Stihl MS 200

Stihl seems to have a knack for taking a good idea and making it even better. The company's MS 200 T top-handled chainsaw is one of the most popular specialist chainsaws on the market and is widely used by professional arborists and tree surgeons. Now Stihl has taken all the benefits of this lightweight, powerful saw and literally brought them down to earth.

Health & Safety Executive guidelines prohibit the use of a top-handled saw on the ground. But making the change to a different, rear-handled machine for cross cutting, felling or clearance tasks can disrupt work-flow and cost additional time and money in uncommon spares and replacement parts. The new MS 200 solves all those problems.
Sharing all the attributes of its top-handled brother, the MS 200 is a rear-handled version for use on the ground. It uses the same 35cc engine, housing and guide bar to make cost-effective service and maintenance a reality.
"Now you can have one for up the tree and one for on the ground," says our tester. "The power-to-weight ratio is very good. We want power but without it being a big saw."
The MS 200 is compact. It is light in weight but delivers an impressive 2:1 power-to-weight ratio. What's more, the weight reduction appears not to have compromised the design and engineering of what is very much typical Stihl technology. This saw features a compensator to consistently monitor and adjust the fuel-air mix in the carburettor so that constant engine output is maintained - even when the filter becomes clogged with dirt.
Like the top-handled machine, the MS 200 is fitted with Stihl's ElastoStart starter grip to remove the jolts and jerks of starting. A four-point vibration system provides comfort in use. What's more, operation is easy. A single-lever master control is adjacent to the rear handle so there is no need for the right hand to leave the handle. The saw also features lateral chain tensioning and Stihl's established chain brake system.
In use we find that the saw is easy to guide for accurate cutting and the high chain speed gives a particularly clean cut with no tearing of the bark. This is kit professionals will appreciate.

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