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

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 87reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointed The saw quit running while falling a tree (second tank of gas) and has not run well since. Frequently stalls; chain loosens too easily (due to one tightening nut in my opinion), and very difficult to restart once stalled. I usually have to let it sit for 5 minutes or so. I did return to the dealer in an attempt to address the stalling issues, but they persist. I was very excited about this purchase and am very disappointed with the result. This was my first Stihl purchase; it will be my last. May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Powerful and lightweight I bought this saw to replace the MS290 that I've had for 12 years. The reason for the purchase was the lighter weight, I'm not getting any younger and the MS251 is powerful and easy to carry all day. May 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by quality saw I've owned many different saws over the years. This is one of the best, I cut a monster maple in no time flat. I would rate at a 5star for everything but I haven't owned it long enough for that. It is every bit as good as my husqvarna 55 rancher and puts the echo to shame. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the single bar stud, but for the price I can't complain. It does secure the bar nicely and chain adjustment is easy. A word of caution though, when refilling the bar oil with a hot saw its easy to touch the muffler when opening the cap. May 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is the "top rated saw" { power to weight ratio} in all of my hours of research,for the average wood cutter. I have used your products for over thirty years and all of them still run,what a testament to your fine Company,Thank You. May 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Couldn't be happier I owned an MS180 and that t u r d struggled to cut through hot butter. Working as a firefighter I know the power and reliability of Stihl (all of our rescue and chain saws are Stihl) so I upgraded to the MS251. I bought it yesterday and cut down a gnarly monster located about 4 ft from our house (made sure homeowners and life insurance were current) and this thing rocked. I couldn't stop it or slow it down no matter how hard I tried. The dealer fueled it with the good premix was a little older than I'd like to admit. The saw didn't like it much and told me so right away. Lesson learned. New fuel and it is ready for the next disaster I can find. May 12, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by This saw was a D O double G. Owned the MS170 for years. Used over sized chain & bar. Ran it into to ground. Used and abused it. Fried the engine. Still the best saw I ever owned.Up graded to the MS251. (Wood Boss) The MS170 puts it to shame. The MS251 is under powered for the 18" bar. Boggs down the engine on a mere 12" elm log.Up graded to the MS271. (Farm Boss) (chessel tooth) This saw screams like a renegade banshee. Cuts through any size log I put it to without hesitation. Plenty of power to spare. May 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love my Stihl's All my dads Stihl chainsaws have lasted well over 20 years apiece! I have tried all the other brands and not 1 has lasted more than 4 or 5 years at the most! will always be a Stihl for me from now on. May 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Got 30 years of use out of my last wood boss The first chain saw I purchased was a Stihl Wood Boss and that was 30 years ago. After more cords of wood cut and trees taken down than I can count, I am now looking to purchase only my 2nd chain saw ever.I will get another Wood Boss and this one may last me for the rest of my life time.Great saw, plenty of power for normal residential use, quick starting. The durability of Stihl makes cost of ownership very low over the long term - which makes these saws a great value.I've purchased other products which were non-Stihl and they wear out after a few years. These days, I only buy Stihl if they make what I need. April 2, 2015
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