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.)
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 ROLLOMATIC® E guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head 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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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 182reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to use and start This saw is well worth the money .I have the ms -251 saw and it is still a great saw. October 16, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Thumb wheel chain adjustment good idea but does not work I purchased this chain saw about 2 weeks ago. While it is easy to start and runs well the thumb wheel chain adjustment is of poor quality. When you try to adjust the chain tension the thumb wheel is very very difficult to move. I feel like it is going to break a part. I regret having purchasing this model as it does not work as intended. Wish I would have bought the cheaper manual adjustment model. October 11, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by This product has great features Saw starts and runs well, light easy to maintain. However the saw is short on power. If cutting a tree that takes the entire bar the saw runs out of power. Smaller trees do just fine. October 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Saw I Have Ever Owned!! I have used this saw for over 2 years now. I have never had any problems. I have cut many cords of wood. The saw has never failed to start or quit for no reason. I would recommend this saw to anyone who needs a dependable saw that's so easy to use. October 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Quick chain tensioner is a little tricky, but it works. This saw has worked well for me, Having a bad shoulder the Easy 2 Start system works very well. The fact is, it starts with very little effort. With very little vibration from the engine and, being light weight this is a great saw. September 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Primer bulb breaking and coming off After the first year of small tree/branch cutting, one of the hose connectors of the primer bulb broke and the saw leaked gas during refueling. Dealer replaced the primer bulb, but after two tanks of gas, it fell off on the ground. Dealer reinstalled the primer bulb and I'll cut some more 20" rounds tomorrow to see the fix was permanent. September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent choice im very proud of my decision on purchasing a stihl chainsaw. September 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It has cut everything I've put it to. This saw could use a little more power... Or I could buy a larger saw.It has cut everything that I've needed to cut, but not always like butter. I must keep in mind though, it's the 16 and larger stuff that is difficult. The material that is in the recommended range cuts fine.On the up-side, this thing is so easy to start that it's ridiculous. After the initial start, this thing is a 1 pull and you're off n cutting. Purrs like an angry kitten. August 30, 2016
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