MS 181 C-BE - $279.95 DSRP

Distributor Suggested Retail Price
16 in. Bar

DSRP: $279.95


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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.

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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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MS 181 C-BE is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 80.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly easy to use I have owned many chainsaws in the past. Many used and new saws. The last saw I purchased before my first Stihl saw I had only used 3 times and started having issues with it. When I took it to a local saw shop they informed me that the saws were now being produced overseas and it would cost more to fix it than to replace it. Imagine my frustration. I finally broke down and spent a little extra and bought my first Stihl and I must say, this is an actual case of "you get what you pay for." From the first pull of the easy start feature to the very first cut into a tree, I knew I had made the right decision.This little saw cuts like a dream. I went through 3 trees on my property in a very short amount of time. With my past few saws that would have taken twice the time or longer. I am now a Stihl fan, and will not purchase another brand saw ever again. Thank you for producing such a great product.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features This saw is a great value at a great price. It is light weight, starts extremely easy and has enough power to do the job. I have had other brands at a cost similar to the MS 181 C-BE but was not of the same quality. The Eazy2start feature of this model is great for an older person, it start extremely easy, usually first pull and effortless.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start and cuts well Great saw for older homeowner using it around the home and to cut firewood. Love the easy start feature.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and powerful This is a great saw! It is light and easy to use. It is easy to start! So much better than my old saw! Light enough for a woman and powerful enough for a woman!Get one!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Had it for a year now and have used quite a bit on all different size logs and branches. It's been very dependable. I did have one problem with it starting and took it in to the dealer. They had it a couple of days, fixed it no charge and it works like new again. It was probably something in my gas can caused the problem. It's light weight and I really like the anti vibration handle.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I needed I just bought MS 181 Easy Start saw on Dec 23rd. At my age, 71, I was not able to start my other saw that I'd had for over two years so I gave it to my grandson. Everything I had read about the Easy Start Stihl saw said it was the one for me. I used it for several hours the first day without a problem starting it, even after shutting it off when I needed to. The next day I cut down a tree and cleaned it all up without leaving anything lay on the ground. That's a first. The saw is light enough that I didn't have to stop using it after 15 or 20 minutes. It's the best buy I've made in years.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light use saw. This is a perfect saw for small jobs around the home/farm. Enough power to cut through a lot of the fallen and dying small (~4") to medium (~10") trees on the property I manage without bogging down. Obviously this is not a saw for older trees, but I have used it in a pinch and it's held up fine. The only issues I have seen with these saws is the small plastic flag that locks the choke open can sometimes break if you put a lot of force on the choke lever and the chain dulls fairly quickly (I don't have the time to sharpen my chain after each use, although it's a practice I should make a habit.). I only found one other thing I dislike which is the 16" bar. For what I and most others use this saw for I think a 14" bar would be better. It's really not a big deal, but I will be purchasing a smaller bar and chain.Overall I have found this saw to be super helpful. It's priced right, doesn't weigh much, starts easily, cuts well, and lasts a long time unless it's abused.
Date published: 2017-12-11
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