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.

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MS 251 C-BE is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 194.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It slices, dices, and makes julien fries! ok it wont make fries, but it cuts. I have owned this wonderful tool for a little over 2 years and used it a lot in the summer. The first year I felled 4 trees and cut them up for firewood, but down 2 dead standing trees, and a 2 pine trees. The second year I felled 2/3 of a tree and have it drying for firewood. I cut down an old multi-trunked willow. I cut several big, 16in to 20 in, rounds from a fallen willow. and cut up 4 very large branches from the same tree. I felled and bucked several smaller trees, I made a cut in a fallen tree to ease the pressure it was putting on my trailer. The last cut I made this year was a fresh cut on my Christmas tree. I only had trouble starting it 1 time and it was my fault it flooded. I am very happy with my saw.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features This is my first Stihl product. I bought this saw based on independent reviews as well as Stihl's reputation. I was not disappointed. I am really enjoying my new saw. It doesn't overdo the chain oil for one thing. Adjustments of chain tension are quick and on the spot...no tools necessary. It is very easy to start...in fact, that might be my only off-hand complaint is that I am so used to really yanking on the start cord that I've had to retrain myself to take it easy on this saw. This is definitely a saw that I will give a block of instruction on it's use before I ever loan it out.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard-working, easy-starting, dependable saw--excellent value for the price. I've owned and used an MS 251 C-BE for a year and a half now, and if it got lost or destroyed somehow I'd go buy another just like it.I use it as hard as I can imagine just about any home/farm owner using a saw of this size, clearing osage orange trees from several acres of long-overgrown pasture--cutting extremely hard, dense wood including a lot of stumps as close to the ground as I can get without outright being (intentionally) in the dirt. The saw has handled everything I've tried to cut, starts easily every time, and has stood up to the wear and tear of hard use.On the biggest trees, near the capacity of the bar, sometimes a little more power would speed things up--so if I were replacing this saw I guess I might also consider some of the larger models. But the price jump to those larger models would be a factor also; the 251 offers a lot of value for the priceMy only (and very minor) frustration with the saw involves the chain-tightening mechanism, which is simple and easy to use unless I'm wearing heavy gloves--which I always am and would rather not have to stop and take off for any reason until I'm really ready for a break. But I love the ability to tension the chain without tools, since it means less stuff I have to carry out to the woods and avoid losing. I just wish the adjusting latch and gear knob were larger so I could operate them while still wearing gloves.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be more pleased. Great, great little chainsaw that doesn't know it is a little chainsaw. Easy Start is absolutely wonderful....very powerful....chain doesn't loosen. It was more expensive than others I was looking at...but well worth it!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This chainsaw is very dependable I was looking for a saw that was light weight and easy to start. My first time out, I went through 3 tanks of gas and of course chain oil. I always had problems with previous Chainsaws that once they get warmed up they become hard starting. Not this model! It's easy starting mechanism stores energy like a wound top and releases on its own for an easy start! Starts every time hot or cold. I just love it. It also has a tool less chain adjustment that works great. The dealer did recommend using non-ethanol fuel. It costs more but is worth it. One of our gas stations in town had it. Needless to say I am very happy with this saws performance
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Saw This is my first purchase of a Stihl product. I noticed that a lot of professional wood cutters use them and the price was quite reasonable. Haven't used it yet for real heavy duty work but have run it for 3 or so hours dressing out and trimming 100+ cedar posts for sale to a cedar buyer. No problems so far. Starts easy, cuts very well. Will have to wait until spring for a heavy workout. Not as light as I had hoped but should be very manageable for an old geezer like me with the 16" bar.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw! This is saw is great! I own 200 acres of woods and own a couple of Stihl professional series saws. I was looking for a smaller light weight saw that was easier to use for smaller tasks and this saw more than does that. I've used it to fell small trees creating food plots and clearing spots for tree stands and now find myself using this saw over my pro series saws to cut logs for firewood. This saw has plenty of power and I love the easy start and chain adjustor. This saw is a must have!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I switched brands A couple of my local friends recommended the Stihl saws. I have been a long time owner of another brand. After buying a new one of the old brand I was so disappointed with it I switched to Stihl. My kids can't keep up with the splitting and stacking because I cut so much wood with this Stihl saw. This is a fabulous machine and I am so happy I switched. It can get serviced locally if I have any issues. Don't forget the Stihl oil it doubles the warranty and doesn't need stabilizers.
Date published: 2016-10-31
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