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MS 201 T

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

MS 201 T
Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 45 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A top handle with some power First off this is my first pro top handle saw but I have used the 200t thats all the rave many times and been using 009s for years as a top handle. Overall I love this saw! It handles very well, has a lot of torque (more than the 200t) for a small saw, great on fuel, and the new chain for these are the best safety chain I have ever used! The only things I would change at first were: ONE, it takes a second to rev up. SECOND, the rpm's dont seem to be as quite as fast compared the the 200T. But I like the extra torque and better fuel consumption over the 200 so I can live with these two things. And if I cant I will port and tune it when that day comes. April 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by the best saw there is. I've been an Arborist for over 25 years and HANDS DOWN this is the best saw there is. March 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by No other small saw compares Except for the 020T. That was the absolute best saw. Can't feel the power in the 200t and 201t, like you could in the 020. But we have no choice but to accept Stihls modifications. Believe me, alot of people feel the same way as I do. March 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great Saw if Modified I was apprehensive to purchase the saw after reading the poor reviews. My Stihl dealer convinced me that the perceived lack of power was purely psychological. He told me that the saw had less rpm's then the 200T but more torque. So, the saw only sounds like it's weak. He talked me into buying it. Did not really have choice as they stopped selling the 200T. After firing it up and doing some light limbing, I thought the one he sold me was a dud. The difference between the 201T and the 200T is ridiculous. For seasoned climbers who are used to the fast cutting 200T, the transition can be dangerous. The 201T does not cut through wood like the 200T, so be careful when piecing down limbs. The saw sat in the truck for a few months until I read a forum about modifying it. What a difference. It burns fuel like a race car but who really cares. It cuts like a beast. February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by i use this saw everyday So everyone seems to hate this saw because it either doesn't have enough power or it doesn't rev high enough or some other reason but like I said I use this saw everyday and I love this thing it has great power and the saw revs good it bogs down a little when you are cutting through a huge tree but what saw doesn't I have had no issues with it breaking down one time in the last 8 months I have been using it I don't climb but I'm in a bucket all day and it works just fine for me February 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nice clean saw but low power This saw really disappointed me compared to my current 200T's. I realize emissions and fuel efficiency are important but you can't sacrifice power. A 200T is any tree service's money making saw. Fuel efficiency is great, but 30 minutes extra every job in cutting time is much more costly to the bottom line then burning an extra 20% fuel. The saw is also a bit heavier which can become strenuous because it also takes longer to make the same cut so your holding a heavier saw longer. February 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by this product breaks easy I will never buy another one if you run it after two days then it breaks and cost a lot to fix it January 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top Notch Top Handle This is the saw you need if you live in the tree! This is most definitely a high quality and reliable top handle. Despite the bad wrap this saw has gotten, I have not been able to find any of the flaws that other reviewers are talking about. Yes, it is not a 200t. The 200t does rev higher and faster. The 201t on the other hand has a noticeable amount of extra torque that the 200 does not have. The saw I am currently running is completely stock. I do most of my cutting in hard wood. It cuts super fast with the ps3 chain. Fairly easy on fuel. Always starts with very little effort. I love it!!! I am soo glad I bought this saw over the husky t540xp. You just can't beat the master switch found only on stihl saws. Just where you need it. Just tune the carb a little on the lean side and she is ready for action!!! December 6, 2013
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