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    STIHL MS 201 TC-MInstruction Manual 
    							Original Instruction Manual Printed on chlorine-free paper
    Printing inks contain vegetable oils, paper can be recycled. © ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG, 2018
    0458-599-0121-A. VA5.B18. 
    MS 201 TC-M
    {This instruction manual is protected by copyright. All rights reserved, especially the rights to reproduce, translate and process 
    with electronic systems.
    Dear Customer,
    Thank you for choosing a quality 
    engineered STIHL product.
    It has been built using modern 
    production techniques and 
    comprehensive quality assurance. 
    Every effort has been made to ensure 
    your satisfaction and trouble-free use of 
    the product.
    Please contact your dealer or our sales 
    company if you have any queries 
    concerning this product.
    Dr. Nikolas Stihl Guide to Using this Manual 2
    Safety Precautions 3
    Reactive Forces 9
    Working Techniques 10
    Cutting Attachment 12
    Mounting the Bar and Chain 12
    Tensioning the Saw Chain (side 
    chain tensioner) 13
    Checking Chain Tension 14
    Fuel 14
    Fueling 15
    Chain Lubricant 17
    Filling Chain Oil Tank 17
    Checking Chain Lubrication 18
    Chain Brake 18
    Winter Operation 19
    Starting / Stopping the Engine 20
    Operating Instructions 22
    Oil Quantity Control 23
    Taking Care of the Guide Bar 24
    Cleaning the Air Filter 24
    M-Tronic 25
    Spark Plug 25
    Storing the Machine 26
    Checking and Replacing the Chain 
    Sprocket 27
    Maintaining and Sharpening the 
    Saw Chain 28
    Maintenance and Care 32
    Minimize Wear and Avoid Damage 34
    Main Parts 35
    Specifications 36Ordering Spare Parts 37
    Maintenance and Repairs 37
    Disposal 38
    EC Declaration of Conformity 38 
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    2 This Instruction Manual refers to a 
    STIHL chain saw, also called a machine 
    in this Instruction Manual.
    Pictograms that appear on the machine 
    are explained in this Instruction Manual.
    Depending on the machine and 
    equipment version, the following 
    pictograms may appear on the machine.
    Symbols in text
    Warning where there is a risk of an 
    accident or personal injury or serious 
    damage to property.
    Caution where there is a risk of 
    damaging the machine or its individual 
    Engineering improvements
    STIHL's philosophy is to continually 
    improve all of its products. For this 
    reason we may modify the design, 
    engineering and appearance of our 
    products periodically.
    Therefore, some changes, modifications 
    and improvements may not be covered 
    in this manual.Guide to Using this Manual
    Fuel tank; fuel mixture of 
    gasoline and engine oil
    Tank for chain oil; chain 
    Engage and release 
    chain brake
    Coasting brake
    Direction of chain travel
    Ematic; chain oil flow 
    Tension saw chain
    Intake air baffle: winter 
    Intake air baffle: summer 
    Handle heating
    Actuate decompression 
    Actuate manual fuel 
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    Observe all applicable local safety 
    regulations, standards and ordinances.The use of noise emitting power tools 
    may be restricted to certain times by 
    national or local regulations.
    If you have not used this model before: 
    Have your dealer or other experienced 
    user show you how to operate your 
    machine or attend a special course in its 
    Minors should never be allowed to use a 
    chainsaw. Exceptions to this rule are 
    young persons older than 16 who have 
    been trained in special cutting 
    techniques with the tree surgery saw.
    Keep bystanders, especially children, 
    and animals away from the work area.
    The user is responsible for avoiding 
    injury to third parties or damage to their 
    Do not lend or rent your chain saw 
    without the instruction manual. All users 
    must be specially trained in tree surgery 
    work with a tree surgery saw and be 
    familiar with this model and its operation.
    To operate a chain saw you must be 
    rested, in good physical condition and 
    mental health. If you have any condition 
    that might be aggravated by strenuous 
    work, check with your doctor before 
    operating a chainsaw.
    Do not operate the chain saw if you are 
    under the influence of any substance 
    (drugs, alcohol) which might impair 
    vision, dexterity or judgment.
