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

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 103reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love this Saw! I bought this saw after a tornado struck our campground. It is the first chainsaw i have ever purchased, and I am so glad I did. Always starts easy, easy to adjust the bar and very fuel efficient. I have put in about four days of constant use at the campground and only went thru 1 gallon of gas. 8 hrs a day almost all day long it has had to be sharpened a few times, but does all the ground work effortlessly. I highly recommend this saw for a homeowner as I have punished this saw, it even fell off a ten foot high roof and never missed a beat. September 29, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disaapointing... Returned for Refund Cheap Plastic trigger Handle was so thin and cheaply made that it moved apart far enough to pinch the skin on your hand . The plastic is slick on the handle as well , so it doesn't grip well. I cranked this saw a few times and it picnhed the skin on my hand enough that I didn't even start it , I took it back . Everything about this saw was cheaper made than the 250 model . there is only one bar bolt mounted in plastic.. The choke lever felt so flimsy.I have gone out and looked at other brands to compare quality since I took this one back, so far I have not seen any saws in the price range of the 251 that felt so cheaply made as the 251...and none that piched my skine when I held it.. I was very disappointed in the stihl 251 saw, wish I had looked a little closer before I wasted my time with buying it.. I guess I gave the stihl name a little toooo much respect.. September 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Most reliable chainsaw I've ever owned Purchased my MS 251 in September 2013. Wood is my only source of heat so I researched carefully prior to purchasing a new saw. I needed a tough saw that would be reliable in the woods. I'm starting my third season this fall using the MS 251, cutting white oak and hickory. I use a bit over 5 cords a season. In its first two seasons, the MS 251 easy start has never failed to start on a couple pulls (I took the time to learn the recommended start proceedure). I just cut this season'e first two pick-up loads, again the saw has performed flawlessly, a good start on its third season. My cuts range from 3" up to 16'+. The saw handles all amazingly easily (I keep a sharp blade). For a heavy fire wood user, this is a great machine. August 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw I have replaced a 028 with this saw and am very impressed with its ease of use and how well it is balanced. i was worried that the size would make it a bit undersized for cutting firewood but am truly amazed at how well it handles the job. I will recommend this saw to anyone who heats with wood. August 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw Best saw I have ever owned. No problems with it. Great value.Easy to use. July 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Malfunctioning Starts As a handyman, apt. complex facilities manager, I've owned & operated professional grade STIHL equipment since 1968. My daughter recently moved to Asheboro, NC where her property has many trees. As a gift I purchased a new STIHL MS-251 WOOD BOSS. Sometimes the truth is hard to take! The Master Control with the compression combination needs to be reengineered. I used the chainsaw for 2/12hour days. I read & studied the operator manual. "Even a child can start it." Really? To start, each time I had to pull the cord at least 10 times. After it ran out of gas, I had to remove the spark plug to get it started, per manual.The cold start was very difficult, no matter how the Master Control/Chain Lock were positioned, finally after 7 pulls it started at the ON position. It is being returned to the STIHL dealer. July 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Has a little performance anxiety Talked my friend into buying this saw for his yard worked and checked it out with some more experienced sawyers I know and they thought it was a good deal. However after less than an hours work the first one siezed and would not restart. I found this curious as a previous model I had used in my training had no issues. We took it back exchanged it and assumed that it was bad luck or inexperienced sales people. The new one though ran rough the first day so I took it right back they said it had flooded but offered no explanation. After some running it eventually started to run better for the last 2-3 days. Then just this evening before I was going to have my Instructor and friend, also a certified technician and experienced firefighter look it over to be safe it would not start and finally siezed entirely. As a sawyer I cannot wait to find out the root cause of this issue, hopefully have some answers soon and hopefully the warranty will cover this. I put my faith in Stihl even with this hassle but based on some other reviews perhaps Stihl needs to revisit their design on this particular model. On final note I will say the price was good and it was good to buy a saw now before they all go to these stupid electric EPA carburetors. Stihl will still be our choice for equipment for our forestry work this year. July 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw i have had stihl saws from 1991 was my first one and it lasted till 2011 , when the dealer said it was giveing me proplems and to just get a new one . so i bought a ms 250 and in june 2015 i lent it out to some one to use and they took off with it and never got it backso i just got this 251 and its about the same as the 250 but just a touch more power love the saw and all i got to say is gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stihl one great saw and alwasy was a great company so buy one you will love it June 28, 2015
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