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MS 201 T

“The Ultimate Arborist Saw.” For in-tree professional use only.

MS 201 T
Rated 3 out of 5 by 77reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by It a butter knife Over charge on the price and the sky is blue but not your shoes how does that sound in the sky blue August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top Saw for top dollar This saw my be extremely expensive for its size. Its a hard bill to shallow but I do know its worth it. It's very powerful it can talk big hard wood on removals. No disrespect but I see people downgrading for no reason but they don't know how to use it or do proper maintenance lol. But in all seriousness this is my go to saw when climbing. July 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Saw is low on power compared to 200t Saw is low on power compared to 200t, to much plastic in construction Expect a lot more out of saw, have 4 200t getting old need replacements saws July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ported the exhaust and advanced the timming, my 201t out rips any 200t. im super happy with all of 201ts!! My 201t's are all very powerful, very reliable, in fact i have nick named my 201t that i ppersonally use everyday the "cottonwood killer." I found a forum that explained how to port the exhaust and advance the timming. The saw has been stellar for me everyday since!! Thanks again stihl!!Owner, climberUniversal Tree ServiceJustin Spicer July 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good unit This saw has plenty of power for limbing and climbing. June 5, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by dont buy If i have been using this saw for any time at all and turn it off good luck getting it to start. May 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bring back the ms200t This saw is not even close to the 200t. Power isn't there.the so called ergonomic handle is just something to break/wear out. Please bring back the best saw ever made the ms200t!!! May 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good climbing saw. Ergonomics are good, comfortable to use in tree all day. I was disappointed with the power at first, but did a couple of mods, and now it screams. Overall happy April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by All the power you need in the tree I love this saw. Bought it about 2 months ago have use it a lot, I can't believe any one has any thing bad to say about these. I run a tree company and I will keep using this saw as long as they keep making it!! February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sad to see the 200 gone but better than 2 192's i have had three of these saws for almost a year and are climbers love them February 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Really the worst model Stihl has ever made Find a used 200t!I own 11 Stihl professional high end products and recommend them to everyone including my clients, many own Stihl blowers!However; I would highly recommend that nobody buys this particular product as it isn’t half the saw that its predecessor the 2000t is!The specs may look good on paper; compare them on a piece of wood with a 6 year old 200t and you wont wat the 201t. Sloooow! February 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ...When you need a bit more power We have used this saw daily for a year now as a more powerful option to the 192. It is a very consistent performer in all the good areas you would expect but also includes being lightly cold blooded. Being set up properly, it seems to need more warm-up time in temps below 40 degrees when compared to the 192 which seemed to always be ready to go after just a moment. If climbing to do just a few light cuts this saw will stay on the ground and the 192 goes with because you do notice the slight increase in weight. But needing to make cuts that include larger diameters the MS 201 T has enough more noticeable power to make the task quicker. We will always be looking for just a bit more power which is why the power and value ratings are only 4/5. January 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Setting it straight This chainsaw has nearly identical weight, balance and feel as the Ms 200T. It's power is marginally less than a Ms 200T. (measured in cut times) It's biggest down fall is noise. It's much quieter than the 200T. The sound of it's torque curve in a cut also gives the "feeling" that it looses power. It has been deemed to be cold natured. Which means if the saw isn't warm it doesn't run at full power. The problem with that is 200T users never could let a saw run and idle for long periods of time because they would carbon up the spark arrestor screen.As far as reliability goes, the 020T to the Ms 200T has had many issues such as, horrible crankshaft bearings on 020T's to Carb's on 200T's that you were lucky to get one year out of it. Antivibe mounts that fell apart from bar oil leakage, to cracked mufflers.The 201T from what I have seen has a weaker top handle that breaks easier when dropped. And the antivibe springs bend. The Antivibe standards are a European standard that Stihl uses world wide. If you don't play twister with our saw they generally don't bend though.Overall analysis, Is a 201T a 200T? No! Is it close? Yes. There are differences, but if looked at objectively, they are minor. I have sold hundreds of these saws since they came out and have had very few problems. They are a tool to make money with. And I am positive the ones I have sold are doing just that.Many problems come from a lack of knowledge, which is a dealers responsibility to educate the customer. You should expect nothing less from a dealer. December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light & Powerful I should have bought this saw years ago. It weighs almost nothing, handles like a dream,and cuts through logs like a hot knife through butter. November 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Save your money! This is hands down the worst saw stihl has ever produced! The 200 will run circles around this boat anchor, buy a used 200 off eBay or 2 192s before you waste your money on this saw! November 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by I hate this saw I would not recommend this saw to any one. It has no power, constantly breaking, feels like it will break when you pick it up, I have always used stihl, but I will not buy a third one they cost to much and have no reliability. I miss the 200 and 020 October 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw i have one of these in the bucket or in the tree its the only saw u need tough have drop out of top of tree rope it back up and it start and run everytime love it