Stihl MS210  - $229.99

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Weight -9.7 lbs
Engine Displacment -35.2 cc
Bar Lengths -12" to 16"
Chain Width -3/8" PM1
Engine HP -2.0 bhp

Economical homeowner saw for light firewood cutting and pruning. It features a side-access chain tensioner for easy chain adjustment and toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers.

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Review
Reviewed by:
jeff p
Review Date
11/9/2007

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
nbest saw for the money

Strengths:
light weight...great handling....awesome cutting.good power

Weaknesses:
none yet

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From duble d farm and ranch
Review
Reviewed by:
Tim
Review Date
7/28/2009

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Love it. I nursed a craftsman for 10 years before getting stuck with a downed tree when my saw quit. I can take the stihl as my only saw and feel confident it will perform. I also got the stihl sharpening kit and this saw will cut all day long.

Strengths:
Lightweight, reliable, cheaper than the bigger stihls

Weaknesses:
Have to adjust mixture for elevation changes (200ft+). Most saws suffer from this.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Kevin
Review Date
3/8/2010

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
I have had many brands of chainsaws but they were all almost impossible to start after the first year. After my cabin got hit by a landslide I knew I would be needing a good saw and it has been great. I have used it exclusively around my property on the puget sound. It has been used for trees and clean up of the cabin debris. I'm going through salt water soaked wood and debris almost every time I use it. There are times I wish it had more power but after using it for a few hours I'm glad it doesn't weigh anymore than it does. I have never been happy with a chainsaw until I bouught this one!

Strengths:
Great saw for the money. Good power to weight ratio.

Weaknesses:
None but I can't imagine this saw without the Easy 2 Start system.

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From Goodsell Power Equipment
Review
Reviewed by:
Ed Falsey
Review Date
7/11/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Would not recommend to anyone, there is some type of problem with the carb on mine ( made in china ), unless there is some upgrade that they made since mine was built, I would not buy again, note I have used this saw for less than eight hours since it was new.

Strengths:
Works good when it runs

Weaknesses:
Will not start, I've had mine back to the dealership three times to have the carb rebuilt, the first time they told me not to leave fuel in it, OK my fault, second time no explanation, one month later I took it back again because it wouldn't start, it is at the dealer waiting to get fixed now.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Eastside Equipment, Monroe Wi.
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
8/2/2010

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 3
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: 3

Summary:
I expected more but am generally not dissappointed.

Strengths:
My dad, brother and I all bought saws the same day. My brother got a 250, my dad got a 361 and I opted for a 210. This saw and the MS-250 are both built on the same platform. In comparing the 2 directly I like 210. Its less HP but 210 comes with the style 3/8-91 (low profile) chain that is not as wide. With the narrower chain, 210 cuts just as fast as 250 but uses less gas, less bar oil, and vibrates your hands less. 250 seems to use about twice as much fuel and oil to do the same work. I've cut about 40 cord of wood with my 210 and much of that was blocked (rather than split) with the saw. It's light enough to carry all day. Doesn't even come close to comparing to 361 though. Overall, I liked it enough to buy another for a spare. This saw for limbing and a 361 for bucking make a perfect pair for someone whos primary heat source is firewood.

Weaknesses:
I've only had a few minor issues with the saw. If you're not mechanically inclined, I'd recommend never buying ANY brand of chain saw. All of them require regular maintainance and Stihl is no exception. I'd like to see a better design for the toolless oil and fuel caps. I've dumped gas or oil all over myself a couple times now because they looked closed but weren't. Also, they tend to collect crud and contaminate the fuel/oil tanks. Stihl-USA really needs to upgrade their carberators. They're made in China and there's room for improvement. About every 20-30hrs you'll need to pull the carb, dis-assemble it and blow all the orifices with compressed air. I've done this 3 times now. Saw works fine then eventually throttle response at full throttle is poor, as if the carb is not pumping fuel. I suspect the problem is related to wood chips entering the small hole next to the pump diaphram. Easy-start is not my favorite and the spare saw doesn't have it. I find myself wanting to pull the rope about half way then quickly follow up with a full pull. This is probably very bad for the spring as it would tend to over-wind it but it hasn't broke yet. The E-clip fell off and ground easy-start starter parts on the flywheel. New E-clip seems to have rectified this problem. The air filter clogs very quickly and needs to be blown off with compressed air about every other tank of gas. Quick adjust chain cover is nice, but I've flipped the chain off only twice and it's nearly chipped through the lower cover mount. It should be fitted with a piece of replaceable nylon/rubber or be made from aluminum to resist this damage.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Stihl dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
11/10/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
When it runs, its fine. Generally, it's often. I'm certain some American company used to make a carb and some idiot purchasing manager at Stihl decided to save a dollar in China. Really disappointing.

