Stihl MS 201 TC-M Chainsaw

stihl ms 201 TC-M chainsaw

Arborists perform much of the tree removal process high above the ground. And when they’re aloft, the most important aspect of a chainsaw’s construction is the top handle design. We’ve previewed and reviewed more chainsaws than we can count. Stihl is a brand that always stands out. Indeed, at this year’s Equip Expo, our fearless leader, editor-in-chief Clint DeBoer, served on a panel at the Stihl booth. That said, we’re intimately familiar with their products, including the Stihl MS 201 TC-M Chainsaw.

In fact, this model made our Best Stihl Chainsaw Reviews list. So, without further ado, let’s see why.

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Stihl MS 201 TC-M Chainsaw Performance

Two features that are critical on a top handle chainsaw are weight and bar length. This model has what it takes with both factors.

For one, this tool is a shade over 8 pounds, making it easy to carry and climb with. Meanwhile, you have a choice of bar lengths: 12, 14, and 16 inches. We prefer bars on the shorter side. Even though you get a bit more cut versatility with the latter two, the 12-inch model definitely makes things more manageable when you’re making your way up a tree.

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Specs (14-inch bar)

  • Model: Stihl MS 201 TC-M
  • Engine: 35.2cc
  • Engine power: 2.41 bhp
  • Bar lengths: 12, 14, & 16 in
  • Anti-vibration handle
  • Fuel capacity: 10.5 oz
  • Weight: 8.16 lbs

In terms of power, the Stihl MS 201 TC-M chainsaw has a 35.2cc engine. That’s not bad for the compact design that arborists need. However, power isn’t all that this tool has to offer.

They also incorporated some noteworthy innovations into the 201. For example, these saws are pretty smart. Yup, you read it correctly. Stihl’s M-Tronic technology is at the heart of this unit’s Intelligent Engine Management. Specifically, it automatically adjusts the fuel mixture, as needed, for efficient performance with low emissions, compensating for a dirty air filter and changes in altitude.

Stihl MS 201 TC-M Chainsaw Design

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First, Stihl designed the 201 for comfort, which is a significant feature when you’re dealing with long workdays. It has low vibration and good balance, making it easy to handle, especially when climbing.

What’s more, we like the convenient tool-free access to the gas and oil caps, as well as a translucent tank to easily check fuel levels.

Stihl MS 201 TC-M Price

The Stihl MS 201 TC-M chainsaw sells for $819.99 (14-inch bar). The price varies according to bar size. Stihl backs this tool with a 1-year warranty.

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