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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 4.5 out of 5 by 167reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mama's Stihl Chain Saw This is a home owners model with great power and good features but its sold to often to the unintended market, not Stihls fault but the fault of their merchants. This unit was made for someone that does not have the ability to pull the starter rope.So here is the scoop, because of its design if you crank it in the start position more than 7 times its flooded. If the unit stars to fires it may not be noticed and you may fail to move the throttle up. Once its flooded you may try to start it in the run position but that is not a sure thing. It may stay flooded for many hours so its best to remove the cover,then the spark plug then allow it to equalize. Then you can have anouther go. If you are in to much of a hurry you should buy a different type of starting system. I think its a great saw for some, a bad choice for others. I must stress its not for the average person and to say some features are not a benifit to most. To opine Stihl should not try to market to everyone because they end up hurting themselves more than they will gain. Even tho Stihl does not sell in box stores; to their credit, some in store salespeople play exspert & know no better. This unit will be returned and replaced by a 261. To note: mu local dealer almost never stocks this unit so I must wait until a truck arrives.(Everyone at Stihl has been kind and helpful in this matter. Made in USA/ Canada or by Americans matters!) July 14, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I love this saw, but it is hard to start. The saw works really well for cutting. I did have the chain jump off the bar. The chain was ruined and had to be replaced. The biggest complaint is that it is hard to start. The starting directions are not clear to me. Even the man at Acme, where I bought the saw, had a hard time starting it. This problem sometimes causes me to use something else for a task other than the chain saw because I don't have confidence that I can start it. I don't know if something can be done to make it start more easily, but it does affect my attitude toward Stihl. I was always taught by my parents to buy quality, That's why I bought a Stihl, but I am somewhat disappointed. July 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plenty of power Just a homeowner saw, packs a great punch. Easy to start. June 24, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Garbage I am a huge stihl fan, they are the only products I buy and will continue to do so. That being said this saw is garbage, had used it one once needed to take back and get s new clutch. NO POWER NONPOWER NO POWER NO power cheap chain tightening system, and the easy start system is the stupidest and hardest thing to use. This is not a homeowner or professional saw this is a waste of time and money. I recommend all and any other of MY stihl equipment just not this chainsaw!! Luckily I have a great Stihl dealer and he took it back and I got another one! June 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by wood boss great saw easy to start and great to use.glad i went for this chainsaw. June 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to use and Dependable I bought this saw almost a year ago I have used it a lot cutting trees down for wood burning and little things around the house. The saw has been fantastic and has never given me a problem. Being in upstate NYI have used it in 10 degree weather and 100 degree weather. There is little to no vibration, it is light enough for me to use it all day without an issue. It has plenty of power for what I need. I will never buy anything other than Stihl products again! Most definitely recommend this saw! June 1, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very disappointed Very disappointed. Purchased because of the Stihl reputation and I needed a reliable saw. I have owned this saw for less than 1 year and it's been nothing but problematic. Easy adjustment equals doesn't work; the adjustment wheel broke twice in 1 year. Easy start equals floods often and unreliable. I was told there was a problem with the fuel system and the cost to repair was greater than the cost of the chainsaw. Don't waste your money on this saw. May 31, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good saw for the money Good little saw for the money. Like the 'Easy Start' feature. May 31, 2016
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