MS 181 C-BE - $279.99 DSRP

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16 in. Bar

DSRP: $279.99


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

The MS 181 C-BE Chainsaw features Easy2Start™ and allows an easier start that requires less pulling force. The Quick Chain Adjuster makes adjusting and removing saw chains simple – no tools are needed. Reduced vibrations lessen user fatigue making this tool ideal for landscaping jobs around the home. Because of its reduced-emission engine technology, the MS 181 C-BE lowers fuel consumption and req...Read More
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MS 181 C-BE Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 31.8 cc (1.9 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.5 kW (2.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 180 cc (6.1 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMM3 55) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3005 008 3919 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    STIHL Easy2Start™ (E)
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products easier. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

    See it in action!
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
ADVERTENCIA: Cáncer y Daño Reproductivo -
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Optional Accessories
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    Bumper Spikes
    Help prevent pull-in and provide better control, making cutting easier.
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MS 181 C-BE is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 87.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great saw, sold by a great dealer (Green Mountain Ace Hardware Store)! I Needed A Chainsaw For Use Around The House. I Live On ¾ Of An Acre On A Very Wooded Lot. I Wanted Something Substantial, But Not A “Professional-Grade” Saw. The Staff At Green Mountain Ace Hardware Asked Lots Of Questions To Make Sure They Understood My Needs, And Then They (Highly) Recommended The MS181 C-BE. It Is EXACTLY What I Need, And I LOVE It. The Easy2Start System Is Awesome, And The Tool-Less Chain Adjustment And Comfort Features Add To The Pleasure And Convenience Of Working with This Great Saw. I Could Not Be Happier With My Purchase, Or The Team At Green Mountain Ace Hardware That Helped Me Choose It!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The pull cord sucks Ok. I have had the chainsaw for about 2 weeks. It cuts well when started. Within the first 2 weeks I’ve had the pull cord break twice. First time my dad took it and pulled harder than he needed [used to the older one]. Makes sense. Took it to an authorized dealer and they replaced it free of charge[very nice). After that i decided that I need to be the one that starts it. BROKE AGAIN after small pulls. I mean very small pulls. Talked to manager at the place I bought and he said something may be wrong w the mechanism inside for it to break twice like that. I’ve got to give it back to them for the second time within 2 weeks. Not starting out well at all
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Saw starts and run well, appears to have an issue with blade quality. This saw seemed to be a good choice for my use, I live on a small acreage in AZ with only a few trees. However after owning it for almost a year, I can tell you I'm not happy with the quality of the blades! After cutting down 1 medium sized tree and having to get the blade sharpened, I bought a spare blade and cut down a second tree. After that my only use was cutting up some logs for my nephew. I could tell both blades were dull and when I took them to the dealer for sharpening, I was told they were ruined. VERY disappointing, this is my second Stihl chainsaw and I was much happier with the first one!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding tool I bought this for home use to take care of some down trees. It is easy to use and very reliable. It made quick work of of the jobs I have. I ha e used other chainsaws and this by far is the best. I would highly recommend this chainsaw.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for light work love the easystart. can i get that on my other power equipment?with the toolless chain adjuster i will probably take better care of the chain. even loosening after a cutting sessionthis is weak for cutting lots of firewood. this is to replace a husquvarna 435 that died. i went totally on what the seller recommended. after cutting up my 3 cords for the year and looking at specs i think the 211 would have been a better choice with same weight and more power. should not have relied so much on the seller.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lightweight This saw is everything i needed in a chainsaw. small and lightweight but big enough to handle most everything a homeowner would be looking for.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chainsaw-Easy Start and Great Handling My last chainsaw was often difficult to start. I gave it away and bought this one. The Stihl starts quick is light and easy to handle. It cuts great with much less vibration. I would recommend this chainsaw!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice lightweight unit, easy to start and goes through wood easily I've bought many Stihl products, and wanted a chain saw that I could start without assistance. I am woman that could use a little more upper body strength. I researched to find a chain saw that would accommodate the rural homeowner, one that would be lightweight, easy to start and had an excellent reputation and repair record. This particular unit came up as a candidate. Going through the reviews, I pulled the trigger and purchased this unit. The sales staff tested the equipment, and gave me a demo of how to start, operate, and do adjustments when necessary. When I got home, I looked through the manual, then went outside and started it up (started up immediately). The saw went through a 12 inch pine trunk like butter. I then used it to cut up some white oak and various wood logs. The saw never felt too heavy, and was easy to maneuver. This machine cuts through wood very easily, and I look forward to using it year round for landscaping maintenance and storm clean up.
Date published: 2018-03-09
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