MS 250 - $359.99 DSRP

MS 250 ChainsawMS 250 ChainsawMS 250 Chainsaw
Distributor Suggested Retail Price
18 in. Bar

DSRP: $359.99


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

When you rely on firewood to keep your home warm and cozy, you need a good chainsaw to build a solid woodpile. With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the STIHL MS 250 is up to the task. It is easy to operate and combines great features to take care of clearing jobs as well as cut through small limbs and trees. For many years, the MS 250 has been a model of efficiency and reliability, check it ...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 250 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 68) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 008 4717 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    Winter/Summer Shutter
    The Winter/Summer Shutter allows the carburetor to operate at optimum temperature year-round and helps to prevent carburetor icing when working below 50°F (10°C).
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
ADVERTENCIA: Cáncer y Daño Reproductivo -
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Optional Accessories
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    3/8 PM
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    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

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MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 734.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed I had always heard Stihl was the best, so I thought I would buy one and quit fighting the cheap brands. I have had my MS250 for less than a year, and it is in the shop right now because it wouldn't start. Not getting any spark, Before that, I would have to say that I could not tell any difference in this chainsaw and my cheapo chainsaw. Both hard to start, and both do the job once you get them started, but the cheapo was 1/3 the price. At this point, I don't think I would ever buy another Stihl. We'll see how it goes when I get it back from repair.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is worth the money I have been cutting firewood for years and this saw has gave me ZERO problems I can crank it within 8 pulls everytime no matter the condition overall the best saw in it's class for the money
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw! Have owned the MS250 for many years and I cant complain about anything! It has power, reliability and its not as heavy as others!Buy one, you wont be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very hard to start. I have five STIHL saws 027,250m,361m, 440 m and 441 m the 250 will work you down starting it. I have replaced spark plugs trying t Very hard to start. I have five STIHL saws 027,250m,361m, 440 m and 441 m the 250 will work you down starting it. I have replaced spark plugs trying to find a hotter plug and also replaced coil with OEM coil. going to try a after market coil. cuts like a champ when it's running.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nearly impossible to start Received as a gift years ago. Followed instructions exactly and would not start for over two hours. Went to pull plug and the wire came apart. Managed to get it back together after cleaning fouled plug. Finally started. Used maybe 10 hours the last few years. Spent probably five hours trying to start it. Have owned MANY 2 stroke engines and this is the worst ever. When it is running it works great but I have probably spent enough energy trying to start it as I would have using an axe to get the work done.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw Starts well and runs well. It's hard to keep a straight cut on large logs that require a second cut. Also it uses a lot of fuel.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw I have had this saw over 15 years, and it still works well. When it becomes hard to start, I have changed out the spark plug. I always use ethanol-free gasoline. I've been quite pleased with the performance.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wood saw Mainly use this for wood to heat my home. Have it set up with an 18 inch bar and it can handle some of the hardwood in our area like a champ. Love the durability of the saw, I can just throw it in the back of the gator and go cut for the day. Thinking about upgrading to a 261 or into the 300 series mainly because most of the smaller diameter trees cut on our property but other than that I probably would not make a change! An awesome saw overall.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent small saw I've had this saw for 4 years and couldn't ask for a better, more reliable piece of equipment. I've cut larger trees than it is intended to, but if you don't force the saw it will cut its way through no problem. I cut 5 to 6 cord of firewood a year and this saw has never had an issue. Always starts and and still has plenty of years left in it. Trust me buy Stihl saws. They are built to last if you maintain them properly and are worth the little bit extra they cost. Love my Stihl products.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pull, Pull, Pull Without a doubt, this is the MOST difficult power tool to start that I have ever owned. All my other Stihl products, trimmer, pole saw start easily but not this boy. By the time I get it started, I am too worn out from pulling that I am unable to use it. Had to three different shops plus dealer's service, use premixed fuel, and replaced pull cord three times. It is light which makes carrying back and forth to the shop easy to do.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Automatic oiler does not work I have been using power tools all my life. Never have I had as unsatisfactory experience with one as I had with this one. Bought it Nov 2012 - had to return it to the shop for repairs four times before March. The problem was always the automatic oiler not working. Finally I traded it in for the 251 model. I'll review that model next (hint: no improvement in my experience)
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My third review Since this is my third review only due to the face Stihl will not publish the first two, here goes.I have spent double on this saw to get it to run with no luck. Has run one hour since new. it is now three years old.I do not recommend this saw to anyone but if you must it's your money.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Stihl. What's left to say..... This is my 2nd Stihl chainsaw having sold my 036 when I sold the farm. This smaller saw starts easy, it is reliable, powerful for its size, and just a joy to have and to own. The only problem with it is that it has cut its way through all available projects. Looking for more to do. A nice addition to my Stihl stable including a KM135 Kombi motor and all the attachments. Love to pull the starter handle of a Stihl product. You KNOW it is going to start easy, idle reliably and run strong season after season.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the saw I'll every need I consider myself an intermediate user having taken down several trees on my properties over the years. I got tired of all of the "value" saws just cracking or burning out. I had a 70 ft oak tree come down in my yard and this was the time. My local dealer went through all of the options for me and this saw was perfect! I took this bad boy of a tree down in just a few hours. The power was perfect for large and small cuts a like. The safety features made me feel safe yet they didn't make the saw too heavy to use. I love this saw and I'm a Stihl guy for life!! (not to mention the envy of the neighborhood.)
