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MS 250

A chainsaw designed for firewood cutting – with a great power-to-weight ratio.

MS 250
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 306reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw!! I have never been one to take time to write reviews, but I am going to start doing so as it is very hard to find quality products of any kind any more and it makes buying decisions difficult for anyone, so hopefully my review here can help someone considering purchasing the MS250.I have owned the MS250 for a couple of years now and cannot say enough good about it. For years I bought the "other brand" power equipment to save money. Tired of being let down by poor quality and having to replace tools often (which becomes expensive) I switched over to Stihl products and cannot be more pleased. Using the "other brand" chainsaws you are worn out before you get them started, not with Stihl products, a few pulls and you are ready to work.Now about the MS250, I have cut a lot of wood with it and I mean a lot, still runs like a champ. I cut a lot of hardwood and this saw rips right through anything up to 12 inches or so, anything bigger than that it will cut without bogging, but it takes a little longer, which is completely understandable. But I can bury the bar into just about anything and the saw will gnaw away with power.The reliability and construction of the saw are second to none. When you need it, it fires right up even if letting it sit for a while (just put new gas in if it has sat for a while). I had a tree roll over the saw one day and expected that was it for the saw, but picked the saw up and it was fine, I expected it to be cracked all over, but no. Of course the tree must haven't had had the full weight on the saw, but still nothing broke, amazing. I had the saw get flung into a creek while running (long story, beware when working on creek banks) it sat underwater for an hour or so in a swift current before I could retrieve it. Once again, I figured that was it for the saw. Low and behold, pulled things apart, blew them out, let it dry out for a night, put it back together and still runs like a champ. Unbelievable. I am so impressed with this saw and Stihl workmanship.Unless you are cutting 1 1/2 ft logs or bigger all the time, this saw will do everything that you need it for. Great firewood saw, dependable, light and strong as nails. I only recommend using Stihl 2 stroke oil, I get the Ultra and make absolutely sure that you keep your chain sharp, a dull chain is very hard on a saw.I apologize for the long review, but this saw is worthy of it. I hope it helps you if considering this saw. I just want to mention that I have recently bought the MS461 for the bigger jobs, but the MS250 will still be my go-to saw for the smaller to medium jobs. November 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Finest Homeowner Saw I've had in my hands. It is surprising that this is rated as a home saw. This saw has a great power to weight. It's quality built. And I've run farm and ranch saws that's not this powerful. And some pro saws that don't measure up to the MS250. November 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Value Saw I bought the MS250 as what I call a limb saw. My local dealer says it's a pretty solid little saw, and I trust his judgement. I am clearing out sweetgums out of plantation pines - cutting the ones too big to spray with Arsenal. My 034 is finally worn out since buying it new in 1990, and my larger saws are too heavy for trimming. Well, I can see myself reaching for the MS250 a lot more than just for trimming out sweetgums. I will probably cut some firewood with it. I have run this saw for 6 hours now. It's running 1 hour and 5 minutes per tank of fuel, doing clearing work which does involve some walking around. I like the saw. It's a small saw, but has good performance for its size and weight. I earnestly believe people who are disappointed at this saw have unrealistic expectations for a 3 hp saw. It will cut 24 inch stuff, if you keep the chain sharp, and give it time to do its job. I have no concerns with buying this saw - it will probably last me a long time. As a reference to understand my profile, I manage about 100 acres of timber, and have an MS250, 034, 044 and MS460 saw, one each. I am not a professional, but I have cut timber commercially in the past. November 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl continues to build the best saws. I just bought the Ms250 and I love it.I used to have a 031 until it was stolen and it was truly a great saw .I feel this 250 is a great fire wood saw and I will always own Stihl products. November 22, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Hard to start- continuous problems Have had this saw for 2 years. 250 chain saw.Very hard to start, have had this saw to several different shops with no avail. Large percentage of the time will not start when most needed. Time to junk or trade for one that WORKS. November 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect home owner saw Purchased this saw to do a few trees around the house as well as a couple side jobs. It has performed great! Took down 14" cedar, 12" palm, and 12" mango tree all today and it performed flawlessly. Plenty of power for take-down, limbing and bucking. Highly recommended! November 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw. Just right size and weight for homeowners. I have had this saw for about 6 years and like it. It has great power and is lightweight. It starts easily and runs smooth. I used Homelites for many years and they were a great saw and tried many other brands over the years and now I am really impressed with this Stihl. I would buy again if I ever need to. I have never had any problems with the oiler to date. November 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to start Very powerful and easy to start. Very pleased with my new stihl November 3, 2015
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