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MS 251

A powerful and fuel-efficient chainsaw that’s comfortable to use

MS 251
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 79reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent saw for the money! This was my first chainsaw purchase and it has been great! I've used many saws over the years at work and this is by far the best. I'll stay to using Stihl products for my needs. March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This Saw is GREAT for the $$ This is a very good saw for the money and for the average person. My only complaint is it could use a little more power but on the other hand it is very easy on gas unlike some other huskys I have used. March 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A real workhorse I had a 40 ft pine tree dropped in my back yard by others; and I alone cut it up with this chainsaw and hauled it away. I can't believe what this Chainsaw did. Did not break down one time. 24" trunk for a lot of the job. I did let it cool down as I went along because I worked it past what I thought was a breaking point. An incredible light weight chainsaw. What a little brute. March 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Tool. Great tool, well balanced in hand. Easy start. Plenty of power. I have used it to take down up to about a 14" caliper tree with no problem. With a sharp chain, there is no need to provide pressure, it will pull it's way through without hesitation.Minor improvements that make a big difference from my other Stihl saw (15 yrs old) is the tool free caps for the chain lubricant and fuel. I am finally able to remove with gloves on. Huge time saver!My only complaints are the single nut holding the bar and housing in place. While it makes it easier for tensioning and speed of changing chains, it has a tendency to loosen during operation. To me, with only one nut, it is a safety concern.Additionally, I have found trying to disengage the chain brake system with gloves on is cumbersome. I am unable to disengage the brake with holding the saw on the top; I have to move my hand to the side to accommodate the distance it takes to pull the hand guard back to disengage the brake. Minor complaint, more of an observation.Overall, would highly recommend; I would buy it again. March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw easy to use,easy to start and i like the one nut chain adjustment. I purchased this saw 4 mo. ago. I have used it to cut down small to medium trees and whittling down large stumps to ground level clearing property it has never failed to start usually on the first to second pull it cuts through trees like butter. February 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Has a bar oiling issue I bought this saw to replace an old Poulan I had. First time out we were cutting 12 trees for firewood. On the second tree the chain had dulled enough that it wouldn't cut any more. Upon closer examination I discovered the bar was warped as well. I shut it down and took the bar off and discovered the oiling hole was clogged by a piece of sawdust. I purchased an extra bar and chain with this unit when I bought the saw. I put them both on and fired it up again only to have the same thing happen again. These saws do not push enough oil to clear that oiling hole. Even when cleaned you can barely see any oil flipping off the chain when running. I was told that is how they are now. I now stop and clean the bar and cover between every tree I cut. Huge pain and I am not certain I would buy another Stihl due to this issue. The saw runs great and has plenty of power, its just the oiling issue that has me concerned about my purchase. February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw and dealer too replaced 025 that cut mega amount of wood with 251. Stihl has dealers sell saws that are adjusted, run and ready to go to work. They show you everything and have you start it. I love the power, balance and smoothness. February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by First Stihl saw I've owned, best saw I've ever used! I needed a saw for cutting firewood. Asked my dealer for his recommendation and he showed me this one and one the next size up. This one looked like a good deal in my price range. Man, was it ever! This thing really throws the chips! Easy on gas and bar oil. I have an 18" bar on it and it cuts better than my buddy's 061. Admittedly, his is an older saw. And my dealer is close by for service and accessories. A very good product! January 25, 2015
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