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MS 311

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MS 311
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 132reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Saw I bought this saw after reading many reviews on the internet and talking to alot of different people. It has very good power and cuts better than any saw I have ever owned or used. The large chain makes quick work of larger trees and will even rip cut when necessary to split extremely large pieces in halves or quarters. I highly recommend this saw to anyone who cuts alot of wood. October 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for cutting firewood. I needed a bigger saw to cut threw about 5 cords a year with. My previous saw was small and was more of a homeowners saw. I only have bought stihl chainsaws and my favorite part about them is their reliability. It runs very smooth has plenty of power for my needs. I got mine with a 20 inch bar witch is perfect for firewood, I also bought the 6 pack of oil to give me a 2 year warranty. June 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's a great saw I cut trees down for a living for a few years and then some I needed a new saw i have a 044 and a 391 there also awesome peaces of equipment it's a shame there is no 044 on the market these days best saw ever the 311 I just bought ran the heckoutta it for the last couple weeks all day everyday and had no problems what so ever all the bad reviews that I am reading are from people that have no clue what they are doing with a saw from what I am reading or do not know how to keep up with what needs done to a saw I will 100% back this saw its not a professional saw but the speed and toughness of this saw for a home owner of fire wood type of guy it's perfect another amazing product from these guys June 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw and all you need I have had a Stihl MS170 for about 8 years and had used one my dad had before that. I was always happy with the quality and reliability. It was perfectly sized for when we lived in the suburbs, but we have since moved to another house (heated with wood) on a wooded 5 acre lot. I decided to buy a bigger saw and I did TONS of research. I was debating between the MS311, MS391, and MS362. I was leaning toward the MS362 being a "pro" saw, although it was obviously more expensive. I talked to the salesman at our local dealer and told him my needs and the models I was considering. To my surprise, he actually recommended the MS311 or MS391 based on my described use. After staring at the 3 saws for a long time, I chose the MS311 because it was a good deal being on sale at the time. I had a moment where I realized that while I was going to be using the saw a lot, I was not going to be using it all day and every day. I take care of all of my tools and I am sure this one will last me. So, got the saw, a woodcutter kit of PPE, felling wedges, chain file, and a high end axe (I was on a roll) and the total coincidentally came within a few cents of what the MS362 would be by itself. Seeing that confirmed to me that I had made the right choice. I took the saw home and started it right up. As others have said, follow the starting instructions and use the full choke sparingly if at all. Man is this saw powerful and sounds great. Feels like getting out of an economy car and into a muscle car. What am I missing hiving the MS311 and not the MS391 or MS362? I have no idea because I bought this one and I am very happy with it. I'll keep the little one for liming as this does weigh quite a bit more. My advice: buy it. June 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by why settle for second best? If you can't afoord 1 save up until you can! I have never owned anything but STIHL chainsaws. I have gone in the woods with lots of folks to bring out firewood or clear out an area to build something. Many was the time when they were fixing and I was cutting, s never considered any other brand. Now I have this bad boy .... WOW.... if you need it down and in pieces this guy will do it fast and efficiently. My last still lasted me over 20 years and all I ever have heated with is wood so I use them a lot. I have only brought down a few trees with this one but I am expecting a long relationship with it. And the icing on the cake...... The folks at Southside.... you can trust them and they will teach you all you need to know about the product you buy. May 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by WORK HORSE This dude is "The Bomb". Always starts on second or third pull (only because that is the way the choke is designed), and runs like a scalded ape! Plenty of power. Cuts through hard woods like a hot knife through butter. Best chain saw I've EVER owned....hands down! May 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The only saw that has never failed My grandfather has one of these. My neighbor has used it i have used it we are both fairly new to chainsaws. My grandfather has never shown it any mercy he runs it wide open every cut he makes. Being the beginner that i am i have accidently done things to this saw during use that i did not know were incorrect these things would shorten the life of other less durable brands. We have run it to heck and back for about four years now and it still runs as if it were brand new i cant say the same for our other saw. Which the heat from the engine has melted the top cover. So when our other saws fail us the stihl ms 311 or as we call it big stihl is always there to bail us out. May 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best East Coast ranch saw that money can buy. I *love* this saw. It's big, it's powerful and it runs like a scalded dog. It will chew through a 2 foot tree like a fat kid through cake, and leave an impressive pile of chips at the end of its rooster tail. It's not a "Pro" saw, but it isn't intended to be. If you want to drop that kind of coin, or if you run a business where you'll use the saw every single day, then good on ya mate. Otherwise, I have not found a better runner. This saw LOVES full chisel pro chains. No, you aren't supposed to use those because they are dangerous, but whatever... learn to use a saw first, and it won't kick back and eat your face off. Chainsaws are a lot like the rest of life; don't do stupid things, and everything goes so much smoother.The pros: Exceptional power; well over 4 H.P. Will spin a 20" chain with no complaints. It will easily run a 25" bar with a full-skip chain. As long as you keep the chain sharp, it will just go through wood like butter. If you are making sawdust instead of chips, hit that thing with a file! Darned near impossible to stall out in the cut (again, if you know how to run a saw). Decent fuel/bar oil capacity. Great fuel economy. Nice solid feel, very responsive, and excellent vibration dampening. Many pro features without the pro price. IT'S A STIHL!The cons: It's heavier and less powerful than the 362, which has the same displacement, but hey; it's also much cheaper. It is a bummer to start until you learn the secrets of this saw: 1) Once it sputters cold, switch to fast idle and pull twice, 'cause it probably won't light up on the first one. If it still feels temperamental then switch to "run" and give a few yanks. It WILL start, just don't be so critical over needing to pull a cord 5 times or so. 2) after you've shut 'er down and pick it up in 30 minutes or whatever, DO NOT be tempted to use anything other than "run". You might have to pull it 3 or 4 times, but it will fire every time once it's ready. If you choke the saw warm, it will take 10-12 pulls to get you going, minimum. You might even need to pull the plug if it's being really stubborn... :/ I've had a lot of saws, and yes this one is kinda picky. The Stihl kill switch: Meh. Never liked pushing something up to kill a saw, especially if it's just out of reach. I have pretty large hands, (I wear XL gloves, and that's only because I can't ever find XXL gloves) and it's still cumbersome. I can't imagine what it would be like if I had little girly hands.In summary, if I had to pick one saw to keep on a desert island, this would be the one. May 3, 2016
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