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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 127reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Solid product, but it if you're on the fence This was my first Stihl chainsaw and I'm very impressed with the 251C. The salesperson tried to talk me into buying an MS170 as I didn't have plans to cut down more than a dozen trees this year for firewood. My gut told me to buy the larger chainsaw for many reasons and I'm sure glad I did. The 251C seemed heavy in the store compared to the 170 but once you get it in action the thing is very balanced and easy to use. The easy stay is a great feature and I'd say if your on the fence just buy the saw, you will be glad you did. I paid more than I expected for a chaimsaw but having a dealer supported product is worth it. July 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fine Tool!!!!! My old chainsaw finally kicked the bucket when i could no longer get parts for it. Have always heard great things about Stihl, so I did little or no shopping. Based on my sawing needs (fireplace wood, 40 acre periodic dead tree/storm cleanup) my salesman recommended this saw. !2 less cc's than my old saw, but i haven't noticed any drawback. This saw is light to handle, starts usually on the third pull of starter cord, and I love the chain tension adjustment. My old saw required carrying a socket wrench and screw driver in my back pocket at ll times. I'm not excited about the plastic housing (my old saws were all steel,) but in 40 years of using chainsaws, I've never dropped a tree on a saw, so I can live with the plastic housing. And lastly, there is no real vibration noticed - it is a pleasure to cut with, and the 18" bar does all i need it to do. July 5, 2015
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
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