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 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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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 319reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by THE BOSS! Purchased for heavier duty cutting for my landscaping business.This is one of the easiest saws to start if you know the procedure. I can get a cold MS250 to start in less than 5 pulls with the procedure below. It assumes the saw is in working order and has been maintained/serviced properly.Cold starting procedure: 1. Set to full choke...pull til you hear an engine pop once (these pulls act like pushing a primer bulb to get the engine primed with fuel). 2. Move to half choke and pull till engine starts. 3. Let engine run for about 10 to 15 seconds and then blip the trigger. 4. Let her rip and cut some wood!Warm engine: Set to start and pull til it starts...usually 1 to 3 pulls.I have leveled off stumps, sliced through large diameter trees, and cut up tons of firewood with this beast of a saw!If you want this saw to fly and cut like a higher horsepower saw.... i recommend not using a low kickback chain on this saw (which comes stock on the MS250), Instead purchase the Stihl yellow chisel chain....oh man you'll swear this is a different saw. It will cut like a knife through hot butter.This is all the saw I will ever need! January 20, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by I love Stihl.... HATE the ms250 I have exclusively bought Stihl for years because of their durability, longevity, and reliability.The MS 250 was none of those things. The saw was extremely temperamental, start and run great..... Then..... Not restart warm???The saw lost compression today. I have always kept blade sharp and saw maintained. This saw ran less than twenty tanks of gas!!!!!! January 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by A SUPER GREAT SAW--when it runs.....very undependable....hard to start. I am a STIHL MAN! I own a weedeater, a hedge trimmer, and a 250 chainsaw. I can crank the 250 when it is cold. I DO NOT flood the engine. After a tank of fuel, my 250 will NOT crank again. Nothing seems to work. Yesterday I was cutting limbs and after the 1st tank of fuel, it would not restart. Took it to my shop. He cranked it with one pull. He showed me to keep the trigger pulled, and pull the rope with my left hand. THAT IS NOT HOW THE INSTRUCTIONS SAY TO DO IT.BUT, to his credit, it DID start. For one more tank full. After that, it will not crank. Back to the shop! They have it now!There are enough negative reviews on this website about the 250. There is a problem with the starting of this unit. Stihl should stop blaming the owners. Lets find a way to start this saw! When running, it is a great saw, but it is not dependable.I am not sure what to do....I NEED a saw that I can depend on. Do I buy another brand? January 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by jump two steps up. Get the real thing.Don't waste your money unless training someone young. January 8, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by surprised, but in the end satisfied Bought the ms250 as a Christmas gift for my wife...went outside to start and it on Christmas morning and it never did; even following all instructions and just the general chainsaw starting procedure for a Stihl. I took it back to dealer and they were willing to let me exchange, but based on reviews read on this saw--I just paid a little extra money for the ms251 and its running fine. It seems like in the reviews, the people that had this problem from the start were never able to cure it...while other owners rate this one 5 stars and have had no problem. Was surprised to have this problem with a Stihl, but am glad it has been resolved. I never saw this saw run, but it would have been nice to because it seems like a great all around saw for the handy house wife. December 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great saw for the homeowner I've had this saw for a little over year and a half. It has never given me a problem. I do maintain my saws, use only good gas & oil. December 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by One tough saw We have been using STIHLl saws for 10 years. We love the durability of the MS 250. We usually buy one every year for our tree business. One of the best saws you can use. December 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good price dependable Overall a great saw Stihl is the way to go just be careful and make sure you get the right power and weight for your needs , I thought I wanted a little heftier one but this is the perfect fit for me , starts on first pull everytime and idles on it's own , love it and it was on sale ! December 20, 2015
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