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Stihl MS251

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by kennyz, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. SAWMIKAZE

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    I like the 251 better as well.
     
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    have never run a 025 or a 251 closest thing to that I have is a 021 smaller but same "family" I think...I would think go up to 50cc at least used 026 if ya can find one or newer similar model....I think the 251 just a bit to homeowner grade for what ya doing...

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    I bought a like new 251 cheap with a .325 yellow chain and it was a very nice homeowner saw. I used it some last fall and flipped it. I liked it better than my 250 with a pico. I like my 026's with 16" bar so much I rarely use anything else.
     
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    I never heard of a brand new cheap MS 251. By the time you are through, it will cost you $400 from a Stihl dealer. Don't forget to add in sales tax.The 251 has a carb that tends to flood much too easily. After it does, you can pull forever and it will not start. The typical unflood-start strategies usually fail after it's flooded. Might as well set it down, leave it be, and come back the next day.
     
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    my next door neighbor has an ms 250, his one and only saw, uses wood for heat and has kept his house warm now for at least 6 years. On trip to the big city I saw a real clean one at my friends pawn shop and called him asking if he wanted it for $125 and he passed on it saying he does not need another the one he has is all that's necessary.
    i guess they are built the same as the ms180 which is my back saver for most small stuff, i bought the 180 used and can't kill it.
     
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    If it floods that easily there is something wrong with the carb. Get it fixed. I have never flooded a MS251. I paid list less 10% plus tax. NOT $400.
     
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    Stihl dealers here are selling them for $339.99.
     
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    I won't argue, but I can show you the original recveipt for $380 + plus sales tax that my late friend paid. The dealer tried to fix the flooding issue for him and charged another $100 for doing nothing to fix it. My friend passed away and I bought the saw from his widow for $250. I made carb adjustments to resolve the flooding issue. Simple owner fix now is to choke pull only once when cold. Two choke pulls will flood it. I have demonstrated this several times.

    Whenever it runs, it's OK. But, I'd rather have either one of the 025's that I sold.
     
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    http://www.farmandhomesupply.com/stihl-ms-251-wood-boss-chainsaw-w-18-bar.html
     
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    Not sure if you already picked up the 251, but there has been a “special” on 250’s. I just got one for under $300 new, yellow chain installed. I cut up a bunch of madrone with it last weekend. Seems like a great firewood saw to me.
     
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    Picked up the MS251C today.
    I discussed the MS250 with the dealer and he said that he had seen quite a few that as time went on, they became tough to pull the starter cord on. So, I went with the model with the EasyStart feature. I ain`t no spring chicken. LOL
     
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    We use our 251 all the time and never experienced that once...
     
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    I have a couple 251's & 250's. 251 is a strato saw & haven't had any issues. I do run the .325 & 16" bar (same setup as my 250). Mostly used on fence rows. You can find a good 026 for that price.
     
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    It only takes once for you to replace the saw with something else. I can make it happen all the time. The dealer shook his head, kept the hundred bucks, and told the last owner, "It's your problem."
     
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    I would choose a Dolmar 421 = Makita 4300 every second of the day over a Stihl 251. Pro built construction, easy start already included, full manganese case, WAY better deal than any 251. A few former pro members here used them proffesionally without any complaint after hundreds of hours of use. Contact the forum dealers @fordf150 or @166 for a nice deal.

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    Sounds better to me than a Stihl 251 C that the dealer could not fix and the late owner dropped another $100 to repair to no avail. So, $500 was poured into a Stihl clamshell that my Makits 520i can run circles around. I imagine the Makita 430 could do the same thing.
     
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    Bad Dealer.

    If a Makita 520i is 52cc perhaps you should consider trying to run circles around the new Stihl MS261c, which is still a smaller engine. Comparing a 45cc engine to a 52cc engine isn't exactly the same. Wasn't this thread about a MS251 with 45cc?
     
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    There is no no comparison between a Stihl 251 and a Stihl 261. One is a consumer/residential saw and the other is professional grade. All you need is another $300 to get the 261. Piece of cake, right?
     

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