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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.)
2.2 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 4.2 out of 5 by 559.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Around-The-House Chainsaw This lightweight chainsaw is a great saw for smaller projects and around the house use. As long as you keep the bar oiled and the chain sharp, it will easily zip through foot thick logs to make firewood. Easy-to-use and low-kickback makes this a great saw for the lay user. The only drawback I've seen so far is if you are going to do some heavy-duty, hour after hour sawing. It seems to just not have as much power as I'd like it to when working on logs that are larger than 12" thick. Some of that may be user error, and some of it is just the fact that it's not recommended for larger jobs, but I wish now I would've ponied up for the bigger saw. Otherwise a great buy! Starts easily every time, rarely bogs down, easy to maintain, easy to use.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic If ya keep it sharp, it will drop. I love the power and engine response. The bar is relatively stiff, which I love.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good home saw Basically a good saw, starts when -10 or 90 f out. Power band takes some getting use to, keep the chain sharp and always run a fuel preservative. My dealer has service after the sale. Owned saw for 4 years so far.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great homeowner saw. Great saw for the price. I use this saw around the home. Has worked great cutting limbs, downed trees, and general trimming. I have owned this saw for a year now with no problems. Just got it out yesterday after sitting for 4 months, it fired up in 3 pulls. Doesn't get better than that!!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw for limbing anx cutting As with anything selevt right tool for the job. This saw has been excellent for my uses. I cut firewood limb trees and brush with it. I had reliable service out of it. I dont have amy problem cutting trees up to 16in. I havent had any problem with keeping the chain shsrp keep it out of the dirt.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spring Snow Storm Cleanup Purchasing the MS250 chainsaw was a great investment. It has a powerful engine to easily cut the damaged trees and limbs from the Spring snow storm. Having an anti-vibration system helped with lowering the fatigue after using the MS250 chain saw all day. A great product from Stihl.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't restart. I fought with this saw for six years before I finally gave up and trashed it. I have five other fully functional saws but this one was a disaster.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthless...Impossible to start cold If you can get the saw to start, it works great. But, it is extremely difficult to start. I have it for occasional use, maybe 3-4 times per year. I can seldom start it without a 30-60 minutes of messing with it. It easier to pull out a hand saw than to waste my time trying to get this to start. I upgraded from a Husqvarna that I wore out. Big mistake.If you use it frequently, the saw fires up. Do not buy unless you plan to use it often, or you just like to be angry.
Date published: 2017-05-07
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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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