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Stihl MS 180 C-BE chain saw

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Summary: This 16-inch, 32-cc, gasoline-powered chain saw from Stihl weighs 11 lbs. It has a chain brake, a tool-less bar adjuster, and a 2-year warranty.
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Type: Lighter-duty gasoline chain saws
About - Stihl MS 180 C-BE

The Stihl MS 180 C-BE is part of the chain saw test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, chain saw models like the MS 180 C-BE are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Cutting speed:
How fast a saw cut through a 10-inch-square oak beam.

Consists of kickback intensity, the potential for burn due to inadvertent contact with the muffler, and storage safety--how well protected the cutting chain is from accidental contact during storage.

Ease of use:
Based on engine-starting convenience (the average number of pulls to start), primer and choke location and operation, and the ease of adjusting the cutting chain’s tightness, checking and adding fluids, and accessing the air filter and spark plug.

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About This Brand

Stihl makes consumer and professional-grade gas and electric chain saws. Stihl chain saws come in a variety of bar lengths, from 14 inches to 20 inches; the electric chain saws have smaller bar lengths than their gas counterparts. The Stihl brand is an outdoor power equipment dealer exclusive.

Features & Specs - Stihl MS 180 C-BE
info Chain brake Yes
info Anti-vibration Yes
info Tool-free chain adjuster Yes
info Translucent oil tank Yes
info Metal bucking spikes Yes
info Storage case No
info Protective sheath Yes
info Extra chain No
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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User Reviews - Stihl MS 180 C-BE
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bad bad and cheap made
Best Uses
i got saw early this year, since ex took good saw with him, already been in the shop 3 times for same issue, not =cover under warranty. now i when to use yesterday after our nasty weather we had here in virginia, 2 small trees where down in my goat pen, the same issue, chain comes out flying out and needs a new chain sprocket and bar.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Saw, I bought this saw to use while topping trees
Dealership Support
Eas To Start
Easy On Fuel
I Own One
Longest Warrenty
Best Uses
Light Use Comercially
Small Product Cutting
Tree Topping
I bought this saw to use commercially not once in a while, every day. I use it as an inexpensive tree topping saw. <br /><br />If I drop it, I would be disappointed but at least it is not a $650.00 pro saw.<br />I bought this saw and use non-ethanol Tru-fuel 50-1 mix. People that state it didn't run when I took it out of the box is not telling the truth! <br /><br />Every Stihl saw is started by the Dealer and instructions offered, every saw! If they didn't, they would be in jeopardy of loosing their Dealership. (My Buddy is a Dealer) <br />I have owned Stihl products for over 35 years. Nothing compares!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
No Warranty
Best Uses
The MS 180cbe is a capable saw while it works. As another reviewer stated my saw also burned up using high test gas and Stihl oil mix bought at time of purchase (as recommended). This saw has a design flaw in my opinion (small engine mechanic for 30 years) that Stihl will not warranty!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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