MS 201 T C-M - $659.95 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 (2.15 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
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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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MS 201 T C-M is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware I own 4 ms200t ‘s (the best top handle saw hands down) ms191t ms290 ms441 ms661 ms880. I used to own the ms660 and when they changed to the 661 I was impressed so I went and got the ms201. The worst mistake I could’ve made. It doesn’t give you the performance that you need when your in a tree specially when you need to cut something fast it’s week it doesn’t even sound good. The echo top handle saw even runs better and that’s sad. The dealer said it was because of the emissions stihl has to follow as a hole so I don’t know why they didn’t leave the professional saws alone and make one or some of those homeowner saws more crappy. Most of the tree guys around here are going with the husky top handle saws because of the poor Performance the 201 has I bleed stihl and I hope that they will put there #1 top handle saws back on the map. Hopefully my 200t’s will last till that happens. Other that that 201t stihl is the best. I also have 4 stihl br600’s Awesome 4 fs110’s awesome hl100 hs81 awesome fc110 and fc111 all awesome. Just don’t know what happened to that 201t.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I waited until sorted out, mine is faultless! Great power, starts well, well balanced, cuts great! I read reviews for couple of years as they changed from old carb version, which had great reviews! the new electronics had some bugs, but could be modified to work. But latest version is great with NO mods needed! Starts great, idles fine. But it sings through big power band.This saw cuts great and is very nimble. But the newest version really winds up like the old versions after they were ported and advanced timing. This saw cuts as well as they ever did in this size! I thought I may have missed out on great original 200T. But this saw cuts as good as any and the fuel injection works really well. I feel really lucky that I waited and got the best in tree saw ever! My first Stihl is an 032AVE and still sings like a race motor with power. The new ms201TCM is a perfect light compliment. I bet they both are inherited, happily!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This puppy rips This saw replaced my well loved MS192T and it's a night and day difference in performance. I have used it for delimbing both in the tree and on the ground and it's always up to the task. Mine is sporting a 14" bar and I'd keep it that way. Easy to start, plenty of power, and easy on the arms. I am amazed at how easily this little saw eats its way through anything you throw at it. It is slowly becoming my favorite saw in my collection.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great climbing saw its lighter then my 200 but in stock form didn't have the power but after a few mods it cutting almost the same but lighter weight for climbing and i retire the 200 for the bucket
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw for a climber I would absolutely recommend the sthil 201t cm to anyone who is serious about tree climbing and trimming.the power to weight ratio of this saw is unbelievable. Also the staff at broadwater trading company is great,they are always friendly and helpful.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mistake Stihl has many great saws until the ms 201 Tcm. Why change the formula whn you done figured it out long ago. Whn I bought it I told the salesman I just don’t know about this ideal with this saw. So it sits ,now I use 355 no problems .
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SAW. I waited a year or longer for Stihl to work the bugs out of it and started talking to climbers for a few large tree company's in my area.Asked them if Stihl got the bugs out of this saw.The answer's were all positive they said this is the only saw they use for climbing.They love the power and fuel economy.So that was what I was waiting for bought one and love it.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BUY 2, Starting Issues The saw always started first or second pull, and worked beyond expectation, however if I turned the saw off, there was no chance at re-starting the saw. After waiting a unknown amount of time - overnight - the saw would once again start flawlessly, and perform beyond expectation. However, if I turned it off for any reason, I would have to wait overnight to use it again, or an hour or two.I kicked the saw in after owning it for a year. I liked the saw so much for in tree use, that I am tempted to buy it again to see if I have the same problem.This was my first saw, ever, and I am not sure if the 3 tank break in period was the cause, or if I ran the chain too tight the first couple of tanks. What ever the cause, the saw is in my garage with the handle all kicked in.
Date published: 2017-12-22
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