    To reduce the risk of accidents or injury, 
    put off the work in poor weather 
    conditions (rain, snow, ice, wind).
    Persons with pacemakers only: The 
    ignition system of your chainsaw 
    produces an electromagnetic field of a 
    very low intensity. This field may interfere with some pacemakers. To 
    reduce health risks, STIHL recommends 
    that persons with pacemakers consult 
    their physician and the pacemaker 
    manufacturer before operating this 
    power tool.
    Intended Use
    Tree surgery chainsaws are special-
    purpose saws equipped with a top 
    handle. They are designed specifically 
    for tree surgery and maintenance in the 
    crown of the standing tree.
    Chainsaw operators must be properly 
    secured while working in a tree (e.g. lift 
    bucket, personal safety equipment, 
    safety harness).
    The chainsaw may be used for cutting 
    wood and wooden objects only.
    It must not be used for any other 
    purpose because of the increased risk of 
    They must not be used for felling trees or 
    cutting firewood. Normal chainsaws with 
    wider spaced handles are 
    recommended for such operations.
    Never attempt to modify your saw in any 
    way since this may increase the risk of 
    personal injury. STIHL excludes all 
    liability for personal injury and damage 
    to property caused while using 
    unauthorized attachments.
    Clothing and Equipment
    Wear proper protective clothing and 
    Safety Precautions
    This special chain 
    saw shall be used 
    only by persons 
    who are trained in 
    special cutting and 
    Due to the special handle 
    design (closely spaced 
    handles) there is an 
    increased risk of injury 
    using this kind of saw (cut 
    injuries due to uncon-
    trolled reactive forces of 
    the chain saw). Special 
    safety precautions must 
    be observed to reduce 
    the risk of personal injury 
    when working with a 
    chainsaw because of the 
    very high chain speed 
    and very sharp cutters.
    It is important that you 
    read the instruction man-
    ual before first use and 
    keep it in a safe place for 
    future reference. Non-
    observance of the 
    instruction manual may 
    result in serious or even 
    fatal injury. 
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    4 Avoid clothing that could get caught on 
    branches, brush or moving parts of the 
    machine. Do not wear a scarf, necktie or 
    jewelery. Tie up and confine long hair 
    (headscarf, cap, hard hat, etc.).
    Wear a face shield and make sure it fits 
    Wear "personal" hearing protection – for 
    example, ear defenders.
    Wear a hard hat with a chin strap 
    wherever there is any risk of falling 
    objects.STIHL can supply a comprehensive 
    range of personal protective clothing 
    and equipment.
    Use a personal fall arrest system.
    Use only certified equipment that is 
    suitable for the application concerned.
    Check the condition of the equipment 
    before use and replace broken parts.
    Always stop the engine, engage the 
    chain brake and fit the chain guard 
    (scabbard) before carrying the saw short 
    distances. This avoids the risk of the 
    chain running unintentionally.
    Always carry the saw by the control 
    handle – with the hot muffler away from 
    your body – the guide bar must point to 
    the rear. To reduce the risk of serious 
    burn injuries, avoid touching hot parts of 
    the machine, especially the surface of 
    the muffler.
    In vehicles: Properly secure your saw to 
    prevent turnover, fuel spillage and 
    Clean plastic parts with a cloth. Harsh 
    detergents can damage the plastic.Clean the dust and dirt off the machine – 
    do not use any grease solvents for this 
    Clean the ventilation slots if necessary.
    Do not use a high-pressure cleaner to 
    clean the machine. The hard jet of water 
    can damage parts of the machine.
    Only use those tools, guide bars, chains, 
    chain sprockets, accessories or 
    technically equivalent components that 
    have been approved by STIHL for this 
    machine. If you have any questions in 
    this respect, consult a servicing dealer. 
    Use only high quality tools and 
    accessories. Otherwise, there may be a 
    risk of accidents and damage to the 
    STIHL recommends the use of genuine 
    STIHL tools, guide bars, chains, chain 
    sprockets and accessories. They are 
    specifically designed to match your 
    model and meet your performance 
    Switch off the engine before refuelling.
