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MS 251

A powerful and fuel-efficient chainsaw that’s comfortable to use

MS 251
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 57reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by outstanding Can't imagine using anything else. Works like a hot knife through butter. October 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice.... I cut about 18 cord hard wood every October for winter chainsaw hammers thru it. Plus I cut lots during the summer. Love the saw never had any mechanical issues. October 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great power to weight ratio I really like this saw. It works great for how much I have to use it. If you you have to use it for firewood to heat your house definitely go bigger. I use it to clear storm damage on 10 acres and help friends with their firewood. My buddy has a 460 witch way out preforms mine but after an hour the weight kills your back. Also the bar retaining nut stud came out while I was in the woods and if I didn't have my Leatherman on me it could have been bad. No other problems. Fires up everytime. October 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bar stud pulled out The single stud that mounts the bar pulled out after a few tanks of fuel. I didn't over-tighten it either. Its a metal stud that is pressed into a plastic case. Saw worked great up to this point. I would recommend buying a heavier duty saw or something that has two fasteners on the bar. October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by very satisfied Excellent all around saw for cutting firewood. Could use just a bit more power but if that meant having to lug around more weight it wouldn't be a good trade. I'm happy with it. October 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Very hard to start I spent almost 2 hours this afternoon trying to start my new saw for the first time. I read the instructions several times and followed them. I am very disappointed because I did not get my project done and will have to make a trip to the dealer to find out why it will not start. Not what I expected from Stihl. October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Little Saw That Could...Mostly I've put this saw to fairly heavy home use over one summer/fall and about 13 trees total, from 8" to 18" trunks. I really like its light weight for the power available; and its starting, operation & quality for a home/consumer-level saw.Initially I was not completely happy with the 251's power until I changed out the stock, anti-kickback RM chain for an RS. That has made all the difference for felling and bucking anything over a foot in diameter. Even if this is your first saw, if you research how to use it, are careful & deliberate, and get some experience under your belt, I highly recommend installing an RS chain and relegating the stock RM to backup or dirty wood.In retrospect I wish I'd sprung for a 291 or 261 with 20-inch bar. The MS 251 is a pleasure to use on smaller trees, but the work I've wound up putting it to exceeds its ideal capacity. It'll do the job on an 18-inch trunk, but not efficiently.On the other hand, for a first "real" chainsaw, the MS 251 has been a fine tool and extremely good at handling the jobs it's designed for (probably up to ~16" trees). October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Above a homeowner saw ! Great chain speed ! great torque ! We are a tree outfit and these 251 saws are my best for the price low mid range saws... Great for ground work, great for tree work, Easy to clean ! Recommend cutting up to 16 inch trees.. Not enough power to handle above 16 inch... Very light !!!Stapert Tree & Forestry September 24, 2014
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