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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.

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

Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Fuel Capacity
MS 150 C-E 23.6 cc (1.44 cu. in.) 1.0 kW (1.34 bhp) 2.75 kg (6.1 lbs.) 200 cc (6.76 oz.)
MS 192 C-E 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp) 3.3 kg (7.4 lbs.) 270 cc (9.1 oz.)
MS 193 C-E 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.) 1.3 kW (1.74 bhp) 3.45 kg (7.61 lbs.) 270 cc (9.1 oz.)
MS 201 C-E 35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in.) 1.8 kW (2.41 bhp) 4.1 kg (8.82 lbs.) 310 cc (10.5 oz.)
MS 201 C-EM 35.2 cc (2.14 cu. in.) 1.8 kW (2.41 bhp) 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs.) 310 cc (10.5 oz.)
MS 271 FARM BOSS® 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 2.6 kW (3.49 bhp) 5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 291 55.5 cc (3.39 cu. in.) 2.8 kW (3.76 bhp) 5.6 kg (12.3 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 291 C-BEQ 55.5 cc (3.39 cu. in.) 2.8 kW (3.76 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 311 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.1 kW (4.2 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.67 Ibs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 391 64.1 cc (3.9 cu. in.) 3.3 kW (4.4 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.67 Ibs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
  1. 1 year ago
    Perfect for around my land.
    I have been clearing trails and thinning out areas throughout my property to make it accessible for my kids to enjoy. I have an MS 311 which is great for felling but gets heavy when walking through the woods and up and down steep grades cutting as I go. This saw has worked great for everything I have needed it for thus far and is light and easy to use. I'm very impressed.
  2. 3 months ago
    Plenty of power in a lightweight and compact design.
    I purchased this saw as a lightweight alternative to my MS310, primarily for taking down small trees growing in the fence lines. I recently purchased this saw with a 14" bar and have now used it twice. I am amazed how well the saw performs, even when cutting through larger diameter trees. The saw is very light which has helped me cut for several hours without my arms and shoulders getting tired. I would definitely recommend this saw for taking down small trees, trimming, and cutting limbs off of ... read more felled trees. Time will tell how the saw does in terms of dependability, but I'm confident based on my previous experiences. I found several features of the saw which make it well worth the investment: 1# Size and weight - compact and light. 2) Clear bar oil and fuel tanks which provide easy visibility to fluid levels. 3) Great power-to-weight. 4) Easy to start, just set the choke and prime the ball when cold out. The only feature I'm not crazy about is the locking bar oil and fuel caps are plastic and not metal #hence my lower rating for quality#. I prefer the metal caps like I have on the MS310.
  3. 4 months ago
    A really great saw for it's size
    Don't be swayed by bad reviews. This is a great saw. I got mine with a 14" blade and it cuts like butter when sharp. Starting is easy whether cold or hot. If you let it do it's job it cuts great. I've cut 16" pine so far and it's power is just fine. Looking forward to testing it on oak. You can't go wrong with a Stihl! Light and easy to handle with very low vibration.
  1. 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.
  2. 1 year ago
    Takes a little getting used to but runs great
    I special ordered the MS 291 C-BEQ from a local dealer since nobody had one in stock and some dealers tried to talk me out of it, saying I didn't need the features of the saw. It took a little getting used to the Easy2Start feature and if not careful in the beginning, you can easily flood the motor. However, once you get used to how to start the saw it's so easy...much more so than a normal chain saw. The saw is lightweight, has plenty of power and is very smooth. Since I just got the saw I ... read more haven't used the Quick Chain Adjuster feature yet, but look forward to not needing a separate tool to tighten the chain. Overall, it's a quality built saw (made in Germany) and I'm glad I spent the extra money for it's features. I'm sure I'll be using it 20+ years from now.
  3. 1 year ago
    Easy starting and plenty of power!
    My saw is the 290 farmboss, had it about 7 years and haven't had a problem with it yet! Starts every time I go to use it!
  1. 5 months ago
    It does exactly what I need it to do
    Finally decided to retire my 30 yr. old 038 Super to back up position. I needed something that was the equivalent(or close) & was pointed to the MS391. Great choice! I don't work in the woods full time any more, but this saw for the 1-1/2 years I've used it, has not failed to git'er done. 18",20", & 25" bars do whatever I need in 20"+ Loblollies, Red Oak,& Gum. It don't have quite the grunt of my dad's 038Magnum. But it's worth every penny I spent on it. For it's size & weight, it's a great ... read more farm/ranch saw. If I was working all day, every day in the woods maybe I'd go the extra $$ for the Pro saw, but I sure didn't get hurt buying this one.
  2. 6 months ago
    SAFETY IS JOB # 1
    I have used chain saws all my life in Federal Government work ; but until my recent flood mitigation efforts in the Modjeska and Silverado Canyons in Orange County, I have never used Stihl chainsaws. In some of the most demanding and dangerous Canyon tree and bush mitigation work in deep canyons the Professional Stihl Products performed without failure in the safety mode at all times. The light weight made it easy in deep Canyon work as I was lowered by rope and cable down these Canyons. Thank ... read more you Stihl Products for a job safely done at all levels without a single failure.
  3. 2 months ago
    MS391 is a Great Saw if you tinker with it! Stihl needs to Do Something about how they 1st Run though!
    A LOT of BAD Reviews on this Saw, But I Figured out how to get them to Run. I've Messed with The MS311 (basically same Saw) And the MS391. Both BRAND NEW SAWS, Both had running Issues. Here's the FIX guys! Take out The Bosh Spark Plug & Put in a NGK sparkplug. Most IMPORTANT Take OUT the EXHAUST SCREEN OUT OF THE MUFFLER!!! Both saws wouldn't hold a good idle, and would fall on it's face as soon as you give it Gas. A LOT of Bad Reviews on Stihl saws all because of the muffler Screen. after that ... read more you'll have a GOOD Chainsaw that Stihl is known For....
  1. 2 months ago
    why settle for second best? If you can't afoord 1 save up until you can!
    I have never owned anything but STIHL chainsaws. I have gone in the woods with lots of folks to bring out firewood or clear out an area to build something. Many was the time when they were fixing and I was cutting, s never considered any other brand. Now I have this bad boy .... WOW.... if you need it down and in pieces this guy will do it fast and efficiently. My last still lasted me over 20 years and all I ever have heated with is wood so I use them a lot. I have only brought down a few trees ... read more with this one but I am expecting a long relationship with it. And the icing on the cake...... The folks at Southside.... you can trust them and they will teach you all you need to know about the product you buy.
  2. 3 months ago
    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 ... read more 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.
  3. 3 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!!
  1. 2 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.
  2. 2 years ago
    Excellent tool, light weight, runs strong.
    I purchased this saw for personal use around small farm for pruning and cutting small firewood. I have two other larger saws sporting 16 and 20 inch bars that work well but are just too heavy for small work. This saw out runs them, strong acceleration, very good lube system, and easy to use oil and fuel filler caps. I would definitely recommend this saw for anyone needing easy start, reliability, and ease of use. Lightest saw I have and packs a lot of power.
  3. 2 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???
  1. 2 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.
  2. 2 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. 9 months ago
    starting it up I like how you don't have to struggle to start it
    I think it kicks back a lot more than my other saw
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