MS 250 - $349.95 DSRP

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

DSRP: $349.95

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.

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    5605 007 1028

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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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    Woodcutter Chaps - 6 Layer
    Woodcutter Chaps - 6 Layer 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 open-back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.
  • STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Protective Gloves Zoom
    STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Protective Gloves
    Durable and hardworking, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves deliver professional-grade hand protection. The palm and inner fingers are made of full grain tanned leather, so you can work with comfort without sacrificing a firm hold. Featuring multiple layers of cut-retardant materials – Avertic Pro and Dyneema fabrics by Engtex® – these gloves will help deliver protection without compromising the dexterity you need while operating a chainsaw. Accented with an orange rip-stop nylon backing, these dynamic gloves offer style and protection. Water repellant, breathable and featuring a Velcro wrist closure, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves are as ready for the woods as you.
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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 745.
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
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Cow this mug is like a beaver on meth. full choke pull till it growls. then up 1 click on choke and start it. Then let it chew. Small saw with a big attitude.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1 year later, I'm still excited about this saw I've used my MS250 for a year now and can't believe what a value it is. I have a house that borders woods and have used the saw for seasonal clearing of both trees and large vines. I've also used the saw up at my cabin. It has made quick work of felling, bucking and clearing. It starts easy every time and has plenty of power. I still can't believe I got this saw new, from a dealer for such a reasonable price. Very happy.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not start I bought this saw to do light to medium work. Besides being started one time at purchase I started it once. The next time I went to start it, it would not start. Didn’t even have a sign of starting or firing. Took it back to the store and purchased the farm boss.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this saw Bought my MS250 in the fall of 2010 when I purchased my first home that has a good size wooded lot. This saw has been a dream to own. I’ve had to fire it up to cut up a downed limb during a bitter cold bitter cold Michigan February and it was running within 4 pulls. I’ve never had an issue with it starting, cold or hot. The only thing I’ve had to do to it was replace the bar oil cap due to the seal wearing out and leaking bar oil all over. My only gripe is the bar oiling system. It is VERY easily clogged with saw dust and stops piling the bar. Plan on popping the side over off and cleaning out the saw dust where the Oiler oils the bar and cleaning out the hole on the bar every time you have to fill the tank. I put an 18” bar and a more aggressive chain (green link I believe) on it and it works great with the power of the saw, hardly bogs down, if at all as long as chai is good and sharpe. I’ll plan on purchasing a bigger one at some point in the furture.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just bought it. For trimming limbs off of downed trees, or cutting up smaller logs (up to 4 or 5 inches) this saw works great. It is a little touchy to start and easily flooded. You have to yank the starter rope pretty hard on this model. I own a 311 with a compression release that is easier to start than this little saw. The best thing is the weight. After using my 311 for a while, this saw is a dream to handle. If it started easier, it would be perfect.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this chainsaw I love this chainsaw. It is ALWAYS dependable, starts right away. I love it so much that I actually wore one out! And, yes, replaced with the very same model. We have 120 aces of woods and I love cutting for firewood. This saw is an easy start - so nice as I am a woman.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just purchased, but fantastic so far!! I just purchased to replace an old homelite. I have only cut up a few trees, but it has more than met my expectations so far.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good price + Good performance = Great Value Great performing saw with good power and modest weight. Perfect for occasional use around the farm, but when needed provides reliable heavy duty performance. Took a little getting used to the starting procedure, but had it mastered after the first use. Overall, very solid saw for the money.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Great saw!! Has all the power I need! Perfect fit for me.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Stihl chainsaw Very impressed with the performance and power this saw has. It usually take 5-7 pulls to start when cold and starts on 1 pull when hot. Very lightweight and easy to carry. Two Thumbs up!