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 (3.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 5.3 kg (11.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 390 cc (13.2 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 198 cc (6.7 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
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 313.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The chain saw I waited to buy and put to real use ... I wanted a chain saw for light yard use at my property to take out small trees and shrubs. Also wanted one that would start easy and the C-BE product surely helps.Its a good saw and the folks at Rural King were real good in terms to helping to learn how to use it. On the first day of actual use, about an hour before finishing up the starter rope pulled completely out. We took it back and it was a Saturday evening and there was nobody who could fix it. They were kind enough to replace the rope section so we could work on Sunday. I need to take it back and get it set right.The saw is a strong one and I will let you know more about it as I use it.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Engine Good Enough for Warranty Period I purchased a Stihl saw after 10 years of owning another brand of saw. I was doing a little better off financially since my last purchase, so decided to invest some in what I thought was a better quality saw. After a day or two looking at my local dealer, I settled on a 251C 18” bar Stihl. They shop showed me how to use it, crank it, add oil, etc. I thought I was well versed and went home happy. This machine cut trees with ease for about 3 years or 25 hours of use (light user)and thought this was a solid machine. Unknown to me was a flaw that was explained after it was too late. You cannot idle these machines for very long with the chain stopped. They are designed for the engine to over power the break during idle which causes friction, thus heat. After 5-10 minutes it can cause the engine to lock up and there is no repair, only a replacement engine, which is about 80% of a new saw. I called customer service and they explained this is a common problem with Stihl saws. He was very nice and explained why they made them this way, safety and OSHA requirements. For this reason, I will have to eat this large loss, but wanted to advise others to be wary. The CSR said this is in the owners manual somewhere to cover them, so make sure you read it. Again, great machine if longevity is not what you are looking for, but for durability and a company who stands behind their product, this is not the choice. Please share the word as I am and do not idle these saws long!!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love my Stihl 251 C-BE I bought this saw last fall and have been using it for all kinds of tasks. I have felled several small to medium trees, maple and Cherry that were dying. I have also used it to clear lots of large honeysuckles from our property and for cutting firewood. The easy start system is awesome actually everything about the saw is awesome....easy to start, use, make chain adjustments, you name it. Stihl has a great product I would recommend this saw to friends and family and would buy another one if something bad happened to mine. Great Job Stihl!!!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok. When it idles it dies. wish I've got a Bigger one that was on sale for 399 and I bought a smaller one for 379, but I can't take it back.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I am very happy with my new chainsaw (MS251 C-BE). I've used it for several hours at a time and it works perfect, no issues. Very easy to start, maintain and has plenty of power to cut through large trees.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Start is a BIG Plus I purchased this saw to replace a 15-year-old Stihl that I loved, but was stolen last Thanksgiving during a home burglary. I recently had shoulder surgery and can't tug on a power tool starter cord like I used to. This new Easy Start saw is a dream. One tug and it starts right up, and I can tug it with my left arm. (I'm right handed and had right shoulder surgery.) It has a bit more power then old saw and seems to be just as light. I'm getting older and can't handle a heavy saw. This one fits the bill. I was almost tempted to purchase a bigger saw because it was on sale. I'm glad I didn't. I think the weight of the bigger saw would have been too much for me.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Saw, Some Issues I dumped the oil without knowing it the other day. I do not like the toolless caps for the fuel and the chain oil. I don't if I forgot to put the cap on or if I did not put it on correctly. The saw was cutting crooked too right after I started using it the first time. I replaced the chain with the yellow chain, much better cuts. The saw has a good sized fuel reservoir. The quick chain adjuster is too stiff to tighten / loosen the chain easily.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the ease of use I love the ease of use! I have only used this saw for one weekend of wood cutting so keep that in mind, however, I truly had a great time running this saw! It was light, Very easy to start, very easy to change the chain which I had to do after I cut through a bullet lodged in a tree. I did use the stihl oil and gas Which I will probably continue to do given the amount that I will use this saw. So for now 5 stars! I’ll review again in a year.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This saw a very weak plate that Plasti Poor design crack right off the start very poor I need a new plate thaTighten the chain with cracked within a month or so very poor design
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ms 251 c be Love this saw,cuts through anything I need,little hesitation on startup but only for a moment,easy to use,doesn’t bother me to use it for hours at a time,so far from limbs to 2ft thick trees it has performed great
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool for heavy duty home cutting Upgraded from the 180. Bigger chain and horsepower bump up make a huge difference. Have to remind myself not to tackle too big a job over my skill level.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use, cuts well, adjusts easily I bought this chainsaw to have a little more ability to cut thicker wood and it works great. I like the ability to easily tension the chain with the quick adjustments available. For a homeowner use, this chainsaw fits the bill well. I also have the easy start feature and it is so easy to start without wearing you out before you start work!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a great tool! No Issues! This is a great tool! No Issues! This is a great tool! No Issues!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only brand for Gas powered tools Easy to use, perfect weight and starts every time!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of quality in this package. A lot of quality in this package. Have already cut a ton of oak.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw Best saw I have ever owned. Love the easy2start system and the quick chain adjuster. Made easy work cutting up three trees that came down during recent storm. I have owned a Stihl BR600 backpack blower for 9 years and it has run flawlessly. Made my decision to buy Stihl easy.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy start works good, 18 inch bar shorter than my 029 bar good power light easy on back easy start light weight. 18 inch bar shorter than 029
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw I,fe used Stihl saws for quite a while now. Stihl has a great reputation. This saw is easy to use and maintain.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real great machine for a tough job Reading the instructional and safety book is a bummer. But I am a stickler about reading them. But, once that was done it was fun time! This saw is a dream to start and work. I am a human factors engineer and tend to be overly critical of poorly designed equipment. This is certainly not the case here. At nearly my 72nd year it is important for me to trust and be able to effectively work the tools I buy. I find the saw to have good balance, effective vibration dampening, good weight for the power and cutting capability, and dependability. While I would like lesser expensive, the price is comenserate with the quality that is built in. Good machine, "fun" to use, and easy on the shoulders. Just need to make the instructions more "interesting". (How about comic book style, just kidding, I think).
