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Farm & Ranch Saws

Hardworking chainsaws designed for dependable performance

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. 1 month ago
    dad
    I BOUGHT A STIHL BECAUSE WE HAD PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED A HUSKY. MY NEW STIHL IS A FAR SUPERIOR MACHINE. CUTS LIKE CHAMP AND JUST KEEPS GOING. I LOVE IT!
  2. 1 month ago
    Plenty of power
    Saw cuts like a dream. Plenty of power. No bogging. Noise is not to bad. Haven't had it long but so far it's a quality saw. No complaints as of yet.
  3. 2 months ago
    farm boss for 4 years ,love it.
    Price is ok , is a man saw , has little weight but really handles great for the trees I deal with. I can use it all day in woods and cleaning fence rolls with no trouble , can handle some very big trees. The one I have is a MS290 20" and this new Farm Boss is a MS271 not a 100% if as good But it is a Stihl and that is all that matters cause very easy to clean and to tighten chain and there Stahl dealers all around here. My son is using it this week and he looking on here now to get same one ,he ... read more likes it to , easy starting and the power . JUST MAKE SURE IT IS A STIHL.
  1. 9 months ago
    This is our go to saw
    This is our second MS-291.The original is 5 years old and has been our go to saw. We needed another saw and the choice was obvious. One stays at the farm and another in the garage. Living in the woods having a dependable saw is not a luxury it is a necessity. We trust our Stihl whether it`s saving us from a blown down tree ,a rotten log or to cut a monster oak off of our mother in laws roof. Firewood cutting is just another task this saw excels at.
  2. 1 month ago
    Powerful, Reliable & Easy to Run
    I have run this saw for 5-7 hours nearly non-stop on a few dozen days since purchase. After some irritating issues starting cold on the first few tanks of fuel during break-in it now fires easily and has since run flawlessly. Unlike other saws I have owned/used it does not throw nearly as much bar oil. While it does run a bit hot and I make a point of clearing the oil inlet on the bar it seems to be by design. I went with an 18" bar to keep the torque up and think it is a good fit for the motor. ... read more Top marks to the MS291 for someone who wants to run a saw for large firewood cuts and heavy clearing with virtually zero maintenance.
  3. 10 months ago
    No complaints
    The original unit purchased with 20 inch bar unfortunately turned out to be a dud and after 6 months completely replaced by Stihl with a new unit to the original specs. No complaints about the Stihl service. I just got the legendary lemon. The second unit was what I expected on the initial purchase. Ultra reliability, solid performance and very tough. I bought the MS 291 to supplement an MS 170 when I started carving up bigger trees and it has completely lived up to expectations and I am glad I ... read more stuck with Stihl. Chainsaws are not something I want to buy from a box store.
  1. 11 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. 10 months ago
    Lightweight Powerhouse - Firewood Ferrari
    When I realized Stihl made a rear handle version of the time proven Arborist choice 201 C-T top handle saw, I had to get it. STARTS VERY EASILY and 16" bar melts through all the standing dead Ash around here. Only negative was POOR BAR/CHAIN LUBRICATION. A Machinist by trade, I checked it out with bluing to discover the oil hole in bar did not line up with oil channel in saw.(only 1/3 open!) AND the black rubber plug seated proud of the housing preventing upper rear "wing" of the bar from ... read more mating flush with the oil channel. Oily razor blade sliced it flush (removed 1/32"). An air pencil with a 1/16dia. end mill widened the channel a bit and ovaled the bar oil hole to correct this. I use new SAE 30 weight (as used for decades) and chain stays properly lubed and dust does not plug up the flow. I set Oil adjustment to max and now chain is always wet. Oil is inexpensive. Must have been some kind of design tolerance issue. I ordered the saw Nov.2015 FYI. That was disappointing but I've seen that sort of thing many times over the years with high end tools I tend to buy. This is a PERFECT saw for a ground crew or pulpwood cutting(if still done by humans!) all day long I think. Very smooth power with little vibration. Overall I'm happy with this saw. Look forward to decades of use.
  3. 1 year 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
  1. 1 month ago
    Superior Saw - A+
    I purchased this saw about a year ago when I bought wooded property. I use the 20" bar for most everything and the 25" for stumps. It eats anything you put in its path! I give it a 99 out of 100 - it's a little hard to start after a month without use. This saw and a 193T saw is all you need!
  2. 2 years ago
    Wokrs Geeat, less tiring than my older 310
    Since I finally dropped a tree on my MS 310 (don't ask), I bought a new 311. With the grip isolated from the engine and chain, it is much less fatiguing. I have dropped tress up to 83 feet tall with my 311, cut them to length for my wood stove, and filled my pickup without straining my back. At 68 years old, that makes for a VERY GOOD DAY! When I needed a new saw, I was asked what brand I wanted - there is only one - STIHL !
  3. 3 months ago
    Awesome saw....look no further
    Magnificent piece of equipment...I have a Stihl trimmer and blower also...won't buy anything else...
  1. 1 year 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. 11 months ago
    Nice, lightweight prosumer saw
    Good saw. Starts right up and cuts with more than adequate power. Keep in mind the class of saw we are talking about here with respect to power. I never expected this thing to chew through stuff like my vintage 028 Wood Boss. I bought it because my wife felt intimidated using the WB with 20" bar. You need to make sure that chain speed is kept up and not try and ask the saw to do more than it can. However, you can one-hand this saw easily and make quick work of most stuff around the property.
  3. 9 months ago
    Reliable, strong, and lightweight.
    I chose this model for frequent occasional use. Commercial quality homeowner tool. Has always started, always runs strong. I replaced the default 14" thin kerf bar and chain with a 0.050" chain and 16" bar to meet my needs. Motor needs a minute to reach optimum temps to run full speed but then runs strong.
  1. 4 years ago
    As light as a feather
    This little saw does not have GREAT power, but it does have GOOD power. I have only used it three times so far, @2-3 hours each time, and it CAN'T wear me out. My MS 270 Farm Boss does that easily as I'm not a very big guy, but not this one! Need to cut alot of limbs? This little guy won't wear you down like the big boys do. Expensive: yes, but the light weight and easy starting (as with most Stihls) makes up for it.
  2. 4 years ago
    Work all day---extreme light weight!
    Purchased in early December 2013. Fantastic pruning saw! I have 56 acres of woods to maintain and have 17 other Stihl saws. None can do what the MS150 C-E can do. That is allow me to run tank after tank to do pruning work and not slow down. I am replacing my 1996 023 that still runs great after about 1500 carving hours. The MS150 is about 6 lbs lighter. The MS 150 C-E will also be used for carving.
  3. 3 years ago
    Perfect for clearing brush
    I was tired of holding and maneuvering a 18" chain saw in thick brush for hours at a time. This saw looks like a toy but works like a pro. It cuts right through 3" diameter Yaupon Holly in seconds. I love how easy it is to remove the oil and gas caps.Only complaint is that it wont engage the chain if anything (even a small stick) is touching it. A safety feature???
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