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 (3.0 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 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.

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MS 251 C-BE is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 283.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice This starts easy. The chains are a little soft IMO. Other than that it's a decent saw
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the easy start I really needed a lighter saw than the Farm Boss that was easier to start. This one fits my needs exactly. Very happy with the saw.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets my needs for high end home owner saw. My needs range from tree limbing to trunk bucking. The MS251 with 18 inch bar cut through trunks up to 20" with no hesitation. It is new with new chain so it made the cutting easy I know. However it did not hesitate or lose power during the cut. The saw is light enough that topping was not fatiguing. When you're on the north side of 65, that is a major plus. All in all, the 251 has the power to do the job I need while being easy to handle
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Last saw I'll ever buy!!! Could not believe how easy this saw starts. Great size for home and small farm use. I have owned several other brands but none of the easy of operation and reliability of this saw.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw I've had this saw for a month now and it has been great. I use it in the mountains for clean up and felling pine, and it is just the right combination for me of power and weight. Glad I bought it!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best chainsaw I've ever owned. I've had several chainsaws over the years. Back in 79 I naught a Mac 10. That was a good saw. After that several other saws but they all gave me trouble. This saw starts every time even after not using it for several months. That is what I wanted and Stihl came through.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy starting Easiest chain saw to start that i have ever owned. When warmed up, just follow normal start up procedures without priming and you are good to go. Make sure not to tighten chain too much or you will stall it. I have had good luck holding the saw at all angles when cutting without issue.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 251 C-BE Great product, easy to maintain and work with. Has ample power for hardwoods
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Start, Nice Feel, So Far So Good! I've only used my new MS 251 C-BE a couple of times so far. Very impressed with the easy start, and the balance and feel of the saw. I decided for my use to go with the higher end of the home owner line, and I think I made the right choice as I'll be doing a bit more firewood cutting than I initially expected. I worried that this saw might be too heavy but have found it very comfortable to use. I'd definitely recommend this saw to others.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, easy starting and with 18 bar perfect Had a medium tree (18 inch wide 20 foot tall) and with an 18 inch bar this Stihl ran almost non stop for 6 hiurs cutting everything with no issues. So to say I am happy is an understatement. Great product and great price.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wrong tool for the job. This saw is great, it is dependable and does exactly what it expected. The problem was me."I needed a stronger saw", and overestimated it's ability, as advertised. Therefore, I use this saw as often as posable. Anything bigger, I go bigger.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from picking this saw is a no brainer. Easy to start and adjust. Great saw. Love it's convenience and ease of use. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great saw! I have had a chance to use this saw to cut down 9 trees this passed week.. It starts well runs great and is hard working. I used it on spruce, locus, pine, apple and maple with no issues. Some of the trees were larger then the blade length and I had no trouble cutting them. The easy start is a blessing for us older folks. The tool less adjusting feature is also a supper feature.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's that easy, starts easy, easy to handle. After shoulder surgery on both shoulders I needed something that would start easy and not weigh alot. This is the perfect saw to maintain my 7 acres.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs a little push Starting - 5 stars Ease of use - 5 starsPower in the pinch - 3 stars Brand new - 2 days old - never started. First couple of pulls - starts like a champ.Start cutting dead pine - runs o.k.Bogs and stops very easily. It's pine. It's dead. It's rotting with bugs. Stihl bogs down. Chain tensions are easy to do. Flip top oil and gas caps are awesome. I just don't get why it bogs down so fast. Almost afraid to put it to hard wood. I am STIHL very pleased with the product in general. Keep up the good work
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific chain saw Best chain saw I ever owned ,,, this saw has easy start it usually starts first pull,, a great feature!I've owned 3 chain saws in my life ,,, this saw is by far the most balanced saw I ever used.. chain cut all day cutting down a large tree,,, still sharp as when I started.It's outstanding..
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chainsaw I've ever owned. Best chainsaw I've ever owned. It's takes all my self control, not to cut every tree down in the neighborhood! Last fall I ran this saw for 10 hours and it performed like a dream.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I learned that over the years although I have owned several chainsaws, I never owned a REAL chainsaw. Awesome!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Chain Saw Great saw ! Lots of power. Not too heavy. Chain is easy to adjust. Vibration dampener works.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding small saw Amazing performance from chain sharpness to power. Bought this for smaller jobs around the yard and found out it's great for some of the heavier projects I have too.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful with low maintenance.E Easy to operate, has an easy start, runs smooth. I previously owned a 250 MS and had trouble starting the saw. I was elated to find out the 251 C-BE was a saw that was easy start. It starts on the first pull. While using I noticed that it was very easy on bar oil and gas.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw and perfect for my use. I am a woodturner and harvest logs that will end up being a bowl, platter or something else. I needed a saw that cut cleanly and handle various types of wood with ease.I need to cut cross grain to get the log to the right size and then I need cut down through the pith (center of the log). Then trim the piece into the rough size to fit in my band saw. Before I cut each log I need to see which way the grain will run in the finished product. So it means lots of stop and go for the saw. Also lots of turning of the wood.This saw works great and the "easy start" is perfect for all the stopping and restarting. It is light weight enough to get the correct cutting directions on each log.I am sure real loggers will like this saw as well.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this saw. I really like this saw. It has enough power work do all the work I need it to. The easy start is worth the money
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used a couple of times now and worlds better than prior basic saw. What took the prior saw close to 2 hours, I was able to complete in about 20 minutes. So easy to start !
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Chainsaw I ever had I have a lot of junk chain saws laying around from a lot of different manufacturers. The Stihl is the easiest starting most efficient chainsaw I have ever used. I has plenty of power for most jobs and it won't vibrate you until you teeth fall out. I have had this saw for a little over a year now and have been very pleased with it.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect mid-size saw Had my MS251C-BE saw for a few weeks now. Love the easy start feature. Jury still out on the easy chain tightening feature. Must say that I have only had to tighten the chain twice. Adequate power for my needs.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the occasional homeowner use The first tree was a fallen locust which can be tough because its a really hard wood. It cut through fine
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This thing eats like butter, cranks really easily and is easy to use you can't go wrong really awesome saw.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for small jobs This chainsaw is great for small jobs (<1 hour). The engine is small but adequate for minor tasks. I have to sharpen the chain after each hour of use but it works fine. The easy start feature is superb and the no tool chain tensioner is great as well.
Date published: 2017-04-24
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