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MS 311

Advanced engine technology improves fuel economy by up to 20% over previous model chainsaws for longer run times.

MS 311
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 127reviewers.
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 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by Do not buy Sorry piece of it. Not up to stihl standards. Would not buy r recommend to anybody hands down the worst stihl product I have ever used April 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw I needed something bigger then the Farm Boss and this works great. It's plenty powerful and works great for everything I use it for. Great for dropping trees and cutting fire wood. April 4, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Brand New MS311 Chainsaw HARD To Start, Carb Leaking!!! Floods out WAY too Easy!! Never use the Full Choke or it Won't start for an Hour... When it Floods out it fills up the Muffler with Gas & Leaks out onto the Head. Carb issues.... March 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great All Around Machine Figured I'd wait until I owned it for a year to review it. I've not had any issues whatsoever with this chainsaw. It is definitely a workhorse and has been very dependable. Starting it is a breeze even without the decompression knob pressed. Recently, it had sat for about three to four months un-used and started on the fourth pull. If you don't pay attention to it, I can see some people pulling forever while the choke is in the starting position but usually after two pulls it turns over. Plenty of power for anything I've found up to an 18 inch cedar (because that's the biggest I've cut thus far). I'd buy another in a heartbeat. March 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing and Outstanding Saw This saw is amazing for the balance and cutting capability and ease of use. The fuel and oil caps are easy to use even with gloves on in my opinion. The cutting is speedy and the cuts are straight (unless I hand sharpened chain improperly). It is just a bit heavy for me but I have a weak back at this time so, without that issue, I would love it and that is not the fault of Stihl but my fault. I actually love using this saw. I cannot use it for limb trimming above my waist for long due to the weight but that is a given. It runs for a long time before refueling is required. It's price is about 15% too high in my opinion but I still bought it. The other thing that is icing on the cake for me is the decompression valve for easy pull starting. I really need this feature on a saw and will never buy another one without it as far as I know. The trigger lock for starting did not work after 1 months owning it and that is really disappointing. Although that feature is not a show stopper I was not happy with this not working. I will call and get it serviced soon. March 2, 2016
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