October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hot little saw. Only just purchased this saw. Impressive power right off the bat. If this baby increases in power the next few times I start it up like other reviewers claim, it's really going to be something. Did some limbing in the backyard and it cut through everything with ease. This saw is relatively light and should handle fine with topping jobs. I'm thinking I can do knock some small to medium trees down with it too. Love it so far. Best saw I've purchased--and I've purchased a few over the years. September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light weight and balanced, easy pull rope I was having so much trouble with my lower back when I was cutting up the smaller stuff when I would drop a tree with my 039 . I carried the weight of the saw out in front of me. I would cut for fifteen minutes then lay on the ground for five minutes with lower back pain . With this saw being so light and balanced with the top handle I can cut till I am done with the tops and have not been on the ground resting my back sense I bought it. I always find my self smile when I pull the rope, pulls so easy , I do not have to stand on it or get it in a choke hold to start it, I am sure there is safety concerns about using chainsaws in one hand only, but if you are going to anyway you have to try one of these, the top handle is the difference, the back of the saw is holding up the front of the saw, it does not want to nose down. Plenty of power, low vibrations,With the newer smaller wood stoves there is a need for the one to two inch diameter wood, it is not brush anymore. August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw. Longer break-in period required. There is nothing I don't like about this saw. It does take a while longer for it to be entirely broke-in. People need to have patience with the break-in period of this particular Stihl offering,...... but once it's broke-in,.... WOW. August 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not Happy I love the 200t, just bought the 201t and its a let down. Heaver not as balanced as I'm used to with the 200. The first time I used it I thought I would adjust and get comfortable with it, has not happened. The saw was purchased new and I'm the first to use it. At high RPM the saw sounds like it is on a rev limiter. The run time on fuel and bar oil is less than the 200. Simply put, its not the saw I'll reach for first, and it's a lot of money to be the back up saw. August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great in tree saw Have had this little guy for about 9 months and it has made me so much money in the tree. Starts every time in the tree have had no issues whatsoever. The chain that came with the saw is still going strong after about 20 trees from soft maple, ash, white pine to white oaks. cuts fast and clean. Cant say anything bad about this saw. July 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by disappointed I have 2, 260 pro , 361,460 stihl saws....then their the 201. I wish I had my money back. Looking into echo June 27, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sorry I purchased this saw. I work with cedar a lot. I have 3 other Stihl saws but was looking for a nice light saw easy to manuver around in fallen cedar trees trimming branches from main trunk. I had been looking at this saw over a few months at the local dealer. Finally broke down and made the purchase. Saw takes forever to ref up, after taking into dealer to see if there was a problem, its worse now than before. Just does not the quality of saw I expect out of Stihl. Not worth the money. May 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not what you expect from STIHL The 201 is not half what the ms200 was. Save your money and buy something else. Constantly acts like its bogging and has no power at all. I own 23 stihl saws and run a tree business this is the worst saw I have have ever had and this is the 3rd one I have tried. April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A top handle with some power First off this is my first pro top handle saw but I have used the 200t thats all the rave many times and been using 009s for years as a top handle. Overall I love this saw! It handles very well, has a lot of torque (more than the 200t) for a small saw, great on fuel, and the new chain for these are the best safety chain I have ever used!The only things I would change at first were: ONE, it takes a second to rev up. SECOND, the rpm's dont seem to be as quite as fast compared the the 200T.But I like the extra torque and better fuel consumption over the 200 so I can live with these two things. And if I cant I will port and tune it when that day comes. April 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by the best saw there is. I've been an Arborist for over 25 years and HANDS DOWN this is the best saw there is. March 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by No other small saw compares Except for the 020T. That was the absolute best saw. Can't feel the power in the 200t and 201t, like you could in the 020. But we have no choice but to accept Stihls modifications. Believe me, alot of people feel the same way as I do. March 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great Saw if Modified I was apprehensive to purchase the saw after reading the poor reviews. My Stihl dealer convinced me that the perceived lack of power was purely psychological. He told me that the saw had less rpm's then the 200T but more torque. So, the saw only sounds like it's weak. He talked me into buying it. Did not really have choice as they stopped selling the 200T.After firing it up and doing some light limbing, I thought the one he sold me was a dud. The difference between the 201T and the 200T is ridiculous. For seasoned climbers who are used to the fast cutting 200T, the transition can be dangerous. The 201T does not cut through wood like the 200T, so be careful when piecing down limbs.The saw sat in the truck for a few months until I read a forum about modifying it. What a difference. It burns fuel like a race car but who really cares. It cuts like a beast. February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by i use this saw everyday So everyone seems to hate this saw because it either doesn't have enough power or it doesn't rev high enough or some other reason but like I said I use this saw everyday and I love this thing it has great power and the saw revs good it bogs down a little when you are cutting through a huge tree but what saw doesn't I have had no issues with it breaking down one time in the last 8 months I have been using it I don't climb but I'm in a bucket all day and it works just fine for me February 14, 2014
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