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Homeowner Saws

If you’re looking to choose a chainsaw for work around your home, you’ve come to the right place. For one, it’s hard to imagine a better selection of chainsaws than STIHL. What’s more, many of our chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.** To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, B = Quick Chain Adjuster, E = Easy2Start™, and Q = an additional chain braking feature.

You may be surprised to learn that you can own STIHL quality for less than you think. STIHL chainsaws, even those designed for occasional use around the home, come with anti-vibration technology, our STIHL Quickstop® Chain Brake and a Master Control Lever™, making start-up easy.

If you are looking for something lightweight for use close to the house, check out one of our powerful yet quiet electric chainsaws. They start with just a pull of the trigger.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

**A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.
*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Fuel Capacity
MS 170 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp) 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs.) 250 cc (8.5 oz.)
MS 171 31.8 cc (1.94 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp) 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.) 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
MS 180 31.9 cc (1.9 cu. in.) 1.5 kW (2.0 bhp) 4.1 kg (9.0 lbs.) 250 cc (8.5 oz.)
MS 180 C-BE 31.8 cc (1.9 cu. in.) 1.5 kW (2.0 bhp) 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs.) 250 cc (8.5 oz.)
MS 181 C-BE 31.8 cc (1.9 cu. in.) 1.5 kW (2.0 bhp) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.) 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
MS 211 35.2 cc (2.2 cu. in.) 1.7 kW (2.3 bhp) 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.) 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
MS 211 C-BE 35.2 cc (2.2 cu. in.) 1.7 kW (2.3 bhp) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.) 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
MS 250 45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.) 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.) 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
MS 251 C-BE 45.6 cc (2.78 cu. in.) 2.2 kW (2.95 bhp) 5.3 kg (11.9 lbs.) 390 cc (13.2 oz.)
MS 251 WOOD BOSS® 45.6 cc (2.78 cu. in.) 2.2 kW (2.95 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.) 390 cc (13.2 oz.)
  1. 2 months ago
    Great for home use
    I have purchased many types of chainsaws and this is by far the best.
  2. 9 months ago
    a very surprised first time user
    My first time using this saw was simply amazing. I had a bunch of pecan wood to work up that will eventually end up in my smoker cooker. This saw went through all of it like butter and it was so easy to handle. I really liked the idea of no more filling it with fuel and when I was done with the job I just cleaned it up, put it in its case knowing that it would be there and ready to go for the next job. I no longer go out in the woods and cut several cords of wood and my saws no longer get the ... read more use that they used to.Now I leave them sit for long periods of time with out using them and when I do its always a hassle to get the gas ones going again no matter how much care I took in putting them away. ( my other saws are not Stihl ) maybe thats the problem with the gas ones. Although I have other Stihl equipment this is my first chainsaw.and I simply love it. It has more power than you would believe for an electric. Uses the same chain thats on a gas model the automatic oiler seemed to hardly use any oil, the tool less chain adjuster, and the fact when you let off the trigger the chain stops instantly are some really good features of this saw. There is not one con I could say about this saw except maybe for the price. It is expensive but when you get this saw in your hands and start using it you wont care that you had to put out the big bucks for it. The old saying you get what you pay for stands true for this saw. Hey, its THAT GOOD!! Thanks Stihl for a simply great saw!!!!
  3. 1 year ago
    Not a cheap electric saw
    I bought this saw to put in the camper and be able to use in campgrounds with out making the noise of the gas powered ones. I bought a cheap one, but wanted one with a little more power and features. This Stihl has it all. While I have only used it once, it has plenty of power and all the features of the gas powered ones, it's well built, made in Germany not China. While I haven't used it much yet, it will get a work out next month while we are in the UP of Michigan cutting campfire wood.
  1. 2 years ago
    The MS181 C-BE has all the features I was looking for.
    I am very pleased with this saw, I turned 71 this last week, so when they say it starts like a dream and runs like a champ, I'm here to tell you it really does, and it cuts like crazy. The 5 star service I got from Ace Hardware was great, they put oil and gas in it, and took it outside and started it, gave me a full demo on the saw and then did all my paper work, I was impressed. Looking forward to using this saw as much as I can.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    excellent saw
    I have owned this saw for about 6 months. I have used it around my yard to clean up fallen branches and maintain my trees. It's a lightweight saw that is deceptively powerful. The saw is very easy to maintain plus the quick chain adjuster and easy to start features puts it over the top. Best power tool I've purchased in years.
  3. 4 months ago
    Perfect operation and hassle-free
    After buying several different brands over the years, with the resulting frustrations of starting and/or keeping them running, I bought my first Stihl in January. Ten tanks of fuel so far this winter without a hitch. Starts cold, hot, and in-between. Light enough to use recently on father-in-law's garage to clear overgrown trees and worked great also in dense brush with 2-6 inch trunks. Tough enough to cut through countless large tree trunks for firewood. What a pleasure it is to not have to ... read more fight a saw or wonder if it will start or how long it will run. Great warranty plan too - I am set for 4 years!
