MS 181 C-BE - $299.95 DSRP


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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.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 3/8" PMM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE Gas
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 depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
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.

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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! 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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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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Rated 5 out of 5 by Light and Dependably Awesome This saw will not wear you out moving it about a work site. It has more power than you think. No vibration while cutting. September 15, 2016
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Rated 1 out of 5 by Female Senior Citizens Beware! I am a female senior citizen who has used chainsaws for years for purpose of heating my home and small farm activities. I am an extremely hard-working person and am very dependent on my equipment. Have been a long-time Stihl fan until my recent experience. Will never, ever purchase another Stihl product because of the quality of product. They are not the saws they used to be.The most troubling issue is how rudely I have been treated by the service people when trying to resolve my issues. I have been treated dismissively and right down rudely by service people, the worst experience of all by Ace Hardware in O'Fallon, Illinois.Stihl should have more respect for their female users and require customer service training for their vendors. I am truly hurt over this treatment. August 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starts every time Cuts easily, a joy to operate and best of all it starts every time with little effort. July 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent saw I have owned this saw for about 6 months. I have used it around my yard to clean up fallen branches and maintain my trees. It's a lightweight saw that is deceptively powerful. The saw is very easy to maintain plus the quick chain adjuster and easy to start features puts it over the top. Best power tool I've purchased in years. July 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great chainsaw Had my MS 181C for 3 yrs. and it always worked great. I cut down many trees and chopped up the trunks so I could haul them away to the burn pile. This morning I cut up a fallen hackberry and all went well until a 400 lb. tree truck fell on it as I was trying to load the tractor bucket. My great chainsaw has breathed its last. Now I'm in the market to buy another one. July 1, 2016
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