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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    Easy-Access Air Filter Cover
    Easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
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    Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work.
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    Rear Hand Guard
    Reduces the risk of injury as well as provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.
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    Master Control Lever™
    The Master Control Lever™ is an easy to use single lever, operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.
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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.

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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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    5605 007 1026

    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

For Your Safety
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    Woodcutter Helmet System
    The lightweight STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is an excellent choice for budget-conscious non-professional users with chainsaws and pole pruners. Designed for comfort, the vented shell provides cooling air during use, and the 6-point mount suspension provides comfortable support. The STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is Class G certified and includes NRR 22 hearing protection.

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MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 741.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the right size. Good balance and does not weigh much. A little tricky to start but if you follow directions or check out youtube video on starting, this chainsaw will fire up in 2 to 3 pulls of the start cord.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little saw This is my smallest saw but is very reliable and just keeps on running strong
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl MS250 Bought this saw at Big R. Staff was great. I love this saw. Best saw I've ever owned. I use it to cut firewood for home use and this thing does such a great job. It's effortless with trees as thick as 2 feet or so in diameter. Would recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around Chain Saw I have no complaints about performance or my expectations of this saw. Its powerful motor almost equals my old 029 Farm Boss and is a lot lighter weight. I found some reviews on the web that it could be hard to start. I also learned on the web (other reviewers) that starting procedure MUST be follow (in manual) that it is easier to flood than other chainsaws because of the high performance design. I follow starting procedure and have NO trouble starting saw cold. I am a stihl fan. Have back pack blower, tiller, 3 chainsaws etc... also have other brands and much prefer Stihl.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Advertised Use This saw has decent power and is light enough to run without getting worn out due to the weight of the saw. It cuts well for its size- I have no problem cutting through the hardwoods on my property up to 16 inch diameter. It is constructed as a homeowner saw so it isn’t as robust as the pro models but for somebody like myself who only fells and bucks 3-6 trees in a year this saw is perfect. Aka I have no need to pay extra for the pro saw when I don’t use my saw enough to wear the homeowner version out in my lifetime. If you follow the starting procedure recommended in the manual it starts right up everyte
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great all around small saw I use this saw everyday for cutting limbs and felling smaller trees. Has no problem cutting up to 14 inch trees. Much more than that it becomes underpowered but I use it as a professional saw even though its a "homeowners" saw. It is an excellent saw for everything you could possibly do as a homeowner or rancher cleaning up downed trees or cutting firewood.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for home use This saw is 100 times better than the craftsman I had previously. cuts right though everything easily. Light and easy to use.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy I went with this saw I was looking at the 180 and I am happy I went with the 250. The extra power has been great. I do wish I had a little more power but over all it has the power most homeowners will need. The only thing I wish Stihl would do is make a tool holder on the side of the chainsaw. I have already forgot my chain tool once. This is my 1st chiansaw I have owned. I have used others. For the price this was a great value. I am very happy with all my Stihl products and that is why I keep going back.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Saw This is a good saw for the homeowner. If you do your part the saw will do it’s part. I have seen a lot of people writing about this particular saw flooding a lot. I will say this is true, it’s easy to flood. The saw always starts great from the cold condition, yet can stumble when starting warm. If you have a hard time getting it to fired up then do the following. First check the muffler. Do you see gas? If the answer is yes it’s flooded. Is the spark plug wet? If the answer is yes it’s flooded. How do you correct this? Turn the choke off and open the throttle. Pull the starter until it fires up. Sometimes this can take some effort if you flooded it excessively. If after 20-30 pulls it doesn’t start then you may well have mechanical issues (it’s very rare that this doesn’t work). Once you have some time invested in this model you’ll have no issues firing it up. Be conservative when starting this saw warm and you’ll be in business. When this saw is running it’s my favorite in the homeowner lineup. I personably don’t have issue getting it going anymore, however there was a learning curve.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs great Excellent saw. I've owned 3 saws from the big box store and none of them will run as well as this saw. If you flood it and cant get it going in 10 min or less then you dont have any business using it. Get an electric one.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from runs good but hard to pull start This saw does a very good job cutting . However, it is rather hard to start.. On first pull it will only pull part way then stop. After 2 or 3 pulls it will pull a little easier but never very easy. Disappointed in the starting although it does a good job once it is running.I was shown the easy start model also: should have bought that one.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power for its size. This is my first "big" chainsaw and I love it. It only weighs around ten pounds, but cuts the mesquite and cedar I throw at it like a champ. Once I figured out to start it (user error), it has been a very dependable machine and I've had no problems with it. I opted to go without an easy start model, so I definitely flooded the poor thing until I got the feel of it. If you're a newbie like me, don't hesitate to have the sales reps help you start it a couple of times! It really helped.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms 250 Cut 12 -80’ plus trees in 2 days . Best saw I ever had
