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Is the MS251 a good step up from a 180?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Overkill338, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Overkill338

    Overkill338 ArboristSite Operative

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    I have a chance to get a MS251 Wood Boss, that's only been used since November. Is this a good step up from my MS180, or should I go for something in the Farm & Ranch line? I ask that because I've been drooling over the MS271, but there is a huge price difference.

    You guys seem to be a huge wealth of knowledge, so I value your opinions.

    My uses are, I help cut fire wood for families that need it, as well help my father-in-law cut his fire wood. I trim trees, clear lots and also help when storms cause damage. I'm by no means a pro logger.
     
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    What kind of money for the 251? Are you trying to stay with Stihl?
     
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    Overkill338 ArboristSite Operative

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    $225 for the 251,and I'd prefer a Stihl. I've tried my father-in-law's 445 and 450 Huskys and I just don't care for them. My 180 replaced a Mac 3516 and man'o man what a difference.
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Do it. Keep the MS 180 for back up and limbing.

    The MS 250/251 series are great saws. Reliable. Great value. Significant step up in power from the MS 180.

    The MS 271 does not have as good of a reputation.

    Philbert
     
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    Yes, a 251 is a lot more saw than a 180.
     
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    Put up the serial number off of the ms251
     
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    I have both.
    The MS250 is definitely a better all rounder.

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
     
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    A Ms250 251 is a huge step up, its the best saw Stihl made unless its a pro saw. Cut almost as fast as the gutless MS290 and was 3# lighter. Steve
     
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    I like my MS251, but I'm just a homeowner- not a pro.
     
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    My wife was a pro....
     
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    Another vote for the MS251 - with a sharp chain you will very happy.
     
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    I keep a 250 close by the mill...it is a dependable, lightweight saw that gets used on a regular basis much more than the rest of the stable
     
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    Thanks fellas.

    What's the difference in the 250, 251 Wood Boss and 251 C-BE?
     
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    I would get a ms250 before the ms251....ms250’is a damn good saw for what it is
     
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    I'm the opposite, liking the MS251 better.

    So there you go, both good saws take your pic!
     
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    I hope she does not read your post on AS. Tom
     
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    Different model years. Or 'features' like easy start, or tooless chain tensioner.

    Philbert
     
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    I got to handle a MS241 and fell in love. It feels not much heavier than my 180's, but had a lot more power and seems to be built a lot better.

    I think I may just pass on the 251 and put that cash towards a 241. I'll drop a hint to the wife since my birthday is in April lol
     
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    MS241 is a great choice! If it's in the budget, always get the pro saw. Metal cases, stronger gears ect... If you're a guy who keeps saws a long time you will get your invest back with the pro saw. On the other hand, if you decide to go with a cheaper saw, I would definitely go ms250 over the 251. Tried and true. Great saw for the money!
     
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    Ill definitely be keeping it! I try to even feed them well. I use 99 octane, ethanol free gas and only Stihl synthetic oil. I watched a video on the 241 and I liked the idea of the metal case. Fall & winter I use them almost every day. So I want a saw that will be with me for years.
     
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