    Never refuel the machine while the 
    engine is still hot – the fuel may spill over 
    – risk of fire! Clothing must be sturdy 
    and snug-fitting, but allow 
    complete freedom of 
    movement. Wear snug-
    fitting clothing with cut-
    retardant pads for feet, 
    legs, hands and forearms 
    – an overall, not a loose-
    fitting jacket.
    Wear suitable safety 
    shoes – with cut-retard-
    ant material, non-slip 
    soles and steel toe caps.
    To reduce the risk of eye 
    injuries, wear tight-fitting 
    safety goggles conform-
    ing to standard EN 166. 
    Make sure that the safety 
    goggles fit correctly.
    Wear sturdy protective 
    gloves made of a resist-
    ant material (e.g. leather) 
    – with cut-retardant 
    0012BA024 KN
    							MS 201 TC-M
    5 Open the fuel filler cap carefully so that 
    any excess pressure is relieved 
    gradually and fuel does not splash out.
    The machine may only be refuelled in a 
    well ventilated place. Clean the machine 
    immediately if fuel is spilled. Do not spill 
    fuel over your clothing – contaminated 
    clothing must be changed immediately.
    The machines can be equipped with the 
    following filler caps as standard:
    Cliplock filler cap (bayonet-type)
    This helps reduce the risk of unit 
    vibrations causing an incorrectly 
    tightened filler cap to loosen or come off 
    and spill quantities of fuel.
    Before Starting Work
    Check that your saw is properly 
    assembled and in good condition – refer 
    to appropriate chapters in the instruction 
    –Check the fuel system for leaks, 
    paying special attention to visible 
    parts such as the tank cap, hose 
    connections and the manual fuel 
    pump (on machines so equipped). If there are any leaks or damage, do 
    not start the engine – risk of fire. 
    Have your saw repaired by a 
    servicing dealer before using it 
    –Check operation of chain brake, 
    front hand guard
    –Correctly mounted guide bar
    –Correctly tensioned chain
    –The trigger and trigger lockout must 
    move freely and spring back to the 
    idle position when they are 
    –Master Control lever must move 
    easily to STOP, 0 or †
    –Check that the spark plug boot is 
    secure – a loose boot may cause 
    arcing that could ignite combustible 
    fumes and cause a fire.
    –Never attempt to modify the controls 
    or safety devices in any way.
    –Keep the handles dry and clean – 
    free from oil and dirt – for safe 
    control of the saw.
    –Make sure there is sufficient fuel 
    and chain oil in the tanks.
    To reduce the risk of personal injury, do 
    not operate your saw if it is damaged or 
    not properly assembled.
    Starting the Saw
    Start the saw on level ground only. Make 
    sure you have a firm footing. Hold the 
    saw firmly. To reduce the risk of injury 
    from the rotating chain, check that the 
    cutting attachment is not touching any 
    object or the ground .The chainsaw is a one-person saw. Do 
    not allow other persons in the work area 
    – even when starting.
    Do not attempt to start the saw when the 
    saw chain is in a cut.
    Starting the saw in a tree is very 
    dangerous since the user may lose 
    control of the machine – risk of injury.
    The tree surgery saw should be 
    checked, fueled, started and warmed up 
    by an assistant on the ground before it is 
    transported up to the operator in the 
    Start the engine at least 3 meters from 
    the fueling spot, outdoors only.
    To reduce risk of chain rotation and 
    personal injury, lock the chain with the 
    chain brake before starting.
    Do not drop start the power tool – start 
    the engine as described in the 
    instruction manual.
    During Operation
    When working in the tree, always secure 
    the chainsaw with a rope – tie it to the 
    ring and attach it to the lifeline. Always 
    engage the chain brake before letting 
    the chainsaw hang by the rope. Place the cliplock filler 
    cap (bayonet-type) in 
    position, turn as far as 
    stop and fold the cliplock 
    Look out for leaks! Never 
    start the engine if fuel has 
    been spilled or is leaking 
    – Fatal burns may result! 
    							MS 201 TC-M
    6 Use the tree surgery chainsaw with one 
    hand only:
    –if two-handed cutting is not possible 
    –if one hand is required for support 
    during the cut and–if the saw is held firmly and
    –if all parts of your body are clear of 
    the cutting attachment.
