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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. 1 year ago
    Great little saw
    I am so glad I upgraded to a Stihl. This saw is really light weight, starts easy, is very dependable, and I can work hours with this saw without getting winded. Cuts branches and trees up to 16" diameter equally well. I use this saw at least 90% of the time. I have cut over 4 cords of firewood with this saw without a glitch. My other saw is a Stihl MS-390 that is about twice the weight as this saw and I find I only use the 390 on the largest trees over 16" diameter.
  2. 1 year ago
    Perfect Saw
    I am a chainsaw sculptor and purchased this saw as a detail saw. It's a great addition to my collection of Stihl saws! Its so light and maneuverable that I can carve at just about any angle and get into the hard to reach places that need some attention. Great saw for the money.
  3. 3 years ago
    great saw
    This was recommended by my son who is a landscaper....he said that when he is up in a tree it is the easiest to use while trying to balance...well, I do not climb trees at my age but I can tell you it is a wonderful......and the changeable bar is excellent. My husband and I are no longer spring chickens and this saw is really easy to handle and use around our farm is even easier than our pole saw....the pole saw has it uses but is really heavy and after a short while wears you out, even ... read more with the full body brace. but all stihl products are very dependble.....why bother with the rest when you can get the best.
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  1. 4 months ago
    One outstanding chainsaw
    I purchased this item along with 5 other lithium ion battery tools about 1 month ago. We had a severe thunderstorm hit our area the other night and the tree damage was worse than when Hurricane Sandy hit. The msa 200 worked flawlessly. It cut thru various size branches as big as 6 to 8 inches in seconds. Not only was the saw outstanding, but the battery life of the 180 was awesome. I was outside all day without going thru one battery. I purchased this saw with a 12 inch blade. I wish I had time ... read more to make a video to show how well the lithium powered saw worked. Kudos to stihl.
  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 and you will never go back to gasoline
    Never in a million years did I think I would ever give up my gas-powered chain saw for an electric one. Now, after only a couple of months of ownership - I will never go back to gas. I am telling all my friends to make the switch. I'm going around the neighborhood asking people if I can do some tree work in their yard, just for the heck of it - this thing is so easy and fun to use. Lightweight but PLENTY OF POWER, and soooo have to see it (and NOT hear it) to believe it. Now I'm ... read more looking to switch out all of my other lawn and garden equipment......!!!
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  1. 6 months ago
    MONSTER!! What a beast. Should be called FARM BEAST
    This saw melts wood. I purchased a ms 211 for 299$ and after realizing I could get this monster for 419$ with a 20" bar I returned the 211 next day and the dealer had no issues with that! "You have 7 days to return" and if you get this bad boy by 6-30-15 you get a free extra blade that corresponds with bar length! Yes I got a 20" blade for FREE. But I highly recommend printing out the add from this website and taking it too the dealer because it took a little arguing and him reading the paper I ... read more brought for 5 minutes before he painfully handed over the blade!
  2. 1 month ago
    First time chainsaw owner
    Have been using my uncles chainsaws for whatever I need but thought is was time to buy my own. I was worried about power and easiness to start. My uncles had different brands and only one had a Stihl. That one outlasted everyone else's chainsaws. While my other uncles were out buying they're 3rd chainsaw the stihl was still running strong. I bought it from a tractor store and they showed me how to work it and what not to do. When I got home I started cutting. It didn't give me not one problem ... read more and cut like a knife through butter. It is heavy but the vibration control does not tire out your hand.
  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. 2 years ago
    This saw has plenty of power
    I have owned the big box saws for several years. They were good for beginners. I now need at least 3 cords of wood a year for my woodstove. This saw is up to the challenge . The blade is easy to change. Easy to start. One pull after warm. Spend the extra money if you can.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great light saw
    I love the new pull cord system very easy to start just follow instructions exactly. I have a ms311 and older 029 but i use this saw the most because of its power ease to start and how well it cuts. Great limbing saw chain rakes forever to dull. Seems like it uses a but much fuel but orob just me being used to bigger tank on my 311. Very well balanced i use one hand a lot reaching limbs. Highly rec this saw.
  3. 10 months ago
    hard to start
    My Farm Boss MS 290 runs good and has the guts to do the jobs I use it around my small farm. Only negative thing I have about it is it is so hard to pull start. A compression relief would be a great help since I have to use both feet to hold it while pulling start rope. It probably has 25-30 running hours on it now. Hope it becomes easier as time goes on.
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  1. 1 month ago
    Excellent and Reliable
    Excellent choice! I've owned other chainsaws but this is the best by far. The detail in design make it very user The oil/gas caps are great compared to other cap designed; just be careful with the string not to drag sawdust or other debris back in the tank when closing. The chain oil adjustment is very nice and works well. If you follow the owners manual break-in instructions you can't go wrong. Starts very easy every time. I use 93 octane and 50:1. Perfect combo.
  2. 1 week ago
    awesome saw.. eats through cured hedge like ive never seen before.
    ive been cutting firewood for awhile now and alot of it is hedge thats been felled for at least 2 years. this saw makes my job so much easier it makes wish i had bought one years ago. its a bit heavy but thats because its built tough, i use a ms 180 to delimb the felled tree first anyways so no biggie, also the 391 starts easy, easy to maintain, and blows my mind everytime i use it, i like the 180 also easy to maintain, tdurable, powerful, lightweight. so if you are tired of fighting your work ... read more buy a stihl.... thanks stihl
  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. 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. 2 years ago
    Nice saw but .......
    Having higher expectations, I would rate it somewhere between average and good but gave Stihl benefit of the doubt since I like to use their products: Had a MS 200 for several years which barked with power for a little saw. The time came when I had to unfortunately finally retire the MS 200 learning it was no longer available and replaced by the newer MS201. I bought the MS 201 and after 5 min of use realized it was shy of replacing the power of my MS 200. Wish I could buy up a few discontinued ... read more MS 200's and squirrel them away for a rainy day while the tree huggers continue patting themselves on the back for new emission standards. The specs. indicate this saw to be more fuel efficient but if I have to run and rev the saw longer to make the same cut what are we really accomplishing?
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