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MS 201 T

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

MS 201 T
Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 59reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by ...When you need a bit more power We have used this saw daily for a year now as a more powerful option to the 192. It is a very consistent performer in all the good areas you would expect but also includes being lightly cold blooded. Being set up properly, it seems to need more warm-up time in temps below 40 degrees when compared to the 192 which seemed to always be ready to go after just a moment. If climbing to do just a few light cuts this saw will stay on the ground and the 192 goes with because you do notice the slight increase in weight. But needing to make cuts that include larger diameters the MS 201 T has enough more noticeable power to make the task quicker. We will always be looking for just a bit more power which is why the power and value ratings are only 4/5. January 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Setting it straight This chainsaw has nearly identical weight, balance and feel as the Ms 200T. It's power is marginally less than a Ms 200T. (measured in cut times) It's biggest down fall is noise. It's much quieter than the 200T. The sound of it's torque curve in a cut also gives the "feeling" that it looses power. It has been deemed to be cold natured. Which means if the saw isn't warm it doesn't run at full power. The problem with that is 200T users never could let a saw run and idle for long periods of time because they would carbon up the spark arrestor screen.As far as reliability goes, the 020T to the Ms 200T has had many issues such as, horrible crankshaft bearings on 020T's to Carb's on 200T's that you were lucky to get one year out of it. Antivibe mounts that fell apart from bar oil leakage, to cracked mufflers.The 201T from what I have seen has a weaker top handle that breaks easier when dropped. And the antivibe springs bend. The Antivibe standards are a European standard that Stihl uses world wide. If you don't play twister with our saw they generally don't bend though.Overall analysis, Is a 201T a 200T? No! Is it close? Yes. There are differences, but if looked at objectively, they are minor. I have sold hundreds of these saws since they came out and have had very few problems. They are a tool to make money with. And I am positive the ones I have sold are doing just that.Many problems come from a lack of knowledge, which is a dealers responsibility to educate the customer. You should expect nothing less from a dealer. December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light & Powerful I should have bought this saw years ago. It weighs almost nothing, handles like a dream,and cuts through logs like a hot knife through butter. November 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Save your money! This is hands down the worst saw stihl has ever produced! The 200 will run circles around this boat anchor, buy a used 200 off eBay or 2 192s before you waste your money on this saw! November 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by I hate this saw I would not recommend this saw to any one. It has no power, constantly breaking, feels like it will break when you pick it up, I have always used stihl, but I will not buy a third one they cost to much and have no reliability. I miss the 200 and 020 October 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw i have one of these in the bucket or in the tree its the only saw u need tough have drop out of top of tree rope it back up and it start and run everytime love it October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hot little saw. Only just purchased this saw. Impressive power right off the bat. If this baby increases in power the next few times I start it up like other reviewers claim, it's really going to be something. Did some limbing in the backyard and it cut through everything with ease. This saw is relatively light and should handle fine with topping jobs. I'm thinking I can do knock some small to medium trees down with it too. Love it so far. Best saw I've purchased--and I've purchased a few over the years. September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light weight and balanced, easy pull rope I was having so much trouble with my lower back when I was cutting up the smaller stuff when I would drop a tree with my 039 . I carried the weight of the saw out in front of me. I would cut for fifteen minutes then lay on the ground for five minutes with lower back pain . With this saw being so light and balanced with the top handle I can cut till I am done with the tops and have not been on the ground resting my back sense I bought it. I always find my self smile when I pull the rope, pulls so easy , I do not have to stand on it or get it in a choke hold to start it, I am sure there is safety concerns about using chainsaws in one hand only, but if you are going to anyway you have to try one of these, the top handle is the difference, the back of the saw is holding up the front of the saw, it does not want to nose down. Plenty of power, low vibrations,With the newer smaller wood stoves there is a need for the one to two inch diameter wood, it is not brush anymore. August 30, 2014
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