MSA 120 C-BQ - $239.95 DSRP


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.

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 and chain) and features low vibration, quick chain adjus...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)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 1/4" STIHL PICCO™
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.)
BATTERY SERIES AK Series
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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    Lightweight Portability
    Great for maneuverability and extended use.
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    STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) - an additional chain braking feature
    STIHL offers an additional, manually-activated chain brake on some models. This system is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. Available on some models.

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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 Brushless 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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    Rubberized Soft Touch Handle 
    Soft rubber texture is both easy to grip and makes the product comfortable to hold for extended periods.  
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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 FOR CORDED ELECTRIC AND BATTERY CHAINSAW USERS! The fibers may not stop the sprocket on most corded electric chainsaws and some battery-powered chainsaws because of the constant high torque. However, to reduce the severity of injury from accidental contact with the chain, STIHL recommends that leg protection be worn when operating these types of chainsaws.
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.

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MSA 120 C-BQ is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is awesome for what I need it for. I would recommend this to anyone who has small trees and limbs to cut. It can do more but have an extra battery for back up. I love it.
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This chainsaw is a perfect fit for me. Another STIHL product that I absolutely love to use. It is lightweight and I can trim branches and smaller trees around my yard. The chainsaw is durable and meets all of the criteria I need in a saw plus it is lightweight at only 8.4 lbs. I love working with my STIHL chainsaw.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Never Expected Such Performance From a Battery Powered Saw! I was skeptical, but after reading the reviews I purchased this little Stihl. After a couple of weeks of thinning and clearing a parcel of heavily overgrown North Idaho Forest Land, I can only say this is one of the most amazing tools I have ever owned. Light and tiny, it is easy to handle through sometimes dense undergrowth, and much safer as well....she only runs when the trigger is held, and a little delay prohibits an inadvertent bump from starting the chain.And does it cut! Most of my clearing has been undergrowth, primarily fir, of 1-5 inches, and that little chain slices through it with ease. I even fell one 11 incher without difficulty at all.A full charge takes me into break time, so for me cutting time is beyond ample.I have taken care to avoid hitting rocks or earth with the chain of course, and it has only required a single light sharpening in all this time.I have found it advisable to remove the cover and thoroughly brush all debris out from around the sprocket, bar and chain at the end of each battery charge, and of course to fill the bar oil then as well.Anyway, it is rare to have acquired a tool that so delightfully exceeds every expectation and performs tremendous sevice.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It did everything I asked it to do. Trimmed brush and cut up a dead ash tree that fell in yard. light and easy to handle. the wife was able to use it to cut some brush.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works good No gas no rope pulling,no fiddling with choke. It is light and easy to use. The one problem I have is the chain should not be sharpened. Maybe I can get a small file to touch it up. At $25.00 for a new chain I hope so. Worked good.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs This saw is exactly what I need. It’s perfect for pruning and the removal of small trees. I live surrounded by woods and it’s now easy to keeps the woods from taking over! I like the fact that I don’t have the hassle of having to empty the mixed gas when the saw is not in use
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favorite tool !! Weighs almost nothing but is full powered. Topples twenty foot high (ten-inch diameter) fir trees and makes simple work out of fall pruning. Simple to start. A breeze to clean. I get three hours of work out of each battery charge. Most reliable, satisfactory tool I have ever owned. Great chain saw for people who are petite. But also a fantastic tool for anyone when the job is high in a tree or just plain lightweight (like cutting branches of firewood to length, pruning a fruit tree, reducing slash to haulable sizes).
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This 120 chainsaw is handy and easy to handle with great battery life. The battery life and the short time for recharging is amazing. The 120 has power and I used it all afternoon without it loosing a charge. This is so handy for cleaning up fence rows and brush. My only regret is that I didn't buy it long before now.
Date published: 2018-07-08
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