MS 250

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

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.)
2.3 kW (3.1 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 4.2 out of 5 by 530.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Power Great little saw. Just beware it's tendency to flood - which is why I gave it a 4 on dependability. If it doesn't fire within 1 or 2 pulls with full choke, set it to Operate mode and pull til it starts. If you pull anymore than 2 or three with the choke open, it will quickly flood.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything is good about chainsaw, minor problem starting after refueling first time out, used to cut a full cord of dried oak, handled very well. Only small issue with restarting after refueling, took several extra pulls. After starting, continued to run well.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saws out there!!! I read a lot of reviews about the new saws out there today and I must say I was disappointed in the reviews I read. But I was in need of a new saw, and with Stihl being one of the best I decided to buy a new MS250. I Have to wonder if people now days just don't have a clue on how to use power tools. Had this saw sitting in my shop for the biggest part of a month fired it up this weekend and cut down a maple tree over 75 feet tall and just as wide had over four cords of wood out of this tree. Had three saws at this site, my new MS250 with 18" bar my dads 032AV with a 20" bar and My 031Av with A 20" bar. My dad never went through one tank of fuel in the 032, and we never fired up the 031 did the whole job with the MS250. Never had a starting problem or any issues like is stated in some of these reviews. But I guess working in the northwest with chainsaws everyday I know what I'm doing.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bang for the buck. I have used other saws that went from a small 16in bar to a 20in bar the stihl 18in bar has to be the best I have used to date. I will be buying more saws from stihl and not there competition.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw! I waited to use my saw hard for a while before leaving a review.I've had my ms250 for 4 weeks using it daily clearing woods. It has broke in great , lots of power , light weight . I have used this saw to fell 3 to 20+inch trees. I have plung cut a bunch of hardwood trees and it has handled flawlessly, put it all the way in around a30 inch peace of maple with no problems it has quickly became my goto saw , I grab this saw first! I would like to a saw this well maid in a 65cc to handle bigger tasks , but this saw works perfectly cleaning up after my 661c-m
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is heavy duty Heavy duty for use in various applications. It's good to have a 25" bar with the option of putting a smaller one on.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful, handy, easy start, low vibration I use my saw around the farm. Have put about 12 hours on it. Easy start, plenty of power, and runs great. The best part is my hands don't vibrate when I shut it down. It is well balanced and easy to handle. The only thing is that it uses a little more fuel than my old one, but does have more power.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw for the price. Works better than anticipated and has the power needed that was missing with my other chainsaw. 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. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-06
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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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