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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 191 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mine's an oldie I actually have an 025, same saw, older and that's what they referred to them as back then. My saw is 18 years old and still works/cuts as it did on the first day of use. I've been through a few bars, lots of chains, some needle bearings and drive sprockets BUT I have yet to have had to change ANYTHING in the carburator...18 years! I use top quality gas and before each lay-up storage I run multiple tanks with gas stabilizer through her. In my humble opinion you can't go wrong with this model of Stihl. April 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by First owned saw and did not disappoint! I just bought this saw last week, to clear a bunch of small brush trees and some other pine trees all in the back yard to clear the forest to look cleaner. I have not had any problems like others have with starting the saw. I read everything in the manual and the then watched all of the operational videos on the website, just to be sure. The saw worked great for the 8 hours straight that I have used it today. I plan on using it tomorrow and will likely have more projects. This saw held up wonderfully. Besides a few little pinches with clearing bundles of brush, there were no issues at all. It chewed through the larger pine trees as well. The only issue I experience was having a little difficulty adjusting the tension on the chain. I might have forgot what I read and saw with the video but I had to loosen the bar to where it was free moving and adjust the tension of the chain. If the nuts were tight that hold the bar, the tension screw didn't adjust anything. But, this wasn't a big deal. Overall, this is a great product with plenty of power. It's real easy to start if you follow the instructions and use premium fuel. Buying regular unleaded would be a mistake, especially for breaking it in. April 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hard to start Good power if you can start it.This saw has extremely bad fuel issues. Some times it runs grate but most of the time it is extremely difficult to start. I have two of these saws and they are both are like this. April 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by starting technique bought a 250. read the reviews and the biggest problem seems to be cold starts. I too, could not get it to start, but tried for days until I got the technique down. lock the choke and trigger down then slowly pull the cord out until you feel some resistance. then pull to start once or twice using this technique. the motor should sputter. put the choke in the next position and using the same pulling technique, pull once or twice more and the motor should start. then put choke lever in the run position. using this technique my saw starts up every time the first time ! April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a very hard working tool. I love my saw. It is just the right size for the kind of work I do. Not too big, but with plenty of power. Always easy to start. I work this tool very hard every weekend. As with all my Stihl products, I've had very good luck. April 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by would not recommend this product I bought my Stihl MS 250 chain saw in 2011, and have had a problem for over two years getting it to crank. Seems the engine will flood 4 times out 5. I have tried all the various modes - choke closed, choke open, ignition, etc., and nothing seems to work. Take it to the dealer and always same story - engine is flooded. Follow the booklet and dealer instructions on proper cranking procedure to no avail. Definitely would not recommend this product to anyone!! April 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Saw is "ok" I bought this saw for ranch use cutting staves. It took a few days for the saw to gain full power which is normal but afterwards I was not impressed. Firstly the saw has little power and I am only cutting 2 to 3 inch limbs and bucking them at 5 foot. This saw struggles with that and I see no reason why. Secondly it is made from useless material, the clutch cover is plastic and so is the case and I have already seen melting near the dawg drill holes. I would not recommend this saw I would rather buy an older pro saw like an 036. April 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Extremely difficult to start! I bought the Stihl MS 250 to replace my 35+year old E*** because it had gotten difficult to start and I had heard the Stihl was a good brand. That was money wasted as the old chainsaw still starts better and cuts as well as the Stihl. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! April 2, 2014
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