Reviews of the Best Stihl Chainsaws
1. STIHL MS250 18 in. 45.4 cc Gas Chainsaw
The MS250 is the best choice for workers looking for a good balance. The 45.4cc motor delivers excellent power and weight ratio coupled with the 11-pound body. There is an easy-to-access air filter making maintenance a breeze and prolong the lifespan of your saw.
The master control lever controls the choke, the power switch, and the throttle lock, giving you consolidated mastery of the unit. Then, there is the chain-tensioner located on the side that is easy to reach with a bar wrench.
There is a front handle and a rear handguard for maneuverability and safety, too.
2. STIHL MS271 20 in. 50.2 cc Gas Chainsaw
For larger jobs, look no further than the Stihl MS271. The 20-inch 50.2 cc gas chainsaw may be pricier, but it offers a lot in terms of features. For example, the pre-separation air filtration system makes maintenance easy and lasts longer.
The advanced filtration system also equals less upkeep between uses. Stihl uses proprietary technology seen in the MS271 to reduce vibrations and give you more control over the product.
There are also lower exhaust emissions from this gas chainsaw with levels within the EPA and CARB emission standards.
3. STIHL MS180 16 in. 31.9 cc Gas Chainsaw
Does a budget option guarantee the same performance? The MS180 16-inch gas chainsaw features improved engine airflow compared to other models. It is a bit smaller than the previous two, which means it’s lighter in weight.
The gas chainsaw features s 2-cycle engine and has an Intellicarb compensating carburetor that can adjust the air and fuel ratio to accommodate the RPM.
The anti-vibration handle and quick-adjust chain tensioning system will give you better hold over the power tool during operation. Everything is easily accessed at your fingertips, and the handle will provide you with a comfortable grip.
4. STIHL MSA 140 C-BQ 12 in. Battery Chainsaw Kit (Battery & Charger)
If you don’t want a gas-powered model, our team included the MSA140 battery-powered chainsaw. This chainsaw is by far the smallest on our list at only 12-inches in bar length. The small and compact profile also gives it a very lightweight of 5.7 pounds.
If you don’t often tackle large projects and want to reduce fatigue, then the MSA140 is for you. The saw is ideal for yard work and has a quiet operation. As for safety, the MSA140 has an inertia-activated chain brake and only engages once you have released the rear handle.
(For other great brands, you can also check our review of Tanaka TCS51EAP here)
Stihl Chainsaw Buyer’s Guide
Bar and Chain
Type of Chainsaw
As briefly mentioned, there are two main types of chainsaws – gas-powered and electric. Gas-powered options are more powerful, but they are louder and more high maintenance. Our team suggests battery-powered options for quiet neighborhoods but not for large-scale work.
The safety features in a chainsaw will reduce the risk of injury. Our team suggests looking for enclosed blades to keep your fingers safe and a sensitive chain brake with an easily accessible lever for emergencies.
(For more ways to keep you safe while working, here are the best woodworking safety tips you should practice)