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Farm & Ranch Saws

Some chainsaws have to work for a living. Whether on a farm. Or out on the ranch. No matter where there’s work to be done, the proven dependability of a STIHL is on the job. STIHL offers a variety of high-performance chainsaws that are engineered for service, day in and day out. The chainsaws in the “Farm & Ranch” category are ideal for a variety of uses. One thing you can be sure of – they have what it takes to get the job done. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, B = Quick Chain Adjuster, E = Easy2Start™, and Q = an additional chain braking system.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

  1. 2 months ago
    Great mid sized saw
    I bought this saw to tackle larger wood cutting jobs. This saw has been wonderful and many people complain about the power to weight and difficulty starting. I have to disagree with them, stone cold it has never taken more than 4 pulls to start usually 3, and as far as weight it is not bad truly. It has plenty of power to pull the 20" bar buried into a 40" oak without a hiccup. I have run the snot out of this saw for a month now and occasionally it wears a 25" bar with a skip chain. I can ... read more honestly say it pulls that just fine. I would recommend this saw to anyone wanting something in this price and size point. The extra half hp over the husky is a nice too.
  2. 4 years ago
    Love my 311
    Been around chain saws since i was a little kid and got a MS 311 as a gift last year from my dad. It was my first new saw. Was a little worried about the power before I took it in the woods to try it out. I run mine with a 20 b&c. As long as you keep your chain sharp the 311 will rip through anything!!! I also own a 460 mag and an 064av which obviously they have more power than the 311, but I would rather run my 311 any day. Love it!!
  3. 1 year ago
    simply the best saw the average outdoors man
    My grandpa bought the MS 311 I have now. It became mine after he passed. I had the MS 290 farmboss which it to was a great saw. The 290 doesnt hold a candle to the snappy throttle on the 311. I bought a piece of property that needed cleared with a bunch of different trees on it. This saw didn't flinch once at any kind of wood. From maple to hedge it cut it all. My uncle has bought 2 sense he used mine and heats with wood mostly hedge. I cant say enough about it just a great all around saw
  1. 2 months ago
    the weight distribution and handling
    A long time ago I bought a Stihl chainsaw And it worked very well what would rattle apart too quickly after fixing it 3 or 4 times at the Saw Shop I traded it in for another brand. a friend of mine recently told me to go look at the new stihl chainsaws and after reviewing it and using it out at the farm I am glad I bought it.
  2. 1 month ago
    MOST FAVORITE STIHL PRODUCT EVER
    I absolutely love this chainsaw it's worth every penny this is my Christmas present and the best one yet well balanced I got the 20 inch bar great for any wood I will ever encountered in could go on all day but I definitely recommend it
  3. 2 months ago
    Glad I got this ms 271
    This is my first time owning and using a chainsaw and I feel very comfortable using this saw. Had some leftover trees from my lazy cousin that needed bucking on our property. I have the 18" bar and I cut through 24" stuff no problem but did dull the chain quickly because of the dirt and rotting wood on some trees. Ordered 2 more chains to swap out. Good saw for weekend warrior cutting. Good job Stihl!!!
  1. 2 years ago
    Sweet saw for pruning trees.
    I own 3 other Stihl chainsaws. They all serve a purpose, but I really wanted a lightweight saw running a thin kerf chain for fine pruning, especially on fruit trees. I have owned a couple of orchards, and found they made much finer pruning cuts than any other chainsaws. This saw fits the bill perfectly! The cuts are very smooth and even, they look as good as if they were done with a hand saw. The saw is exceptionally light and well balanced. The motor has sufficient power for the fine cuts I ... read more make, but I thought it would run with a few more RPM's. (I am going to have the dealer double check the settings after I have some more hours on the saw). While I love the saw and highly recommend it, I do think it is over priced.
  2. 3 years ago
    a little expensive but a great saw
    Cannot believe how easy this saw is to use. Starts very easy. Is very light, use with one hand 90% of the time. Easy to climb with. Very good on gas. Can't say enough about performance. Would recommend to any home owner or pro tree trimmer.
