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Stihl MS 251 Wood Boss
3.7 from 3 reviews

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Unstoppable wood boss

Unstoppable. Super easy to start. Power to burn. Have used and abused it for close to 6 years. Have cut tree roots in the ground, railway sleepers, termite filled trees etc etc. cleaned up sharpened chain and away it goes again. Chain brake works fine. I use it between cuts for safety no dramas. Has never just actuated for no reason. Have used saws for years. Will not need another.

Purchased in February 2012.

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Fantastic saw!!! Cuts hardwood like a hot knife through butter

I would definitely recommend this chainsaw if you need a reliable saw to collect a full trailer load of fire wood regularly. I have really pushed this saw cutting up pieces of jarrah apx 30 inches wide effortlessly. It very efficient on fuel, bar oil & easy on basic maintenance. It always starts within the first few pulls.

Date PurchasedSep 2018

Poor design & quality

Moved to a 5 acre property and needed a bigger saw than my mini. Bought this model and have been able to use it 3 times in 5 months. 2nd use in the middle of a cut it poured smoke. Dealer said clutch had been cooked due to excessive idling? As I needed saw I accepted explanation and paid $130 to have repaired. Next time in use did exactly the same thing, when I complained to customer service Stihl rep sent an insultingly condescending email telling me that the chain brake can be activated in the middle of a cut. If this is true, it is the most ridiculous design feature I can think of. Imagine if you were doing a 100kmh on a freeway and your car decided to activate the handbrake. I have been using chainsaws for 50 plus years and have never had a saw behave this way.

November 2ns 2017 Update: Piece of garbage.

I have been using chainsaws for 50 odd years and this is an appalling piece of engineering. Half way through cutting a log the inertia chain brake can just decide to engage. This results in the clutch burning out and the saw becoming inoperative. Problem is then exacerbated by Stihl Australia refusing to take any responsibility, and indeed not replying to either e-mails,letters or phone calls. Their so called customer service department is anything but, and a letter directed to the CEO has not been answered. Do not buy this product under any circumstances, and for a company that used to stand by their products, this is an extremely disappointing response.

Date PurchasedApr 2017

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MS 251MS 251 C-BEQ with Rapid Duro 3 chain
Price (RRP) $799.00
Bar Length45 cm
Weight4.8 kg5.2 kg
Engine Displacement45.6 cc45.6 cc
Fuel Tank Capacity390 mL
Release dateJun 2012

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