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORKHORSE Power for the Homeowner I previously bought a "PRO" Saw from another name brand, and took it back after the first week, for multiple reasons. This is my first STIHL Saw and I still cannot believe the difference, compared to the other, this is the " PRO" SAW as far as I'm concerned. Almost double the price I paid,, but TEN times the saw I received compared to the other! Starts easy and idles like it should. I picked up the 2 in 1 STIHL chain file and it works great as well. STIHL ALL THE WAY!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product meets high quality standards for ChainSaws. "This saw is a dream! So easy to start, light enough not to wear me out, and tough enough to work all day! Chain adjustment is simple and the reduced vibration allows me to cut with a greater amount of comfort and confidence. The STIHL MS 251 C-BE Chainsaw features all the comfort and ease of the MS 251, but is easy to start and adjust on the fly. The MS 251 C-BE is perfect for felling small trees, pruning and thinning, and cutting firewood simply and efficiently. . A Quick Chain Adjuster also makes it simple to put the correct tension on the saw chain without tools. Plus, features like Easy2Start™ technology, a Master Control Lever™ and reduced vibration make the STIHL MS 251 C-BE a lean, easy-to-use machine that still packs plenty of power.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent/Good MS251C-Be is an Excellent/Good saw. Starts easily. Worth the extra $$ for the Easy Start feature. The quick adjust is convenient but the plastic chain/bar retainer cover should be metal. If the chain is loose and slips off the bar, it will sever the bottom peg of the plastic chain/bar retainer cover. It's the right hp and size for cutting fire wood and small trees.. I've had it only a few months and I expect it to last quite sometime.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic saw, very easy to start, great power, easy to handle. Just bought my 251 C-BE from Walla Walla Saw and Knife today. They walked me through the safety features of the saw and then went through the starting procedure very thoroughly. Got the saw home, fired up on the 2nd pull (first prime the carb, then 1 pull with full choke, then 1 pull on the start position). I have past shoulder injuries and pulling the start on this saw could not be easier. Pull about 1/4 of the way out and the inertia does the rest. This feature is so worth the slight amount of extra money! I let the saw warm up per the owners manual and went to work. This saw has LOTS of power. If you need more power than this, you are probably a pro logger. Very high build quality. Chain has not stretched yet and is still sharp. I really cannot say enough positive about this high-tech and beautiful saw. If you are thinking about an easy to start and handle saw at a very reasonable price, you won't go wrong purchasing this saw. I fully expect that this is the last chain saw I will ever have to buy. Thank you, Stihl, for such a quality product!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very easy to start. My wife and I are getting older and needed a saw she could start. Bought a Stihl with compression release but after 3 trips back to the dealer we could not get it to start. Finally got so mad I put the saw on the dealer's counter and told them tp give it to charity. Went to another dealer and they suggested the MS 251 with easy-to-start technology. I bought it and it has been a gem. Starts easily, cuts smoothly. Would like it better with a 20 inch blade.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad Boy Saw, Killing the game! Cut wood like butter and starts 1st time every time and it never a struggle worth the extra money for the easy start. I came from a ms170 and what a difference. AP
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to start,dies,no power We ve had this saw a little over a year and its been in the shop several times ,60 mile round trip ,when it runs it runs and cuts good but im tired of never knowing when its going to start and run ,its had new carburetor put on and still the same thing What i really like is the excuse that its always bad gas as soon as we walk in the door to have it worked on but yet this is the only saw we have trouble with ,another line im tired of hearing is its got saw dust on it so it must run ,yep it runs if it starts,then it misses out ,dies,lacks power Ive got a poulan over 20 years old that ive never had any trouble with and this stihl cant stay running 20 minutes most days The dealer didnt mind taking my money for the saw but acts mad every time i took it back ,but yet i dont see him coming to pick it up and bring it back Stihl needs to come up with a different way of doing the warranty ,if the dealer doesnt want to work on the stuff then we should be able to take it to another dealer that wants to ,which we were told we could do , just need the warranty card that the original dealer wont give up ,but offers me 1/3 of what we paid for it if i trade it in ,like id really deal with that dealer or stihl againAnother thing about the warranty if it cant be fixed after a couple times stihl should replace it so we dont have to keep wasting time and money running around for the same thing ,my opinion on this saw is it was a complete waste of money and still costing me even under warranty
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good saw took me about 3 tanks of gas to figure this saw out and how it liked to be cut with. good power to weight. the more i cut with it the more i like it. easy start was strange at first, but like it a lot now. chain tensioner seems to be working well.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good chainsaw No problems so far. Starts easily and is easy to work with.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw Best chainsaw I've ever owned. Rural King had all I needed to go with the saw.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 251 C-BE Only about 1 hour of run time so far, but multiple start and stops. Started EVERY time without hesitation. 18 inch bar vs 22 inch tree trunk, no contest, chips flying everywhere, firewood stacked. Saw feels great, very little vibrations felt when wearing padded leather gloves. No complaints and several comments from other guys with me. Overall---cant wait to use again soon..
Date published: 2018-02-05
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