saw 3 weeks ago and the product they sold me has very obvious design flaws.In summary, I buy Stihl because I know they're well made, built to last, and there is a local retailer that will stand behind the products. In this case, I didn't receive the Stihl quality I expect and the retailer showed absolutely no desire to stand behind a product that displays counter-intuitive design flaws which require a screwdriver to add oil and fuel but doesn't require tools to remove or tighten the bar and chain. In fact, the retailer made it very clear that, "she didn't design the MS 180 C-BE" and if I didn't agree with the design then I could contact the manufacturer. As a result, I am contacting Stihl with this complaint, posting this review on websites and social media, and recommending that readers purchase their yard equipment from a box store that will stand behind the products they sell. July 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cuts like a wild banshee! After purchase and first few uses I thought something was wrong with the pull start mechanism. But with a couple of test pulls on the rope I realized the geniuses at Stihl (LOL you guys should probably include your company name in your spell check software) had developed inertia reserve wind-up secondary spring for this saw, Brilliant! Thank you! At 65 it's a pleasure to start. Not too many things I start now-a-days I can say that about ;o)}}}} July 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good little saw I pushed this saw to the bar's limit and only bogged down a couple times. It will chew right through anything if the chain is sharp.I had the sprocket on the bar get clogged up with bark and chips a couple of times, but it did not take long to fix. I think this happened if it let off the throttle in mid cut. I think it is a pretty good value. Light weight and did what I needed. It could use more power at times, but if the chain is sharp it is fine.The quick chain adjuster takes a little getting use to when you use to the old style, but it works well when your gloves are off.Sometimes the gas cap is hard to get off. Nothing a pair of channel locks won't fix. July 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value I have arthritis in my hands and this chainsaw is very easy for me to use. It is lightweight, so handling it is no problem. The easy start works great and doesn't hurt my hands at all to get it started. I use this chainsaw around the house for light work, like trimming branches and firewood, but I see no reason it couldn't be pressed into service for bigger jobs. June 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A lot of chain saw for the money Light and easy to use. Great for everything but huge trees. My last saw was too big and heavy. June 1, 2016
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