Stihl 025 Chainsaw Review: Is It One Of The Best Old Stihl Chainsaws?

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The Stihl 025 Chainsaw was manufactured from 1991 until late 2002, at which time it was replaced by the MS250.

The 025 was a popular chainsaw in Stihl’s compact homeowner series and was designed for ‘demanding occasional use.’ It had all of the advanced features and technology available at that time, such as a side-access chain tensioner (now a standard feature of all saws).

The Stihl 025 is a 45cc, 3hp chainsaw that weighs in at 10.4 lbs. It had a very good power-to-weight ratio for its time and it has proven to be a very reliable and durable chainsaw.

Stihl 025 Chainsaw

stihl 025 specifications

The longevity of these old Stihl chainsaws is evidenced by the fact that there are still so many out there.

Production ended 20 years ago, but the 025 is still many people’s go-to chainsaw for firewood and other light tasks.

While people joke the more powerful 026 is or was better, the 025 has received an endless amount of praise among those who own and use it regularly.

The Stihl 025 was usually sold with a 16-inch bar, but it’s rated for use with anything from 12″ – 18″. Most users agree that it’s better to be run with smaller-sized bars rather than an 18″, as it does lose some of its guts pulling the longer chain.

This saw has a bad reputation among some for not being a Stihl pro saw, but it will cut firewood for many years without issues. It’ll cut most hard and softwoods well, just don’t expect it to do more than it can.

The Stihl 025 is also often used for:

  • Dropping small trees
  • Cleaning up after hurricanes and storms
  • Pruning and limbing trees
  • As a light use farm chainsaw
  • Other light yard work

It’s also a great backup chainsaw, or one to keep in the boot or on the tractor for dealing with downed trees.

Stihl 025 Specs

stihl 025 wood boss chainsaw

This screenshot is from the original Stihl 025 chainsaw product listing back in 2001 – gotta love that old web design!

Here are the 025 specs:

  • 45cc
  • 3 horsepower
  • For use with 12 – 18″ guide bars
  • Best bar length 16″
  • Best used with the #3977 26RM2-62 chain (here on Amazon for 16″ bar)
  • Automatic oiler
  • Powerhead weight of 10.3 lbs

One of the ways to identify the older Stihl chainsaws is by the fuel and oil tank caps. Prior to the flip caps of the MS series chainsaws, the ‘0 series’ had screw-on caps that were a bit tougher to open at times.

You might have a Stihl 250/025 Transformer if it has flip caps and a chain adjuster at the front.

Download the Stihl 025 manual here (Stihl 025 parts diagram)

Stihl 025 Chainsaw Features And Benefits

stihl 025 chainsaw specs

I’ve already mentioned most of the features of the 025 in passing, but here they are to summarize.

025 features:

  • Great power to weight ratio – compared to other saws of the time
  • Side access chain tensioner – better than the older style front mount tensioner
  • Master control lever – on/off, choke, and throttle control with one hand
  • Easy off air filter cover – a great improvement on older chainsaws
  • Inboard mounted chain brake – keeps it away from dirt and debris
  • Outboard mounted sprocket – easier to install bar and chain
  • Easy sprocket replacement – you only need your chainsaw wrench
  • Two piston rings – hold compression over a longer time and cool more efficiently

It has a ton of great features that were not common to most chainsaws of the era.

Stihl 025C

stihl 025c

There was also a Stihl 025C model chainsaw – the ‘C’ meaning that it comes with additional features for comfort.  With the 025C chainsaw, this meant that it was a bit easier to start and operate compared to the standard 025.

Additional features of the 025C included:

  • Elasto start for easier starting
  • Air purge to make starting easier
  • Quick chain adjuster which made tightening the chain easier

Other than these 3 additional features, they were the same machine – same weight, ccs, horsepower, etc.

Stihl 025 Review

The Stihl 025 vs the Stihl 250.

