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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.* We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. 1 year ago
    Best saw i own
    I have been using stihl for over 22 years now. I have used about every saw known to man. I would reccomend stihl chainsaws over any other. I cut 2 cords of wood a week through winter. I had a 290 it lasted 10 yrs doing winter work. I bought a 311 its even better yet awesome power i use the full chisel chain its much faster than the regular chain. I would not reccomend a beginner use this saw for a first saw.
  2. 5 years ago
    Awesome Saw
    I have had this saw about 2 months now. It makes me want to cut wood for a living. Unfortunately, my wife demands I keep my day job because I wear out before the saw even gets warmed up and she like to spend a lot of money. This saw is so much fun to use, I can't wait for the weekend to get here so I can cut more firewood. It's easy to maintain, and has plenty of power. I love it! I've learned the hard way and bought 3 less expensive cheaper branded saws that didn't last or work as well. If you ... read more are in the market for a quality chainsaw, don't bother with other brands. This will be the last saw you ever need.
  3. 3 years ago
    Great saw
    I bought this saw to do storm damage clean up around Iowa. I've used it in the aftermath of 5 storms and the saw is great. I got the 25" bar and the saw has the power to cut full length. This saw is heavy but not against peer saws. This is one of two I use on such jobs. The other is a Stihl 211 I use for limbing. Much lighter and easier to handle for the small stuff. I would buy this saw again.
  1. 7 years ago
    Lightweight, powerful trim saw.
    I was looking for trim saw to get and decided on the 211. I bought the saw in May and been very pleased with it. I have enjoyed using 211, it gets more powerful, the more I use it. I needed a good trim saw, to go with the 261, I own. I have been using the 211 most since I bought it. I do sell firewood on the side and the 211 has come in handy. I like the fact that it's lightweight, powerful and easy to use. It's good on gas. I use this saw most of the time. It may take a little on some of the ... read more larger pieces of wood, but it gets the job done. I use the 261 for the larger wood. I wish I would have bought this saw sooner. The dealer had a 211 without the quick chain tensioner, I bought it. I prefer using the method of fighting the chain better.
  2. 6 years ago
    EZ start, Great features
    Bought my 211 as a replacement to my Husqvarna which I had for many years. Made the change due to the EZ start feature which is fantastic. Had shoulder surgery and with the ez start, you simply pull the cord maybe halfway out and the saw does the rest. Takes a couple pulls to start but if you follow the directions for starting, it works every time. No more pulling and pulling to get the saw to turn over. Also the chain tightener is a snap and takes 30 seconds maybe to tighten the chain. All ... read more without tools. Cuts fast too for a mid size but will bog down if you try to force it.
  3. 5 years ago
    The starting mechanism is an excellant improvement.
    The chain saw gave me troubles as first due to a faulty carbuerator. The carbuerator was replaced under warranty and since then the chain saw has been trouble free. The ability to change chain blades without the need for tool is also a good improvement. Overall, I am very satisfied with the MS211C chain saw.
  1. 4 months ago
    Need a Double bevel flat file to sharpen this chai
    The profile is not round like a standard chain, its square. Use a double bevel chainsaw file. Look up you tube, there a few men way wiser than me showing impressive cutting rates. Beware dirty wood, as a sharp saw dulls easy.
  2. 5 years ago
    Fast cutting chain
    I love this saw chain :) it cuts approximately 25% faster than round ground or chisel chain.
  1. 4 years ago
    Great for Average Homeowner
    I use a chainsaw primarily to cut firewood and fell the occasional dead tree on our 1/3 acre homesite. Although I have long experience with gas-powered chainsaws, I sometimes went six months without using mine, and consequently it would be hard to start and require more time nurturing it than using it. I traded in my gas-powered Stihl for this one and have been amazed at its power, cutting speed, light weight, maneuverability, and durability. I only need a 25' extension cord to reach our ... read more firewood stack, and with the 100' cord I use for my electric lawnmower I can reach all corners of our lot. I bought the 16" bar and have cut oak logs two feet in diameter with no problem. I maintain chain sharpness with a manual file and don't have to worry about fuel mixtures or winter storage. I've been using it for over a year and believe its superior construction and my infrequent usage ensures that it will give me many years of trouble-free service. I recommend this model strongly.
