Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw Review

Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw cutting timber

Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw

First introduced in 2002 the MS 250 remains in the Stihl catalogue for 2020. Evidently a popular saw with Stihl customers. Powerful, easy to start, dependable and easy to use, it’s no wonder it’s remained in the Stihl catalogue for such a long time.

Used machines are widely available on Internet sales sites such as Ebay. The MS 250 is well known for it’s durability and this is reflected in a strong used price point. You might not find an absolute bargain but you can be certain of buying a reliable saw.

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Spare parts are available by the truck load. Whether you are looking for genuine spares or cheaper third party replacements you won’t be disappointed when shopping online.

Who is the Stihl MS 250 Suitable For?

The most powerful among all the STIHL occasional use chain saws, the STIHL MS 250 is perfect for demanding homeowners who are looking for something light yet perfectly capable of heavy-duty work.

Cutting down large branches and even most trunks is not a problem for the MS 250; you just need to get a longer bar for the job. However, it may take a longer time to complete bigger cuts compared to using a professional chain saw.

Some people have the notion that a heavyweight chain saw with greater power output would be a better investment as it can perform heavier tasks.

What they don’t realize is that no homeowner uses the full capacity of their chain saw all the time. A heavy chain saw can be cumbersome when employed for lesser chores around the house. A more powerful saw can also present the operator with increased safety issues, check out our chainsaw safety equipment article for tips.

The STIHL MS 250 poses no such problem. Owners of this chain saw would especially appreciate its agility when using it for pruning work.

The MS 250 is so nimble that it can be easily maneuvered this way and that in order to reach branches sitting at odd angles.

Simple clearing and clean up duties can be performed effortlessly, thus greatly increasing work productivity.

Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw Features

Apart from showcasing all the standard features of a STIHL chain saw, the most notable quality of the STIHL MS 250 is that it packs a really serious punch while still being incredibly lightweight (4.6 kg).

Buyers should also take note that the STIHL MS 250 is an improved version of the MS 230.

The only major difference between the two is the upgrade in power output; 2.3 kW for the MS 250 and 2.0 kW for the MS 230.

Otherwise, they are very much similar. So if you already own a STIHL MS 230, getting the MS 250 might not be worth your while.

Stihl MS 250 Availability and Spares

There’s a good trade in used Stihl MS 250 machines alive and well on Ebay, check out the prices before you invest in a brand new machine.

If you purchase a Stihl MS 250 today you can be certain that spares and consumables will be available for many years to come.

There are almost 100 genuine Stihl spares listed on Ebay for the MS 250. Whatever you are looking for check the price on Ebay first.

There’s no need to worry if genuine spares are too much for your pocket, check out the Ebay prices on over 4000 third party replacement spares.

Replacement Parts on Ebay

Stihl MS250 Cylinder and Piston Kit
Cylinder and Piston Kit
Stihl MS250 Muffler
Stihl MS250 Fuel filter
Fuel filter
Stihl MS250 Walbro Carburetor
Walbro Carburetor
Stihl MS250 Zama Carburetor
Zama Carburetor
Stihl MS250 Air Filter
Air Filter
Stihl MS250 Ignition Module
Ignition Module
Stihl MS250 NGK BPMR7A Spark Plug
NGK BPMR7A Spark Plug
Stihl MS250 Bosch WSR6F Spark Plug
Bosch WSR6F Spark Plug

Stihl MS 250 Manuals

Stihl MS250 Operators Manual
Operators Manual
Stihl MS250 Parts Manual
Parts Manual
Stihl MS250 Workshop Manual
Workshop Manual

Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw Specifications

Model NameStihl MS 250
Engine Typesingle-cylinder two-stroke
Engine Capacity45.4 cc, 2.77
Cylinder Bore42.5 mm, 1.7 in
Piston Stroke32 mm, 1.26 in
Ignition TypeElectronic (breakerless) magneto
Spark Plug TypeBosch WSR6F or NGK BPMR7A
Spark Plug Gap0.5 mm, 0.02 in
Carburetor TypeWalbro WT-215, Walbro WT-286, Zama C1Q-S75, Zama C1Q-S76, Zama C1Q-S77
Fuel Tank Capacity0.47 litre
Fuel Mixture50:1 with Stihl two-stroke oil
Weight4.6 kg, 10.1 lb
Catalytic ConverterNo
Chain Lubrication TypeAutomatic oil pump
Oil Tank Capacity0.2 litre

Positive comments about the MS 250

  • Easy to start and lightweight.
  • Absorbs vibration well, making it easier to use for longer.
  • The MS250 has plenty of power at 45cc.
  • Great performance. Easy starting. Managed vibration.

Negative comments about the MS 250

  • Chain-tightening dial is poorly designed.
  • Paint chips off the bar too easily.
  • Exhaust discolors the chain adjustment cover.
  • Engine kicks back on the recoil handle when starting a warm engine.