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Written on: 10/11/2013
Ok for those of you having problems running your stihl here is the starting method to use. Step 1 put the saw on full choke pull starter until the saw pops or just barely tries to start then immediately move the choke a click up and pull the starter a couple times and your stihl will start. Run stihl 2 cycle oil and stihl bar oil and run the saw for years with no problems Do dealers just not tell people this stuff or what? If you think craftsman 2 stroke oil is going to protect a high perf… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/12/2012
I've had the saw for 8 years. I cut around 4-5 bush cord a year. I've had the saw back to the dealer 3 times now. Each time it's a $250.00 rebuild and replacement of mostly carburetor parts. It runs well for a couple of times then starts acting up again. I have a co-worker with the same saw and the same problems. When it's cutting it's great, lots of power, but it won't idle and it when I let off the throttle it races. Always has done this and I guess it always will, till I get… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/04/2012
I have owned my MS270 for 6 years now, and I have not had any problems yet. I cut firewood for for the family, and =/- 10 cord to sell each year. I have the 18" bar and don't find too much I can't get through. If you keep the chain sharp and good gas in your saw, you can cut all day. I have never had my saw in for sevice for anything. I just buy new bars and chains, when needed. I love my saw and would have no problems buying a new one when/if this one wears out. this saw is a great… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/12/2011 by Arkrecovery (1 review written)
I went to Stihl as to people saying it was the best saw out there. Think this was coming from people who do not cut wood to heat their homes and work to make ends meet. I went to commercial grade ms270 to get better than what I was told and assist an 18" bar, very un happy with the saw. When serviced, at most able to cut 3 more cord averaging $130.00 a repair. I have spent way too much on this saw - problems- recoil going many times, brake - 2 new ones, piston seized by bolt coming loose, and… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/06/2010
I'm on my 4th season with this saw. Not a problem with it since new. It has never been back to the dealer. I cut my own and other(s) firewood with it each and every year. It has more than enough power for the average homeowner. The only complaint i have with the saw is with the gas and oil caps. They can be a bit of a pain in the butt to get on and off however, if that's the only problem...it's easily over looked. I've owned several other models of chain saws and by far this has been the… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/02/2010
ditto on the contention that only Stihl dealers are writting reviews here!
when it works, it's a pretty good saw.
the caps do not work well, but, that's nothing to worry about really....probably due to the ethanol in the gas.
after 4 years of moderate use (about six cords of wood), the engine had to be rebuilt. parts were covered, labor was not.
the pull cord failed in year three.
and now the grommets/engine mounts failed and caused the plastic body to crack...not sure how that is going to pan… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/12/2009 by Treeclimber57 (8 reviews written)
The MS270 is a nice little 50cc mid-range saw. It was not intended for hard professional work, however we run it beside the professional MS260s and MS361s every day. It has power about equal to the 260, however it is slightly heavier.
An excellent choice single saw for the homeowner who is only cutting firewood. If you want a slightly better saw (read more expensive as well!), I might recommend the 361 or the 346XP.
However, for the cost, you will not go wrong on the 270.
This saw, if… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/09/2009
I'm going on my third season with the MS270. I use it primarily for cutting firewood each season (10-15 cords). I have no complaints with this saw. I do not have the quick-adjust chain, just the basic model with the 18" bar...the simpler the better. The saw has never had an issue, starts every time regardless of the temp. (I live in upstate new york = cold). Good power, plenty for up to 20"+/- logs. Takes a little more time with hardwoods obviously. Great all-around saw, worth every penny in my… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/09/2009
I'm wondering if everyone who has reviewed the Stihl ms 270 works for Stihl.
I have never had a more undependable chain saw. you can spend an hour trying to start it and never even get a pop. and the next day it starts fine.
on average it takes 20 minutes to add gas as the cap is incredibly fussy. once it's off, good luck getting it back on. I once took it to the dealer and he took another 15 minutes trying to get it back on… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/08/2009
I have been very pleased with my Stihl MS270. In my opinion, this is the perfect all-around saw. I used it to cut firewood each year. I cut about 16 cords a year and have not been disappointed with this saw yet. If you are only going to own one saw, it's hard to beat the MS270… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/03/2009
We purchased this saw to replace a mcCullough that was twenty years old. We had a severe storm that resulted in a large amount of trees down on our farm. Nobody wanted to use the old loud, short bar mcCullough. I had been fond of the saws i used at work so we purchased the Stihl. It is a good little saw and does its job well. I use the yellow dot chin ( I am not sure what it is officially called). If you are new to chainsaws use a low kickback chain not a yellow dot. The yellow dot cuts… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/02/2009
I made a mistake on the original review of the Stihl MS270. I got the 18 inch not the 20 inch that it came with (for some reason the suppliers are only ordering the 20 inch bar length, but are happy to convert it) . The 156 inch would work better a lot of the time, but I use the 18 inch as measuring gage and sometimes the longer length is handy.
The saw continues to cut very well. I have lost count of the cords run through.
I had the saw flood out totally once. I think it was… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/12/2008 by MS270 (1 review written)
I have cut around 24 cords of wood with it. With the new isolator system there is not wear out factor.
It handles will, is wlel ballanced and has good power.
I opted for a 16 inch bar as I was on pre stack wood and the versitlity was more importnat than depth, not cutting any trees down, just rounds out of a pile.
Most of the wood is under 16 inches, and the rare stuff not can be cut from two sides.
I got the C model, nothing fanyc, no easy adjust, or auto start, all manaul. I was… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/11/2008 by DBmead (1 review written)
My first saw was a 3300 Homelite which is designed for lite use, but started cutting for firewood this year, My wife bought me the Stihl MS270 with some advice from a local dealer and in six weeks time I cut, split and stacked 42 face cord of wood for this winter, and the next two winters It was a great choice… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/07/2008
Great chainsaw, I would buy the Stihl MS270 again and reccomend it to any one doing heavier work despite the effort it takes to start… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/06/2008
This thing can cut! I owned a craftsman before so thats not a fair comparison. Cut against Husky's and Johnsred's and they don't compare to this speedster. I love the tool free tensioner. I've owned it for 3 years now and it sees moderate use. I use the rm and rs chain by Stihl with little change in performance. A little heavier than a comparable Huskvarna but seems to have alot heavier bar than the Husky. Hopefully the last saw I'll ever need!… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/06/2008 by ttmfrc (1 review written)
I give the Stihl MS270 a 9 because, surely, nothing ever deserves a 10. This is the second chainsaw I have ever owned. The first was a Craftsman that I got for $10 in a yard sale, so I can't complain. Anyway, it finally gave me enough trouble that I went shopping. I had admired my father-in-law's Stihl MS250 for years, but wanted a little more, so I got the MS270 w/18" bar. This thing is amazing. No need to even try to compare it to the Craftsman - the Stihl is an entirely different class… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/12/2007
The Stihl MS270 is a good all round mid-range saw. Well balanced and decent power.
Powerful enough for 90% of firewood/clearing jobs. Reasonably light, and well balanced. And the decompression valve for easy starting is good. There is however not quite enough power to run a longer bar (20" and above) despite what dealers will tell you… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/11/2005 by forestmiis (1 review written)
I'm using the STIHL MS270 chainsaw, and I am pushing nearly 100 tanks of fuel through it. I am very content with it. Compared to the STIHL 026 which I have also used, the MS270 is faster, smoother, and it's anti-vibe is amazing… Read Full Review
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