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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    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…
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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
    Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
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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

    5605 750 4327

    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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    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 740.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Motor Failed Purchase a new Stihl 250 chainsaw. Used it five days a week. Used Stihl premium pre-mixed fuel and Stihl bar oil. Within six months the motor seized up. The Stihl.commercial warranty on this saw is expired.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Very reliable, always starts right up. Cuts through my many blown down maple limbs like they are not even there! I have a bunch of OLD silver maples and every time it storms I get several limbs down. This saw is a necessity for my yard. Excellent Stihl quality!
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me My experience with chainsaws is limited to the Stihl MS250 and an Echo 14 inch.I could never get this thing started reliably. Nor could my two buddies. Took it in several times. Eventually I gave up and sold it on craigslist. I never had a problem with my Echo. Maybe this just isn't for me. I don't cut a lot. But when I do I need something that is reliable and easy to start. This model just isn't it.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great when it runs I’ve owned this chainsaw almost 2 years. I’ve recently taken it back to Big R to be sent back to the shop to be repaired. Run time vs how much it’s been in the shop makes this a bad buy In my mind. This will be it’s 4th trip to the shop. They never really tell me what was done to it other than it works again. 2 times they said the Carb was cleaned and the 3rd time the Carb was replaced. I’m curious as to what they will say this time. I’ve only used it one winter and I would say not more they a few hours of run time. I’m had such little luck with this machine I’m seriously considering taking a loss and selling it when It comes back. I honestly feel like I got a lemon. I could probably go buy the same saw again and it would do fine, but there’s a slim chance that will happen. I really wanted to like this saw but it keeps proving me different.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start and easy to handle I received my ms250 for christmas and used it for the 1st time on July 15th. I viewed the u-tub start up video before starting it. It started right up with no problems and I have used it to take down three trees and to cut them up. It starts easily each time and it went through trees like a hot knife through butter. My old chain saw use to leak chain oil when left unused, but this is not a problem with this saw. So far no problems and I would recommend this saw.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so good Had this saw about 4-5 years as a utility saw on the farm. Very occasional use, maybe run 5 gallons of gas thru it... would not start. Took it to the local Dealer... motor shot. Lost my faith in the brand... it was junk. No help as it was old. I will be buying a different brand this time. Used Stihl Ultra two-cycle exclusively.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw for frequent homeowner use I use this for large homeowner projects and also to help cut buckthorn and other trees at a State Park as part of a volunteer crew of people that does this all throughout the fall and winter and spring months. This saw gets lots of use, keep it clean and maintained at it will last a long time. My ACE hardware people (authorized Stihl Dealer) keeps it maintained when things come up.Sure, it's not as powerful as a MS 260, and there is no fancy electronic junk on it (which I didn't want), so if you want a pro model that will last nearly forever, this might not be the right saw, but for a nice weight and a lot of use and confidence that it will work, in all conditions, the MS 250 is a great proven product
Date published: 2018-07-15
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
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