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 based on which powerhead it is installed on.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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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
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    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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    STIHL® Woodcutter Helmet System
    The lightweight STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is an excellent choice for budget-conscious non-professional users with chainsaws and pole pruners. Designed for comfort, the vented shell provides cooling air during use, and the 6-point mount suspension provides comfortable support. The STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is Class G certified and includes NRR 22 hearing protection.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 361reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by best in class. I cut for 55 solid minutes a dead oak here in Florida and it used 2 tanks of has. Why? Because it's that good. You don't look for fuel savings when you buy or rent a bulldozer, so when you need the job done, but has and the MS250. A workhorse that is Very easy to start and comfortable to use. , Polk City, Florida August 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Power to wieght on this saw is really good ,you can cut most all day before you feel it. I bought my ms250 over 8 years ago ,it has been used to maintain a campground, cut problem trees, trim branches,and used to drop trees from 4 inch up to one monster maple with a base 22in x47in . As long as you keep it sharp, clean, and let it do the work and dont try to over power the saw it WILL surprise you it did me. July 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little saw Great saw love the power in such a small package. Once you get used to the starting procedure starts in a few pulls. I use it often for cutting up bowl blanks and falling the occasional tree.some times it will flood without ever "burping" on full choke July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent little saw I find this saw a little beauty starting not a problem I think the people who can't start this saw maybe a little soft they should stick to electric maybe ..Plenty of power really well balanced too. . July 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite saw!!! This saw starts great! It goes and goes! To all the reviews complaining about flooding a problem. A saw can't flood itself!!!! Pull two times full choke, go half choke, pull again and it starts everytime even after sitting for weeks if not months. Learn to use your tool and not blame it for user error. July 10, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by I wish Honda made a chainsaw When it is hot and muggy it would be fast to use a hand saw than try and start a Stihl.I have 2 like new ones a 250 and 290 can't start either one after 50 pulls following the instruction for each I am exhausted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! July 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to start Yes the cord is harder to pull than cheaper saws but for me it cold starts in 3 pulls after sitting up over night. The harder the cord id to pull the better the engine is. If your reading these reveiws before you buy get the ms251 woodboss im pretty sure it has easy2 start this saw has do much low emd torque i almost never full throttle it unlike my cheaper saw July 5, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by When it runs it runs like a Stihl should... This saw has been a true pain to own. The main problem I have is getting it started. After reading the other reviews it seems other folks have the same issue. I don't want to hear "bad gas" issues either. This saw has a flooding issue, plain and simple. There is no room for error on starting this saw. You must follow the directions to the letter. When in full choke don't pull more than twice! The saw will flood, and you will be breaking it down to clear it out. The guy at the shop got it to fire right up, didn't tell me about the flooding issue though, had to figure that out on my own.Would I buy it again? Yes, I would.Would I recommend it to my friends? Yes, with the caveat this saw has flooding issues. To the point it affects its dependability, value and overall quality.I expect these issues from lesser brands but not from Stihl. July 3, 2016
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