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MS 251 C-BE

MS 251 C-BE
A powerful, fuel-efficient chainsaw that’s comfortable to use and easy to adjust.

Product Description

"This saw is a dream! So easy to start, light enough not to wear me out, and tough enough to work all day! Chain adjustment is simple and the reduced vibration allows me to cut with a greater amount of comfort and confidence. I wish I had bought a STIHL years ago."
-UncleTio
Central Texas
The STIHL MS 251 C-BE Chainsaw features all the comfort and ease of the MS 251, but is easy to start and adjust on the fly. The MS 251 C-BE is perfect for felling small trees, pruning and thinning, and cutting firewood simply and efficiently. And with up to 20 percent fuel savings and 50 percent reduced emissions (as compared to previous models), you can enjoy a longer run time while feeling good about your impact on the environment. A Quick Chain Adjuster also makes it simple to put the correct tension on the saw chain without tools. Plus, features like Easy2Start™ technology, a Master Control Lever™ and reduced vibration make the STIHL MS 251 C-BE a lean, easy-to-use machine that still packs plenty of power.

Model Features

  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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

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  • STIHL Easy2Start™ (E)
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products easier. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
45.6 cc (2.78 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
2.2 kW (2.95 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
5.3 kg (11.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
390 cc (13.2 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
198 cc (6.7 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
.325 RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC®
POWER SOURCE
Gas
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 68) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 008 4717 ROLLOMATIC® E 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.

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.

Reviews

MS 251 C-BE is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 274.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This saw is a powerhouse. I love the ease and power of the saw. The only downside is the weight overall. Starts up quick, cuts like a hot knife through butter. Even though it's expensive it's reliability and performance has been worth it so far.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good saw. worth price difference between 250 and 251c Easy start.Only small problem the no tool needed chain adjustment is a little unreliable.Must keep close eye chain.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Chain binds up when cutting when cutting large trees. Disappointed..The Saw is lacking POWER. I believe the toollessadjustment on the side of the saw blinds up the chain after cutting a few hours , lots of smoke from the binding and a large burn mark around the chain sprocket from the binding.,through large Oak trees. plus handle is weak, I cut through a large palm tree and the engine came back to handle and broke the right side and handle fell apart in my hand after having the saw only one and a half months, using the saw daily to remove trees from hurricane Irma daily. Wanting to upgrade to the 271 farm boss.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MS 251 C-BE Bought this saw to replace a 028 Wood Boss. The weight is nice. Easy to remove limbs and branches once you drop your tree. The Power is not so good. It would be nice if stihl had a demo day to try the saws out before buying. I would have definitely bought a more powerful saw. The Fuel economy is also noticeably bad. I'm adding gas way more often than I feel I should be. The "easy start" is weird but once you learn how it works it does the job. So far the "Quick" Chain tensioning system is working well. All in all it's a good saw. Just uses a lot of fuel and is under powered for cutting 16"-20" trees. I would try to sell it and buy a more powerful unit but the White and Orange plastic already stained badly from use and look awful.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chainsaw I have ever owned. Starts easy. Cuts great. Has plenty of safety features. I was tired of saws that would only work for a couple of years and then be a nightmare to rebuild. This saw is a dream to start once you get used to the inertia system.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy2start is junk, if you can't start a saw with a normal starter you should not be running a saw. I bought this saw used from my local Stihl Dealer. When checking out the guy said this is the deluxe model, I thought oh great. I was very wrong. After a few weeks of using it here and there I went to go start it, the way the user manual suggests and the the pull cord went slack. It would not retract and had no tension. I took the Easy2start assembly off and there was a lot of plastic shavings in there, part number 1123 195 2000 had been chewed up by the flywheel. All the parts on the shaft, the one coming off the starter assembly had come off. The small clip had pooped off or failed. After further inspection the bearings in side the spring housing, part number 1123 190 0700, had also failed. I took it to the Stihl dealer and got parts talked to the people at the dealer and fixed it myself. It worked fine for about a month. Then the same thing happened again. I have used the Stihl MS 170 and 039 never had problems with them. I don't recommend the MS250 C-BE/MS251 C-BE, get the MS250. But the saw did have good power, It would be great without the Easy2Start.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saw I have an old Stihl 041 which is a great saw for larger material. I needed a light weight saw for cutting smaller trees and limbs. This is a great lightweight saw that starts easily and cuts well. I cut dead cherry and peach wood which is very hard. I just let the saw do the work and it did a great job. The chain is a piece of cake to adjust. I may be a little concerned that the chain oiler doesn't deliver more oil to the chain, but the chain appears to be operating at a good temperature and the oil reservoir goes down.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for what is was designed for! Easy to start and light weight for those of us who have had shoulder surgeries. If you have trouble starting it, READ the instructions or have your dealer explain to you as mine did! Power is good for its size. You can cut down large tress with it like I have but this saw was not necessarily designed for that. Love the easy chain adjustment. Looked at “the competitors” but decided on my first Stihl as tired of throwing out other saws after one or two seasons... Not to mention a local repair shop is available. Even if a little more pricey, been worth it so far.
Date published: 2017-11-04
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