LumberJocks

Stihl 251 C

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by TZH posted 07-06-2017 02:37 AM 467 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View TZH's profile

TZH

548 posts in 2950 days


07-06-2017 02:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question chainsaw carving milling cutting arts and crafts rustic

Just sold my Stihl MS 440 bad boy chainsaw today because it was just too big for me to handle any longer at my age. Am looking to downsize, and am considering the Stihl MS 251 C as a replacement. Thing is, I’m wondering if anyone has any ideas, suggestions, recommendations on whether or not this is the right chainsaw for me, if anyone has had experiences (good or bad) with this chainsaw, or maybe if there’s a better one at comparable prices?

Thanks in advance.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On


14 replies so far

View GR8HUNTER's profile

GR8HUNTER

2866 posts in 522 days


#1 posted 07-06-2017 03:00 AM

I fell for the hype of the smaller mini boss think its the 180c ….never runs …leaks oil …took it to a stihl dealer charged me almost 80.00 and it still don’t run …and still leaks oil LMAO :<)) I have an eager beaver at camp that always starts right up think that’s a McCulloch

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

View TZH's profile

TZH

548 posts in 2950 days


#2 posted 07-06-2017 03:37 AM

GR8HUNTER, we also have an MS 180 C with the same problem. It’s a design flaw because Stihl put the gas chamber inside the motor head and it gets so hot it won’t run after awhile. This is according to our small engine repair guy. He said the problem can’t be fixed completely but can be minimized. Hoping he’s right because that saw was a perfect size for my wife.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

View Tennessee's profile

Tennessee

2544 posts in 2324 days


#3 posted 07-06-2017 12:07 PM

I have a older MS 270, so no help here.
But, looking at the specs on the Stihl website, you are only gaining about two pounds moving from the 440 down to the 251 C. And as the comments above me show, some of the smaller Stihl saws are not that good.

I can tell you that I’ve had seven large trees removed from my property over the last 10 years, most of them 60-90 feet tall. None of the three companies I hired used Stihl saws in the air. Biggest complaint: Large ones are too heavy, small ones not dependable. What I did see was a lot of Husqvarna saws in the air, with a lot of larger (heavy) Stihl saws for on the ground work.

MS-440, 6.3 KGs, 13.88 lbs.
MS-251 C, 5.2Kgs, 11.46 lbs.
My old MS-270, 5.6 Kgs., 12.34 lbs.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

16689 posts in 1666 days


#4 posted 07-06-2017 12:39 PM

I’ve not held or used a 251 C. I have held a smaller C saw. I’m not a huge fan of the starter system or the chain adjustment system. It’s all done with little crank handles instead of wrenches and screwdrivers. I have an almost 20 year old 025 that still runs strong and recently I bought an MS 291 with 20” bar. That’s a great saw too. I think I would stay away from the C badges. i think I would recommend either an MS 250 or MS 251.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View PPK's profile

PPK

821 posts in 619 days


#5 posted 07-06-2017 01:26 PM

I’ve got the Stihl MS 250 (not the C). Love it. Initially I had some problems with it flooding, but took it in to be serviced and found that I’m just used to having to try hard to start older engines and I was choking it too much. Operator error :-)

16” bar, and its pretty lightweight. Basic saw. Very good quality. It does leak a bit of bar and chain oil, but I think I chipped the cap, so that’s not its fault.

-- Pete

View GR8HUNTER's profile

GR8HUNTER

2866 posts in 522 days


#6 posted 07-06-2017 01:34 PM

yeah not sure what it is I also own brush cutter ,hedge trimmer ,and a blower ,,that are simply great tools ,BUT the 180c just sits on the shelf leaking oil ….damn shame :<((

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

View Kensie's profile

Kensie

3 posts in 134 days


#7 posted 07-06-2017 01:49 PM

I think the first question to ask is how much your willing to spend? There are a lot of good Stihl saws right around the 50cc mark, but you have homeowner, Farm/Ranch, and professional saws, with each level increasing in quality and value as you go up to pro saws.

But as was mentioned earlier Husqvarna saws do tend to carry a little less weight, but to get a good husqvarna you have to go in at a higher price point

-- I am a collector or vintage chainsaws, there is nothing like that old school magnesium!

View TZH's profile

TZH

548 posts in 2950 days


#8 posted 07-06-2017 03:02 PM

Thanks to everyone for your feedback.

Right now, I’m still leaning toward the MS 251 C. We have a local dealer here that’s running a Christmas in July sale Saturday with 15% off everything in the store including Stihl chainsaws. Normal retail on the 251 C is $370. With 15% off, the out the door price would be around $314. I’m kinda thinking this makes it a no-brainer.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

View Kensie's profile

Kensie

3 posts in 134 days


#9 posted 07-06-2017 03:17 PM

For $314 you can’t hardly beat that, the 251 is a great homeowner Saw, but you won’t be able to run it like you did your 440 that’s for sure, but as long as your not cutting down 18”+ diameter trees on a regular basis you will be just fine :)

-- I am a collector or vintage chainsaws, there is nothing like that old school magnesium!

View TZH's profile

TZH

548 posts in 2950 days


#10 posted 07-06-2017 03:28 PM

That’s one of the reasons I let my 440 go is because I’m too dang old to do what I used to do any longer. When we bought our place back in ‘02, we engaged in fire mitigation and the 440 was definitely justified and something I could handle. We ain’t doing fire mitigation any more, but will be cutting a few trees here and there as they die off. Other than that, the saw will be used mostly in my woodworking hobby, so am thinking this saw would be a very good fit.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

View Kensie's profile

Kensie

3 posts in 134 days


#11 posted 07-06-2017 06:43 PM

Sounds like it to me, let me know how that chain adjuster works out, it seems kind of gimmicky to me.

-- I am a collector or vintage chainsaws, there is nothing like that old school magnesium!

View MrUnix's profile (online now)

MrUnix

5895 posts in 2008 days


#12 posted 07-06-2017 06:48 PM

I’ve got a Stihl with one of those tool-less chain adjusters… and really like it. Keep in mind, that it not only is to adjust the chain, but also to keep the side cover on – no wrenches needed. You do need a flat head screwdriver to flip the bar though. It makes it super easy to clean out clogs and crud in the field.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I also have an Echo and a Poulan wild-thing… which don’t get used as much as the Stihl.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View Kirk650's profile

Kirk650

504 posts in 558 days


#13 posted 07-06-2017 11:35 PM

I have a heavy old Stihl Farm Boss, with 20 inch bar. Then I got an MS180C with 16 inch bar. I use them both quite a bit, along with my electric chain sharpener. I reach for the MS180C first, if it isn’t a real big job. I will say that under a heavy load for an extended time, the little saw did shut down once when it got real hot. I was gonna let it cool down and try to fire it up again, but got to doing something else and sort of smushed the saw with my tractor. Wasn’t a terminal smush, so I got it fixed and I’m back to using it.

I have Echo and Stihl products, and prefer the Stihl. And I like the gimmicky looking chain tightener on my small Stihl.

View dhazelton's profile

dhazelton

2595 posts in 2106 days


#14 posted 07-06-2017 11:43 PM

I have the MS250 with 16 inch bar and it’s a great running saw. If I were looking for a saw today just to cut a small amount of firewood I would go cordless electric.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com