My Poulan leaks bar oil badly when sitting. Please tell me what you think of the MS250 overall. I'm planning on buying one soon. I want to get a MS250 with 18" bar and two chains. How does it compare to the Craftsman, or, as I have heard, is there really no comparison?
My Craftsman is a Poulan and it served me OK for about 5 years.Was getting hard to start and the Goofy gas cap had to be threaded in with pliers.It always leaked bar oil like the Exon Valdez.It came with a free case and im sure thats why.To catch all the bar oil.
The MS250 I bought it because I had some storm damage and was aggrivated with both the mess that needed cleaned up and the Craftsman.So I went on the spare of the moment and got what the dealer had.I knew I wanted a Stihl and I wanted a 16'' bar.I could have saved some money and went with the basic 14'' model forget the model number.But my Craftsman was a 16'' and I did not want anything smaller.I also did not want anything bigger.
The MS250 is a animal compared to the Sears.Although there both 16'' saws the chain is wider on the Stihl and I never felt like the Sears ever really cut well.Seemed to me I always had to push and rock it to get it to cut.Even with a new chain.The Stihl does the work you just hold on.The difference is like a sharpe chain Vs a dull chain.But even with a new chain on the Craftsman.
My MS250 has a 16'' bar I think most have a 18'' it also has the fast tension adjuster cover.Many do not like that but for my occasional use I did not care.It also has the Easy Start coil start.I would have just assume it not have that.It works OK but just feels strange.To pull the rope and there be a delay in the engine cranking.
What I like the most about it is it starts very easy.Full choke one pull it fires then release the choke and it starts on the second or third pull every time.Plus comes right to life no spitting or sputtering and cutting out or dieing.
My only concern is the slight bar oil leakage from sitting.