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MS 251

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

MS 251
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 71reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Slash stands no chance When I started cutting, I would use an old MS 310 to limb logs and trees. I decided to give a smaller saw an opportunity to prove its worth. It did that and more. Holding this saw for hours is SO much easier on the back and shoulders than my other saws. Not only is it light, but it keeps going and going without slowing down. I'll even start bucking with the MS 251 after limbing the entire tree!It's gas consumption is minimal without sacrificing the necessary power to make a nice firewood pile. At first I thought I would have to get a smaller saw for trimming but quickly changed my mind after the first use. An added bonus is that it's not as sensitive to altitude changes as some of the bigger saws are.I would recommend this saw to the average homeowner who needs a great combination saw for cleaning storm damage, bucking medium-sized trees, or small trimming jobs around the house. January 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by THIS SAW IS JUST THE RIGHT SIZE FOR A HOME OWNER. THIS SAW IS PERFECT FOR ANY JOB. I HAVE USED IT TO CUT FIREWOOD AND FELL SOME TREES. SAW HAS GOOD POWER FOR SIZE AND IS EASY TO HANDLE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND. January 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cuts like a fat boy chomping through a corn dog!!! With the proper chain, this saw excels on any kind of wood I've encountered.I've cut 24" diameter trees without hesitation with the Rapid series chain. With a sharp chain you don't even need to apply pressure, just let the saw's own weight pull it down a big log.Light and powerful...very powerful. Just keep that chain sharp!! December 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by First Chain Saw: Decision Points Had been trimming with hand tools and hiring out bigger jobs but a couple dead trees justified finally getting a chain saw of my own. Will be selling it after moving so resale potential was a factor in selecting Stiihl and a larger model than I could have gotten by with.Opted for MS251 over MS250 based in reviews here and features like vibration dampening, better air filter. Also bought MotoMix to extend warrantee and because I no source of ethanol free gas near me, but had to get a raincheck since dealer. my local Ace Hardware, was out of stock. For that reason couldn't get them to demo the saw operation. They didn't offer one at the time of sale.I picked up some pre-mixed fuel elsewhere and returned to Ace later that day for the first start. Guy at store had trouble starting it (hard to pull compared to others he'd used) so he removed and adjusted chain bar and eventually got it started. Turned out he was confused about operation of chain brake (had it reversed and was putting on brake instead of freeing it)) so it appeared saw wasn't working at first until that got sorted out. It being my first saw I didn't know any better, which is why brought it back for the initial start-up for a demo of how to do it correctly without flooding..So much for expert advice. But once home with it it started up for me and ran with no problems, but by then it was dark and now it's snowing so the first cut wiith it is sitill somewhere in the future. November 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ms 251 has great features i expect from a chain saw starts easily , light weight ,priced right , easy on the gas November 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dependable The only problem I have with this saw is it only has one bolt for the bar instead of the usual two, I have a hard time keeping my chain tight or getting the chain tension right and as soon as you rev it up it is way to tight or to loose. Other than that it is a comfortable easy starting chainsaw. November 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Product is solid performer I decided that in order to have a dependable, quality chainsaw I could count on to start, cut, and continue to run without stalling, I needed to obtain the chainsaw that professionals use. This is my first Stihl product, but will not be the last. I am very impressed with the performance and dependability of the product. The MS 251 is relatively easy to start, light weight, but heavy duty performer. My only question is; why did I wait so long to purchase a Stihl? November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by All the power needed for firewood. I chose this saw due to the other reviews i have read as well as having a service center within 5 miles of my home. I have only had the saw for a month but have cut a couple of chords of firewood already. It has plenty of power and is very easy to use as well as starts extremely easy. I chose this saw over another similarly priced brand due to it weighing almost 4 lbs less and i am glad i did. The only complaint i have is the chain has loosened a few times, but with it being practically brand new i am guessing it will get better with time. I am overall very happy with my purchase and sold on Stihl products! November 13, 2014
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