MS 250

MS 250
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

  • 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.
  • 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)
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 915.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Saw unrepairable after only 3 uses I have used chainsaws for over 40 years. Always wanted a Stihl but never had one until my wife bought me one for Christmas. We were building a house so the saw stayed in the box for a while after I got it. When I finally got to use it I noticed it would bog down easily. I assumed it was just because it was new. After the third time using it with no change I took it to the service dept. It was still running, just was bogging down easily. They told me I had ran it with the break on and burned it up. I did not agree so they called the Styhl Rep in to look at it. It took him 9 months to finally look at it and he said the same thing, that I ran it with the break on and burned it up. I can’t understand how a saw that is supposed to be such a powerhouse as a Styhl can be burned up in 3 uses. Also don’t understand how it could cut down a tree if the chain break was on as they said I did. VERY disappointing.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Updated Review Great firewood and cleanup saw, highly recommended. Have had 3 years, used on 3 ft dia. trees (most 12-18"), handles all well. Good power to weight ratio, reliable. Initially gave it 4 stars based on easy flooding and sometimes hard to start. Bought a cheap tach and tuned it myself for altitude. It now starts easily every time cold or hot, so am upgrading to 5 stars. I'm cutting at 9,300 ft and dealer tuning was at store elevation of less than half that (running rich was not the saw's fault.)When cold: 2 pulls on full choke, 2 pulls on half choke and it's running hard.If you have sufficient experience consider the 26 RS 68 Super Chisel chain. The 250 really rips with that chain but is a bit less forgiving of sloppy bar nose control than with the green low-kick back chain. Have run 2+ gallons of bar oil through it, however much wood that is. Have always used 92 octane ethanol free gas and believe that helps with starting and reliablity.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I've had chainsaws for 50 years. Stihl is by far the best for my use. Clearing fence rows , downing trees up to 24 in dia. Never failed to do job.
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This saw would flood on first pull, to hard to start I bought the MS 250 and got home with it and couldn't never get it started because it kept flooding every time I tried to start it. I have owned several Stihl chainsaws in the past and never been this dissatisfied. I've heard other people saying they had the same problem with the MS 250. I took the saw back to the store and bought a different brand of chainsaw. I was afraid to buy another Stihl due to this experience.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw! I've had this now for about 5 yrs, in that time it has ran flawlessly using the simple starting procedure recommended. The only issue I've had is one of the bar nuts worked loose and got lost, an easy fix. It's the perfect size for the camping and firewood that I need it.
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't start After only using this saw 2 times it won't start. Took it to repair shop but they couldn't start it either. they have too many chain saws at their shop so they aren't taking any in for repair. Now I have a new Stihl chain saw that won't start. Not happy.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to start Hard to start when cold. Once running re-start is a breeze, but getting it started that 1st time... Has good power when running, light weight and comfortable. I expected more from a Stihl.
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent overall, but a major pain to start I owned a Farm Boss 290 for a dozen years and loved that saw. Never an issue. Both the saw and I got old, and I went looking for a lighter saw and ended up with the MS 250. Have regretted it from the first pull. I flood the saw almost every first start, no matter how much I "alter my starting procedures," as the Stihl rep is almost certain to write. Nothing works consistently. Indeed, my "successful" procedure is to accept that it will flood, pop out the spark plug, dry it off, wait a few minutes, reinsert the plug and try again. Usually fires up. Beyond annoying.Once it starts, the saw itself is fine. Nothing like the 290 but not bad at all, and the lighter weight is good. Overall, a disappointing saw for a Stihl, and I am looking for a replacement.
Date published: 2019-07-15
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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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