MS 201 C-EM

MS 201 C-EM
A lightweight, high-performing chainsaw with STIHL M-Tronic™ technology. Starts easy, runs smooth.

Product Description

The MS 201 C-EM delivers high power and smart technology in a lightweight package. The added STIHL M-Tronic™ intelligent engine management system automatically adapts to changes in environmental factors such as fuel quality and altitude. The result is a reliable and fuel-efficient machine that performs optimally in a variety of conditions. In addition, the MS 201 C-EM features our STIHL Easy2Start™ system – making engine starting almost effortless. Farm and ranch jobs will be made easier with use of this well-balanced, low-vibration and durable chainsaw.

Model Features

  • STIHL M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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  • 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.
  • STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
  • Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
35.2 cc (2.15 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
1.8 kW (2.41 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
3.9 kg (8.6 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
310 cc (10.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
63 PS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12" to 16") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E or STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Light
POWER SOURCE
Gas
STIHL recommends #3616 (63 PS3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 7409 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.

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 chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, 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 chainsaws.

* 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.

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

Reviews

MS 201 C-EM is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Spent much more time in WA Tractor shop than in my hands. In a year I've used it less than a dozen times and It's carburetor has been replaced/repaired twice.
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All in One Super Saw Great for what I use it for, cutting brush. Also can cut up fallen trees. Just be patient on large limbs and trunks. Let the saw cut through itself. I cut up a 18 inch diameter fallen tree yesterday. I have put app. 100 hours on the saw. Great saw mainly for brush, but can cut bigger stuff. Lightweight. I can use it all day. If cutting cords of wood or large trees as your primary use get a larger saw. If needing a universal saw with the main use smaller stuff, get this one. I love it. Cost is high, but I have found it well worth it many times over. With 16" blade I don't have to bend over as much or reach into the brush as far to cut. I would buy this again in a minute. I am now looking at a bigger saw because we have many downed trees. I will then have 2 Stihl saws. In the immediate family we probably have 10 Stihl saws. Very happy family.
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn’t run well This saw doesn’t run most of the time and you can’t start it without pulling the throttle. It bogs down in wood over 10” to 12” .
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw, a little underpowered maybe, starts easy Overall the saw is great for the price. I think its a litlle underpowered. I don't think it should bog down so easily. I give the saw 4 stars overall, but I would recommend the saw, runs great, just a little weak for my needs, lesson learned get a larger saw then you think you need.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ground saw, love the easy start, mechanical fuel pump features. After cutting for a few hours the noticeable light weight is really appreciated Great ground saw, it does on the ground what the MS 201 T does up on the tree. I Set this saw up with a 14" Rollomatic E Light Bar and a Oilomatic Stihl Picco Super PS yellow chain. Cuts through Oak and Madrone like Butter.Still in the break in period so the saws power will continue to grow......This little baby is pricey, but, Stihl knows what they got in this saw.....you get what you pay for with a "Made in Germany" saw.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power for a light weight saw I use this saw regularly for clearing blow downs on the hiking trails where I might be carry the saw and all my other gear five to ten miles. I too also own a MS-261 for this purpose and carry it when I know there will be lots of bigger trees. The 201 cuts great as long as the chain is very sharp. The small teeth do dull much faster than the teeth on the larger saws. I always carry two extra chains for this sort of work so dulling is not an issue in the field.In addition to be lightweight and powerful for its size, it is also very quiet and vibration free. This is a great benefit to those of us (like myself) who do not saw on a daily basis.There is one major drawback to this saw. If you get the bar and chain stuck in a tree (this is always a concern when clearing blow downs that are loaded in every direction) the bar and chain cannot be removed without first removing the external clutch mechanism. This requires removing the spark plug, immobilizing the piston, and then unscrewing the clutch. The MS-261 has an internal clutch so it is not an issue on my other saw. I would recommend this saw without reservation except for this one concern.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Powerhouse - Firewood Ferrari When I realized Stihl made a rear handle version of the time proven Arborist choice 201 C-T top handle saw, I had to get it. STARTS VERY EASILY and 16" bar melts through all the standing dead Ash around here. Only negative was POOR BAR/CHAIN LUBRICATION. A Machinist by trade, I checked it out with bluing to discover the oil hole in bar did not line up with oil channel in saw.(only 1/3 open!) AND the black rubber plug seated proud of the housing preventing upper rear "wing" of the bar from mating flush with the oil channel. Oily razor blade sliced it flush (removed 1/32"). An air pencil with a 1/16dia. end mill widened the channel a bit and ovaled the bar oil hole to correct this. I use new SAE 30 weight (as used for decades) and chain stays properly lubed and dust does not plug up the flow. I set Oil adjustment to max and now chain is always wet. Oil is inexpensive. Must have been some kind of design tolerance issue. I ordered the saw Nov.2015 FYI. That was disappointing but I've seen that sort of thing many times over the years with high end tools I tend to buy. This is a PERFECT saw for a ground crew or pulpwood cutting(if still done by humans!) all day long I think. Very smooth power with little vibration. Overall I'm happy with this saw. Look forward to decades of use.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight saw This is a great power to weight ratio saw. The M-tronic works much better than expected. I've buried the bar in a huge ash and it buzzed right through it. The saw is actually a pleasure to cut with and is a great compliment to my MS 270. It is expensive, but the power to weight ratio is unrivaled.
Date published: 2016-12-01
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