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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 43reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect operation and hassle-free After buying several different brands over the years, with the resulting frustrations of starting and/or keeping them running, I bought my first Stihl in January. Ten tanks of fuel so far this winter without a hitch. Starts cold, hot, and in-between. Light enough to use recently on father-in-law's garage to clear overgrown trees and worked great also in dense brush with 2-6 inch trunks. Tough enough to cut through countless large tree trunks for firewood. What a pleasure it is to not have to fight a saw or wonder if it will start or how long it will run. Great warranty plan too - I am set for 4 years! March 14, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Well worth the money This is an affordable saw for a starting business. I needed a chainsaw for cutting down small trees for customers. Without having a large budget, I researched and found that this saw should meet my needs. So far it's working great. I'm definitely going to upgrade later, because of the power when a bind is put on it. However, it makes fast work of small to midsize trees. Very dependable! Would recommend. March 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great tool After the demonstration of how to start and use the saw, I expected some problems to pop up like all of the other saws that I have owned. I was very surprised at the ease of starting and using the chain saw. I have shown several others how easy and dependable the saw is. Well worth the money spent. January 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Never failed We used this saw along with my other two Stihl saws to clear trees for my new house. All oaks from 6" diameter on up. It has never missed a lick and from the three saws I have I seem to always reach for this one....great saw! December 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MS 181 C-BE Bought this chainsaw to use around the house, trimming magnolia trees and some other trees. I had problems starting the saw when I first got it because I didn't know how to take advantage of the Easy2Start system. I took it to the dealer I bought it from and they showed me how to start it correctly. Now that I know how to start it correctly, it is very, very simple to start. You really don't have to pull hard on the rope at all. I haven't had an issue with it. Cuts through trees like butter. December 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by A good saw I really like not having to have any tools to remove the chain and bar. Also being able to tighten or loosen the chain is so simple with this saw. It can be used all day and not tire you out. I have been using chain saws for over 40 years and I like this saw December 2, 2015
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
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