MS 250 - $299.95 DSRP SAVE $60.00 on select models

Distributor Suggested Retail Price 18 in. Bar DSRP:  $299.95


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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
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    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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    Value Work Gloves
    Before you get started on the job at hand, slip on STIHL Value Work Gloves for abrasion resistant protection and greater precision. Made of durable split cowhide leather palms and breathable mesh backing, these gloves can handle whatever holding, grabbing and gripping the job requires – all while delivering comfort and flexibility. Featuring an adjustable wrist-strap closure, the STIHL Value Work Gloves will be just as easy to put on and take off as it is to complete a job well done. Stop by our showroom to see them for yourself!
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    Woodcutter Chaps
    Apron Chaps from STIHL are made from rugged, 400-denier nylon and feature the same UL® classified protection as our other chaps. Just snap them over your pants and you’re ready to go. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are six layers of Avertic™ Pro by Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to clog the sprocket and stop the saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw in case of accidental contact with the rotating saw chain. The openback design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 397reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Product is well built Only had the saw about 4 weeks now, used it many days to saw up 3 huge silver maples. Starts every time and never misses a beat!! September 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best saw I have ever had 6 years I got a wood stove, my wife went to a pawn shop and bought me a MS250 for cause they just wanted it gone, all it needed was a chain brake, since them I gave disassembled and cleaned it dropped it abused it changed several chains, and gone through 4 bars one was because the oil pump wasn't as good as it could be, how pump solved that issue, since I got the saw I have moved from VA Beach to NC. So far in a week my saw has saved my butt 3 times cutting two oak trees and one cotton mouth, I have two Still saws a MS250 and a MS250, the 290 is an OK saw, but the 250 my wife bought me is my all time favorite, and I'm no rookie, I've used homeless McColugh, some weird blue brand, sears....... All of em, the safety features are good, but it's the flat out reliability I like, I will ALWAYS keep my 250, if the engine wears out I'll rebuild it, I love the saw September 25, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice, But......MS 250 This 250 saw is a nice small size, light, but powerful. It would be a great saw for senior citizens like me. But, because it has good compression, it is very difficult to start unless you are young, rugged, or lift weights regularly. You really need to be able to rip that cord with power. And when the compression wins, your arm will suffer. A decompression valve would make all the difference. I'll check out Stihl's ez Start system but I'm afraid it will just be something else that will need fixing. And it isn't available on this saw anyway. September 24, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Brand new saw will NOT start I bought this saw Thursday, and the salesperson did show me how to start and use it. NOT being a newbie, I understood the process. I took it home and it sat in my garage for two days. Today, Saturday, I tried to start it, following the proper procedure, and it would NOT start. I did not hear it "sputter" on full choke, so after several pulls it probably flooded the engine. So I took it to the store where I bought it from, and the the manager could NOT start it either. He told me to take it back home, wait an hour and try it again. I dd, and again it would not start. I googled on how to un-flood the engine, and followed those instructions, to no avail. September 24, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Hard to start - Floods too often ... I was disappointed with my purchase of the MS-250. I was worried the MS-251 plastic thumbwheel chain tensioner would not hold up, so I went with the older MS-250 model. Once you get it running, it runs fine, but it is a bear to start. It floods and then you have to remove the spark plug and pull the cord to remove some of the fuel before putting the plug back in. Even after running through a tank of fuel, it does not immediately start up. You still need to choke it. Worse yet, the chain tensioning nuts keep vibrating loose, and I have read of many people stripping the studs trying to keep the nuts on. So, without even running the MS-251, I would buy that newer model over the older MS-250 if I could do it over. It is supposedly much easier to start and is more fuel efficient. The chain tensioner cannot be any worse than the one on the MS-250, so go with the new model if you are leaning towards a Stihl saw in this category. September 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best saw for the price Great saw for using for around the house use. Midsize is perfect for my needs. Starts on every pull. September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw for the money I've had my MS 250 for almost 5 years now, and have had no issues whatsoever with it. Bought the MS 250 as a lighter weight alternative to my 15 year old MS 310 (also a great saw, but a little overkill with a 20" bar for bucking smaller firewood).Have to say I'm surprised by all the negative reviews on this saw, particularly those complaining that it is hard to start. My MS 250 has never once failed to start using the steps outlined in the O/M... set the control to Full Choke, then with 1 or 2 pulls on the recoil, listen for the 'pop'. Then move the control to Half Choke and with 1 or 2 pulls, it fires right up.Another key to reliable & easy starting is using fresh non-ethanol 90 PON gasoline, mixed with Sthil HP oil. Also make sure the air filter is clean.Beyond these recommendations, if someone is still having trouble starting a Sthil two stroke chain saw, they may have an incorrect low speed mixture setting on the carb, and/or a fouled spark plug. September 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Chainsaw I Ever Had I have multiple chainsaws that I have used for over 20 years for cutting firewood. My older saws are another brand that have done well with few repairs. While trying to clear our property to build a new house my older saw was giving problems running. I have always wanted a Stihl saw and decided to make the purchase. I have had it for one year now and have cut down and cut up between 30 & 40 trees. Over half of them were large cedar trees that are ready to rip up into lumber. I also have cut up 6 or so cords of fire wood to use once our house is complete. Perfect starting every time and runs like a dream with no special attention. I do my best to keep it clean and serviced as always with my tools. Will be getting a new MS 391 Farm and Ranch saw this winter expecting the same results.Happy ownerRon September 21, 2016
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