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MS 201 C-EM

A lightweight, high-performing chainsaw with STIHL M-Tronic™ technology. Starts easy, runs smooth.

MS 201 C-EM
MS 201 C-EM is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All in One Super Saw Great for what I use it for, cutting brush. Also can cut up fallen trees. Just be patient on large limbs and trunks. Let the saw cut through itself. I cut up a 18 inch diameter fallen tree yesterday. I have put app. 100 hours on the saw. Great saw mainly for brush, but can cut bigger stuff. Lightweight. I can use it all day. If cutting cords of wood or large trees as your primary use get a larger saw. If needing a universal saw with the main use smaller stuff, get this one. I love it. Cost is high, but I have found it well worth it many times over. With 16" blade I don't have to bend over as much or reach into the brush as far to cut. I would buy this again in a minute. I am now looking at a bigger saw because we have many downed trees. I will then have 2 Stihl saws. In the immediate family we probably have 10 Stihl saws. Very happy family.
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn’t run well This saw doesn’t run most of the time and you can’t start it without pulling the throttle. It bogs down in wood over 10” to 12” .
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw, a little underpowered maybe, starts easy Overall the saw is great for the price. I think its a litlle underpowered. I don't think it should bog down so easily. I give the saw 4 stars overall, but I would recommend the saw, runs great, just a little weak for my needs, lesson learned get a larger saw then you think you need.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ground saw, love the easy start, mechanical fuel pump features. After cutting for a few hours the noticeable light weight is really appreciated Great ground saw, it does on the ground what the MS 201 T does up on the tree. I Set this saw up with a 14" Rollomatic E Light Bar and a Oilomatic Stihl Picco Super PS yellow chain. Cuts through Oak and Madrone like Butter.Still in the break in period so the saws power will continue to grow......This little baby is pricey, but, Stihl knows what they got in this saw.....you get what you pay for with a "Made in Germany" saw.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power for a light weight saw I use this saw regularly for clearing blow downs on the hiking trails where I might be carry the saw and all my other gear five to ten miles. I too also own a MS-261 for this purpose and carry it when I know there will be lots of bigger trees. The 201 cuts great as long as the chain is very sharp. The small teeth do dull much faster than the teeth on the larger saws. I always carry two extra chains for this sort of work so dulling is not an issue in the field.In addition to be lightweight and powerful for its size, it is also very quiet and vibration free. This is a great benefit to those of us (like myself) who do not saw on a daily basis.There is one major drawback to this saw. If you get the bar and chain stuck in a tree (this is always a concern when clearing blow downs that are loaded in every direction) the bar and chain cannot be removed without first removing the external clutch mechanism. This requires removing the spark plug, immobilizing the piston, and then unscrewing the clutch. The MS-261 has an internal clutch so it is not an issue on my other saw. I would recommend this saw without reservation except for this one concern.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Powerhouse - Firewood Ferrari When I realized Stihl made a rear handle version of the time proven Arborist choice 201 C-T top handle saw, I had to get it. STARTS VERY EASILY and 16" bar melts through all the standing dead Ash around here. Only negative was POOR BAR/CHAIN LUBRICATION. A Machinist by trade, I checked it out with bluing to discover the oil hole in bar did not line up with oil channel in saw.(only 1/3 open!) AND the black rubber plug seated proud of the housing preventing upper rear "wing" of the bar from mating flush with the oil channel. Oily razor blade sliced it flush (removed 1/32"). An air pencil with a 1/16dia. end mill widened the channel a bit and ovaled the bar oil hole to correct this. I use new SAE 30 weight (as used for decades) and chain stays properly lubed and dust does not plug up the flow. I set Oil adjustment to max and now chain is always wet. Oil is inexpensive. Must have been some kind of design tolerance issue. I ordered the saw Nov.2015 FYI. That was disappointing but I've seen that sort of thing many times over the years with high end tools I tend to buy. This is a PERFECT saw for a ground crew or pulpwood cutting(if still done by humans!) all day long I think. Very smooth power with little vibration. Overall I'm happy with this saw. Look forward to decades of use.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight saw This is a great power to weight ratio saw. The M-tronic works much better than expected. I've buried the bar in a huge ash and it buzzed right through it. The saw is actually a pleasure to cut with and is a great compliment to my MS 270. It is expensive, but the power to weight ratio is unrivaled.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent light weight saw!!!!!!!! I worked the saw all day. I used it for limbing up of about 40 trees I dropped using my ms 261 CEM(another great saw). This saw has very sharp chain and was very maneuverable in some thick clutter from the dropping of the trees. Features I like:1. Light and very compact2. very very easy to start3. no vibration feature doesn't shake and jar you4. easy to handle in tight quarters.5. cuts without wanting to back downI haven't tried it on the large stuff yet up to about 1 to 10 inches.This saw is probably how the new saws will be coming out in the future. Little saw with a powerful punch. Throws large chips never had problems with oiling.highly reccommend
Date published: 2016-06-10
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