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MS 291

A high-performance, fuel-efficient chainsaw. Great for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup.

MS 291
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 133reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This machine has everything you can ask for, power,balance,fuel efficient... WHAT A BEAST...had a tree go down in a recent storm,"65' silver maple"removal estimate out of this world!!! Went and bought this beast and did it myself..4.5 hrs. and 3 tanks of fuel later the maple was history. I have used many different "affordable brands" in my day, what a waste of money. You may think the MS 291 is pricey, BUT the performance, ease of use,balance,light weight and fuel efficiency of this machine is worth every dollar. The Ferrari of chain saws in my opinion. July 19, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by POOR OILER Ive had this saw for about a year now. It does seem a bit underpowered which I was very surprised by. My main problems are: takes at least 4-10 pulls to start, it has a very conservative oiler WHICH IS NOT ADJUSTABLE!????????( on a stihl?????), so you burn threw chains like crazy ( only stihl yellow chains btw I buy), and that I literally pick using my 26 year old O26 because it starts first pull, and makes a chain last. I could deal with the saw if it had an adjustable oiler at least. I'm very experienced and have owned many saws. I own my O26 now and this one. Both full Stihl woodsman cases, tool kits, etc. I can't get rid of my O26 cuz of sentimental value so I'm mad I didn't buy a proffesional saw. I only do firewood 2 times a year about 5 cord so I figured this would do it. July 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by ROCK STAR Chainsaw! Purchased this about a year ago. (June 2015)We own a house in the high mountains of Colorado - 10K. I needed to fell quite a few very tall (over 60 ft) pine trees. This saw cut through them like a hot knife through butter! Job done.I then needed to drop a couple of large aspen trees at our place in Denver. I used a 22 ft. tall ladder to get started. After dropping several branches, I went after the main trunk (still atop the ladder) -- I made a misjudgement. The trunk began to fall and took the saw with it. My choices were to hang on or let it go.I let go - dropping the saw over 22 feet down onto a concrete path!!The engine didn't stop, blade immediately stopped. The large black handle bent slightly. The plastic spring connection broke. I continued to use the saw to finish the job. Job done, owner safe.I still can't believe it didn't smash into a bunch of pieces!! Didn't even act like anything happened. Incredible! June 9, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by I miss my MS290. MS291 is not a step up. There are two key design flaws that I see with the MS291. The new twist on air filter design allows dust to get around it. Whenever I remove the filter there is saw dust all over the air intake plenum. I am sure this will shorten the life the engine. I apply grease to the seal area to create a better seal. This reduced the dust getting by but did not eliminate it. Also, the chain will become bound up on the bar when cutting in snow or wet/frozen wood. I never had this problem with my MS290. I think it is because the chain on the MS291 does not coast when idling like the MS290. If I hear the engine starting to bog down, I can pull the bar out of the cut and rev the engine to clear out the chain/bar. If I don't catch it in time, I will spend the next hour scrapping slushy sawdust out of the bar groove with a screw driver. I found the problem was much worse if I used the cold weather bar oil. My neighbor has a MS271 and has experienced the same issue. We are both long time experienced wood cutters.I had a MS290 for 7 years before it got smashed by a falling tree. I liked my MS290 and thought the MS291 would be a like for like replacement; I was wrong. I have been a practicing engineer for 11 years and consider these issues to be key design flaws.I would like to comment on some of the reviews where people have trouble starting their saw. My saw starts very easy from my point of view. If you do not have enough upper body strength to start this saw then you should not be buying a MS291, buy a smaller homeowner saw. June 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product This chainsaw is a great value for the money, very well balance and power. Have to get used to the easy start but is a great feature May 8, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor oiling system Used the ms 291 5 minutes and burnt the bar and chain up cause lack of oil . Took it to dealer had it worked on used it 5 minutes again same thing . Pretty bad I have a new saw and can't use it . May 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw for firewood Bought the saw brand new from a local dealer. Loved the saw and its power. I upgraded the saw by adding a set of dual felling spikes and then a 20 Stihl bar and chisel chain. Fast and great power. Only down side I wish it had was a metal tank and handle assembly like the MS-261. March 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by best saw on the go Real good saw stihl stands by there saws love the 291 has better power then the 290 as that was my last saw and it was a real good saw cut alot off wood March 25, 2016
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