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.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
FUEL CAPACITY 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
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 Chain Saws
    View the features common to many STIHL chain saws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.
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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    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

    3/8 PM
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    5605 007 1027

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    5605 007 1028

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    5605 007 1029

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    5605 007 1030

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 246reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by MS250, from C&L Mower Service The saws reputation doesn't do it justice. I've got about 20 hours on my little saw and without fail starts every time on the 4th pull. The trick is full choke for the first 3 pulls, switch to 1/2 choke for the 4th pull and she starts up. (Every time!) The saw really gets the job done, my brother has had one for about 6 years and it still runs like a champ. If you invest in this saw, it will put a smile on your face every time you get it out of the case! March 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by easy to start easy to handle i use this saw to cut down small trees and for clean up starts on first pull. lightweight to handle. have also used it on cutting the tops of fence posts. February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MS 250 Chainsaw is excellent Purchased a Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw right after Christmas. Starts excellent and runs great. This is a very strong saw and makes light work of cutting wood. February 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by impossible to crank When I first purchase this saw it worked great, then it started to get really hard to crank, now almost impossible to crank. I had service people look at it and they would just smile and shake their head. I was talking to a friend of mine who has the same saw and the same problem. I might try another Stihl but never a ms250.Also leaked oil when sitting for a time.I agree with another reviewer, that one must have been made of scrap parts or on Monday morning. February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding Chain saw I had bought other brands of chain saws and even before the warranty was up the chain saw would break down. I was spending between $250 to $350 dollars every time a got a new saw. they just kept breaking down. Then my girlfriend of 8 years surprised me with a STIHL chain saw MS 250 home version . Even the appearance was of good quality. I have used it on just about every kind of wood and have not had one problem with it. This will be my only brand from now on. Cuts great and is very durable and dependable. Starts ever time and the power just blows these other brands out of the park. I feel with all the cutting I do (we heat with wood) you can not ask for a better value. I has saved me a lot of time and money because I'm not struggling to keep it running. Thanks for a great product! February 12, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by This saw is not reliable and high maintenance! Starting gets harder and harder after every use. Leaks oil while working or while sitting idle between jobs. The chain tensioner does not work properly and you have to constantly adjust it or reset the chain and bar. I am now under the impression that this saw was made from spare parts from other saws. FRANKENSAW ! January 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love My Stihl Saw My wife bought me a Yellow colored 20 inch saw from a big box store..I had nothing but trouble.. I felt bad because it was a gift.. I eventually returned it after a year or so of fighting with it not starting,throwing chains, stalling..etc,...To their credit Lowes gave me a full refund.. 30 years ago I had a Stihl 056 AV model.. Thinking back about what a great saw that was I decided to check out Stihl again. I went to Hartsville Outdoor Equip. and bought a MS250 saw,, What a difference..I have had this saw since October of 2013 and it has run flawlessly ! January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent saw, only problem is that I didn't buy a Stihl sooner Had other brands of chain saws but none compare to this MS250. Plenty of power, chain remains sharp longer than the others, and it starts eaasier in the cold weather. I wish I had paid the higher price a long time ago. It would have saved me a lot of trouble. Admit it, you get what you pay for..... January 16, 2015
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