Strengths:
decent value, light weight, fine for a value priced saw when it runs.

Weaknesses:
THE CHINA MADE CARB SUCKS...IT HARDLY EVER STARTS WITHOUT MAJOR WORK....COME ON STIHL, YOU CAN DO WAY BETTER....IF I WANTED A CHINESE SAW, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE!!!!

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Dennis Equipment
Review
Reviewed by:
jeff
Review Date
1/4/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
great little saw own this and a ms290 and they both are reliable never had a problem

Strengths:
lightwieght plenty power for the size starts in 3 pulls every time

Weaknesses:
none

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From local retailer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/1/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 3
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 2
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
EXPENSIVE

Strengths:
BEST REP

Weaknesses:
CARBURATOR CARBURATOR CARBURATOR

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
AnonymouJ kuhs
Review Date
4/19/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 3
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Looking at al light weight Huskie

Strengths:
Light,so far easy start

Weaknesses:
Frequent chain flip off! Dangerous !!!

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Mower shop
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
6/2/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Not acceptable for long term use.

Strengths:
Light weight.

Weaknesses:
I have 2 MS210 chainsaws and have owned them 4 years. First 3 years were good and I used them a lot to cut firewood. Last season they would not stay running with gas/oil mixture that was older than one month. Then even with fresh high octane gas/oil mixture they will start but will not stay running. Used the same gas in my much older Poulan and it runs like a charm. Going back to Poulan again!!

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
7/2/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 1

Summary:
1

Strengths:

Weaknesses:
carb trouble

Used product for 2-Years
Purchased From dealer
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
1/20/2012

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:

Strengths:
This saw has been used and abused. Not only do we use it for limbs we also cut up alot of furniture and decking with it. There is no telling how many couches, tables dog houses, pool decks, and just pretty much anything in a house that can be cut this saw has done it.

Weaknesses:
I have 10 or so pieces of stihl equipment and the carb on this one has just never been right since day one. If you get it on a good day it will run all day? The next day you pick it up and it bogs down when given gas. Been this way since new. Never been able to get it right. So this is why it ended up being the furniture saw. All my other stihl equipment is perfect and never had a prob with anything and all my stuff gets used and abused...

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
5/29/2012

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I love my saw and use it for every thing from home use to moose hunting. It gets abused pretty good! It goes through the -40 cold starts of Alaska winters for fire wood to the trail blazing of 4x4'n in the summer.

Strengths:
Good saw! I have had no trouble with the carb or at least as of yet. It will cut through anything I put it in. I like the light weight and power. An excellent saw for a home owner or a limbing saw even though its primary use is both cutting and limbing and any other work it can cut through. I like my saw and would buy another.

Weaknesses:
It seems to some times slack the chain.....possibly a bad chain tensioner design? Hasn't flipped off but once or twice as of yet, but that because I watch it closely. I only sometimes have a little lag in it starting from time to time, but I think with good maintenance and tuneups it will run for a long time.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
6/22/2012

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 5

Summary:
Stihl has repair shop world wide can't go wrong There train tecknition, no matter brand you buy the Carb are made in China or Japan Stihl shop can get you part fast unless your saw to old to fix or discontendued

Strengths:
The Ms 210 is best for small jobs

Weaknesses:
No matter what brand saw you buy, stihl has thepower to keep.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/1/2013

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
overall just a nice little saw in my opinion.

Strengths:
light weight,great on gas and bar oil.everyone talks about it being a small job saw,i drop 60ft tamaracks,maple and birch with it.

Weaknesses:
i would prefer a longer bar..oh well..

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From the wood chop shop
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