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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 4.7 out of 5 by 120reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Automatic oiler won't work (again) Previously I bought the 250 model. After more time in the repair office than in my hands the company let me trade it in for this 251. This 251 was no better - the same oiler problems - and of course if your auto oiler does not pump oil it results in a damaged and unusable bar, which happened to me twice with this one. June 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by I can buy replacement parts for this saw I don't buy anything but STIHL anymore because I can buy spare parts. Service is great! Saw is easy to start after you learn how to start it!! I will buy nothing but STIHL!! June 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to use This is easy to use and easy to start. Cuts through moderate sized trees without any problems at all. June 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very impressed with the saw The ms 251 cube is an excellent saw. I replaced a 20 year old Homelite 16 saw. There is no comparison to the sthil I never knew what I was missing I dropped 8 60 foot pine trees and chopped them up for removal. No problems the sthil cut through them like butter. The easy start takes some getting used to you pull and the start is slightly delayed but it is very easy to get running June 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product had to get smaller chain saw due to stroke. easy to handle. Does the job June 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Impressed with Easy Start and Whole Chainsaw I recently bought the 251 C-BE. What a beauty! I immediately liked the easy start. A long time ago i sustained a right-side torso injury and fought starting other brands of chainsaws. Literally they were a pain to start. I got fed up with those...Then i came across Stihl. The dealer showed me just how easy it was to start. I did not hesitate and bought it. Out in the field it works like clockwork. Seems i rarely ever pull more that 2x. Mostly on the first stroke. The power is sufficient to handle trees around my rental homes. Another thing i noticed and liked was the lack of plumy smoke rolling out of the chainsaw. In fact it has a little smoke trail unlike other brands that can choke out even the hardest man. One last thing. I also run this quite a bit and am impressed with the fuel economy. Stihl really thought this one out. So, overall the quality is solid and the easy start is the icing on the cake. 5 stars! June 7, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mixture of pros and cons with cons outweighing pros I am a well experienced chain saw user. This saw is a mixture of pro and con features with the cons outweighing pros. Because of my age, I wanted a light weight easy to start reliable chain saw of modest power.Pros:1 Lightweight,2 More than enough power to cut through large delivered 2 foot diameter bolts (horizontal position)3 Easy start feature works better than I expected.4. Chain catcher worksCons:1. Easy Adjuster no-tool Chain wing nut froze on a brand new saw. Required it to be returned to dealer for repair.2. Saw threw chain immediately after repairs.3. While saw's chain catcher prevented injury to me, the chain did chew up approximately 1/3 of the plastic chain catcher4. Unable to install bar and chain. There appears to be a problem between the procedure in the owner's manual and the saw's hardware.5. Third trip to dealer is required to understand inconsistency between saw and manual and to learn how to install bar and chain6. When saw is used in south-paw position, brake bar vibrates on top of one's knuckles (left hand on bar). Knowing that this model can and has thrown its chain, it is a very uneasy feeling to note a vibration on the outside of one's hand where there should be none. Right hand operation is OK.7. Very thin kerf (with of saw cut) meaning less power is required if everything remains the same (a good thing) but a con if felling a moderate tree and things go wrong; I would prefer a heftier bar (not longer) and chain. This was a specification I could have and should have checked prior to purchasing.8. The housing is quickly removed, however, cleaning sawdust and chips out is now more time consuming than normal, since there are far more hiding places and gears for the chips to get lodged behind. June 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MS251 C-BE I've never used a pro saw or ranch/farm saw so can't fairly compare them. I will say this - this saw cuts really nice. Plenty of power. I cut 5-6 cord of wood per year - usually ash and maple. I've been cutting wood most of my life and always used Stihl saws. For the price, you won't be sorry. Stihl is still the best. May 30, 2015
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