Rated 4 out of 5 by 4
Rated 2 out of 5 by TSIGuy A good idea, poorly executed
The idea of this saw seems like a good one; a lightweight, small, professional quality saw. It lacks the power necessary to do any serious cutting, and the anti-vibe systems prevents you from applying any leverage while cutting. It is an overpriced under-performing saw.
October 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by sawptician Nice saw but .......
Having higher expectations, I would rate it somewhere between average and good but gave Stihl benefit of the doubt since I like to use their products:
Had a MS 200 for several years which barked with power for a little saw. The time came when I had to unfortunately finally retire the MS 200 learning it was no longer available and replaced by the newer MS201. I bought the MS 201 and after 5 min of use realized it was shy of replacing the power of my MS 200. Wish I could buy up a few discontinued MS 200's and squirrel them away for a rainy day while the tree huggers continue patting themselves on the back for new emission standards. The specs. indicate this saw to be more fuel efficient but if I have to run and rev the saw longer to make the same cut what are we really accomplishing?
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Beowulfgang Lots of power, small package
I carve stuff out of wood with chainsaws. This is one of my go-to saws. The other is its predecessor a stihl MS 200. Both are reliable lightweight cutting little monsters. I own 4 other saws that tend to collect dust just because these two are so easy to cut with and won't make you feel like an old rag after 8 hours of continous work. The 201 is a good bit better on fuel and has an easier to clean air filter with a shock dampening system that refuses to translate jolts to your arms. The 200 is just a bit lighter, but I wouldn't trade either for any other saw that I know of.
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goatfarmer The saw I use most now
I bought my first Stihl 20 years ago. I have used it extensively with both a 16 inch bar and an 18 inch bar. We live on a farm and we use this saw to clear pathways for our tractor as well as cut wood for our fireplace. Two years ago a small tornado came through our woods and took down over 12 trees all taller than 60 ft.It also blew some across our road out of the farm. As you can guess there were a lot of limbs ranging from a few inches to a foot in diameter. The 18 inch Stihl was too large to work with in the midst of all the limbs. Therefore we bought the MS201 C-E to use clearing limbs so we could get to the "log" trunks. I found the 201 so "strong", light and easy to handle that I started using it on the tree trunks up to 12 inches in diameter with no problems at all. I now reach for the 201 whenever I am going to cut wood. The larger Stihl only get used on very large wood. I also have a Stihl Pole Saw.
I recomend the MS201CE as the basic saw to buy for a chain saw. It will do 80% of all the wood cutting necessary for the average job and it won't tire you out.
October 24, 2012