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.

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MS 250 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 479.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight powerhouse chainsaw A few months after back surgery I was looking to replace some older saws with a newer lightweight quality tool. The Stihl 250 at 10lbs with an 18" bar was perfect and the low price was almost too good to be true. Having Stihl equipment for years and knowing of their impeccable reputation for quality I wasted now time buying one and have loved it since the first pull of the crank cord. This saw makes cutting firewood fun again! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good work saw.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product Great product once I learned how to not flood it-lol!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work well did everything I wanted it to do Work well did everything I wanted it to do, only concern was the brake, but it appear to work properly, unfortunately, will not get to use anymore, someone stole it 3 days ago.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is easy to use Going thru a divorce and heating with wood, I bought this saw. The features are great, it is easy to operate. Light weight and there is not much to maintain.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw for the Price I bought this saw in September when it was on sale. I have cut of about 15 face cord of hardwood (ash, hickory, beech) so far. I have used 2 gallons of gas and I am still on the original chain without even sharpening it. This saw just chews through the wood. I love this saw.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw, excellent value, starts just fine. ..I own a small home-based property rehab business here in Central FL and I bought this saw on sale during the first of Oct. 2016...just in time for Hurricane Matthew, but didn't need it.I have used this saw several times already on brush, small trees, and some oak firewood and all I can say is that it has PLENTY of power for what I need to do.Saw starts every time if you follow a simple procedure: 1) put chain brake on 2) set to full choke 3) Pull until you hear engine pop ( no more than 3-4 pulls ) 4) move choke to middle position. 5) Pull cord and saw fires right up. 6) Pull throttle trigger and choke moves automatically to normal position. 7) Turn chain brake off. 8) You are off and cutting logs.Its that easy people. This saw starts just fine.Great value for the price point. I almost bought a Farm Boss but this saw will suit my needs just fine.Carl H.EP Ridge ServicesHaines City, FL
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw! I love this saw! After not using a chainsaw in over 30yrs, it was like being with an old friend again. I was going to get one of the smaller saws but the 250 was on sale, and the salesman pointed out that the 250 is one of his best sellers and is a real workhorse. It has plenty of power, and light enough for this 65 yo guy to handle. Buy this saw, you will be happy!One thing about starting, when its cold and starting for the first time, put it at full choke and pull ONLY ONE TIME, then half choke and pull 2-3 times and she'll start right up!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from VERY HARD TO START I got this in Oct 2016 because it was on sale and all the good reviews it has. I have been having a very hard time starting this thing. Check you tube to see what I was doing wrong, which was nothing. I was doing everything by the book. Took it back to the store, and they told me that I had bad gas in it. I said, wait a minute. I'm using Stihl MotoMix. He said he changed the plug, cleaned out the lines, should be good to go. Took it home, it started right up. The next day, back to the same problem.
Date published: 2016-11-30
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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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