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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 132reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Saw Bad On/Off/Choke Control Lever I have an MS 650 and an MS 460 both saws are reliable starting every time with plenty of power and a solid feel. I purchased the MS 251 to limb and trim around the property and to limb those big trees when I fell them.The saw meets the demands I place on it without hesitation. What I am disappointed in is the quality of the On/Off/Choke Control Lever. I don't know how it is on other 251's because I haven't cut with them. I just know on my saw it feels like a plastic toy lever to me. I would take the saw back to where I purchased it to have them look at it but it is a 250 mile round trip for me so it isn't worth it. I keep expecting the lever to break but it has held up for a year. Just feels cheap. June 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice chain saw. I needed to replace an older other brand saw.I almost didn't buy a Stihl because they are more money but since I have heard good things and read good reviews and wasn't happy with my other brand saw I decided to go for it. I have had it for a year and don't use it a lot but have cut up several trees now. It works great.Easy controls, cuts great,runs well,easy to start. Some people expressed concern that there is only one nut to tighten/lhold the chain bar;that is not an issue,I have had no problems with it and it's easy to adjust with tool that comes with the saw.I'm glad I bought this one. June 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exactly What I Was Looking For This saw was a little difficult to start at first, I'm sure it is breaking in. I'm very impressed with the power. It rips through everything I've used it for. I don't cut massive trees with it, but I use it for medium duty. Meets or exceeds my expectations. May 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by very reliable medium duty saw I have a lot of large trees on my land and get to cut up 6 to 10 inch limbs quite often. I went to an arborist supply to find a replacement for my old (antique)pre-government chainsaw. This was the closest that I could find. For large stuff I own a Stihl 46 magnum but it is to heavy for limbing and small wood. Although the MS251 is bulkier and slightly heavier (thanks to government interference) the power is comparable. My only complaint is that there is no blade and sprocket combination that would allow a 3/8 chain. That would allow it to compete in aggressiveness (speed of cutting) to the lighter old saw. Bottom line: this is the best and most reliable chain-saw that I have been able to find (regardless of price) tor using in medium wood. May 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montana Wood Cutting Easy to use saw, starts with no issues at all. Saw is light enough to use for yard work, but still powerful enough to take into the backcountry and cut firewood. STIHL has always made a good product and this one is worth the money. May 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Unbelievable I have used lots of chains saws but not for serious work. I just bought a mountain home and needed to cut a lot of hardwood 12"-24 oaks and hickories. It is a tough pull in choke, but three pulls it starts every time. The first time I touched the blade to wood I knew it was a different animal. Small timber melts big logs cut steady. 30 trees into the project, a lifetime of firewood and it is still the best chain saw I have ever seen. It is painful to suggest weaknesses. I flat out will never buy another chain saw. It has paid for itself six fold. I mentioned the hard pull, the other thing is the oil tank cap should have a better alignment mark to close it. That's all May 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This chain saw works GREAT!! This is the 1st Stihl chain saw i've owned or used. It replaced an older chain saw of similar size. The 1st time I used it I was amazed at how fast it cut and the amount of "chips" that quickly covered my boots. I've cut down roughly 8-9 trees in my 1st year.It starts every time it is needed on the 3-4 pull. If the engine "pops", take it off choke and start it. Has plenty of power for the trees I have cut down, up to 18". The easy off gas and bar oil caps work well and don't leak. I only use Stihl gas and drain the tank when I'm done using it. April 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome saw Im a climber of 18 yrs.i have run many brands in the past and have owned several stihl saws.stihl is the only saw i invest money the german engineering.i am a loyal stihl customer.thanks for building such a dependable saw.always impressed!!! April 29, 2016
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