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MS 250

A chainsaw designed for firewood cutting – with a great power-to-weight ratio.

MS 250
MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 908.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent overall, but a major pain to start I owned a Farm Boss 290 for a dozen years and loved that saw. Never an issue. Both the saw and I got old, and I went looking for a lighter saw and ended up with the MS 250. Have regretted it from the first pull. I flood the saw almost every first start, no matter how much I "alter my starting procedures," as the Stihl rep is almost certain to write. Nothing works consistently. Indeed, my "successful" procedure is to accept that it will flood, pop out the spark plug, dry it off, wait a few minutes, reinsert the plug and try again. Usually fires up. Beyond annoying.Once it starts, the saw itself is fine. Nothing like the 290 but not bad at all, and the lighter weight is good. Overall, a disappointing saw for a Stihl, and I am looking for a replacement.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wouldn’t recommend After owning our previous Stihl for over 30 years, naturally when it died we went to purchase our 2nd one. I do NOT recommend this model!! We live 60+ miles from the nearest service retailer. Owned it 2 weeks and only able to start it one time! Took it back only to be THEN informed we had 7 days to get a refund! It’s a garbage unit! It takes about a dozen pulls to start. From day one it leaked bar oil. Yes, the one time we had it running it ripped through trees like a hot knife to butter. Trust me, pick another model with better ratings.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok for light homeowner duty but tough to start I bought this saw hoping to make good use of it on a small farm that my wife and I own in Missouri. The saw is very light and handy, and caries much easier than larger saws in the next price tier. However, as other reviews have mentioned, it takes an act of Congress to get it started - way more effort than other Stihl saws and competitors’ offerings.While it runs great once started, I found that it just doesn’t have enough guts to cuts through much more than small (4”-6”) limbs unless you don’t mind waiting for it to do so on its own sweet time. Applying any pressure to urge it on bogs it down significantly or seizes the blade completely. Bigger limbs require a good bit of relief cutting, particularly when dealing anything much over 8” in diameter. I ended up trading our MS-250 in on a competitor’s product with a 60 cc engine and, not surprisingly, am seeing dramatically faster results on much heavier timber. If you only cutting smaller limbs on trees around the house, you’ll be fine with this saw provided you don’t mind working a bit to fire it up. For anything approaching moderate farm work, you’ll want to step up the price bracket a bit for a larger displacement engine to get good, fast results.
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Impossible to start I have to take this into the dealership every time I need to start it. It works great after it starts, but really? What value is it with that kind of limitation? Small engine repair facilities are getting as scarce as payphones.
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw Have had a few months now and I really love this saw. Starts right up and is just the right size for around the house tree work.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sorry I had such high hopes Purchased the MS 250 with 18 in bar. Have had issues with it since my recent purchase May 2019. Can't get anybody to look at it because "Their too busy" Now it seems the oiler isn't working. Been a Stihl fan for years, but this will be the last one for me.
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First one was bad, second one was impossible to start First one I got from the dealer had a bad crimp in the plug wire. Wouldn’t start, checked the plug and the wire fell apart. Took it back and fewer exchanged with no issues. Second one was impossible to start. Took it back and with some tips from the dealer eventually got it to start. Overall not a positive experience with my first Stihl. Now that it runs it works pretty well. However, the first impression has left a lasting impression on me. The dealer was great though.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreliable Bought this chainsaw after an EF-3 tornado badly damaged many of our old growth trees. It worked for 4 days and has been in the store for repair since then. Although I have many Stihl products, needless to say I'm not very happy with this saw right now or the time that it takes to get it repaired.
Date published: 2019-06-17
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