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 250 I bought ms250 used I have done over 300 cords of 16 in. of firewood over 4 years not one break down .. Oak maple all hardwood .. Same bar and around 10 chains .. Again not one break down .. Maine people depend on a good chainsaw ..
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 250 I had my tree guy cut down 40 trees, mostly Ash Trees close to my house leaving the main part of the tree for me to cut into firewood. I've been using my MS250 to cut the threes into firewood on the weekends.. Not only does this saw go through any size tree and some off these trees are 60 plus years old white oak and ash trees you can run the saw all day without you back killing you. The power to weight of this saw is perfect! Gil
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not recommend the ms 250 These saws get flooded very easily. I would not recommend getting one. I have ran several other saws such as a ms 271 and a 360 pro and they are both great saws.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS250 Plucky Performer!! I’m impressed with this total package. I had the opportunity to use a friends MS250 and what a plucky Saw for its size!! The quality is great, the Saw is not heavy to use, it’s well laid out, starts right up and runs strong!! I normally run just my MS661 but honestly for running all day it’s a bit heavy. This MS250 is economical for what you get and I can’t see a real down side for the size saw it is. I’m considering picking one up as a backup saw if the 661 ever gets stuck and for the smaller jobs that don’t need the big guns... I don’t think you would be dissapinted with this Saw for most jobs around the house or farm.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have no complaints!! I started last year with another chainsaw that got the job done with a lot of issues from poor customer service to a product that was just inferior to Stihl. This saw gets the job done without a fight and has cut my chainsaw rage down to a minimum! Thanks!!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little saw I work for the railroad , so i have used lots of chainsaws . We use stihl chainsaws at work so when it came to buying a saw . Stihl chainsaws are the best hands down !
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where gloves Starts right up when cold, run it 15 minutes and set it down put your gloves on you gonna get blisters trying to restart it. tried not choking it tried chocking it. was getting late had to go get the pulan out of the cobb webbs and finish the job.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Saw works great starts every time, very to run east to maintain, Light weight. It has great balance.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro results for occasional use I wore out a 90’s woodboss and got this to replace it. If you’re doing anything other than light trimming or cutting wood less than 6” you need a real saw to do it safely and effectively. In my opinion, this is the entry level into stihl’s real saws. It is a huge value for the money. Every time I pick it up it starts, runs and performs perfectly. I cheap out on some tools but would not risk my safety by using a cheap chainsaw.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect git Really nice, and good power. I only use their can oil gas mix, but just complete the correct starting steps, or you will flood it!That’s the only issue I have with it! She is finicky starting, but once she is started, she kicks butt!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 250 performs great I have used a few chainsaws and this one maintains it's power unlike others i have used. I will see how it does in a few years but compared to the others it has worked great and i have lots of trees to cut down still
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw I have used this saw for 7 years now, probably for over 500 days of continued use. I have had to do minor upkeep’s on it such as a new muffler, drive sprocket and recoil. Keeping the chain sharp has been the biggest asset by purchasing a power grinder. We liked it so much that we purchased a second one to have as a backup when we drive to the woods to work on firewood.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw, reasonable price! I bought the MS250 for some trees I needed to cut down. The first was a 50 year old Cherry tree. It was like cutting through butter. It cut through the 15" trunk with ease and made short work out of a 40' tall tree.I love it!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw ever. This is the best chainsaw that I have ever owned. Perfect power to weight ratio.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw Bought the MS 250 on sale. I wish I would have purchased a saw with a longer bar and larger motor. It is not the MS 250 fault as I did not expect to be falling 20 to 25 inch dia trees. The MS 250 does the job though so no complaints. The only problem I have had is the cap for the bar oil can be a problem to get closed. You think its closed till your wearing the oil on your pants and the chain is smoking. I have had the saw for less than a year and have cut 15 to 20 cords with out any problems. With a sharp chain it cuts awesome, but still wish I would have gone with a longer bar and more power. Once again it's not the 250 fault as it has been a work horse!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Third carborator On my third carburetor with in 4 years of light home use.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unreliable. Purchased this saw several years ago. Has never ran right. Had it back to selling dealer when still under warranty and finally gt them to replace carb. Ran better but not correctly. Took to another dealer and they have no idea either. Now out of warranty. Has had no more than a dozen tanks of gas through it. Second time I used it the weak handle broke, repaired that and the handle constantly slips off the retainer bushings. Poor design. No the running problem is not from old or ethanol gas. Biggest problem is our local dealers don't have enough knowledge of the product to fix it and it's a constant issue. I should have bought a Husky.
Date published: 2018-02-11
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