  2. 3 years ago
    Great chainsaw ! Made short work out of clear brush from fenceline.
    Easy to start and use. lots of power cleared brush quickly.
  3. 4 years ago
    16" Electric Chainsaw: A Sturdy, Quiet, Tree and limb eater.
    The MSE 210 C-BQ has been great! I have run this saw with my 2,000 watt rated super-quiet inverter generator and from the house and barn electric. I like the nice handling and ergonomics plus all its safety features. The list price may seem high, but if you buy it, you will not regret it. The performance is way ahead of any other electric chainsaw I have used. Built to last, and let you do the job safe, yet fast.
  1. 6 months ago
    Replacing MS250
    This would be our third Sthil saw. As per usual they start reliably and run like champs. Unfortunately, I didn't clean the saw and wore a hole through the plastic body and caused an oil leak. Replaced with a MS 251 C-BE for two months. Found the new 251 C-BE to feel cheap compared to the older saws, power was better, but the chain tensioning and mount felt flimsy. Sold the MS 251 C-BE to a friend who has a much smaller yard and need and bought the MS261. It is simply amazing how much better the ... read more MS261 is compared to the Farm and Ranch saws. The power to weight ratio makes this saw so much better to work with.
  2. 7 years ago
    Power of a MS290, with weight of a MS250
    Awesome saw!!!! I live on a farm and wanted a dependable saw, this is it! I was looking at purchasing a MS250 or a MS290. This saw is the best of both worlds with a lot of extras. First off this saw has much more power than the previous MS260. What I liked was the HP of a larger saw and the weight of the MS250. The other benefits are well worth it such as, A full Magnesium case, a stainless steel muffler, heavy duty air filter, captive nuts for the side cover (cannot fall out they stay with the ... read more cover), and decompression valve. These are just some of the additions you get with going with a PRO series saw. The price is a lot, but after figuring out the pro to this saw it makes sense to step up to this saw.
  3. 7 years ago
    Happy Pappy with MS 261 20"
    Back in early spring I had lighting damage to several trees 30" big white Oak. I had MS250 Stilh chainsaw 18" which I have used for several years and is Still a great saw, but it was not big enough to do the job for these big trees. I went to my Homestead store in Cleveland Tennessee and checked out the New saws.and with the help from Mr Davis it did not take long to decide what saw I needed and the good people at Homestead did jut that. They showed me the MS 261 professional 11.6 lb 50.2 cc ... read more (3.06 cu. in.)... which they pointed out the weight difference in this saw compared to the bigger 13 lb saws and with the power of same as other pro saws this was the saw for me. This a great saw cuts through 30' oak with ease and handles great the less weight is just what Pappy needed one great "BAD BOY SAW" thanks again Homestead of Cleveland for helping me select the right saw. "Pappy " TOM
  1. 4 years ago
    A excellant Saw Chain
    I don't understand why this Saw Chain is getting a bad rep. It's super sharp and holds up well in hard woods. This chain loop came on My new MS250 and It cut well but not like I thought it should. On 1st touch up filling I checked the Bumper Links and Rakers with a depth guage. They were a little out of spec. That was a easy fix. The Chain Loop now cuts faster. What most people don't understand is that this Semi Chisel Chain with Bumper Links doesn't cut as fast as Full Chisel chains. The Stihl ... read more Saw Chains are the best made. Compare a Brand O equivalent loop to the RM3 and you will have a diffrent opion. The RM3 is easy to sharpen and stay sharp longer if kept out of Stumps with Barb Wire and Nails. Kept out of the dirt. And Logs covers with Sandy mud and gravel. They cut well in dirty wood but the operator has to use some common sense.
  2. 4 months ago
    Works as a standard chain!
    I've been using this chain for a few years now. The first one that came with the saw lasted about 3 years of heavy cutting. So I purchased two more for my MS250. This chain cuts a little slower than others, but is matched well to this saw. As a low kick back chain it has saved my bacon, and face several times. I do recommend this chain for the average user.
  3. 6 years ago
    I can start it every time
    I am a 67 year old woman and cannot get my want to jobs done around our 27 acres. Got tired of please honey will you --- and got myself this lightweight easy start chainsaw. I love it and don't have to wait until he has time to do my jobs for me. Sometimes I have to go ask him if he is through with my chainsaw so I can use it. he loves it so much too.
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