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MS 291

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

MS 291
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 131reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great farm saw I bought this saw lightly used. The bar and chain was a little small for what I was cutting. So a trip to my dealer I bought a new 20 inch bar, and a 325 pitch RS chisel chain (yellow link). I cut, and noodled two cords of wood without having to touch the chain up after all that cutting. There was some hard stuff too Osage Orange, white oak, black locust, it was still throwing the chips. Was easy on fuel, and bar oil. This is a great saw I don't need or want a bigger saw this one has plenty of power and is very nimble when felling trees thank you Stihl for making a great product. March 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value very dependable Great saw for all types of work. Very reliable and easy to maintain. March 20, 2016
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