MS 201 T C-M - $639.95 DSRP



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Advanced arborist chainsaw with a top handle and STIHL M-Tronic™ technology.

The hardworking MS 201 T C-M delivers smart technology in the form of STIHL M-Tronic™ – an intelligent engine management system that automatically adapts to changes in environmental factors such as fuel quality and altitude. The result is a reliable and fuel-efficient machine that performs optimally in various conditions. With a superior power-to-weight ratio and the addition of a top handle, the ...Read More
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MS 201 T C-M Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in)
ENGINE POWER 1.8 kW (2.41 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 3.71 kg (8.16 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 310 cc (10.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 63 PS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E or
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Light
POWER SOURCE Gas
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 based on which power head it is installed on.
Model Features
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    STIHL M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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    Built-in retractable carry ring 
    The built-in carry handle makes it convenient and easy to maneuver in and out of trees.
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    Top handle (T)
    The top-handle model is specially designed for in-tree professional use only!
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    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.
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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.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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    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.
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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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    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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MS 201 T C-M is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from MS-201 TC This machine was sold to me as the best on the market with it's easy start. I have only used it 3-4 times and each time I spend half a day trying to get it started. It is just as well I am not trying to start this whilst I am half way up a tree. In fact I can't bare to have another encounter with it. Unfortunately my 16 year old dependable Dolmar chainsaw was stolen and I can see why now as this expensive piece of equipment is no substitute.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent but... I've owned my 201T (2016 model) for several months and have cut over 200 trees clearing pastures in my farm. Anything from 1/2 inch to 6” trunks. One of the best qualities is the weight which I can carry easily and don’t get fatigued like with bigger saws. I have had no major issues (knock on wood) except I have noticed its sometimes hard to get going. I never had that with the 200T. That said, I do care for my saws by cleaning thoroughly after each use. I don’t let saw dust build around the saw like I’ve seen most professional’s do. The 201T is exactly what I needed and so far seems to perform well. Maybe the issues with starting will work itself out. My other saws are MS880, MS461 and MS291 which are all too heavy for this kind of work.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All the good reviews were put here by the manufacturer I have been using Stihl chainsaws exclusively for my tree care company for the last 15 years. I have always been a huge advocate for their equipment quality. However, since they started seemingly every year or two coming out with a new version of a saw the quality has really gone downhill. The 200T was a great saw. The 201T was definitely a durability and reliability downgrade and overall very disappointing after having used the 200T. Then they recently stopped supplying the 201T for this new version which has the "M-Tronic" system. I have purchased two of them in the passed couple months and had the same problems with both. They work at first and then just start having massive problems. I am used to their products delivering for me for at least a few months. These saws lasted literally all of two weeks each. Since then they have been in the shop waiting on parts which are on "back order" undoubtedly because I'm not the only one having these problems. They need to address these problems ASAP or I will be finding another manufacturer to purchase my saws from. I know they have EPA requirements that they are trying to attain, but a chainsaw needs to work. Especially the professional level saw. I am not he kind of person who just complains about things, but I am extremely disappointed by what I have experienced with this M-Tronic system and how the company has responded.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power and handling are excellent! I admit it -- I overuse this chainsaw, but only because it's so good. I used a MS 192 TC in the past and never had a problem. However, the 201 provides more power, allowing me to trim trees that much quicker. I see mixed reviews of some with starting problems, but mine has been fine, starting on the first or second pull every time, warm or cold. Thus, I'm impressed that the M-Tronic system seems to work well. So far I've trimmed over 100 trees and even cut down at least 40 smaller ones (often 10 inches or less). Finally, whenever a storm comes to town, this is a great saw for cutting the limbs down to a size and weight that others can handle for loading. Pricey, but oh, so worth it!
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid but boggs down One of the best tree saws you can get from Stihl. While I still also love the 150 for quick operations, the 201 can do most of your work besides tight, awkward unions and chunking down a large stem. The 201 will most likely bogg down when the stem size is near 3/4 your 16" bar length. You have to pay close attention to your oiler as well and can get clogged if doing excessive cutting. Overall good saw and easy to work on
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great saw when stays running Alot of power compared to the 201. This saw stahls all the time, the idle is too high and take 6-7 pulls to start. The saw was perfect when new, now only 3 months later it gives me many problems. Also my 362 mtronic does the exact same thing (stalls and is hard to restart(
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work all day without getting tired with my 201T CM This is my first Stihl top handle saw. I am no stranger to in tree work or professional landscaping. I've purchased this saw to work on my parent's land. They own 20 acres of coastal Redwoods with Tanoak, Madrone, and Douglas Fir intermixed. The hillsides are very steep and require ropes to work some spots. This saw does the trick and is so much safer than my 029 or 391 for that application.So far my saw has started every time the first pull. After following the instructions from my Stihl guy for initial set up of the M Tronic carb it has run perfectly.I'm actually day dreaming about next Saturday when I get to use my saw again.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 weeks 3 times in the shop. Purchased a 201tc on a friday. By the following tuesday it wasnt oiling. Took it to the dealer and it began oiling for them so they gave it back. Two days later the saw was not oiling again. Brought it to the dealer and they replaced the oiler. Again 2 days later it stopped oiling. Took it back to the dealer and they replaced a breather. Now it just oils sporadically. Very frustrating.
Date published: 2016-05-19
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