MS 250 - $359.95 DSRP

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

DSRP: $359.95


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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.

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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    5605 007 1027

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    5605 007 1028

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    5605 007 1029

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    Deputy Glasses

    Tough protection that also looks the part. The STIHL Deputy Glasses meet ANSI standard Z87.1+ and feature both protection and style. The lenses are a scratch-resistant polycarbonate that block out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They are also comfortable to wear, featuring a soft rubber nosepiece and dual-mold rubber temples that helps to keep the glasses in place when the head is in motion. Stop by our Dealership to check out these and other great protective eyewear styles. Shown in Brown Frame / Brown Mirror Lens. Available lens colors (Black Frame): Blue Mirror, Smoke (Brown Frame): Brown Mirror

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MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 733.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw I've owned a couple different saws over the years (pawn shop specials...Poulan, Homelite etc) but this was the first NEW saw I purchased. I've read a bunch of reviews about these being hard to start but I've had this about two years now and it still starts in a few pulls from dead-cold and just one when hot. As for power/bang for the buck, this sucker delivers. I bought it originally to cut up a big Pecan limb (about 16" dia) that had broken off and it cut it up with no problem. Then last fall I had a big Oak fall in the yard (about 30" dia) and it had no issues with it. Sure, it would've probably been a little easier with a bigger saw since I had to cut 2/3 of the way through and then switch sides to get the rest, but I was really impressed with this thing's power on a tree of this size.I recently had three more trees fall in the backyard and have already taken care of one and will be finishing up this week.If you want a small, light-weight, powerful saw for a good price, this is a solid choice or has been for me. (And I'll definitely give it to American Chainsaws in Tucker, GA for the quick tutorial on easy starting and all-around great service. These people have your back and stand by their product.)
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great when it starts Same day I bought the saw it would not start. Took it back to dealer who then was able to start it out of my sight. Told me I had flooded it! I CAN read instructions. Have attempted to use it about six times since with success two of those times. I DO follow the starting instructions every time. Very frustrating when there is work to be done.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What can I say about a saw that won’t start? It’s just that simple. I bought the saw, they took it out back and started it. It came back warm, but I never saw or heard it run. I went on my way without ever seeing it run or starting it. Back at the job site it would not start. I followed the starting instructions explicitly. Tried again and again. Called the dealer and was told ‘I didn’t do it right, and probably flooded it’. Back to the dealer. Tech wasn’t there, was out to lunch and would be back shortly. Tried to start it again in the parking lot and after several dozen sequences finally got it to start. Back to the job site where it started without choke and cut reasonably well. In the shed over night and today the the same thing all over again. I never did get it to run again and the dealer never bothered to try. I’m done, I quit! BTW, I have been using chainsaws for over 45 years and have owned, and still own several major brands. This is my first and only experience with Stihl.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mine likes the repair shop Needed new carb after 2 weeks and again in 6 months. Now the chain adjuster is bad. I have only used 7 times and evety time it's something else. I feel I have wasted my money. I have had cheaper saws last 4 times longer with NO problems I just wore then out. Think twice before buying!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money No Primmer bulb. Brand new, couldn’t start. Was getting spark, and fuel pouring out of exhaust. You have to use the trigger to change choke positions so it is designed to flood. Never got it fired. Not my first chainsaw, but last time I buy a stihl. Returning today.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Compression issues Have had this saw for about a year. The spark plug would walk out after a few mins of use. It got to the point where I was torquing the plug in too tightly after it kept unscrewing itself and it stripped the threads. Had to get the entire head/piston replaced. It cost me $250 to fix a $350 saw.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Will not start I recently purchased a new MS 250 Chainsaw after running a 025 for 20 years. I used it the day i purchased it for about three hours. Two weeks later, I picked it up to cut a few saplings and it would not start. Returned it to the dealer on a Saturday afternoon. One week later, I stopped by the dealer and they still had not gotten it started. They had replaced the carburetor and it still would not start. They told me they were waiting on a compression tester from their other store and would give me a call. No call. One week later (2 weeks in the shop) I stopped again to check on the status. Salesperson said the saw was on the tech's work bench and they would call. No call! I have been a loyal Stihl customer. I have 6 Stihl power tools at home and several more at work that I have been responsible for the purchase. I have been a loyal customer for 20 years. But this need to be corrected. At the very least the MS 250 should be replaced with a new one that works or my money refunded.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A big disapointment My 3rd chainsaw in a month. The first never left the store. It would not oil the chain. The 2nd never started once I got it home. The 3rd flooded out constantly. Brought it back for a carb adjustment after 3 hours of use.
Date published: 2018-06-04
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