MS 250 - $299.95 DSRP SAVE $60.00 on select models

Distributor Suggested Retail Price 18 in. Bar DSRP:  $299.95


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

A step up from the MS 230, the MS 250 is light enough to move through smaller tasks like clearing or cleanup but packs a powerful enough punch to cut through small limbs and trees. A combination of features and a high power-to-weight ratio makes this one of the best homeowner chainsaws on the market.
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! 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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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.

    Available in quart and gallon bottles, 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums, in both summer and winter weights.

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    Complete Filing Kits
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

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    3/8 PM
    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

    5605 750 4327

    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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    Value Work Gloves
    Before you get started on the job at hand, slip on STIHL Value Work Gloves for abrasion resistant protection and greater precision. Made of durable split cowhide leather palms and breathable mesh backing, these gloves can handle whatever holding, grabbing and gripping the job requires – all while delivering comfort and flexibility. Featuring an adjustable wrist-strap closure, the STIHL Value Work Gloves will be just as easy to put on and take off as it is to complete a job well done. Stop by our showroom to see them for yourself!
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    Woodcutter Chaps
    Apron Chaps from STIHL are made from rugged, 400-denier nylon and feature the same UL® classified protection as our other chaps. Just snap them over your pants and you’re ready to go. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are six layers of Avertic™ Pro by Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to clog the sprocket and stop the saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw in case of accidental contact with the rotating saw chain. The openback design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 438reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good chainsaw for the money If you follow the starting instructions and don't drown it, it will start every time. When cold, 3 or 4 (NO MORE) pulls on full choke and then a few on half or no choke and you're in business. I went through a lot of trees cleaning my yard and neighbors after hurricane Matthew. No problems whatsoever cutting green pine or live oak. Of course, if you try to cut a +20 inches oak with a small chainsaw like this, you have to be patient and let the chain do the cutting at its own pace. Rush it and it will overheat or seize the chain.. (ask me how i know)..even then, some wd40 and cleaning to the chain and bar and you're back in the game. Overall, for only 100 more bucks than a Wally World chainsaw (It was on sale), you have a way better tool that will last you a long time if you take care of it. October 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product and customer service Bought this before hurricane matthew and it has worked flawlessly during my brief time with it. Powerful for its size. Easy to start but also easy to flood if you pull it once too many times when choked. Good and powerful up to 18" or so trees. October 26, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Makes more work then it's worth After doing the research I bought the MS250 last December (2015). What a mistake that was. This thing don't cut. I've been using chainsaws for 40 years, all makes and models and this one is by far the worst saw I've ever used. I've been back to the store I bought it at and they've been great but there's only so much they can do. They tell me to make it cut like I'm used to I have to spend another $100. for a new bar & chain so I can cut some dead stand pine? Why? The starting issues is a pain but I can handle that, it's more with it not cutting. I'm worn out after a few small trees trying to get through them. Time to sell this ,,, and get something that works like a chainsaw should. October 25, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good saw when it runs I love the saw when it runs right. It has proven to be an unreliable saw. October 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Power to Weight I already have the MS170 and it has done me good so when I needed something a little bit bigger for cleanup after Hurricane Matthew I bought the MS250. I've had it out 3 times now and it cranks easy and runs good. It has exceeded my expectations. We had both saws out this morning on our hunting lease and brought them home for more storm cleanup. It's an all around great saw that I highly recommend. October 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellence all to work with Easy to start. Cuts real good. Lightweight. Very easy to adjust the chain tension. Gas and bar oil cap is easy to open. When it's time to replace this Stihl chainsaw you can bet your bottom dollar it will be another Stihl. October 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw for its size I have 2 ms250s. I put yellow chains on them and they cut as good as my ms261 only lighter never had any problems starting either one. Only suggestion I have for Stihl is use a magnesium cover instead of plastic other than that one great saw. Would recommend to everyone October 22, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Do not purchase this product I purchased the MS 250 and it will not start. I will be returning this saw as soon as possible. The rating should be less than a full star. Stihl needs to remove the MS 250 from it's product line. October 21, 2016
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