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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 906.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If your MS 250 will not start read this OK everybody the reason your saw is hard to start is 2 strokes don't like ethanol.2 strokes need none cut 93 unleaded it's a octane deal, higher octane more ping ping easier to start & will run better because the saw is getting what it needs any ways You want to find a gas station that sell straight unleaded no cut. If you call around or know where there is a gas station that sells race fuel they will have no cut 93 unleaded otherwise just call around till you find it also performance speed shops that build & sell high performance car parts will know where to find it if you're having problems finding it. it's little bit higher but worth every penny that's what you want. The reason I know this is I have 023 & ms 250 & MS 440 that had the same problem . so I thought about it & oh yeah I use two race 2 stroke motocross bikes & I know how picky two strokes can be & if you want no deposits on your piston & top notch power steep it up to 104 octane you will never go back.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing but disappointment Bought a Stihl chainsaw for the explicit purpose of cutting up trees and fallen debris after having our home and neighborhood torn apart by a tornado last Memorial Day. The short of it, chainsaw starts only when it feels like it and has been in for repair for over a week now. What a complete waste of time and money on my part, can’t use the product for the very reason it was purchased.Bad enough getting hit by the tornado but now I get stuck by making a horrible purchase on a product I can’t even use.., not only have I lost money on the purchase of this product, I’m also losing money by having to pay others to do the job I intended to do with my new Stihl chainsaw...
Date published: 2019-06-12
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