The MS 231 C-BE comfort chain saw with ‘stay sharp’ Picco Duro chain, Chain Quick Tensioning (B) and ErgoStart (E) offers great handling and simple maintenance. Featuring the first low-profile ‘Picco Duro’ saw chain with carbide cutters, the cutting teeth stay sharp for up to four times as long as those on standard saw chain. Emissions are cut by 70% and fuel consumption is up to 20% lower compared to a STIHL 2-stroke engine of the same power output without 2-MIX technology.
Reduced-emission engine technology
2-stroke engine with stratified charge. A fuel-free layer of air is created between the burned charge in the combustion chamber and the fresh charge in the crankcase, reducing the amount of fuel lost during the charge cycle. This results in more power with a lower weight, up to 20% lower fuel consumption than regular 2-stroke engines and significantly reduced exhaust emissions.
Pre-separation air filtration system
STIHL long-life air filtration systems with pre-separation achieve perceptibly longer filter life compared with conventional filter systems. Air drawn in is swirled. The larger, heavier particles are ejected. The pre-cleaned air is routed to the air filter via the pre-separator duct.
Intense vibration at the handles of power tools can lead to long-term effects on blood vessels in the hands and arms. STIHL has therefore developed an effective anti-vibration system whereby the oscillations from the machine’s engine are dampened which significantly reduces vibrations at the handles.
Chain Quick Tensioning (B)
After releasing the sprocket cover the chain can be adjusted using a thumb wheel without the need for tools.
Tool free filler caps
Special catches on the fuel and oil tanks for easy opening and locking without the need for tools.
This controller in the carburettor prevents the fuel-air mixture getting richer as the air filter becomes clogged. The correct quantity of fuel is delivered to the carburettor depending on the quantity of air passing through the air filter. This keeps the fuel/air ratio in the combustion mixture constant and hence also the engine power. The filter doesn’t need to be cleaned until an appreciable drop in power occurs.
Ematic chain lubrication system
The Ematic chain lubrication system ensures pinpoint lubrication of the saw chain links and guide bar rails. When used with STIHL OILOMATIC saw chain, it will provide maximum lubrication, longer wear and less oil consumption than conventional methods of chain lubrication. The Ematic system can reduce bar oil consumption by up to 50%.
Manual fuel pump (Purger)
A small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburettor at the touch of a button. This reduces the number of starting strokes required following extended breaks in operations.
Single-lever master control
All important functions such as start, choke, throttle and stop are operated via a single lever.
STIHL ErgoStart (E)
A genuine advance in easy starting. STIHL ErgoStart (E) cuts the effort required to start the tool by half, while the starter cord can be pulled at just one third of the normal force. All it takes is 2 fingers and a gentle pull action.
The HD2 filter is made from polyethylene filter material with up to 70% finer pores than fleece and polyamide filters to trap even very fine dust. In addition, it is oil and water-repellent and thus very easy to clean. The PET-covered filter cartridge with quick-release lock enables the filter to be assembled and disassembled in next to no time, without using tools.
Saw chain pitch 3/8″ P
Displacement cm³ 42.6
Weight kg 1) 5.2
Power-to-weight ratio kg/kW 2.6
Power output kW/bhp 2.0/2.7
Vibration levels left/right m/s² 2) 3.5/3.5
STIHL Oilomatic saw chain pitch/type 3/8″ Picco Duro 3 (PD3)
Sound power level dB(A) 3) 113.0
Sound pressure level dB(A) 4) 102