Capable of felling trees up to 30cm in diameter, the STIHL MS-181 C-BE Petrol Chainsaw is also suitable for preparing firewood and cutting-back shrubs. Power is supplied by an easy-starting 31.8cc (2hp) engine, which incorporates Stihl’s stratified-charge technology for a marked cut in both fuel-costs and unpleasant exhaust emissions; and ErgoStart for smooth, low-effort pull-starts. A carburettor-compensator works to maintain a consistent fuel/air mixture for peak performance at all times; while an advanced pre-separation air-filter provides optimum component protection, thereby maximising engine-life. Comfort and controllability are obviously important considerations when choosing a chainsaw. The MS-181 C-BE scores highly on both aspects – it weighs just 4.6kg and has an ergonomic grip, which combines with its comprehensive vibration insulation and optimised centre-of-gravity to ensure it’s safe and easy to handle. Other practical and convenient features include Ematic automatic chain-lubrication, which maximises performance and reduces wear by maintaining a constant oil-supply; and Chain Quick Tensioning for rapid no-tools adjustment while in the field. Tool-free filler caps also save time and effort.