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Stihl MS 180 C-BE
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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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(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Would Make a Great Doorstop
Gas guzzler
Hard Start
Best Uses
Small boat anchor
Target practice
I bought this saw because some thieving piece of trash stole my Echo chainsaw. The same saw my friends of own Stihls used to make fun of. The saw I intend buy again, so that I can pound the Stihl MS180 into shrapnel and deliver it unto my dealer who won't take it back.<br /><br />That said, here's the story:<br /><br />Unfortunately, I use this thing almost every day. It takes forever to start, even with Stihl's supposedly-nifty easy start thingy they have on this piece of garbage. When it finally does start, it sputters and coughs for the first thirty seconds or so, and then struggles through even cedar or cypress.<br /><br />While it runs, it drinks gas like my neighbor drinks beer. I seem to forever be checking to see if it has enough gas in it to make it through a log, because of its incessant coughing and sputtering. Don't rush it through a cedar log, or it'll make a dreadful noise and sputter again.<br /><br />The tool-less chain adjustment is neat. The first time. Then it gets old, and you sorta wish you just had your old chainsaw back that needed the tool to adjust the chain. If it was put together better, or was easier to adjust, then it might be okay. You can tell that some engineer in a polo and khakis designed it, though, because if your hands are sweaty (which, if you're working they can be, as you may be aware), the little knob at the top right of the body of the head (look at the picture at the top of the page - look for the little black knob you push forward or backward) is difficult to move. If a working person had designed this machine, that knob would have knobs on it, and be easier to adjust.<br /><br />It's a pretty little machine, but that's about all I can say about it that isn't negative. I hate it. My guys hate it. Even my six year old asked why it sounds like it's coughing all the time. I told him, It's a piece of garbage. That's why.<br /><br />Oh. Okay, dad.<br /><br />And that's pretty much the end of that story.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Good little saw
Easy to adjust chain
Easy To Fill With Gasoil
Light Weight
Very Easy to Start
Gas Runs Out Very Fast
lack of power
Best Uses
Cutting small limbs
I started a new hobby of chain saw carving bears. My existing Stihl saw has a 20 cutting bar and weights a ton. I needed a smaller lightweight chain saw and this one came with a 16 bar. It is ideal for roughing in the bear. But if you try to cut thru a larger diameter, it's lacking a little on the power side. You just learn not to tackle too much with this saw. I was amazed by how easy it starts. But it goes thru the gas pretty fast. But so far I am very happy with this saw.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Poor Quality
Recoil System
Best Uses
Light duty trimming
Recoil broke twice in just over a year. Shop fixed it on warranty the first time but wouldn't do it the second time. Tried to trade it in, they offered me $50. So I went over their head and corporate Stihl sent the replacement parts free of charge. Went back to the old style 180 recoil. I like Stihl products but wouldn't recommend this saw.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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