Stihl MS200T

This is the saw that our testers normally opt for during the course of their daily work. In fact they have been using Stihl’s top-handled saw for so long that often as not they refer to it as the preceding model number of 020T. The team is quick to point out the machine’s merits.
“It looks functional but that’s because it is a professional machine in a professional marketplace,” says one tester. “It is a robust machine that has all the power you need and it is designed to be used in trees.”
He clicks the chain brake several times and says: “The chain brake is attached at two points so there is less play in it. It’s robust and it’s positive. When you hit it, it goes on.”
There is no primer to worry about. The casing encloses everything. Yet it is still possible, without tools, to access the air filter for cleaning. The on/off switch is on the handle and within easy reach of the thumb. It can be flicked up in an instant to kill the machine.
The eye for the strop is the right size, well positioned at the back of the unit and features a breakaway mechanism. “This is strong enough that you can drop the saw and it won’t break off, but will come away if you find yourself in a difficult situation,” explains a tester.
Fuelling up is easy with the good sized filler holes. The filler caps are easy to tighten and loosen. Chain tensioning is on the side, through the sprocket cover, to avoid contact with the chain. Combine these features with a good anti-vibration system and Elasto-Start to eliminate the jerkiness sometimes felt with recoil starting mechanisms, and it seems this is “Stihl” the choice of our testers.

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