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MS 201 C-E

MS 201 C-E
A lightweight, low-emission chainsaw with STIHL Easy2Start™ that packs the power pros need.

Model Features

  • STIHL Easy2Start™ (E)
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products easier. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
  • 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.
  • Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
1.8 kW (2.41 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
4.1 kg (8.82 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
FUEL CAPACITY
310 cc (10.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
63 PS3
STIHL recommends #3616 (63 PS3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 7409 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E or STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Light guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.

Important Information

WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chain saws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus additional chain braking feature (Q), STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chain saws.

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 201 is a great lightweight saw I volunteer each week cutting up and burning invasives in forest preserves. I drop and cut up trees from 1-14 inches, for hours at a stretch. My 261 is too heavy. I had a 192 that was light…the reduced weight does make a huge difference. But I wanted some more power, and the 201 has much more power than a 192. Now I have lightness and power. The 201 has a heat diverter by the carb for cold weather running (I work in sub-freezing weather and starting is no problem at all.) I’ve never had to move the adjustment screws. The clutch is on the OUTSIDE of the sprocket - it looks weird but it works fine. I use a Stihl carbide chain. It's nicer than a standard chain, but is not magic. I use a lightweight polymer bar too. September 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst piece of equipment I have ever owned I have had nothing but issues with this for years. Rarely starts when you want it to. I use non-ethanol gas.I spend more time trying to get this started then I do actually using it.Going to see if I can get $25 towards any other chainsaw. August 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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
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