Understand what the letters mean in STIHL Chainsaw Models

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There are several different letters which follow the traditional Stihl model Number, eg MSA 140 C-QB but what do they mean? Here is a quick guide:

  • Comfort (C), 
  • Chain Quick Tensioning (B), 
  • M-Tronic engine management (M), 
  • Quick Stop Super Chain Brake (Q), 
  • Heated handles (W) 
  • Heated carburettor (V).

So MSA140 C-QB = Comfort, Chain Quick Tensioning and Quick Stop Super Chain Brake.

Our Preferred Homeowner Battery Chainsaw – MSA140 C-BQ

The perfect tool for pruning branches and cutting firewood, the MSA 140 C-BQ has all the features of the MSA 120 C-BQ with up to 25% more cutting performance. Powered by a maintenance-free EC motor and 36 V Lithium-Ion technology, this compact saw will ease its way through sawing jobs around the garden and property. Weighing in at a low 2.6 kg and perfectly balanced, the chainsaw is comfortable to handle, even for extended periods. The Quick Chain Tensioning system allows for tool-less and hassle-free tightening of the chain. Simple operating controls make this a versatile choice for all users. The saw also features a soft grip handle, a QuickStop Super chain brake and a transparent oil tank with viewing window. The high cutting performance and precise finish is due to a 1/4″ PM3 saw chain. This set features an AK30 battery and AL 101 charger.

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