    During one-handed cutting:
    –never support yourself on the limb 
    being cut
    –never cut with the bar nose
    –never attempt to hold falling limbs
    Make sure you always have good 
    balance and secure footing. To avoid 
    slipping, take special care when the bark 
    is wet.
    In the event of impending danger or in 
    an emergency, switch off the engine 
    immediately – move the Master Control 
    lever in the direction of STOP, 0  or †.
    Never leave a running saw unattended.
    Take special care in slippery conditions 
    – damp, snow, ice, on slopes, uneven 
    ground and freshly debarked logs.
    Watch out for obstacles such as tree 
    stumps, roots and ditches which could 
    cause you to trip or stumble.
    Do not work alone – keep within calling 
    distance of other persons trained in first 
    aid who can provide assistance in an 
    emergency. Helpers at the cutting site 
    must also wear protective clothing (hard 
    hat) and stand well clear of the branches 
    being cut.
    Be particularly alert and cautious when 
    wearing hearing protection because 
    your ability to hear warnings (shouts, 
    alarms, etc.) is restricted.
    To reduce the risk of accidents, take a 
    break in good time to avoid tiredness or 
    exhaustion. The dusts (e.g. sawdust), vapor and 
    smoke produced during operation may 
    be dangerous to health. If dust levels are 
    very high, wear a suitable respirator.
    When the engine is running: Note that 
    the chain continues to rotate for a short 
    period after you let go of the throttle 
    trigger (flywheel effect).
    To reduce the risk of fire, do not smoke 
    while operating or standing near your 
    chainsaw. Note that combustible fuel 
    vapor may escape from the fuel system.
    Check the saw chain at regular short 
    intervals during operation or 
    immediately if there is a noticeable 
    change in cutting behavior:
    –Shut off the engine and wait until the 
    chain comes to a complete 
    –Check condition and proper 
    –Check sharpness.
    Do not touch the chain while the engine 
    is running. If the chain becomes jammed 
    by an obstruction, switch off the engine 
    immediately before attempting to 
    remove the obstruction – risk of injury.
    Always shut off the engine before 
    leaving the saw unattended.
    Shut off the engine before changing the 
    saw chain. This avoids the risk of injury 
    from the engine starting unintentionally.
    To reduce risk of fire, keep hot exhaust 
    gases and hot muffler away from easily 
    combustible materials (e.g. wood chips, 
    bark, dry grass, fuel). Mufflers with a 
    catalytic converter can become 
    particularly hot. To reduce the risk of 
    accidents and injuries, 
    always hold your saw 
    firmly with both hands: 
    Right hand on the control 
    handle, even if you are 
    left-handed. To ensure 
    safe control, wrap your 
    fingers tightly around 
    both handles.
    One-handed operation is 
    particularly dangerous, 
    e.g. when cutting dry, 
    knotty and dead wood, 
    the chain may not enter 
    the cut properly. The 
    resultant reactive forces 
    may cause the saw to 
    skate or bounce on the 
    limb and slide out of con-
    trol. This increases the 
    risk of serious or even 
    fatal injury.
    0012BA019 KN
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    7 Never operate your saw without proper 
    chain lubrication – check oil level 
    regularly during operation. Stop work 
    immediately if the oil level is too low and 
    refill the oil tank – see also chapters on 
    "Filling Chain Oil Tank" and "Checking 
    Chain Lubrication".
    If your saw is subjected to unusually 
    high loads for which it was not designed 
    (e.g. heavy impact or a fall), always 
    check that it is in good condition before 
    continuing work – see also "Before 
    Starting Work".
    Check the fuel system in particular for 
    leaks and make sure the safety devices 
    are working properly. Do not continue 
    operating your saw if it is damaged. In 
    case of doubt, have the unit checked by 
    your servicing dealer.
    Make sure the idle speed setting is 
    correct. The chain must not run when 
    the engine is idling with the throttle 
    trigger released. Check and correct the 
    idle speed setting regularly. It the chain 
    continues to rotate when the engine is 
    idling, have your dealer make proper 
    adjustments or repairs.Ensure proper ventilation when working 
    in trenches, hollows or other confined 
    locations – risk of fatal injury from 
    breathing toxic fumes!
