Stihl MS 210 CSS

We are used to associating the name Stihl with innovation and technological advancement. The MS 210 CSS combines brand new ideas with the best of existing features and is a classic example of how this company's design team and engineers focus on finding solutions to old problems.

If you have ever struggled to start a chainsaw on a cold morning, you will know how exhausting and frustrating pull cords can be. If you have ever had a pull cord snap, you will know about the sharp pains of torn muscles and damaged ligaments. The MS 210 CSS substantially reduces the risk of both. This is the first chainsaw to be fitted with Stihl's ErgoStart. Our testers can hardly believe the difference it makes.
Compared to a conventional pull-start system, ErgoStart reduces the effort needed to start the machine by half. At the same time the required pull speed is cut by 60 per cent. In practice this means that a smooth, even pull on the starter rope is all that is needed to get the engine running.
"This is one fancy starting mechanism," says one of the testers, demonstrating the method over and over again.
"It's safe for the cord and for your muscles and ligaments," comments a tester. "It quite often happens that a pull cord breaks on site and you are stuck unless you have a spare with you. Starting an engine is a constant stress that wears the pull cord and then ‘bang', it snaps. But with this method, because of the way it works, you are never putting sufficient pressure on the pull start to put it through that constant stress."
ErgoStart owes its performance to an ingenious spring technology. When the starter rope is pulled, a spiral spring is wound against the engine's compression pressure. As soon as the energy stored in the spring exceeds the compression pressure, it automatically transmits the spring's power to the crankshaft and the engine fires.
"The jerks that occur with a conventional pull-start are evened out so that you can barely feel them. This is definitely more comfortable and requires significantly less effort," says another tester.
ErgoStart is impressive enough, but look at what they have done with chain tensioning. The MS 210 CSS features a new mechanism to enable chain tensioning without the use of tools and ensuring that the user's hands are kept well away from the chain.
"You don't want to be wandering off into the woods with a handful of tools that you could use," says a tester. "I am impressed with this little saw. And look at the price. You are getting a good product that isn't that expensive."
Like other Stihl saws the MS 210 CCS is fitted with the company's QuickStop chain brake to stop the chain within a fraction of a second when the front hand guard is triggered. A single lever, positioned so that the operator's hand never needs to leave the rear handle, controls machine functions.
The MC 210 CSS is a compact saw, weighing just 4.8kg but delivering an impressive 1.6kW power output from its 35cc engine. In 2005, Stihl is offering ErgoStart and Chain Quick Tensioning as an option on an extended range of compact saws (MS 180 to MS 250 inclusive) at a cost of £40.

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