MS 250

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A chainsaw designed for firewood cutting – with a great power-to-weight ratio.

Product Description

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 job. It’s easy to use and combines great features to tackle clearing or cleanup tasks, as well as cut through small limbs and trees. For many years, the MS 250 has been a customer favorite, a model of efficiency and reliability that brings incredible performance every time.

Model Features

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Easy-Access Air Filter Cover
    Easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Rear Hand Guard
    Reduces the risk of injury as well as provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.


45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.)
2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
470 cc (15.9 oz.)
200 cc (6.8 oz.)
.325" RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
45 cm 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.

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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MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 978.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 4th stihl-1st one that’s hard to start I have 2 other gas stihl saws and one trimmer all have started and ran well. This one is hard to start and uses excessive fuel.
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A year has passed Yep, been a year sense I bought this chainsaw and as of yet the only time it has been started was in the store at the time of sale...
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs smooth and easy to control It is easy to handle and smooth running. Starting required me to set it down to steady it before the pull but it responded immediately.
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw, Does exactly what I want This saw was perfect for what I need. Can't beat a STIHL!
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the price I love this saw. I will only use it a few times a year but as long as you take care of it and winterize it properly it should last my lifetime for my use level.
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great all around saw! Bought my MS-250 a few weeks ago and have used it several times. At this point I love this saw and would recommend it to anyone who uses a saw for personal and farm clean up. Plenty of power, light to handle and yes! it starts easy.....providing you follow the start procedure in the manual! If cold full choke no mor then 3 pulls, less if it pops. After it pops or max 3 pulls, Switch to half choke and mine will then start in 1 or 2 pulls. When hot mine starts right up generally in 1 pull. This procedure work like clock work. Easy to adjust chain and add fuel & oil. Great saw and got it at a great price. Thanks to Mark at Heights Lumber in Harker Heights, TX for helping me with picking out the MS250!!
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Purchased this saw for light home use and light wood cutting. Found this saw difficult to start. First time I tried to start it flooded and would not fire for me even with throttle fully engaged. Not what I expected from a brand new saw. On the plus side, it did cut well and had plenty of power for the small trees I was bucking up. They were only about 6 in diameter so not really a good test of saws ability. Wishing I would have bought a larger saw as have found I cannot upgrade the bar length like I was told at dealer. 18 in is ok but really wanted to upgrade to 20 in bar and chain. Overall a decent value.
Date published: 2019-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Chainsaw I have owned Have bought another brand in past(no STIHL dealers in the area)but they did not last. A local hardware store started carrying STIHL, I grew up with my father using STIHL and we sold wood and he used it 5 days a week. So that is why I bought one. I have 3 acres of woods that I am clearing and so far I am very pleased with the way the saw is performing. Just wish I had bought a STIHL earlier.
Date published: 2019-11-08
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Optional Accessories

  • 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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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Chainsaws
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