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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 37reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ALWAYS READ the MANUAL !!! I got tired of messing with my 009L was a little worried after reading the negative reviews on this site. But after reading the manual it states "1-Do "NOT" high rev for the first 3 gas tank fillings...2nd The engine develops maximum power after "5-15" tank loads..More or less it breaks-in after.. let's say 15 gas tank fill-ups.I can only assume most of the negatives did "not" read the manual.A good friend of mine that is a construction defects expert said "always read the instructions, even if it is a product you use "all" the time, just in case the company has changed something.This Chainsaw Rocks !!! cuts like a hot knife through butter on light stuff (4") using medium throttle (remember break-in).I love the tool-less gas and oil caps.I also read to "relax" the chain after using the saw (chain contracts as it cools and could damage crankshaft) I never knew..!!! I would hesitate doing this with my old saw (hassle), but with the tool-less chain adjuster..I have "no" Problem slacking the chain with the custom tool-less adjuster.I always read the manuals (as should you) and I am sure, I will have "many" years of reliable service from this saw. November 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dissatified with this product I have another 180 that is five years old and has done a great deal of work. Same for a 310 that we have. So when Bomgaars had this saw on sale I thought it was time to give the older saws some rest. Bad idea. This new saw starts harder and takes longer to warm up. After it is warm and shut off, it is very difficult to start. Three different experienced chain saw operators have read in manual and none of us can get this saw to start until is cool. I would not recommend this saw. This is after less than 2 hours of run time. November 11, 2015
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