MS 251 C-BE - $369.95 DSRP


Distributor Suggested Retail Price 18 in. Bar DSRP:  $369.95

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

The STIHL MS 251 C-BE Chainsaw is as powerful and fuel-efficient as the MS 251, but is also easy to start and adjust. Ergonomically designed to bring you maximum comfort during use, this tool produces 50 percent less emissions (as compared to previous models) for a smaller impact on the environment. The MS 251 C-BE packs features like Easy2Start™ technology and easy-to-refill fuel and oil tanks, s...Read More
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MS 251 C-BE 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.
Model Features
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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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.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

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.
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    5605 007 1028

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MS 251 C-BE is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 207.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Homeowner review FYI.....It's a Stihl! If your reading reviews to see if it's for you...I am highly recommending the MS-251B-CE! For a reliable, light, easy to start chainsaw well worth the money. I live in the woods and comes in handy! You definitely get what you pay for!!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic product This saw is amazing. So easy to start and chain adjustment is made so easy. Lightweight and dependable. I highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw! *** MS 251 CB-E ***I like this chainsaw very much. It has the Stihl quality and characteristics of all the top end professional saws by Stihl but at an affordable homeowner price. Stihl is a great manufacturer that does not sacrifice quality on its less expensive equipment. This saw has great power, is dependable and feels better to handle than the competitors. The only characteristic feature that I am not completely satisfied with is the "Easy2Start" feature. Its difficult to cold start with the delayed reaction of the pull and starting, especially when the saw is cold trying to get it to start. You can literally wait 2 seconds between when you pull the cord and then hear the saw try to start and when its cold this can be problematic. When the saw is warm this feature is not an issue though. Overall I love this chainsaw but would rather not have the Easy2Start feature.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chain saw for home use Bought this as a replacement for my 9 year old 250 model that needed lots of repairs. Used this to cut down an 8+ inch diameter part of a birch tree and it did a good clean job. Saw is easy to start and runs evenly.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw I have every owned!! Beest saw I have owned. Decided to quit paying for craftsman every 2 years. Well worth every penny
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best small saw i have ever had! The easy start feature works so well..!! A wonderful easy to start saw with lots of power. I am thrilled with how this saw works…if it lasts for years and tears like my other Stihl saws have, I will 200% satisfied. Right now after one month and about 3 cords of wood cut so far i am very very happy. Thank You, L J, Williams, Oregon USA
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl and Good Saw For a small saw, it is very effective and has plenty of power. The easy start is really nice, even too good to be true. The tool-less chain adjust is another positive, I am still not use to it, but like not looking for a scrinch out in the woods.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth & easy operation This is my 3rd Stihl. First one worked like a dream until it was stolen. The Second I still own and am giving it to my son-in-law. This last one will probably outlast me. All three have been a pleasure to work with and reliable day-in, day-out.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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