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MS 181 C-BE

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

MS 181 C-BE
Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 35reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Only worked for a few minutes After buying it started right up and cut gloriously for several minutes. I left for an hour and then tried to restart it. Nothing. Tried everything including removal and drying of plug/clearing of chamber. Never would start back up. This one is going back to the store. September 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic bit of kit brilliant features This is my first STIHL chainsaw and it is brilliant, light weight with plenty of power for almost everything you need. It will cut through anything up 20" trunk with a 16" chain bar. Brilliant Thanks June 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Truly is an "Easy Start" Fed up with my old chainsaw, that failed within hours of first using, despite my constant maintenance and adjustments, I decided that a Stihl was the direction to go, both from first hand experience with my neighbor's Stihl saw, AND from word of mouth. This saw has performed seamlessly, and it cut thru a 20" Live Oak tree like it was butter. It took less than an hour to buck the whole limb, which weighed several tons, and I didn't have to adjust the chain even once during it's break-in period. June 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Chainsaw This Is a very good chainsaw. Power is ok. The chain actually has to be sharpened more often than most. Glad I purchased. May 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Does not want to start after running for a little I have had a few issues with this saw. First the oil tube came off and was leaking bar oil, dealer replaced. Same time I had them look at the saw for just stopping and not wanting to start after using 30min, they have found nothing wrong. But every time I take it out and cut for over 30 min the saw shuts off and it is a nightmare to get it going again. Sometimes it starts again other times I have to go borrow another to finish a job. It is an aggravation and has turned me off Stihl saws. I have also had the clutch stick a few times requiring teardown to fix, not easily done in the field. May 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this saw !! I have owned several brands of chainsaws over the past 30 years and this saw exceeds even the two older Stihl saws I previously used till they were worn out. I really appreciate the easy starting system due to my having arthritis. It has been getting more difficult to pull an old fashioned saw to start it. After using this saw for a year clearing Cedar trees from our farm, it still starts on the first or second "slow" pull on the rope. I can say without exaggeration that we have cut and trimmed 200 to 300 trees with 6 to 12 inch trunks and only adjusted the tension once. I enjoy demonstrating how easy it starts to someone who doubts our bragging about it. My son has just purchased his own MS - 180 - CBE saw to help with the work. Thank you for making such a great product. April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 52 yo woman 21 acres with hedge tree surround, excellent saw! As the title explains, I am a 52 yo woman and this is my first real chainsaw. I have old hedgerow surrounding my property (21 acres) and I have cut trees that are easily a 30 inch diameter on down to saplings.This saw has been wonderful, this is my second season with it. It starts easily and runs until my body says no more, today I cut for a solid 7 hours. .The chain has stretched so that I can't adjust the tension any tighter so I will be out to buy a new chain before I can continue my projects. February 21, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by need a reliable chain saw Ar first change of .050 thick chain, saw no longer operates. Chain too thick to move in blade groove. Spent much money & time using only Stihl moto mix fuel and Stihl bar & chain lube. Presently in SC. Will take saw back to ACE in Fairfax VA where originally purchased. 8 deg f outside this morning. Really needed a reliable chain saw. 500 miles one way approx. to Fairfax. Can't wait for when it might be fixed here. February 20, 2015