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MS 251 WOOD BOSS®

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

MS 251 WOOD BOSS®
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 98reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by incredible power.. doesn't wear you out! We had a couple big limbs on a huge oak tree get hit by lighting and had to clean up the back yard. the largest part that fell was probably 2 feet in diameter. my father had an ms 181 c and i did a lot with it. actually amazing how much power it has for a little saw. but when i bought a new wood boss and took on the rest of the tree it blew my mind how much more power it had and really due to the way its built i didn't get any more tired using it then the much smaller ms 181. i got the ms 251 wood boss because it just felt like the perfect size in my hand and it still in the 40-50 cc range and i didn't feel like i needed the upgraded ms 251 c with the fancy tensioner and easy start. my fathers saw had the quick bar tension deal on it and mine does not and ill tell you I'm alright with that. i felt like it kept coming loose on me and it just doesn't take that long to use the old school stud and nut method.all in all i am amazed with this saw, for the money, the power you get , and the stihl service behind it, you can't beat this saw if your felling a good size oak tree or just doing some trimming here and there. this saw won't let you down. June 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good overall saw. For a homeowner saw, it has good power and has held up very well. I wanted something in the 40cc''s and didn't want to dump a ton of money so I bought one in March of 13. Even with an 036 and a 461 the 251 has generally been my go to saw especially for smaller stuff and limbing. I've put a lot of fuel through it and it's held up very well during use and transport.My pros would be good power, always simple to start, good quality for homeowner saw, and super simple to tune for anyone with a little knowledge.My cons would be it's a little pricy for what it is, single bar nut, and you have to remove three captives to access the air filter but I suppose that's being a little picky. June 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very easy to start,and handle Was given this saw as a birthday gift,this is my very first chainsaw and it really is very easy to operate,READ THE MANUAL step 1!! started on 2nd pull without any problems.going up on the family property to widen trails this saw is very user friendly,after 2 refills i checked the tension on the chain made adjustment as needed,worked for about 4 hours straight no problems at all! ms251 has plenty of power to cut all day long.I am very happy with this quality tool.THANK YOU STIHL! June 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl, the best of the best! I came from an electric chainsaw with an almost worthless manual oiler, so honestly any gas chainsaw is an improvement. That having been said, so far this is a lovely saw. What an awesome piece of equipment! I've only had an opportunity to use it once so far, but it sure was fun. My first cut with it was limbing off about a 12" section of tree. I just set it against the branch and let it do the work itself. Just like butter! Lots of power. Perhaps a little louder than I expected, but I like that about it. Hearing protection advised.I really enjoyed the experience of buying my saw from a dealer who knows about what they are selling. They answered all my questions and stepped me through the starting procedure and such. I'm sure it will be great to work with them if I ever have any issues. I will be visiting them again as I will only buy Stihl oils and products for my saw.If there is a con, it might be that it only has a two year warranty if you purchase a 6 pack of Stihl synthetic oil or a can of Stihl pre-mix fuel. The other brands offer a two year warranty without any additions such as that. But, if warranty work is required, my Stihl dealer is only a few blocks away and work will be performed in-shop as opposed to the box store saws that would get shipped off. Another reason you pay a little more for a Stihl.Overall worth the price I paid. I put four stars for value due to the price, but it is a Stihl and I expect it will last practically forever. June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw! Bought this saw after looking at other brands. Glad I went with Stihl. Easy to operate and trouble free. Good power to weight. Been taking down 16" - 18" trees no problem. Well made. June 5, 2015
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