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Stihl MS 181 C-BE Petrol Chainsaw (31.8cc) With Ergo Start

(27 customer reviews)

£305.00£310.00 (inc VAT)

24% Off


The MS181 C-BE is similar to the MS181 but comes with additional features such as ErgoStart and Chain Quick Tensioning (no combi spanner required) which make this saw extremely easy to start and maintain. It also features reduced engine technology, lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The MS 181 C-BE is a lightweight saw making perfect for cutting firewood and felling trees which are up to 12″ in diameter.

Includes Bar + Chain

Comes with a 2 Year Warranty from Stihl for Domestic Users.

Standard Features

  • Reduced-emission engine technology
  • Advanced combustion technology
  • Pre-separation air filtration system
  • Anti-vibration system
  • Chain Quick Tensioning
  • Tool free filler caps
  • Compensator
  • Ematic chain lubrication system
  • Manual fuel pump (Purger)
  • Single-lever master control
  • STIHL ErgoStart (E)


Displacement 31.8 cm3
Power output 1.5/2 kW/bhp
Bar length 35-40 cm
Bar length 14-16 in
Weight 4.6 kg 1)
Weight 5.28 / 5.38 kg 2)
Power-to-weight ratio 3.1 kg/kW
Sound pressure level 100 dB(A) 3)
Sound power level 112 dB(A) 3)
Vibration values left/right 3.5/3 m/s² 4)
STIHL Oilomatic saw chain pitch/type 3/8″ P PM3
STIHL Oilomatic saw chain pitch/type 3/8″ P
Oil pump Not adjustable
Tank volume 0.27 l
Chain pitch 3/8″ P
Chain tensioning Chain Quick Tensioning
Filter Long-term filter system / standard filter
Filter material Flocked
Bumper spike Steel claw
Cylinder 4 channel / chrome
Oil tank volume 265 cm3
Sprocket Sprocket profile
Anti vibration system AV + steel spring
Filler cap Tools
EPA Certified fuel consumption 0.75 l/h
CO² ­ 1039 g/kWh
Handle type Standard handle
Exhaust Standard muffler
Carburettor Compensator / Limiter Caps / scavenging / Standard Carburettors
Speed at maximum power 10000 rpm
Additional features Ematic chain lubrication system
EPA Certified fuel consumption 0.198 glh
Capacity 1.94 cu-in
Rollomatic E, cutting length 30 cm

Parts, Consumables + Accessories for this Chainsaw

Service Kit:


Engine Oil (Good, Better, Best):

Chain Oil (Good, Better, Best):

Cleaning + Care:



PPE (Stihl Function range for occasional/home use):


Power Type


Bar Length


27 reviews for Stihl MS 181 C-BE Petrol Chainsaw (31.8cc) With Ergo Start

  1. Paul (verified owner)

    Really pleased with the item and super easy to start

  2. Erhan Deniz (verified owner)

    Very happy with my purchase of the stihl ms181 cbe chainsaw. Very knowledgeable staff which pointed me in the right direction to make the right choice of the chainsaw. They were even kind enough to send out a special starter kit which was on offer but had expired before my purchase. Would highly recommend. Thanks guys

  3. Richard Ackland (verified owner)

    Great product at an unbeatable price. Excellent communication to keep you updated with purchase and delivery was spot on. Many thanks.

  4. Martin Crawford (verified owner)

    Good price and good service. Chainsaw was all set up and ready to go. Prefect.

  5. Necdet Tuncer (verified owner)

    I bought the chainsaw steel ms181cbe and it’s brilliant! The service i received from radmoretucker can not be faulted , even in this pandemic delivery was fast and customer service is great! Very helpful staff so thank you.

  6. kirk (verified owner)

    excellent, lightweight chainsaw for small-ish trees. Radmore and Tucker customer service was excellent – the chainsaw came fully checked, with oil and petrol still in it – it’s things like that which mean i’ll be back to them for a larger saw in due course.

  7. Paul White (verified owner)

    Good product but not used yet. Service from Radmore was ok considering the delay with Covid

  8. BRIAN G I HARRIS (verified owner)

    Fantastic service. Ordered and delivered within a couple of days. Replaces an older model which had fiven up, new ,odel is much lighter and does a great job.

  9. Andrew (verified owner)

    Excellent machine at a good price. Very good, polite, efficient service from Radmore and Tucker.

  10. Andy Taylor (verified owner)

    Fast polite and excellent service

  11. Steve Jones (verified owner)

    The customer service could not be any better, very helpful and quick response! Will definitely shop again and recommend to all my colleagues.

