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MS 291

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

MS 291
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 63reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by great saw I bought this saw to cut down three dead pine trees at my parents house and because the other saw i had finaly decided to die after years of use, it wasnt a stihl, i love the ms291 it starts right up runs great it has great power it cut through the dead pine trees like butter. I was suprised how well it did on gas, all around great saw, cuts great love this saw, i will only buy stihl. November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by About perfect I got my MS291 late summer 2013 and was instantly impressed when I first cut w it, a large,hard,dead Sweet Gum that had fallen across a path where we hunt. I got the 20" bar as my other saw, a 74 Homelite XL has one and I'm used to that size bar. It came in handy to cut limbs above my head and in the tangles of the treetop laying on the ground. This saw can pull that 20" chain just fine even w the bar full of seasoned Hickory logs I cut for firewood....... It took about 5 tanks of fuel to break the motor in and the increase in power at 4-5 was very noticeable. The saw feels well balanced in my hands, throttle response is instant and precise and this thing pulls through a fat log w ease...... Then I got a full chisel chain and wow, my saw is now perfection to me. Power to weight ratio can't be beat, starts on the second or third pull every time when cold or not run for months and w one pull when warmed up. I use non ethanol fuel and fuel stabilizer and don't drain the tank as directed and have never had any problems w starting my saw..........she's a keeper. November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great chainsaw This saw is great for felling trees and cutting them into firewood quickly and easily. My only recommendation would be to replace the low-kickback chain with a more aggressive one. October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Terrific Saw I bought this saw ito replace a 20 year old Stihl. I was actually looking for a 290 Farm Boss but I hadn't realized that thd 290 was replaced by the 291. I opted for the 18 inch bar which will handle 90% of my sawing needs.So far I've only run 5 tanks of fuel through the saw but I couldn't be happier with its performance. The saw came with the green safety chain but I purchased a yellow chain for comparison. The green safety chain works well enough but the yellow chain really eats through the wood much faster. Just be careful as the yellow chains do have a higher potential for kickback if the saw is mishandled.The saw has ample power and is very easy to start-just read the directions. Full choke until the saw burps and then half choke and its running. The saw is easy to maintain and the oiler works terrific. The saw is also very fuel efficient.So there you have it. Plenty of power, easy starting, fuel efficient and low maintenance. I really couldn't be happier with my purchase. As a side note, I typically cut 7-10 cords a year and I expect the saw to perform well. October 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wow!! This is a real chainsaw! My old Stihl chainsaw finally retired after 35 years of great service. So naturally, I wanted a new Stihl to replace the old one. After talking to my local Stihl dealer I picked this MS 291 model. Holy Cow !! What a great saw! I cut through oak logs two feet thick like they were made of butter!! The machine starts easily and runs like a fine watch. Plenty of power and runs so smooth. I cut 12-15 face cords of hardwood a year for firewood and this machine handles it flawlessly. Buy a Stihl and you will not regret it. October 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by respect This saw is a hard working saw. Runs great little hard to get started on a cool morning at 1st. I wish this could be fixed. I'm down cause I let this saw run into the top of my left hand. 3 more weeks and I should be able to get back at it. Chains are reasonably priced. I love this saw this accident has made me more eager to use it. I use this 4 days a week 4 hours a day trimming cedar for barn post or fence post. Customer said I want all cedars gone on 45 acres I hired another full time hand saw I needed a trimming saw and with out a doubt I said I better get to the store and get me a stihl October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of power Lots of power for cutting through large logs for firewood and has been a great for cutting large trees while clearing our property October 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by One heck of an upgrade We just bought a home that has an outdoor wood boiler that began the search for wood. A friend had his lot logged two years ago and offered the tops to me for the price of "come and get em". The first few days I borrowed a saw, needless to say it was underwhelming and over taxed for what I wanted to do. Off to Agtrac in Genoa NY. (These guys and gals Rock) I was wavering between the Ms 271 and the 291, Quarter horse more and a bit lighter had me walking out with the MS 291. I might add that I did get the file set as well. (sharpens a 30 degrees.) So after waiting two days to return to the woods I started with the old saw, I figured I would use it till the chain dulled. It didn't make it that long. What it did was make me really happy that I bought the Stihl. Three pulls on full choke and it tried to fire, half choke and off to the races. I had the proverbial Hot knife and those logs were nothing but butter. following the directions, Yes I read them, Two days remember... I stopped after the chain was warm and tightened things up. I think I adjusted maybe 6 times, mostly because it was so easy having the bolts and adjustment screw on the right side of the saw. Looking at the bar after running the saw for awhile I thought maybe the oilier wasn't working. Checked the tank and it was dropping so I lifted the chain out of the groove some and there it was, oil. Not like the old saw at all. Like others have said as well the motor doesn't use a lot of gas. and My hands didn't feel like they were still buzzing at the end of three piles of firewood.So.. Easy to start (I prefer the standing while holding between the knees)Easy to handle, The Gripping teeth are long enough to really do something.Easy to adjust the chain.I sharpened the chain with the saw in my lap, Not sure if that is a plus to anyone but it was to me.Vibration was minimal !!!This saw is big enough And small enough for me that I could see it as my only one. (and currently it is my only one)Like butter the Hot knife*Important* Directions say to slacken the chain when your finished cutting due to the chain shrinking when It cools. (I took this to mean extended breaks and end of day) October 19, 2014
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