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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 3.9 out of 5 by 30reviewers.
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
Rated 2 out of 5 by i like the chain adjustment feature this is the worst chain saw I have ever owned I bought it a few months ago have only used it a few times a cheep saw will cut better than this I got to looking the chain is the same size as a cheep saw it does not have a stihl saw chain I asked for a stihl I got a cheep saw at high dollar I will tell all the people I know that stihl is not the saw it used to be I have a ms250 been run over dropped and still out cut this saw this saw hangs up all the time but the ms250 has a stihl chain. January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cutting machine Always starts in cold and hot weather and just runs until you are ready to quit. January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Always ready when I need it Don't get to use it often only bought it cause I'm a home owner in hurricane alley, and to chop up refuse.Only used it once so far.But I start it if I need to pull my weed eater out or my edger.Always starts glad it has a primer bulb September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding value for the money I originally bought an MS 170 at the recommendation of the dealer. The MS 170 was under powered when used to cut 4-6 inch thick branches in my trees. I took it back to the dealer and they gave me full credit back and I bought the MS 181. Wow, what a difference. I trimmed 2 pine trees today and it has plenty of power to cut through 4-6 inch thick branches.The MS 170 was a little difficult to start. I highly recommend the Stihl MS 181 C-BE for the added power, quick chain adjustment, and especially the easy start.By the way, I was so impressed with the quality of the Stihl chainsaw and how the dealership stood behind the product when I told them the MS 170 was underpowered that I bought a Stihl FS 56 straight shaft trimmer and a BG 56 blower.If you worry about the price, shop around the big box stores for the high end equipment. Stihl is priced competitive with the upper end brands. Lastly, bite the bullet and buy the 6-pack of Stihl 2-stroke oil. It's a cheap way to double your warranty. August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Chainsaw...took down 4 Ash trees with no problem Took down 2 Ash trees one weekend and 2 more the next weekend. The saw did a great job and the chain adjuster helped make it easy. I did have an issue with the chain and the dealer replaced it. Getting the live training from the dealer and having someone to go to with questions was worth the extra couple bucks than buying a cheaper brand from the big box stores. Wish I had bought Stihl when I was younger. August 23, 2014