  12. Andrew Richards (verified owner)

    Ordered on Friday, delivered on Saturday – can’t ask for more! Machine is perfect for my needs – light trimming, firewood chopping etc. Love the easy start and tool-less chain tensioning

  13. Adam Sharpe (verified owner)

    A great saw at a very competitive price, delivered rapidly following purchase. The only minor downside is that it takes a bit of persistence to get it to start first time, but once it has run it starts first time and with almost no effort. Goes through trees like a knife through butter!

  14. Nick Russell (verified owner)

    I am in my 60s with a bit of a hernia. Weight of the chainsaw and ease of starting were both priorities. I even chose the 14″ bar which I thought might be a mistake. Communication from R & T was excellent keeping me up to date whilst the saw was out of stock. The packaging and courier were great. The saw has actually exceeded my expectations . So light and easy to use. I have felled and cleared up at least 20 trees – mostly Ash up to about 8″ diameter. The chain is still very sharp with little need for adjustment. Seems like half the weight of my old 16″ Husqvarna and much more user friendly. So far the 14″ bar has proved the right choice for me. My hernia loves the soft start too!

  15. Paul (verified owner)

    Good machine, bought to replace ageing MS180, doesn’t feel quite as robust as the old one but should help hands and arms after prolonged use, stater switch feels a bit plasticky but easy start and economical.

  16. Mick Mattison (verified owner)

    A replacement Chainsaw for a shed break in , ordered online after speaking to very knowledgeable staff , Have used both Stihl and Husqvarna professionally in a previous life , This saw is great for my needs around the Garden and for cutting firewood , Excellent price and delivery was very fast . A great company to deal with , pity you don’t supply the other stolen tools I would have ordered these off you as well!!

  17. James (verified owner)

    Great saw, easy to start. Great service from Radmore & Tucker

  18. Graham Sneddon (verified owner)

    This saw is more than adequate for a good sized garden. I have used it cut good sized trees and further onto logs. It cuts through the best of trees like a knife through butter. I have used Stihl chain oil and it’s motormix for fuel. The machine is relatively easy to start following the enclosed instructions.
    First class service from RadmoreTucker.

  19. DENISE RANDALL (verified owner)

    Good service, fast delivery
    Excellent machine
    Good prices

  20. P.Ward (verified owner)

    Bought the 181c-BE as from specs it seems to be enough to handle heavy domestic use without the need to go up into pricier professional models. Free delivery was poor service via dpd who accused me of not being in to receive when I had stood for 10 minutes watching the driver fail to find my package in his van ( luckily had photos of both driver and van as proof ). I still ended up having to drive to a dpd collection point. No refund for this non-delivery from either Radmore or dpd
    Saw is claimed to be a very easy starter, but my first attempt was far from easy with the saw reluctant to wake up. Once going however it was reasonably smooth, not too much viabration, cuts nicely. The 171 might well do most jobs for a lot less £s, but its nice to have that little extra punch.

  21. David D. J. (verified owner)

    Excellent price and delivery. I was toying with buying a battery (36/40v) because I am old ….. and have trouble starting anything petrol. I should not have worried, this chainsaw is a dream to start, no effort required and weighs about the same as my Ryobi 18v with a large battery. Boy does it cut quickly. Really pleased I bought it.

  22. Lee Perkins (verified owner)

    I recently purchased the Stihl MS 181 chainsaw and am very happy with the product. The service however is my main reason for the 5 stars. I had a phone call on the day I ordered it saying they could deliver that afternoon if I was free. When it arrived it was fully assembled, fueled up and ready to go! 10/10

  23. Richard Baxendale (verified owner)

    Stihl or Husky ?? The huge advantage for me is the easy start of the Stihl. Fabulous machine – might be compact but it has a real punch !!

  24. John Leonard (verified owner)

    Quick delivery , good price . Easy to start and use . Perfect for my needs ( general gardening trimming )

  25. Andrew Crane (verified owner)

    Great saw very pleased so far delivered on time and good service with Radmore & Tucker.

  26. Darren Winters (verified owner)

    Great price, great service and a great chainsaw!

  27. Roger Bull (verified owner)

    Purchased for my weekly volunteering with local wildlife charity.
    Usual excellent Stihl quality. Very easy to start and use.
    Attracted to this model over the older 181 by the easy tensioning system, which is very easy to use.
    Didn’t find the assembly instructions very straightforward but, that’s probably down to my stupidity.
    My first purchase from Radmore & Tucker. Very competitively priced and the customer service was excellent. Big ‘ thank you’ to Amy.

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