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.
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.
The following models have the same ratings as Stihl MS 180 C-BE.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Stihl MS 181 C-BE come from our tests of model Stihl MS 180 C-BE, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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
Chain brake This brake stops the chain almost instantly and either engages when the handguard is contacted or activates automatically via an inertial system.
Anti-vibration Rubber bushings or metal springs between the handle and the engine, bar, and chain that minimize vibration and user fatigue.
Tool-free chain adjuster A hand-operated wheel-and-crank mechanism that unlocks and locks the chain bar and moves it in and out, letting you adjust chain tension without loosening adjustment nuts or turning adjustment screws.
Tool-free chain adjuster
Translucent oil tank Lets you easily check the bar-oil reservoir.
Translucent oil tank
Metal bucking spikes Comes with metal bucking spikes that help with cutting stability.
Metal bucking spikes
Storage case Indicates that the model comes with a case for storage.
Protective sheath Comes with a protective sheath that covers the blade.
Extra chain Comes with an extra chain.
Warranty (yrs.) The length of time the saw is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
Excellent Saw, I bought this saw to use while topping trees
Eas To Start
Easy On Fuel
I Own One
Light Use Comercially
Small Product Cutting
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By No justice
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
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:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
STIHL DOESN'T STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT
I WAS GIVEN THIS 180 CHAINSAW AS A RETIREMNT GIFT. SO I MADE SURE I TOOK CARE OF THIS SAW LIKE NO OTHER. USED STIHL OIL. BOUGHT GAS WITHOUT ETHONEL. MADE SURE CHAIN WAS ALWAYS SHARP AND CLEANED AFTER EACH TIME I USED IT. ONE DAY IT WOULDN'T START. FOUND OUT THAT IT HAD SCORED THE PISTON--LOST COMPRESSION. TOOK IT TO DEALER TOLD ME I USED THE WRONG GAS. RAN TO LEAN WOULDN'T STAND BEHIND IT. TOOK TO ANOTHER DEALER THEY TOLD ME I RAN IT TO RICH. WOULDN'T DO ANYTHING WROTE STIHL AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD GET BACK. ITS BEEN A YEAR AND STILL WAITING. PLUS THEY PULLED MY REVIEW OF THEIR PRODUCT