MSA 120 C-BQ - $299.99 DSRP

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MSA 120 C-BQ w/ AK 20 and AL 101

DSRP: $299.99

This battery-powered chainsaw bundle comes standard with battery and charger, it is also lightweight and capable of long run times. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

Note: Product availability may vary by location. Within the STIHL AK Series, the MSA 120 C-BQ is a great battery-powered chainsaw for suburban homeowners with various cutting needs. Part of the STIHL Lightning Battery System® line of products, the MSA 120 C-BQ bundle comes standard with the AK 20 battery and AL 101 battery charger. It is lightweight at only 8.4 lbs. (including battery, bar an...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MSA 120 C-BQ Specifications
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 25 or 30 cm (10" or 12") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 210 cc (7.4 oz)
WEIGHT w/o BATTERY 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs.)
RUN TIME (w/ AK 20) Up to 35 minutes
WEIGHT w/ AK 20: 3.8 kg (8.4 lbs.)
STIHL recommends #3670 (71 PM3 64) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 12" 3005 008 3405 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on. Chainsaw weights include recommended bar and chain combination. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.
Model Features
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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
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    STIHL Electric Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.
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    Coast-down Brake
    A controlled braking device (Q) to stop the rotating chain when the trigger is released.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
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Important Information
WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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MSA 120 C-BQ is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful. Easy to use. Needed something light and strong to do brushing on my property in the central Sierra Nevada. The battery charges quickly and holds the charge. The battery indicator showing how much battery you have left, is a great idea.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Christmas Present for my Wife Everyone thought I was crazy, but she loves it. We have a lot of brush to clear and is the perfect saw. Good Wife!
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gas alternative I have several STIHL gas saws. This is a great alternative for smaller work. Saw is very well made and more powerful than I expected. Will handle lots of jobs. Really like the battery power for an option to carry in my truck without the worry of fuel storage and handling.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flat out WOW If you were having any doubt about this saw “DON’T hesitate” it may be small and extremely light but this saw cuts thru small to med tree limbs like they are made of butter! Being a home owner with a lot of trees ‘mostly oak’ I needed a saw I could use anytime. Sometimes for just a single cut. I brought this baby home not knowing what to expect only to have my expectations exceeded! I have several other Stihl gas products but this is the first electric one. I should have known Stihl wouldn’t put there name on product they didn’t think was pro level. It’s fast, powerful and super easy to handle. You never have to worry if your up a tree if it will start. It’s instantaneous! Nearly no noise when running. Quietly doing the job super fast. This is no toy!! It’s a serious chainsaw!! It won’t wear you out. So if you’re still reading this and have any doubts don’t just buy it!!! You won’t regret it !!!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and powerful Very happy with my purchase. More powerful than I would have thought for a battery powered saw. Very lightweight makes pruning easy.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I hoped it would be I wanted a saw mainly for pruning and limbing. I actually would have passed, if it wasn't made by Stihl. Turns out it's everything I hoped for, and more. Limbing, the battery just about outlasts me. I use it it conjunction with loppers. I have, however cut a couple of backyard trees down to the ground with it. Its 12 inch bar does a fine job of cutting through a 14 inch tree trunk, if you work your way around it. The battery isn't really designed for that sort of work, but you can expect to get about 1/2 and hour from it, even in constant hard cutting. The little 1/4 inch chain makes a very clean cut, unlike the bigger work chains that tend to rip smaller limbs. I have a gas chain saw for the big stuff, but wanted a little electric saw to augment the hand pruners. This is it!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! Perfect little saw for a 58 yr. old woman who wants to get things done around here! Researched for abt. 3 mos. I use this Stihl for honeysuckle, limb and small (4-6 in dia) unwanted trees on our 4 acre property. We have been going to town around here! Hubby helps cut down the trees,I treat with herbicide and then I can go out later and chop up what is down on the ground all by myself! Saw is easy to use and I will be honest with you, by the time the battery is getting low, I am ready to be done anyway! Keep an eye on the oil though. I will be buying another battery for longer days and another chain as well. Not because I have to. Just as back ups! The other reason I bought this saw is because of the strong Stihl dealership repair and accessory service in my area. Why have a saw that you have to wait forever to use if you can't get it repaired or get a new part easier?
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job I bought this saw to take care of tree branches and other garden brush. It has worked very well and it cuts through logs well. No complaints. Can't comment on the longevity of the battery yet.
Date published: 2017-11-29
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