  3. 3 years ago
    Absolutely awesome!!!
    This little saw cuts faster and smoother than any saw in it's class. It will out cut many bigger saws and it is a dream to use. I have five of these saws, three top handle and two back handle. We use them trimming apples and cherries.
  1. 4 months ago
    Truly a blessing! The Stihl 291.
    I have owned Echo chainsaws as a homeowner. I have always wanted a Stihl but never could find one in my price range until last year, I broke down and paid what is well worth the cost. The machine cuts consistently, unwavering, with power, and tension consistent and I have yet to tighten a fairly used chain. The saw is perfect for serious work around a wooded lot and I save so much money doing my own felling and chopping. Would not look elsewhere. The Stihl is the one and only purchase.
  2. 3 years ago
    This saw has everything you need
    Great saw haven't had a problem yet I live in Canada and our winters get - 40 f . Having the winter / summer shutter stops the carb form ice ing up . warm up time is done in under a min the power from this saw is equally as powerfully as its bigger counter parts but with less weight what can I say I'm in love this saw another great product from shtl . And I'll tell to it looks great next to all my other shtl products as well
  3. 2 years ago
    Great saw and easy to start
    I bought this a couple of months ago. It really surprised me how easy it is to start. It cuts well without much effort. It is well balanced and easy to use for its size.
  1. 3 months ago
    Most valuable single tool I own
    I know I use this saw way too much, but the combination of weight, power, and single hand use is absolutely incredible. Whether cutting numerous 1"-4" saplings, limbing larger trees, or almost any other property maintenance task for which a hand saw or loppers would be appropriate. This saw is large enough to handle most problems in the city and on large lots/acreage is invaluable to keep with you "just in case." The only downside to this saw is that it will go through some chains.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great saw!
    Easy to start, lightweight. I've been very pleased over the years with the performance of my 280, but my new 193 has become my favorite due to the lighter weight.
  3. 2 years ago
    What a machine
    This is my first STIHL. What a saw. Extremely reliable, easy to start and cuts like butter.
  1. 2 months ago
    Great lightweight saw
    This is a great power to weight ratio saw. The M-tronic works much better than expected. I've buried the bar in a huge ash and it buzzed right through it. The saw is actually a pleasure to cut with and is a great compliment to my MS 270. It is expensive, but the power to weight ratio is unrivaled.
  2. 7 months ago
    Excellent light weight saw!!!!!!!!
    I worked the saw all day. I used it for limbing up of about 40 trees I dropped using my ms 261 CEM(another great saw). This saw has very sharp chain and was very maneuverable in some thick clutter from the dropping of the trees. Features I like: 1. Light and very compact 2. very very easy to start 3. no vibration feature doesn't shake and jar you 4. easy to handle in tight quarters. 5. cuts without wanting to back down I haven't tried it on the large stuff yet up to about 1 to 10 ... read more inches.This saw is probably how the new saws will be coming out in the future. Little saw with a powerful punch. Throws large chips never had problems with oiling. highly reccommend
  3. 8 months ago
    Superb for my specific needs!
    My Stihl MS201-C was a purchase I researched for some time. Being a relatively new model, there were not many reviews to help me in the decision process and those I did read were not all super but detailed enough that I could tell those who felt the 201-C didn't meet their expectations were really used to or comparing to a previously owned model. My requirements were that the chainsaw would be easy to start (Easy2Start System), rugged yet light, dependable, and manageable maintenance needs. The ... read more additional (Anti-Vibration) feature really does make this saw a pleasure to use as it minimizes the fatigue brought on by muscles and bones being stressed. Think smooth operation for the hands, arms and shoulders. The other features (Read the Manual) were additional bonuses. I never thought I would find a chainsaw that made cutting cedar almost fun but I do enjoy the work more now with this saw. I do clearing of property and trimming every week and this saw fits my needs.
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