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Farm & Ranch Saws

Some chainsaws have to work for a living. Whether on a farm. Or out on the ranch. No matter where there’s work to be done, the proven dependability of a STIHL is on the job. STIHL offers a variety of high-performance chainsaws that are engineered for service, day in and day out. The chainsaws in the “Farm & Ranch” category are ideal for a variety of uses. One thing you can be sure of – they have what it takes to get the job done. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, B = Quick Chain Adjuster, E = Easy2Start™, and Q = an additional chain braking system.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.
Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Guide Bar Lengths* (Recommended Ranges)
MS 150 C-E 23.6 cc (1.44 cu. in.) 1.0 kW (1.34 bhp) 2.75 kg (6.1 lbs) 30 cm (12") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Mini
MSE 210 C-BQ -- 1.8 kW (15.0 amps) 4.2 kg (9.4 lbs) 12”, 14”, or 16”
MS 192 C-E 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp) 3.3 kg (7.4 lbs.) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
MS 193 C-E 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.74 bhp) 3.45 kg (7.61 lbs.) 35 cm (14") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
MS 201 C-E 35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in.) 1.8 kW (2.41 bhp) 4.1 kg (8.82 lbs.) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16")
MS 271 FARM BOSS® 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 2.6 kW (3.49 bhp) 5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20") STIHL ROLLOMATIC®
MS 291 55.5 cc (3.39 cu. in.) 2.8 kW (3.76 bhp) 5.6 kg (12.3 Ibs.) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
MS 291 C-BEQ 55.5 cc (3.39 cu. in.) 2.8 kW (3.76 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs.) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
MS 311 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.1 kW (4.2 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.67 Ibs.) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
MS 391 64.1 cc (3.9 cu. in.) 3.3 kW (4.4 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.67 Ibs.) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
MSA 200 C-BQ -- -- -- 35 cm (14")
Average rating for Farm & Ranch Chainsaw Reviews
(4.6 / 5)
618 Reviews
  1. 4 weeks ago
    This saw is a monster
    My brother and I went into a Stihl shop and both walked out with brand new saws. He bought the 391, and I bought the 311. Mine keeps up with his just fine. There is very little noticeable difference between the two. This saw is a monster!
  2. 2 months ago
    Worth the investment
    I bought a stihl 311 and of course it cost me but it was an investment. We burn wood for heat so i needed a machine that could do it. I tried other brands that were cheaper but i discovered that a lot of them are "weekend warrior" saws. For those who burn wood Stihl is the way to go. It is an investment, meaning they are expensive, but it is worth it, trust me. I am a stihl man now. My weed eater is sthil, and going forward, all my eauiptment will ve stihl. The quality is there forsure. The ... read more 311 is a mean a@# saw to say the least. Chad. Kentucky
  3. 3 months ago
    starts rain ,shine ,or snow every time
    have 2 1 with 16" 1 with 20" bar. great saws very reliable(marine const.) use every day cutting piles notches, plunge cuts,shiplaps. 41/2 yrs not 1 problem
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  1. 1 month ago
    My companies work horse
    I own APS Tree Service in Flagler County Florida. I only use Stihl products and I stand by them. This saw the MS271 is my go to saw. I have a 20" bar on it and we run it for hours everyday. It has never let me down and has plenty of power to fall and limb trees. I own many Stihl saws of various sizes but again this is my main worker. I would recommend this saw to anyone who needs a real chain saw.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    Exellent Saw
    I really like this saw, it runs great, has plenty of power and starts easily.
  3. 2 months ago
    Hot Knife Through Butter
    I purchased this saw recently and have been constantly impressed with how well it handles. I am able to handle long cutting sessions with little fatigue. I always feel in control of this saw. It has plenty of power to drive the 20" bar and chain without bogging down.
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  1. 1 year ago
    201 is a great lightweight saw
    I volunteer each week cutting up and burning invasives in forest preserves. I drop and cut up trees from 1-14 inches, for hours at a stretch. My 261 is too heavy. I had a 192 that was light…the reduced weight does make a huge difference. But I wanted some more power, and the 201 has much more power than a 192. Now I have lightness and power. The 201 has a heat diverter by the carb for cold weather running (I work in sub-freezing weather and starting is no problem at all.) I’ve never had to move ... read more the adjustment screws. The clutch is on the OUTSIDE of the sprocket - it looks weird but it works fine. I use a Stihl carbide chain. It's nicer than a standard chain, but is not magic. I use a lightweight polymer bar too.
  2. 3 years ago
    Lots of power, small package
    I carve stuff out of wood with chainsaws. This is one of my go-to saws. The other is its predecessor a stihl MS 200. Both are reliable lightweight cutting little monsters. I own 4 other saws that tend to collect dust just because these two are so easy to cut with and won't make you feel like an old rag after 8 hours of continous work. The 201 is a good bit better on fuel and has an easier to clean air filter with a shock dampening system that refuses to translate jolts to your arms. The 200 is ... read more just a bit lighter, but I wouldn't trade either for any other saw that I know of.
