MS 250 - $349.95 DSRP

Distributor Suggested Retail Price 18 in. Bar DSRP:  $349.95

A chainsaw designed for firewood cutting – with a great power-to-weight ratio.

A step up from the MS 230, the MS 250 is light enough to move through smaller tasks like clearing or cleanup but packs a powerful enough punch to cut through small limbs and trees. A combination of features and a high power-to-weight ratio makes this one of the best homeowner chainsaws on the market.
Print Spec Sheets
MS 250 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 68) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 008 4717 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    Winter/Summer Shutter
    The Winter/Summer Shutter allows the carburetor to operate at optimum temperature year-round and helps to prevent carburetor icing when working below 50°F (10°C).
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
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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Optional Accessories
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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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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    Complete Filing Kits
    Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    Sharpening Kit
    Part Number
    in. mm in. mm Part Number
    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

    3/8 PM
    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

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    Woodcutter Series Zip Chap

    Using rows of heavy-duty zippers, the Woodcutter Series Zip Chaps provide full wrap-around protection for a user’s lower leg area. In addition to enhanced protection, these chaps also provide enhanced convenience. Rows of zippers run along the entire inseam of the chaps, helping to ensure an effective fit that is easy to put on and/or remove. The outer material is crafted from heavy-duty Black 500 denier nylon fabric. Inside, the chap features six layers of Avertec Pro by Engtex® cut retardant material, designed to reduce the risk or severity of injury to body parts in the event of contact with the rotating saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 340reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Used on small farm Have small farm have cut 100's of dead Ash trees wet & dry as a bone small to 24". No problem with any of them had the saw 7 years now runs as good as new. April 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw!!! The best purchase I have ever made. This saw does more than advertised. Great control very easy starting. For the price the purchase decision is easy. Buy it and you will not regret it. April 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it. Don't be tempted to buy anything else but a Stihl chainsaw. April 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3rd year with no problems Couple weeks after having 30-40 trees dropped my poulan broke (it was a few years old) so I bough the MS 250 from a local Stihl dealer. I have had 0 problems with it. This spring I had a few others dropped including a very large pine. Got the saw out and after filling it up it started on the 3rd pull-just like the first time I started it. I'll have this saw for many years to come. April 15, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stihl MS 250, Running and Warranty Issues I received this saw as the best birthday gift from my Girlfriend. Ever! It ran great the first six months, then started having issues. It would start and run the first time, and then upon re-starting, it would not respond to throttle advancement, and would stall. I took it to the dealer from where it was purchased, and after calling them for three weeks, I was told it was ready to be picked up. I took it home, and the issue was exactly the same. Back to the dealer, who demonstrated to all at the store it was "operator error", as they started it and ran it the first time with no problem. I asked them to try and re-start it, and the same problem was experienced by them. Two weeks later, I picked up the saw, it ran in the store fine, and then it happened again. Same issue, back to the dealer. At this time, they have had my saw in their store for half of the summer, and I am running out of time to bring in firewood for the season. After another week or two, they said that Stihl had warrantied the saw, and they gave me a new one, (although they re-installed my used bar and chain, no "Sorry for the inconvenience, we threw in a fresh bar and chain for you, or we sharpened your old chain"). I asked at that time, and was told the two year warranty would start that day with the replacement of the original saw with the new one. (Original purchase date was March 2014, replacement saw was last fall).I used the saw in the fall for about one tank of fuel, and then filled it with Stihl Motomix, and stored it in my house, not in the damp cellar. This Spring, I started using it and the same exact problem is back. This saw has yet to have three tanks of fuel go through it. My Girlfriend purchased the Stihl oil when she purchased the saw, extending the warranty to two years. I just now took the saw to another Stihl dealer other than where I purchased it, (I am moving, and frankly was not going to travel the distance to the original dealership and lose three weeks again), and was told the warranty had expired, and that the two year warranty applies to the original purchase date, not the replacement date. Last year I stopped in at yet another Stihl dealer close to home, and was told they would not do warranty work unless I produced the receipt and the warranty card, even though Stihl told me all you need to do is provide a serial number. It seems everywhere I go, the dealers have different answers.I am moving to a new home this week, and the first order of business was clearing several fallen trees from a recent storm. It looks as if I will have to purchase a new saw, or pay to have this one fixed, or rent one. I wish I could say it will be a Stihl, but I can not. April 11, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Crape I had my MS 250 for 6 months it worked great for a 3 months and it started to act up on me it takes 20 pulls to start it up and when I cut with it for a hour my bar and chain start heating up really hot and smokes really bad too. I tried everything thing I all was clean my saw in and out I always sharpen my chain and always have oil and gas in it. I think I wasted my money on it. April 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by cant kill it had this saw for about 8 years. used mainly as a carpenters saw doing timber framing work. also used for everything else you can imagine. just bought my second one to run a smaller bar on. have several other stihl saws and this is always my go to. March 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Effortless Cutting I've only had this saw for about a year now, but it's been extremely reliable. It starts up every time: 2 pulls on choke, 1 pull on half choke. The bar oiler works great, but what I really like about this saw is the effortless handling of it. It's a great saw for everyday cutting, bucking, limbing, and dropping. It's not super heavy like the big saws, which makes it great for long days of cutting, and maneuvering in trees. It's easy to tear down for cleaning... and easy to reassemble. I really don't have any negatives for this product. March 29, 2016
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