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 Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

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.

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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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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 261reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Perfect Homestead Saw I have a small homestead in SE Missouri and this saw is the perfect tool for me. It's light enough to be used from a ladder when pruning trees, reliable and powerful enough to maintain a firewood pile for the woodstove, and easy enough to start that my wife can clear branches that fall across the road during our big spring storms even when I'm away on business. May 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw Wife bought this saw for my recent birthday. Was little worried as slightly smaller model than what I had in mind. This saw however has proved itself to me. Recently had 2 large oaks down on our property, with some rounds easily over 24 inches. Plenty of power, starts right up, and no heat soak after running hard and restarting. Ran it this winter and starts easily if you follow the procedure for the saw. Many reviews bashing it for not starting, and as long as follow how to start fires right up. Only complaint is wish could get longer bar but just have to get a little creative on some larger cuts. May 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very happy with the saw. Made cutting that 26" diameter tree next to the house easy. Felt like I was cutting butter May 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Does not start - after four days of use and a long storage. All's I wanted was a dependable chain saw I could use once or twice a year. First year everything good. I used it 3-4 times for an afternoon to cut firewood.After a year of storage,. And yes I cleaned and drained everything and stored in a clean dry place. The saw is dead will not start. I have just wasted an afternoon in which I hoped to do yard work fooling with the saw.And now I will have to waste another day trying to get it fixed. Also these are not inexpensive saws - and it is now out of warranty. If you like to buy good tools and maintain them for a lifetime of use - but will only occasionally use the saw: this is probably not a good choice. I got 4 days out of it.Some folks seem to love the saw - and maybe If I was using it a lot ... I would feel differently, but only 4 days of use leaves me with a saw that looks new ... and does not work ... and very unhappy. May 3, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fair quality at best Bought the saw and one year later carburetor needed rebuilt. Had that done and it still would not idol or get up to speed. Dies often. Been back to shop at least 12 times. Contacted the factory and they said send it back to them. So the two years I've owned this saw it's been in the shop quite often. May 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by First time buyer Bought lots of cheap chainsaws before that never lasted and were hard to start. This chainsaw is easy to start and I am sure will last a long time. Its also nice to have a reputable dealer near buy in case of any problems April 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love mine! So far it has started 3 to 4 pulls every time, hot or cold. April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw easy to start & light I have had my saw for a year and a half now without any problems. I have never had it flooded to were it won't start on 4th or 5th pull. Would recommend this product to anyone who wants plenty of power in a light weight saw. If you need a saw too cut firewood this is hand's down the saw for you. April 7, 2015
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