  3. 3 years ago
    The saw I use most now
    I bought my first Stihl 20 years ago. I have used it extensively with both a 16 inch bar and an 18 inch bar. We live on a farm and we use this saw to clear pathways for our tractor as well as cut wood for our fireplace. Two years ago a small tornado came through our woods and took down over 12 trees all taller than 60 ft.It also blew some across our road out of the farm. As you can guess there were a lot of limbs ranging from a few inches to a foot in diameter. The 18 inch Stihl was too large to ... read more work with in the midst of all the limbs. Therefore we bought the MS201 C-E to use clearing limbs so we could get to the "log" trunks. I found the 201 so "strong", light and easy to handle that I started using it on the tree trunks up to 12 inches in diameter with no problems at all. I now reach for the 201 whenever I am going to cut wood. The larger Stihl only get used on very large wood. I also have a Stihl Pole Saw. I recomend the MS201CE as the basic saw to buy for a chain saw. It will do 80% of all the wood cutting necessary for the average job and it won't tire you out.
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  1. 1 year ago
    Great chainsaw for older home owners
    A cordless with actual power available Very good for older home owners Good run time Get at least the mid grade charger Too pricey, but is still worth it
  2. 2 years ago
    Outstanding performance
    I purchased this saw intending to use it for light duty yard spring cleanup. I have found instead that I choose it over my gas-powered saws for almost every job including working in my sugarbush. This saw is amazingly powerful and handles cutting jobs even in oak up to a foot through without bogging down. I was apprehensive about a battery operated chainsaw but after using the MSA 200C I am thoroughly impressed with its capabilities.
  3. 1 year ago
    Buy this saw!
    I wanted something to cut some overgrown weeds and small branches that were too much for an ordinary hedge trimmer. This saw handle that effortlessly. Make no mistake, I felt confident that it has enough torque to handle even bigger jobs such as sawing down tree limbs. I especially love the brake controlf that instantly stops the blade as soon as you let go of the power switch. Of course being a Stihl it is pricey, but well worth the investment.
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  1. 1 year ago
    Excellent Saw for Serious Cutting
    I purchased this saw a few years ago. I have used it pretty heavily in this time frame. I run the 20" and the 25" bar on this saw, mostly the 25". This saw is a little heavy, as to be expected with a saw this size, but you cut through logs nearly effortlessly with a good sharp chain. It is a powerhouse. I have had no issues with the saw whatsoever. As always, Stihl delivers a solid, reliable, quality product. I would not recommend any other brand to anyone.
  2. 4 months ago
    Lives up to the Stihl name
    This was my first Stihl that I purchased as brand new (got it while it was on sale). All of my other Stihls that I own I purchased as used (18, 28, 36, 44). It is just as reliable as all of the Stihls I have owned, with one exception: it doesn't run very well on old mix and it definitely needs Stihl mix to run at it's peak performance. My older Stihls were not finicky on old mix. For the price, this is a great saw for felling trees and crosscutting for firewood.
  3. 4 months ago
    i love the power
    i have a ms 290 and was wanting a bigger more powerful chainsaw i cut a lot of firewood some 30 plus inch logs and the ms 290 is good but lacked the power i needed to get the big jobs done so i got the ms 391 and love it so far its got plenty of power my only complaint is that its heavy but if you can over come the weight its a great chainsaw to get.
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  1. 9 months ago
    fuel efficiency at its finest with PLENTY of power
    being born and raised in the state of Oregon i have owned/operated many chainsaws in my lifetime. the 291 literally 'melted' through a Rock Maple yesterday afternoon when Wisconsin's weather had moderated enough to fell that tree. this machine is VERY fuel efficient, is easy to start, and a workhorse that is 'Second-To-None.' i am Very Happy that i searched until i found the 291 as its popularity here keeps them sold out often. FIVE STARS from someone that used a Felling ( a two-cylinder beast ) ... read more Saw and worked the slopes of Mount Saint Helens years ago.
  2. 2 months ago
    1 word POWER, Stihl is not expensive it's priceless
    This saw left me with no buyers remorse, after using it several times. You've been thinking about this purchase and comparing product and prices etc. Take my word for it the name Sthil stands on its own this unit is the best you can buy. I'm getting it pin stripped it's so sweet.The saw is a beautiful piece of equipment that I'll forever be happy that I own. You should buy a stihl too.
  3. 3 months ago
    Great all around saw.
    I've owned my 291 for over 4 years now and haven't had one problem. I use it for cutting firewood and am not always overly gentle with it. It has never quit me nor has any part failed. Couldn't ask for anything better nor would I want anything changed. Excellent saw.
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