Starting the saw is straight forward.
Weaknesses: It does seem to lose power in long cuts but this may be an operator failure and the fuel tank is too small for long work.
And when you have to carry it for miles into the woods, the excellent fuel consumption and overall lower weight are a big plus.
Not sure if gasket should have been there, it didnt come with one and was missed by two different Stihl dealers.
Need to use higher grade gas.Still cutting fire wood just fine.I'll never get one of their saws again though.The dealer edt 4 0 crack also noted, as I did, that the chain seemed dry - so maybe I simply got a defective one?
Can't even complain about the cost, you know buying a Stihl that its going to last a damn long time.
I have cut about 30 trees and had no problems with.
I would strongly recommend this saw to somebody that is looking for a good reliable saw for a fair price.
Weaknesses: There are a couple things that I would say are a weakness.
One I traded to get another MS 250.If you have a bad right shoulder, the starting may still be too harsh for you.I hate this saw.Strengths: Cuts great when running.It was dropped in the creek once and was under water for about a minute.Can't recommend it highly enough.