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MS 251 C-BE

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

MS 251 C-BE
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 130reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 The best feature is the Stihl dealer I have used Stihl saws for many years and cut over 20 full cords of firewood each year. My local dealer closed and I had to travel 95 miles to Ward's in Dollar Bay, Michigan to buy my new 251 in February 2015. Not long after the the saw had a major mechanical issue which I am convinced was a fluke and not worth expanding upon. I returned it to my new dealer (who didn't know me from Adam) and, since it was Saturday and couldn't be serviced, he offered a replacement to used until my saw could be repaired. My point is that the most important decision in purchasing any piece of equipment should be the quality of their dealer network and in this case Ward's certainly "went over the top"!Most all of my cutting is around logging operations. This lightweight & powerful saw is perfect when stumbling through slasher piles and tree tops. I only need to use my old 038AVS for the largest of jobs. All features of this saw including starting and chain adjustment work great. October 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent balanced saw Had a HEAVY McCulluch saw for 25 years. Good saw but it would wear u out. This saw takes some getting used to the features but I love it already. I can cut all day and my back & arms aren't nearly hurting like with the McCulluch. The balance is also very nice, it lets the saw do most of the work. October 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Worth the money! The "Easy Start" option on the 251 CE is a significant improvement over traditional "jerk start" saws. Best saw I've ever owned! September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice mid-range saw I've owned both an MS290 and an MS180 in the past. I sold both of those when I no longer had trees to cut. Once I bought property with an abundance of trees, I decided to compromise and buy something in between the farm boss and the smaller limb saw.After cutting down lots of saplings and a few larger trees, I am very happy. It is small enough for limbing but large enough to take down some pretty good sized trees. It does get heavy after a while though.The easy start feature takes a while to get used to, but I expect I will be very happy with it as I get older. My 65 year old father bought the same model and is very pleased with his too.I would buy this model again, without hesitation, if mine was stolen, or damaged beyond use. July 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Major Upgrade From Previous I'd held off from getting a Stihl for about 3 years because I couldn't afford it. I had another brand for a little less than half the price of the 251 cbe and had numerous problems. I got a lot of use out of it but it just wasn't on the same level. I've used the 251 18" extensively and have been very impressed. Mainly I've been cutting mature red cedar, some ash, pecan, and post oak, 18" max. The EasyStart feature is unbelievably simple, the power and cut are great, and even the small things like the gas and bar/chain oil cap being tool-less are a nice feature. I've used several brands and have quite a bit of experience but am not an expert. Having said that, this is easily the best chainsaw I've ever used and can't imagine buying anything but a Stihl from now on. July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Dependable Chainsaw! Never had an easier starting chainsaw in all my years of using chainsaws to cut firewood. I wish making money was as nice and easy as this chainsaw. A MUST BUY! July 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by cheaply constructed frameworks the first time I had to tighten the chain after using 2 hours, the single bar tightening bolt unscrewed out of the frame instead of the nut loosening !Returned to vendor and he "lock-tite " glued the thing back together. How long do you people think this will hold up???Made it understood that if [and when] this problem occurs again; vendor will replace entire framework.WE SHALL SEE ! July 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Easy Start? My saw requires pulling on the thin cord at least 7-8 times using the so called "easy" start system. I am using high octane fuel with stabilizer. A new saw should not be this hard to start but it does a good job once it finally starts. I would not buy this saw again especially with this "easy" start system. July 7, 2015
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