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MS 250

MS 250
A chainsaw designed for firewood cutting – with a great power-to-weight ratio.

Product Description

5 / 5 John T87

"Very impressed with the MS 250. It fit my budget, has the power I need to cut wood I've needed to cut. I've used this chainsaw on my ATV trails, trees at church and at home and it has handled them with ease."

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

  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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).
  • 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.
  • 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.


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)
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.

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.

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


MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 626.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! Does what I need it to do. Using it for home use and for clearing limbs at my hunting property. It won't see daily use, but so far its performed very well. My local Stihl dealer did the initial start up and show me the ins and outs of the saw. Read the manual as well. My first time starting the saw, required me to pull the rope a few more times than I would've liked. I pulled 5 times in the cold choke position, then moved to warm choke for 5 pulls and finally started after I put it in normal run position.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't ask for better I've had this saw for almost 5 years. Never let me down. I have abused it but also serviced it regularly somewhat. Let warm up for 2 minutes when cold, clean wiith pick and blow gun after each use, and use a 1" paint brush to clean around gas and oil ports before opening. Only problem I've had is a clip coming loose in the wrap around handle. I would say I've ran probably 10 gal of fuel through it over the years, mostly when it was new and was cutting trails at my friends house. Cut about any type of wood green or rotted, burry it in dirt and so on. Original chain that is been sharpened so much teeth are breaking off. Original plug, cleaned once 2 years ago, original filter, original bar, original clutch(about half wore through on sprocket. Never flooded it (followed starting directions) and started easily every time. Maybe I got lucky but I love this saw and am extremely pleased with it.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependability, and plenty of power! I have owned a few saws, not one of them hold a candle to my MS 250. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. I highly recommend this machine.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great price caught it on sale I bought this for a community service project our company was doing. I love the power and ease of starting.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for ripping through meat Doesn't bog through the tough parts really works well
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from smoking lil machine.. reasonable price, medium weo I'd recommend.. highly dependable, fast if you honey the chain between jobs..
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good saw at a good price good chainsaw but it floods easily making it hard to start sometimes.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from hard satart get a workout trying to start about 30 pulls to start
Date published: 2017-10-12
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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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