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MS 201 C-E

MS 201 C-E
A lightweight, low-emission chainsaw with STIHL Easy2Start™ that packs the power pros need.

Model Features

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.


35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in.)
1.8 kW (2.41 bhp)
4.1 kg (8.82 lbs.)
310 cc (10.5 oz.)
220 cc (7.4 oz.)
63 PS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL recommends #3616 (63 PS3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 7409 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.

Important Information

WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.

* 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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Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 9reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by One saw for every tree! This saw does everything I need on 10 partially wooded acres, from brush to 24" diameter trees. Starts quickly, cuts way beyond its engine size with huge torque, light weight for handling between cuts. Best Stihl and best saw I've used. October 8, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Poor power, not worth the high price. I did a fair amount of research before buying this saw. I was looking for a lightweight, high quality, easy starting saw, with the best power to weight ratio I could find, and was willing to pay the higher price to get these features. Unfortunately, this saw does not have the power I expected. It bogs down quickly if you apply even modest pressure while cutting at full throttle. The dealer said the power would improve after about 10 tanks. I'm now at nearly 20 tanks with little or no improvement in power. Considering the high cost of this saw, the value is poor. I believe my brothers MS180 cuts better and was a lot cheaper. Although not a professionaI, I have experience with several different Stihl saws, the MS201 being the most expensive and least powerful. June 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good light weight saw that is easy to handle Great little saw, light and easy to use. Starts easy and has good power. Keep your blades sharp and this baby will cut like butter. May 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 201 is a great lightweight saw I volunteer each week cutting up and burning invasives in forest preserves. I drop and cut up trees from 1-14 inches, for hours at a stretch. My 261 is too heavy. I had a 192 that was light…the reduced weight does make a huge difference. But I wanted some more power, and the 201 has much more power than a 192. Now I have lightness and power. The 201 has a heat diverter by the carb for cold weather running (I work in sub-freezing weather and starting is no problem at all.) I’ve never had to move the adjustment screws. The clutch is on the OUTSIDE of the sprocket - it looks weird but it works fine. I use a Stihl carbide chain. It's nicer than a standard chain, but is not magic. I use a lightweight polymer bar too. September 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst piece of equipment I have ever owned I have had nothing but issues with this for years. Rarely starts when you want it to. I use non-ethanol gas.I spend more time trying to get this started then I do actually using it.Going to see if I can get $25 towards any other chainsaw. August 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by A good idea, poorly executed The idea of this saw seems like a good one; a lightweight, small, professional quality saw. It lacks the power necessary to do any serious cutting, and the anti-vibe systems prevents you from applying any leverage while cutting. It is an overpriced under-performing saw. October 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice saw but ....... Having higher expectations, I would rate it somewhere between average and good but gave Stihl benefit of the doubt since I like to use their products:Had a MS 200 for several years which barked with power for a little saw. The time came when I had to unfortunately finally retire the MS 200 learning it was no longer available and replaced by the newer MS201. I bought the MS 201 and after 5 min of use realized it was shy of replacing the power of my MS 200. Wish I could buy up a few discontinued MS 200's and squirrel them away for a rainy day while the tree huggers continue patting themselves on the back for new emission standards. The specs. indicate this saw to be more fuel efficient but if I have to run and rev the saw longer to make the same cut what are we really accomplishing? June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of power, small package I carve stuff out of wood with chainsaws. This is one of my go-to saws. The other is its predecessor a stihl MS 200. Both are reliable lightweight cutting little monsters. I own 4 other saws that tend to collect dust just because these two are so easy to cut with and won't make you feel like an old rag after 8 hours of continous work. The 201 is a good bit better on fuel and has an easier to clean air filter with a shock dampening system that refuses to translate jolts to your arms. The 200 is just a bit lighter, but I wouldn't trade either for any other saw that I know of. December 6, 2012

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