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MS 180 C-BE

With the STIHL Easy2Start™ system and Quick Chain Adjuster, this high-tech chainsaw is unbelievably easy to use.

MS 180 C-BE
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 111reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is an "AWESOME" saw. This is my second purchase of a Stihl chainsaw. My first was a MS 390 10 years ago. It is a great saw too. But I decided to down size to a smaller lighter saw. The MS-180 with a 14" bar was a perfect saw for me. I used it to limb and cut up a very large oak and a pecan tree. This saw cut through both without hesitation. It started on the third pull right out of the case and never stopped for 2 days of cutting. I was truly impressed with this little saw... I've owned other brands of saws in the past... But I'll never buy anything but a Stihl from now own.... July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Homeowner Chainsaw After growing up on a farm where we took down/cleaned up around 15 trees per year, I knew a Stihl was going to be in my future when I bought my first house. This saw is PERFECT for when you need a chainsaw and don't want to mortgage the house to get it. The bar is the perfect for routine clean up of downed limbs or trimming up in the spring. It runs like a top and makes the chain tightening a breeze. July 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good for what it is. I have the 16 inch bar with the .043 chain. I think it's a good combo for this size. I grew up on a farm and have used both bigger and smaller chainsaws. I live in town now with rows of trees in the back. I also help a friend with her large tree filled yard in the country.I didn't buy this saw to drop trees, only to clean them up and clean up occasional wind damage. I read some forums and was put off by the wannabe History channel loggers advising people to buy giant saws just to brag I guess.This saw so far does what I want it to. If I needed a bigger one I'd have bought one or I'll go nuts and borrow my friends 880. So be honest about your needs. If you need a saw for clean up work and dropping a small tree or two on occasion this one does the job. If you need a saw to drop several trees and run for hours at a time you should move to a larger more rugged model number.The saw starts easy. I've seen reviews saying it doesn't. I wonder though if people are understanding how these later model saws, trimmers, blowers etc. start? If you are new to the technique read the manual or even better yet scan the barcodes on the manual cover to watch videos. A big thumbs up to Stihl for being tech friendly in that regard. I had to wonder what my farmer grandpa would have thought about such a thing.The saw is light and vibration free. It's easy to handle and quick to rev. The 16" bar provides a nice reach yet with the .043 chain doesn't seem to big for the motor. I've bogged it a couple times on some bigger situations but it hasn't happened enough to bother me. The quick chain adjust is also quite handy and easy to use.The fuel tank is small and it does seem somewhat thirsty considering the small cc size, but it's not like you're filling up a Suburban. As of now the chain oiler seems a little aggressive also. Something that may or may not need looked yet, time will tell. Also there a couple times at idle for say about 20 seconds or so it stalled. The last time I used it, it did not do it. Not sure what changed other than break in.I think the 180 is worth the cost of upgrade from the 170. But if I had it to do over I might have sprung for the newer 211. I'm satisfied with the 180, but the 211 is attractive also.I have two good Stihl dealers nearby. That also played into my choice. In some ways a quality dealer is more important than the brand saw you choose.As always use quality gas, oil & follow storage guidelines. Ask any dealer the number 1 reason for repairs and its usually bad/old fuel. July 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by buy a model up less than a year old have gone thru 4 chains. The quality of the saw is not bad but the chain is so thin you can only cut a couple of limbs before it is dull again, July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by light weight = Plenty of power, easy chain adjust. light and easy to start. June 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy starting I bought this saw for the ease of starting feature, I have 6 other Stihl products and I'm sure it will be just as good. June 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Latest Stihl for me In the past I've only purchased used Stihl saws. This was my first official purchase. Based on my needs the 180 was perfect for me. I purchased it, went through the demo, everything seemed fine and I was happy. As I said, I've purchased used Stihl saws in the past, so I know what to expect.Here is my experience buying my first official chainsaw from Stihl:Took the saw home, checked everything and started it up myself. Chain came off. Realigned and retightened the chain. Started again. Chain came flying off. Took it in to the place I bought it from. Turned out the bolts holding the tensioner hadn't been completely tightened, hence why the chain came off no matter what I did. They fixed it (took them forever# and I made them start it up in front of me. Chain stayed on. Took it home, used it, and within five minutes the chainsaw would only stay on if I kept it throttled; letting it idle would shut it off. Checked the idle screw, WAY off. Not sure why considering it was fine at the store. Reset the idle screw properly.Five minutes of use and it happened again. Checked the idle screw. It had loosened again. Yes, Stihl saws should rev high - it's Stihl. But it shouldn't come loose after only five minutes. A day of hard work? Sure. Not five minutes. I'm assuming the spring for the idle is off.Pros:The saw is lightweight and for its class its one heck of a saw. Cuts through just about anything quickly and efficiently. I can use it and not feel like my arm is going numb after an hour. I got the easy start model #highly recommend) and I'm quite content with how easy it is to start the saw.Con:Getting it serviced is a pain. I'll be going to a different place to have it serviced after the issues from where I bought it. The loose bolts and idle problem is quite annoying, especially for the class of saw it is. I'm a little concerned about longevity if I have had all of these problems within a month of purchase.Overall:If you are a homeowner or have a small to medium size property you need to do some work on, it's a good saw. Just make sure you have it thoroughly checked out before you travel with it like I did. Hopefully I'm the odd case, but it does make me feel a bit disappointed given it was my first official purchase, especially with how my case was handled. June 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw I used an electric saw because I never had much luck with gas saws. This saw is very easy to start all the time. The chain is very easy to adjust. June 13, 2014
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