MS 201 T C-M - $639.95 DSRP



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Advanced arborist chainsaw with a top handle and STIHL M-Tronic™ technology.

The hardworking MS 201 T C-M delivers smart technology in the form of STIHL M-Tronic™ – an intelligent engine management system that automatically adapts to changes in environmental factors such as fuel quality and altitude. The result is a reliable and fuel-efficient machine that performs optimally in various conditions. With a superior power-to-weight ratio and the addition of a top handle, the ...Read More
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MS 201 T C-M Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 35.2 cc (2.15 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.8 kW (2.41 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 3.71 kg (8.16 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 310 cc (10.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 63 PS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E or
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Light
POWER SOURCE Gas
STIHL recommends #3616 (63 PS3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14" 3005 000 7409 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.
Model Features
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    STIHL M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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    Built-in retractable carry ring 
    The built-in carry handle makes it convenient and easy to maneuver in and out of trees.
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    Top handle (T)
    The top-handle model is specially designed for in-tree professional use only!
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    Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.
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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.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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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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    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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MS 201 T C-M is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good reliable saw couldn't do my job without it Very good reliable saw couldn't do my job without it i've had my still for a year now still runs as good as the day I bought it I use it every day this little saw made me a lot of money I had my last limbing saw was I stihl as well I used it daily for 13 years I'm sure I will get the that much use out of this saw as well
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good saw but those carbs suck So I have three of these saws with 16" barsThey are used daily and year round. They are powerful and smooth. After less than a year I had to put a new carb in one. The technician I talked to says that he's replaced more than 10 carbs in the ms201tc this year and that the computer is useless to get information from. Some things that need improvement -the air filter cover sucks. It's brittle-the m tronic carb is prone to failure and needs replacement These problems shouldn't be happening with stihl products
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One handed greatness Bought this little guy for in-tree use and small around the house stuff but find my self using it for big stuff i would normally use my 362 cm for. Tiny saw with boat loads of torque. You cant beet it when it come to a small saw. you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good choice for even a homeowner A huge blizzard late in the season broke an extraordinary number of tree limbs this spring. I own a Stihl 361 which is the best all round saw Stihl ever made, and it is my go to saw. It is very powerful and fairly light. With all the climbing I needed to do this spring I searched for a climbing saw. First, there are people that have saws that are not Stihl and actually think they have a chainsaw. I'm always being asked how to get their saw started, why won't it cut, why is the 361 so much faster cutting, etc. So, the choice between saws was what does Stihl make. I am thankful my arborist had me spend $350 more to buy the MS201 over the 190 or 211. This professional top handle saw is a delight and I now use it more than my 361. It will cut anything the bar will go through, it is light, will start while I'm in harness.. a perfect climbing saw.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok saw After one year the saw doesn't idle anymore. New air filter new spark plug and new fuel filter. The older model ms200t carb could be adjusted without bringing it to the dealer. This is the only problem I have with the saw.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product It is light and has the power to cut through some large wood, 6-8 inch diameter. It is easy to maintain.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts as good as a 200t Very nice running saw. I have been running it with a 16" bar. Throttle response on the newer m tronic model is much more snappy. Even though on paper it weighs the same as the standard carb version its lighter. With a 16 its lighter then the standard carb saw with 14". Both saws fully topped off. It may have to do with the diagnostic port cut out in the front off the case. I also had one of my 200ts out to compare weight and balance. Might even be lighter then the 200. I may have to break out same scales. This saw is a Grand Slam. Good job stihl. I have been waiting on a 200t replacement and its finally happened. Fyi it is the most fuel efficient Pro climbing saw stihl has ever offered.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome saw except for This saw is absolutely an awesome saw the only problem is the case design on the bar and chain oil tank side. The problem is that after a few months of putting it in and out of the bucket truck scabbard it ruins the gasket where the cases meet and starts leaking the bar and chain oil substantially. The way the cases are designed it hits the gasket every time it goes in the bucket scabbard. Hope stihl redesigns it. Also I prefer the older stihl 200 kill switch that wasn't spring loaded because sometimes it is very awkward to shut off the saw because of how far you have to push it.
Date published: 2017-05-12
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