By today’s standards, the 025 could be considered a bit heavy, but it’s still very easy to work with.

Always remember it’s a small homeowner chainsaw and if you use it as such you shouldn’t have any problems. Even though it’s been out of production for 20 years, there are still plenty of parts out there including OEM parts.

It is a good firewood saw and an easy limber.

It is a bit of an underrated saw so if you can pick one up for the right price it’s well worth doing. The 025 is a great little saw, and many people will tell you that it runs better than the newer Stihl saws.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting chainsaw
  • Powerful and gutsy
  • Great for around the home
  • Easy to work with and on
  • All the features you really need

Cons:

  • Parts will become harder to find
  • No longer the best in class

Stihl 025 Price And Parts

stihl 025 chainsaw parts

How much should you buy or sell a Stihl 025 for?

It’s all going to depend on the condition of the saw and the market, but a good example will sell for $200 – $250.

An 025 in good condition for under $150 is a steal.

On eBay at the time of writing, they are priced between $31 and $300, so you can see there is a lot of variation.

Check out the Stihl 025 on eBay here for yourself and see if you can score a deal today.

Where can you get parts for the 025?

Here are some of our favorite spots:

  • On eBay here – carbs, spark plugs, ignition coils, crankcase, and everything else
  • HL Supply here – a huge range of Stihl OEM parts
  • On Amazon here – carbs, oil lines, chains, bars, hardware, air filters, etc.

You can also ask in your local area chainsaw group on FB – you’d be surprised at how many people have old Stihl chainsaws sitting around looking for a new home.

Stihl 025 Alternatives

stihl 025 comparison chart

Here are a few other 40 – 50cc chainsaws you can pick up new today.

The Stihl MS 250 – the chainsaw that replaced the 025.

It’s also a 45cc 3hp chainsaw, but it will perform better with a longer 18-inch bar than the 025. It has a variety of improved features on the 025, including toolless fuel and oil caps, better kickback protection, and easier to access air filter.

The Husqvarna 450 – another good home use chainsaw.

This is a 50cc chainsaw that I use often, and it runs comfortably with a 20-inch bar. It’s obviously a Husky, so it’ll be out of the question for diehard Stihl users, but I think it’s a great saw.

The ECHO CS-310 – for those who want to try out an ECHO.

This is a lower-powered 30cc chainsaw that’s best for limbing and pruning, but you can also do thinner width logs for firewood as well. ECHO saws are known for having a great power-to-weight ratio and are another trusted brand.

Stihl 025 FAQs

What year did Stihl make the 025 chainsaw?

The Stihl 025 years made were 1991 – 2002, at which time it was replaced by the Stihl MS250 chainsaw.

Find out more about Stihl chainsaw production years here.

Is Stihl 025 a pro saw?

The 025 is not a pro saw such as the Stihl 585 or 592XP, it’s an occasional use home and farm chainsaw.

How many cc’s is an old 25 Stihl chainsaw?

The Stihl 025 specification is a 45cc chainsaw.

Where was the Stihl 025 chainsaw made?

Stihl chainsaws are made in the US – at least, the majority of those sold in the US are.

Stihl 025 Chainsaw

Overall, the 025 is a great little chainsaw for those wanting something for light tasks.

It’s a good saw to have in the collection, as it becomes harder to find well-looked after and maintained examples. If you spot one at a reasonable price, make sure to grab it!

For more Stihl homeowner chainsaw info, here’s the Stihl MS180 guide and the MS230 chainsaw guide.

Let us know if you have any more questions or comments down below.

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  1. “The Husqvarna 450…It’s obviously a Husky, so it’ll be out of the question for diehard Stihl users” made me genuinely laugh, because I started reading that saying to myself “Ehhh, Husqvarna, whatever, overrated”.
    Brand loyalty is a very real thing, just like International Harvester fans won’t have anything ‘green’ on their farm, and John Deere fans don’t like red lol.

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