    If you feel sick, have a headache, vision 
    problems (e. g., your field of vision gets 
    smaller), hearing problems, dizziness or 
    inability to concentrate, stop work 
    immediately. Such symptoms may be 
    caused by an excessively high 
    concentration of exhaust emissions – 
    risk of accident!
    After finishing work
    Switch off the motor, engage the chain 
    brake and attach the chain scabbard.
    When the machine is not in use, it 
    should be stored in such a way that no-
    one is endangered. Secure the machine 
    against unauthorised use.
    Store the machine in a safe, dry room.
    Loss-proof chain scabbard
    The loss-proof chain scabbard is 
    designed especially for using the chain 
    saw in a tree.Rings (1) – for fastening the chain 
    scabbard to the user's harness.
    Snap fitting (2) – the loss-proof chain 
    scabbard is held firmly on the sprocket 
    cover of the chain saw. This keeps it 
    from slipping off of the guide bar during 
    Broad base (3) – for covering the spiked 
    Always push the chain scabbard onto 
    the guide bar as far as it will go. Snap 
    fitting (2) must snap onto the chain 
    sprocket cover. The chain saw produces 
    poisonous exhaust gases 
    as soon as the engine 
    starts. These gases may 
    be colourless and odour-
    less and may contain 
    unburnt hydrocarbons 
    and benzene. Never work 
    with the machine indoors 
    or in poorly ventilated 
    areas, even if your 
    machine is equipped with 
    a catalytic converter.
    230012BA029 KN
    0012BA028 KN
    							MS 201 TC-M
    8 Always use one of the two rings to fasten 
    the chain scabbard to the harness for 
    storage while working.
    Always use the pull-out ring (4) on the 
    back of the chain saw to transport and 
    secure the chain saw on a rope.
    Never use one of the chain scabbard 
    rings (1) to transport or secure the chain 
    saw – risk of accident due to falling chain 
    Prolonged use of the power tool may 
    result in vibration-induced circulation 
    problems in the hands (whitefinger 
    No general recommendation can be 
    given for the length of usage because it 
    depends on several factors.
    The period of usage is prolonged by:
    –Hand protection (wearing warm 
    –Work breaks
    The period of usage is shortened by:
    –Any personal tendency to suffer 
    from poor circulation (symptoms: 
    frequently cold fingers, tingling 
    –Low outside temperatures.
    –The force with which the handles 
    are held (a tight grip restricts 
    Continual and regular users should 
    monitor closely the condition of their 
    hands and fingers. If any of the above 
    symptoms appear (e.g. tingling 
    sensation in fingers), seek medical 
    Maintenance and repairs
    Always switch off the engine before any 
    repair, cleaning or maintenance work 
    and any work on the chain. Risk of injury 
    if the engine starts inadvertently!The machine must be serviced regularly. 
    Do not attempt any maintenance or 
    repair work not described in the 
    Instruction Manual. All other work should 
    be carried out by a servicing dealer.
    STIHL recommends that maintenance 
    and repair work be carried out only by 
    authorised STIHL dealers. STIHL 
    dealers receive regular training and are 
    supplied with technical information.
    Use only high-quality spare parts. 
    Otherwise, there may be a risk of 
    accidents and damage to the machine. If 
    you have any questions in this respect, 
    consult a servicing dealer.
    Do not modify the machine in any way – 
    this may increase the risk of personal 
    injury –risk of accidents!
    To reduce the risk of fire due to ignition 
    outside the cylinder, move the master 
    control level to STOP, 0 or † before 
    turning the engine over on the starter 
    when the spark plug boot is removed or 
    the spark plug is unscrewed!
    Do not service or store the machine near 
    a naked flame – risk of fire due to the 
    Check fuel cap regularly for tightness.
    Use only spark plugs that are in perfect 
    condition and have been approved by 
    STIHL – see "Specifications".
    Check ignition lead (insulation in good 
    condition, secure connection).
    Check that the muffler is in perfect 
    working condition.
    Do not use the machine if the muffler is 
    damaged or missing – risk of fire, 
    damage to hearing!
    Never touch a hot muffler – risk of burns!
    0012BA026 KN
    0012BA027 KN 
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