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MS 211

A feature-packed chainsaw with advanced engine technology at a value price.

MS 211
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 Only problem in 4 yrs is leaking bar when not running-dealer fixed I have owned my 211 Stihl saw for 4 years - it always starts without any trouble even when the engine is hot. It replaced a 025 which would start fine when the saw was cold but was hard to start when the saw was hot-I learned a new language trying to start the saw when the engine was hot. Both saws had 16" bars on them. 4 months ago I purchased an additional stihl saw 391 (what a beast) it really throws the wood chips. I use the 391 for timber larger than 10,12 inches in diameter. I always reach for 211 for the smaller stuff because it is lighter & being that I'm over 70 I don't last as long as I use to. It's too early to rate the 391 but so far very good saw. It uses the choke - 3 pulls then - 1/2 choke - 1 pull start system so far it has always started & it is equiped with a decompreesion valve. My old 025 saw was hard to start when the engine was hot. I took it to the dealer I purchased it from -got back 2 weeks later in pieces - not not worth fixing. I then realized that Stihl does make throw saws just like you buy at big box stores the only trouble I have had with the 211 is the bar oil leaks like sieve when saw was not running-took to the dealer problem solved. March 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good saw for limbing and small firewood I bought an MS211 for a friend of mine and felled some birch trees to break it in for him. I liked it so much I bought one myself. Far better than the 210 that it replaces, it is lighter with more power. Some complain about the bar oil leaking, but I have not had that problem. It is an easy fix. Some people have also had a hard time starting them, but I have not had that problem (with either one). I think its an issue of tuning them right. It starts just fine cold and hot. I have used it to cut down smaller trees, limb, prune, and cut up firewood, and I have had no problems with it. It is light and nimble, and has a lot of power for a saw its size. For faster cutting, put a PS3 full chisel Picco chain in it. September 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to handle with plenty of power Had this saw for about a year now. Usually just use it for trimming and branches but recently cut a fairly large tree with it. I was worried about using it for a whole tree but it did just fine and ran perfectly all day. Always starts with just a few pulls and after warming up for a few seconds runs great. Good for around the house use but also has the power for bigger jobs. April 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all-round saw for any homeowner Purchased this saw & used it several times. Saw has plenty of power, easy to start, cuts great...blade has stayed sharp. I highly recommend this saw. March 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not to heavy yet has sufficient power. Reliable. I was looking for a light weight saw, but wanted the one with the most power in it's class and this seems to fit the bill.At 9.5 lbs, it's easy on my back and still provides all the power I need for cutting firewood.It takes a few pulls on the cord to get it started and once it fires up, I have to let it idle for at least a minute to warm up. If I try to rev it even just a little, before it warms up it will stall every time. I haven't tried to make any adjustments because it hasn't caused me any real problems. Once warm it runs great.I use a compact lightweight saw buck so my chain never hits the ground. Also after every use, I remove the sprocket and chain bar cover and clean the chain bar, sprocket and chainway area and especially the chain lube ports on the saw and bar. It takes very little time and I believe it extends the life of the saw. I haven't experienced any chain oil leaks but hopefully the 2 year warranty will cover that if one developes. January 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by VERY RELIABLE SAW I am cutting down an apple orchard.Saw has plenty of power and is very reliable.The carbide tipped chain is amazing.For maximum performance i removed the spark arresting screen from exhaust opening and i always use premium fuel and Stihl oil.this saw can be hard on spark plugs,thus i always keep a spare one closeby.My saw never starts on one pull whether hot or cold. January 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Great running saw However, it leaks bar oil and not just a little. This is a known problem with the MS211. Just do a search for MS211 bar oil leaks. Apparently, the oil line is designed poorly. December 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lightweight saw I owned this saw for two years now. Lightweight saw, however it doesn't suffer on power. You can cut all day and vertually not be wore down when you are done. Good on gas. I use 92 octane and ultra oil. I also use Stihl bar oil. It's better to spend a couple bucks extra and use Stihl products than cheap oil. It starts right up, It's better for the money than the 170 171 180 181. No need to look any further, you can trust this for value and service. Just remember to always use 92 octane and good oil. December 15, 2012