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Robust Clean-Up and Firewood Saw I'm an ex-logger, but all I needed for around the house was a homeowner grade Stihl. We had an ice storm here in MI on a Sunday in early April. A large limb dropped from our box elder tree in the back lot, and got hung up in 2 trees, and a fence. I went to my local dealer, brought home one of these MS250's, and got to work cutting up the massive limb. This saw muscled through the thickest part of the limb (20" or more) with the 18" bar burried, as well as the thinner branches with ease. Keep in mind, this is not a "pro" line saw - and this was a large job for this model to tackle. Probably more than I should have tried putting it through right out of the gate. But it held up! I'm actually amazed. I even kept the stock LP chain on it for this clean up (though I also purchased a 26 RS 68 chain as well). I have also used it to cut up some 4X4 heat-treated oak beams at work, and I cut a full cord (and more) of red oak/silver maple firewood from 6"-14" logs up at our cabin. After all this, I have 0 problems to report. ZERO, folks. I have to suspect user error for all the problems in other reviews pertaining to hard-starting (again, I had no problems starting this saw, cold OR warm). For the price, displacement and power-to-weight ratio, this MS250 is an amazing workhorse. I've been using Stihl saws since my Grandfather taught me how to use his old 028 in the early 90's, and this is why! Best chainsaws on earth, hands down.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mid size saw Plenty of power for experienced homeowner. Good value. Made well (as always). Enough saw that lets the saw do the work not the operator!
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best saw this is the 2nd MS 250 I have owned, the weight of saw is a lot lighter than the other saw we were considering, but still falls trees with ease. Great saw to have around the ranch.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all around saw I have had this saw for about 2 years. I got "it" (a voucher from the wife and kids) on Father's day, did a ton of research and when my local hardware store had "Stihl Days" with a discount price and an extra chain, I pounced.I have used it about 25-30 times for a total of close to 100 hours since I bought it. Still on the original chain and still cutting VERY well (no ground contact so far - touch wood). Most of my cutting has been windfalls or cutting up the leavings from logging my friend's woods. It exceeds my expectations in everything from limbing, to bucking to felling medium sized hardwoods. It's light and agile enough - with a stock 18" bar - to run a couple tanks of gas through in an afternoon and still have enough energy left to split and stack the big stuff. I have yet to run into anything that I thought I needed stronger saw for, but I'm also patient.If there is a nit to be picked, I have two. The last time I had the saw out for a long day, every time I put the saw horizontal for any length of time, it would quit. It did that 4 or 5 times until I gave up and had my friend do all the horizontal cuts and I did the rest. After a VERY brief Google search I discovered that the fuel pickup can get hung up within the tank and sure enough I opened the fuel cap with the saw on it's side and the pickup was right there by the filler opening well above the fuel line. I just pushed the pickup off the casting and haven't had a problem since.Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. The MS250 has been around in nearly the exact form for a long time so there is plenty of information on the internet. For a higher end home owner saw, it certainly has my vote.I didn't check "easy to maintain" because at this point, I haven't had to maintain anything. I check the chain, the bar, add gas and bar oil and off we go!
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value This is the second Chainsaw I have purchased from Stihl. I have only used the new one one time but if I'm as pleased with this one as much as the first one I will be happy to recommend Stihl.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Performance / Weight / Price Value Ever. I can't say enough good things about this saw. It is light weight, VERY powerful, and the easiest to start I have ever used or owned. No bulb to prime, just set it to choke and pull. Starts right up. The power is amazing, making short work of everything that it comes into contact with. The weight is the best part. I was able to clear cut two acres in an afternoon without feeling much in the way of fatigue. Super saw, for a super price!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my 2nd MS250 I bought an MS250 about 10 years ago and am just now purchasing it's replacement. It is a very dependable and effective piece of equipment.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw for average homeowner. I have owned this saw for about a month and have used it for yard clean up. I have everything from felling trees to light clean up. This saw has started on less than 3 pulls every time even in the cold (10-30 deg). Chain doesn't stretch as fast as other saws due to the oiling of the chain which allows me to run longer than other saws I have used in the past. This saw also has enough power to run through everything I have put in front of it.
Date published: 2018-04-26
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