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw. I bought this saw as a back up saw for my work in Finland.Ended up using this on a dayly basis.great for brush clearing and felling moderate size trees.was really suprised about the power of this lil machine.bigger blade and chain option would be a great Ad-on.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perfect Homestead Saw I have a small homestead in SE Missouri and this saw is the perfect tool for me. It's light enough to be used from a ladder when pruning trees, reliable and powerful enough to maintain a firewood pile for the woodstove, and easy enough to start that my wife can clear branches that fall across the road during our big spring storms even when I'm away on business.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Wife bought this saw for my recent birthday. Was little worried as slightly smaller model than what I had in mind. This saw however has proved itself to me. Recently had 2 large oaks down on our property, with some rounds easily over 24 inches. Plenty of power, starts right up, and no heat soak after running hard and restarting. Ran it this winter and starts easily if you follow the procedure for the saw. Many reviews bashing it for not starting, and as long as follow how to start fires right up. Only complaint is wish could get longer bar but just have to get a little creative on some larger cuts.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with the saw. Made cutting that 26" diameter tree next to the house easy. Felt like I was cutting butter
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does not start - after four days of use and a long storage. All's I wanted was a dependable chain saw I could use once or twice a year. First year everything good. I used it 3-4 times for an afternoon to cut firewood.After a year of storage,. And yes I cleaned and drained everything and stored in a clean dry place. The saw is dead will not start. I have just wasted an afternoon in which I hoped to do yard work fooling with the saw.And now I will have to waste another day trying to get it fixed. Also these are not inexpensive saws - and it is now out of warranty. If you like to buy good tools and maintain them for a lifetime of use - but will only occasionally use the saw: this is probably not a good choice. I got 4 days out of it.Some folks seem to love the saw - and maybe If I was using it a lot ... I would feel differently, but only 4 days of use leaves me with a saw that looks new ... and does not work ... and very unhappy.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fair quality at best Bought the saw and one year later carburetor needed rebuilt. Had that done and it still would not idol or get up to speed. Dies often. Been back to shop at least 12 times. Contacted the factory and they said send it back to them. So the two years I've owned this saw it's been in the shop quite often.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time buyer Bought lots of cheap chainsaws before that never lasted and were hard to start. This chainsaw is easy to start and I am sure will last a long time. Its also nice to have a reputable dealer near buy in case of any problems
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love mine! So far it has started 3 to 4 pulls every time, hot or cold.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw easy to start & light I have had my saw for a year and a half now without any problems. I have never had it flooded to were it won't start on 4th or 5th pull. Would recommend this product to anyone who wants plenty of power in a light weight saw. If you need a saw too cut firewood this is hand's down the saw for you.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl ms250 Great for a small light saw. Although this saw is in the homeowner class it is not for beginners, this saw doesn't have easy start or a tool-less chain tensioner or other unnecessary beginner features that just add weight. I bought this saw for a light weight limbing saw and now I use it as much as my Ms 362, it is light and powerful and convenient. I changed the bar to a 16 inch with a yellow tag chain and now it really cuts. It doesn't have the anti vibes of a pro saw but it makes up for it in weight savings. If you need a light reliable saw that doesn't break the bank this is your saw.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never starts... I bought this saw because I wanted the best chain saw I could get and everyone I spoke to said to get a Stihl. Well I did and it never starts. I do everything correctly and it doesn't start. I then take it back to the a dealer, they clean everything out and they get it started. It then runs. The next time I go to use it, it doesn't start. I have drained the gas and used several new fuel mixtures, added quick start to the fuel and more, still doesn't start until I take it back to the dealer and they work on it charge me for their services. I am now going to take it back to the dealer and insist that the dealer send it back to the manufacturers for testing and then hopefully it will run. If they would take it back for half the price I paid for it I would gladly take that deal because it is a beating every time I go to use this overpriced piece of useless equipment I bought!
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Young Entrepreneur Maple syrup operation and tree service My father bought me this saw to make my life alot easier for running my maple syrup operation . A few small issues in quality of the plastic in the oil and gas tank .( high heat melted it still functions fine) The rest of this saw is bullet proof and has NEVER let me down. It starts every time even with old gas. I also work for a tree service and this saw comes with me for when the company's saws dull or break. It will cut anything you can throw at it as long as you know what your doing.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Saw We have had our MS 250 now for a little over 2 years and frankly, have worked it hard. What I like about it is that it does exactly what they advertised. It has a a lot of power for a little saw and can actually cut some fairly large diameter trees up to about 2 feet. But you can also use it variably to cut little branches and brush. Never had a problem starting it. Dropped it in the creek once (submerged) and flooded it. ByPass Power cleaned it out and it came home and kept on working. Putting gas in and chainsaw oil in is a breeze. A great saw.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously disappointed can't get the dumb thing to start guess I will have to take it back.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and powerful Starts easy (follow manufactures instructions) and has excellent power for its size and weight. No hot soak problems when re-starting after long runs!
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little saw I have had this saw for about 4 years and regularly cut 10 cords per year it has never let me down. It stands its own against the oak, locust, elm and cherry we cut here in eastern ohio. when it wears out another stihl will replace it.
Date published: 2015-03-12
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