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Stihl MS 180 C-BE
 
Approximate retail price:
$230
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.

Safety:
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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Stihl MS 181 C-BE
Approximate retail price:
$270
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
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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Poor Quality
5/12/2014
Pros
Lightweight
Cons
Recoil System
Warranty
Best Uses
Campling
Light duty trimming
Comment:
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.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Stihl MS250C
1/17/2014
Pros
Chain Brake
Cons
Bar Oil Container Leaks
Chain Teeth Not Big Enoug
Frequent adjustments
Very hard to start
Best Uses
Cut Saplings If It Starts
Comment:
After 1 year and a shop visit to fix everything, it only ran two times at the beginning of the second year of ownership. Very hard starting machine, even when new, now it won't start at all. I've used macs, poulons, sears brands as well as two stihls. This is, by far, the worst machine I've ever owned. I'm 68 so that's saying something. I've tried contacting the company, but, no resonse. Stay away from this machine.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Failed after short time,
10/29/2013
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Used on small trees and firewood. Died with damaged cylinder. Replaced with larger Stihl model which dies after 6 months with scored bore. <br />Will never buy another Stihl
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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