What Size Chain Does a Stihl MS 250 Take? – The Answer!

What Size Chain Does a Stihl MS 250 Take? - The Answer!

The Stihl MS250 stands as one of the most renowned chainsaws worldwide, consistently ranking among Stihl’s top sellers. However, if you are here, chances are you are in search of a new replacement chain for your chainsaw.

What size chain does a Stihl MS 250 take?

The most commonly used chain on a Stihl MS 250 is a .325 pitch, .063 gauge, 68 drag link chain. This is the most common size chain for the Stihl MS 250 and fits the stock 18″ guide bar.

This chain, the most commonly used one, can be found HERE ON AMAZON.

Recently, as of 2023, Stihl has begun shipping the MS250 with a .325 pitch, .050 gauge, 68 drag link chain. If you purchased your chainsaw in the year 2023 or later, odds are you have a .325 pitch, .050 gauge, 68 drag link chain.

This chain, the 2023 later version, can be purchased HERE ON AMAZON.

SAFETY NOTE – To ensure the compatibility of the chain, it is crucial to check the chain specifications on the side of your chainsaw’s guide bar. You can find this information printed at the base of the bar, where it is inserted into the chainsaw.

Regardless of the chain size of your MS250, it is crucial to consistently use the appropriate gauge chain. Utilizing an incorrect chain size or type can result in severe damage to your chainsaw and pose potential risks of injury.

What size chain does a Stihl MS 250 Take?

 Stihl MS 250

The most common chain for the Stihl MS 250, pre-2023 models, is a .325 pitch, .063 gauge 68 drag link chain. For models sold in 2023 or later, you might find a .325 pitch, .050 gauge 68 drag link chain instead.

Again, it is extremely important to ensure the accuracy of the chain size and type before making any purchase. To do so, check the information printed at the base of your chainsaw guide bar for maximum compatibility.

Here is a picture to illustrate the chain specification area printed on the guide bar.

The Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw: A Quick Overview

The Stihl MS 250 isn’t just any chainsaw; it’s a blend of power and efficiency. Designed primarily for firewood cutting and tasks around the home, its exceptional power-to-weight ratio ensures you’re not left wanting more.

Whether you’re clearing your backyard or gathering firewood for the winter, this chainsaw promises reliability and performance every time.

Stihl MS 250 Specifications

Specifications Details
GUIDE BAR LENGTH (Recommended)18 in.
MS 250 Specifications

MS 250 Chainsaw Features:

  • Master Control Lever™: An easy-to-use single lever that operates 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.
  • Rear Hand Guard: Reduces the risk of injury and provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.
  • Easy-Access Air Filter Cover: Designed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Made in America: A majority of STIHL products sold in America are made in America using U.S. and global materials.
  • Side-Access Chain Tensioner: Offers convenience for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench, as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
  • Winter/Summer Shutter: Allows the carburetor to operate at optimum temperature year-round and helps prevent carburetor icing when working below 50°F (10°C).
  • Exceptional Power-to-Weight Ratio: Designed for firewood cutting and around-the-home tasks, the MS 250 offers an incredible performance every time with its power-to-weight ratio.

Chainsaw Safety Precautions

Man cutting tree with Stihl chainsaw

Safety first, always! Chainsaws, while incredibly useful, can be dangerous if not used correctly. One of the primary risks is ‘kickback,’ a sudden jerk that can lead to serious injuries.

To minimize this risk, always ensure you’re using the correct chain size. And before you even start your chainsaw, take a moment to go through the instruction manual. It’s a treasure trove of safety tips and operational guidelines.

STIHL, always prioritizing user safety, recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains for all their chainsaws.

Wrapping Up: Stihl MS 250 Chainsaw Chain Size

The Stihl MS 250 chainsaw is a testament to how the right tool can make tasks easier and more efficient. But, like a car with the wrong tires, even the best chainsaw won’t perform optimally with the wrong chain.

Always ensure you’re using the correct chain size, and remember, safety is paramount. Here’s to many safe and productive hours with your Stihl MS 250!

Have a great day, and be safe out there!

Steven R.

Frequently Asked Questions: Stihl MS250 Chainsaw

What Size Chain Does a Stihl MS 250 Take? - Frequently Asked Questions

What Size Chain is on a Stihl MS250?

The Stihl MS250 is equipped with an OILOMATIC® chain that has a specification of .325″ RM3. This chain is designed to provide efficient cutting and is perfectly suited for the MS250’s power and performance.

How Can I Tell What Size My STIHL Chain Is?

To determine the size of your STIHL chain, you can look at the specifications mentioned on the chain itself or refer to the user manual that came with your chainsaw. Typically, the chain size will be indicated by its pitch and gauge, such as .325″ RM3 for the MS250.

What Size File Does a Stihl MS 250 Use?

For sharpening the chain on your Stihl MS 250, it’s essential to use the correct file size to maintain the chain’s efficiency. While the exact file size isn’t mentioned here, it’s generally recommended to refer to the user manual or consult with a STIHL dealer to ensure you’re using the right size for the .325″ RM3 chain.

What Oregon Chain Fits on an MS 250 STIHL?

The Stihl MS250 is compatible with the Oregon chain that matches its .325″ pitch and specific gauge. When looking for an Oregon chain, ensure it aligns with the MS250’s specifications, such as the .325″ pitch and the appropriate gauge and drive link count.

The recommended guide bar length for the Stihl MS 250 is 18 inches.

How Does the Oilomatic® Chain System Work?

The OILOMATIC® chain system is designed to ensure optimal lubrication, reducing friction and wear, leading to a longer chain life and smoother operation.

Why Is It Crucial to Use the Correct Chain Size for Chainsaws?

Using the correct chain size ensures optimal performance, reduces wear and tear on the chainsaw, and, most importantly, ensures the safety of the user.

Steven R

I have been part of the chainsaw and outdoor power equipment business in one way or the other for over 35 years. There are not many things that I have not seen in the business. From repairs, sales, equipment operation, and safety I can help you with your questions.

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