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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 143reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Agree with the positives--Will address some negatives Because the few negative reviews with respect to starting this saw model (Easy2Start) almost steered me away from a purchase, I decided to explain a few things in detail. My other considerations of the saw fairly well parallel the comments of those who are well satisfied with it. There may come a time when I would wish for a little more power, but frankly I know that this saw will always do what I need it to do. So, here we go:Starting Tips for the Stihl MS 251 C-BE:Do not try to start using conventional, jerking-pull methods.This design is called Easy2Start. It should be.Ensure the brake is not set. (Yes, read the instructions.)If the saw is cold:* Press the primer bulb 3 or 4 times if saw has been run dry.* Compress the Throttle Trigger Lockout (top of handle).* Squeeze the Throttle Trigger, then:* Set the Master Control Lever to full choke.* Now take your hands off the Trigger controls.* Approach starting as if you are slowly winding a big clock.* Give two slow & steady pulls (still set at full choke), but only one pull if it eagerly burps as if it wants to start.* Reset the Master Control Lever to half choke, which is not as simple as it sounds. Touch nothing with the Trigger controls, but gently slide the Master Control Lever up slightly to half choke. This may feel a little unsure at first as there is no firm “step” stop.* One slow & steady pull should now start the saw. Two max.* Grasp the Throttle Trigger controls normally and rev engine.* The Master Control Lever will automatically reset itself to Normal Run operation.If the saw is warm after having been run recently:* As above, but disregard the full choke starting procedure.* However, go through all the motions with the Master Control Lever (full choke position first) so that half choke or no choke positions can then be properly selected (Re. linkage issues).* Start with Normal Run (no choke) if saw is raring to go.* Start with half choke if saw has been napping for a good while.* Remember to pull easily—the saw prefers not to be jerked.Other:* If you loan your saw, go with it or the other guy will break it.* If the Master Control linkage is forced rather than properly set to full choke first as outlined above, the linkage will be damaged.* Insist on starting this saw like a conventional saw and you will hate it.* It has an easy learning curve if you don’t fight it.* Don’t run it long without getting it under medium load.* After a few cuts, make sure the chain oiler is throwing off a little oil splatter when you aim at a clean surface.* Start the saw a half dozen times and you can forget all (or most) of what I've written as the procedure will soon feel natural and intuitive. December 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good saw for the money This saw has plenty of power for average cutting, The only thing I do not like is the tool less chain adjuster. I can not get the plastic lock handle tight enough to hold the setting. Also it is very hard to do a fine adjustment on the chain with the small plastic wheel. Would have been better off with old school way. That way gave you a finer adjustment on the chain. December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Light Duty Saw I grew up with Stihl Farm Boss series saws on the farm. I needed something to cut a small amount of firewood for my hobby shop and to clean up on my 2 acre property. This saw is easy to maintain and does a wonderful job for my needs. Stihl has a full line of saws for every level of use. This one is perfectly suited to occasional use for light to medium duty work. December 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easiest Chainsaw to start on the planet! My old chainsaw was just getting to hard to start, not the saw's fault but since I turned 65 I'm not strong enough to pull the chord all the way through the Stihl's start assist is absolutly incredible wind up the start untill it burps pull again and "Voi la" it starts every time no more standing on the handle or throwing the saw to get it to fire up, just two effortless pulls & bang! Hot or Cold I have never had a saw that is this easy to start, I wish I had known about this product ten years ago. December 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poorly designed My saw has broke more times than it should for a one year old saw! I have replaced the brake band 4 times and its broke now! I have replaced the spool for the pull rope 2 ! The choke has never work right from the time I got it! The top cover crack the first month ! November 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by nice saw but under powered Overall I like this saw. I was disappointed in how often the saw bogged down while making a cut. A neighbor suggested I go with the 16" bar versus the 18 that Stihl recommends. Also the off switch will randomly stop working. there is a metal connection that vibrates loose so the switch doesn't make contact to ground out the motor. I took it back to the dealer thinking something broke off but they said it was "fine" with no missing parts. I used it a couple times and the metal piece came off again. i may try super gluing it to make it stay. Either poor design or lousy dealer help. November 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw At 63 my old saw was too hard to start, I tried a battery saw, waste of time and money. Finally went down the street a mile to my local Stihl dealer and bought this the other day. Starts like a dream once you know how to, plenty of power, light, easy2start works great. November 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super easy to maneuver saw This chain saw is very light and easy to maneuver around. It is not the fastest cutting or most powerful but for the weight and ease of use it is great for every job except cutting 5 cords of wood a day or cutting really big trees. You can't go wrong with this saw. It's great for everything around the house and firewood cutting. November 6, 2015
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