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MS 201 T

“The Ultimate Arborist Saw.” For in-tree professional use only.

MS 201 T
Rated 3 out of 5 by 75reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great saw This is an easy saw to handle. Very nimble and powerful enough to take on big tasks. February 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Longest lasting top handle out there. I work for a medium sized tree service in michigan. We have carried three types of climbing saws. 192, 200, 201. I can tell you right now hands down if you have a sharp chain, there is no difference between ANY of these saws. I can tell you the 192 is a little cheaper on feel, and a couple of metal shiny pieces missing that the others have. If people are saying it wont idle or is in the shop all the time. It's because their crew is abusing them. Our 201 has yet to be in the shop, and going on are 3rd season with it now. We have the 200 in the box just in case. But it stays there. It took a little over 2 days for the saw to properly break in. I'm guessing 20 tanks. The fuel efficiency on this saw is hands down the best out there. At least in stihl's lineup for top handle. We have just about every saw stihl has ever made. Use logic when you're reading these comments. Stihl is a smart company that will never produce a "throw away saw." February 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by awesome saw in the tree I just picked up a ms 201tcm today witch is the new m tronic version of the 201t. I can't find this new version of the saw on this website but they have been available for a while now and it is leaps and bounds better than the early 201t's. When looking to buy one of these saws you must know that the early 201t's had many issues i suspect that's where all of the bad reviews come from. A few years ago sthil advanced the timing and fiddled with the carburetor and it made the saw run much better that's where the good reviews come from. As long as you avoid the early models you will walk away with a great saw. But the new m tronic 201tcm is even better it has great performance the first time it starts not cold natured like old 200t's and 201t's better throttle response and feels like more power over a broader range of rpms. I think it is equal to if not better than the old 200t's. I love the fact that the carburetor will adjust itself to changes to temperature altitude air filter restriction fuel quality etc. This saw is not even broken in and I am more than satisfied. It will only get better as it breaks in. Can't speak for reliability of this saw yet but performance weight ease of use and versatility is outstanding. I wouldn't want to get in the tree with any other saw November 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by A great saw with some help I have the 201 in addition to a healthy collection of saws ranging from 30-94cc in displacement. I have Stihl, Husqvarna and Dolmar saws. The 201 feels a bit better in hand compared to the T540xp and Echo 355T. Power-wise it's comparable (stock) to the 355T and is lacking compared the the T540 and the 201C versions. Once out of warranty, open the muffler, retune the carb and advance the timing a bit and the saw takes on a whole new personality and will readily out-cut a stock T540xp and modded Echo 355T. On the bright side hot starts are much easier on the 201 than the Husqvarna as is saw maintenance. I do wish it had a rim sprocket like the Husky instead of a spur but it's not a deal breaker. The A/V is not as nice as the Husky. Ultimately I passed on the 355T sold the T540xp and Bought the 201 and do not regret the purchase.For those complaining about initial power, the strato cylinder saws take much longer to break-in fully than non-strato saws do. Mine took about 14 tank to really come alive and then still needed a bit of persuasion. October 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Big step - wrong direction Bring back the 200T. This saw does not even compare. Lack the day in day out performance that the 200 offered. Much of its power was sacrificed to obtain better fuel consumption. When working 30-60" up - I will take power each and every time. It's engine is not as durable - my 200's all will out last the new and improved technology that Stihl as adopted. I am willing to pay Stihl prices - but I certainly want a product that can withstand a professional's expectation.Please bring back the 200T October 4, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Scared of Heights Bought this saw brand new from a local saw shop, price was twice as much as the similar size but I was assured this was the best saw out. I've had the saw almost 3 months now and have went thru 4 spark plugs and the saw barely stays running at idle while climbing in the tree. I took it back to the saw shop to see if there was some kind of adjustment and was told that the saw is not designed to hang on your side and idle. Now I'm aware that I shouldn't climb the whole tree with the saw at idle, but that's not the case; but who wants to turn the saw off every cut?? If the saw cannot hang at idle then it is not a well designed climbing saw. August 7, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by It a butter knife Over charge on the price and the sky is blue but not your shoes how does that sound in the sky blue August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top Saw for top dollar This saw my be extremely expensive for its size. Its a hard bill to shallow but I do know its worth it. It's very powerful it can talk big hard wood on removals. No disrespect but I see people downgrading for no reason but they don't know how to use it or do proper maintenance lol. But in all seriousness this is my go to saw when climbing. July 24, 2015
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