  1. 4 months ago
    Effortless Cutting
    I've only had this saw for about a year now, but it's been extremely reliable. It starts up every time: 2 pulls on choke, 1 pull on half choke. The bar oiler works great, but what I really like about this saw is the effortless handling of it. It's a great saw for everyday cutting, bucking, limbing, and dropping. It's not super heavy like the big saws, which makes it great for long days of cutting, and maneuvering in trees. It's easy to tear down for cleaning... and easy to reassemble. I really ... read more don't have any negatives for this product.
  2. 3 months ago
    Used on small farm
    Have small farm have cut 100's of dead Ash trees wet & dry as a bone small to 24". No problem with any of them had the saw 7 years now runs as good as new.
  3. 4 months ago
    Love my spring assist 250
    Saw cuts 20" diameter pine with no problem as long as I let saw do the work. If I try to force feed then saw will bogged down and I have to work extra hard due to my own fault.. Had starting problem a year ago. Saw would flood and get nasty to start. Took it to local dealer and they showed me how to start it. Never had a starting problem again. One pull ONLY on full choke then go to half choke. Works every time.
  1. 3 years ago
    Best chainsaw I've owned!!!
    The Stihl 211 C-BE is the greatest little saw I have ever owned. The "easy2start" feature is perfect for me since I have shoulder issues. Now, I can put all my energy into cutting wood instead of fighting with a chainsaw to get it started! Also, the chain can be tightened in seconds without tools and it works flawlessly. Don't be put off by this saw's small size.... it can keep up with the big guys without tiring out the operator! I highly recommend it!
  2. 4 months ago
    Great saw!!!!
    I have had my saw for over a year. It's the ms-211c. I had my property logged and had 55 acres of tops to clean up. The saw has had no issues and has probably over 250 hrs on it. Have only ran Stihl brand bar oil and mix in it. Chains hold up well too. Bought three chains and all have plenty of life left. I only use the saw on stuff about 6" in diameter and smaller. I like the quick caps and the tool less adjustment of the chain. I clean the saw after each session.
  3. 2 years ago
    Great power. Cuts quick and clean.
    I bought this after getting fed up with the 20" 50cc Poulan I wish I never bought! The Stihl cuts fast and clean. I can't believe it is only out preforms my old 50cc. The easy2start and quick chain adjustment is amazing. Don't waste your money a on any other brand. P.S. We have a lot of dead Ash trees in my area and I've noticed all the pro companies taking down trees are using Stihl...go figure.
  1. 2 months ago
    Great Saw, so-so chain
    I love Stihl! Every outdoor power tool I own is Stihl. I grew up using their chainsaws and would never buy anything else. That being said I bought the 170 for some quick work around the yard but am not happy with the Micro 3 chain. I wasn't looking for a big aggressive chain because I not only have to deal with small limbs and branches but this chain seems slow. Does it stay sharp? Yes but I think the smaller teeth bog down on sticky wood like wet pine unlike the larger toothed chains. I put a ... read more new bar and chain on and it cuts like butter. The powerhead is fantastic! Starts great and runs well even at idle. Overall a great product and maybe more suited to hardwoods without a lot of sap or pitch.
  2. 1 month ago
    A great simple use saw
    It's a simple around the house saw that works very well. Looks great and starts easy.
  3. 1 month ago
    Glad I bought this one.
    I was considering buying a saw from either "blue" or "orange" because I could get a get a larger saw with a longer bar for the same price. I am glad I did not make that mistake. This little saw cuts circles around the bigger "poor land" I use to own. It can be a little fussy to crank but I have yet to meet a chainsaw that wasn't. Also it is easy to trip the chain brake while trying to start it so watch for that.
  1. 3 weeks ago
    Good little saw
    I pushed this saw to the bar's limit and only bogged down a couple times. It will chew right through anything if the chain is sharp. I had the sprocket on the bar get clogged up with bark and chips a couple of times, but it did not take long to fix. I think this happened if it let off the throttle in mid cut. I think it is a pretty good value. Light weight and did what I needed. It could use more power at times, but if the chain is sharp it is fine. The quick chain adjuster takes a little ... read more getting use to when you use to the old style, but it works well when your gloves are off. Sometimes the gas cap is hard to get off. Nothing a pair of channel locks won't fix.
  2. 3 months ago
    WOW this saw cuts like butter!
    I am a first time user of Still and of a chainsaw. My husband has MS and is in a wheelchair so all the upkeep of our property has gone to me. We needed a new saw and decided on a Stihl. The easy strategy made it great for me, I had no problems starting or using my saw, it was so much fun.I now know why men never tell their wives how fun it is because they would never get to use their saws again. Thank you Stihl for making this awesome chainsaw.
  3. 3 months ago
    Very good saw! 100%recomended! Very light!
    I have owned my ms 180 for about a year now and it has been a good looking reliable saw no matter what conditions. The easy-2-start is handy....sometimes. I found out that when you pull the cord about 5 times(not letting the saw turn over) it's like starting a regular one! Starts up every time weather it's cold, snowy, raining.....always. The way they designed the chain tightener is awesome, you just turn that flap thing and turn the little black knob with your finger and whalla your chain is ... read more tight! Great saw greatly recomended love it.
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