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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. 3 weeks ago
    This saw is a Beast!
    I had tinkered around with some older 14 and 16 inch saws throughout the years. Just basically limbing and landscaping. Then we bought our home that we heat primarily with wood. 17 cords cut, limbed and bucked with the 271 so far and it runs just like the day I bought it. I realized the other day that the first dirt bike I ever rode when I was 8 had a slightly smaller engine than this does.
  2. 1 month ago
    Great mid range saw that keeps up the Stihl and farm boss reputation
    Had this saw for about a year and I put it threw its paces last fire wood season.i cut about 11 cords of hard wood with it and it's never slowed down or gave me any difficulty what so ever with general maintenance.it runs a 18" bar with ease and a 16" inch bar turns it into a beast.i have four Stihl saws ,the 271 is the most used out of all of them.from felling to limbing this is the saw that does it all.
  3. 3 weeks ago
    This saw in commercial use is all I could afford. It does it's job . When I can afford the pro version of this saw I WILL have it .
    This saw is a real touch-hog. Has been a real blessing . I've just started a business , and this saw (& the 8' pole saw /ms 193 t) have done a lot of work in 3 weeks .
  1. 2 weeks ago
    Quality built Product
    I am comparing this product to a 35 year old Pro Mac 700, so this may or may not be a fair comparison. A little disappointed in the power for a larger saw, had the 25" bar and chain installed at the dealer before purchase. Once its running, its a smooth cutting saw. Have run several tanks of gas thru it now, and am a little surprised at how finicky is is to start, especially after a warm refuel. Like the one quarter turn caps on the fuel tank and the oil tank, and the foot hole on the rear handle.
  2. 6 months ago
    awsome saw
    I have 2 other saws and they are stihl 026, 171 . i needed a saw with a 20" bar for some big tree's. I was wanting to get the 311 but everyone was out of them. so the salesman , said the 391 was the next best choice. boy was he right ,this thing goes through some wood!!!! my nickname for the saw is "wood hog"
  3. 4 months ago
    great saw for the money
    Every thing I have looked for in a saw I personally have had just about every brand saw that's out there but this is definitely the saw for me.I should have went with stihl a long time ago. no it's not as powerful as a 460 or 660 but it gets the job done with a 20" bar and a full skip chain she cuts pretty quick can't hardly bogg it out
  1. 1 month ago
    Excellent power for a light weight saw
    I use this saw regularly for clearing blow downs on the hiking trails where I might be carry the saw and all my other gear five to ten miles. I too also own a MS-261 for this purpose and carry it when I know there will be lots of bigger trees. The 201 cuts great as long as the chain is very sharp. The small teeth do dull much faster than the teeth on the larger saws. I always carry two extra chains for this sort of work so dulling is not an issue in the field. In addition to be lightweight ... read more and powerful for its size, it is also very quiet and vibration free. This is a great benefit to those of us (like myself) who do not saw on a daily basis. There is one major drawback to this saw. If you get the bar and chain stuck in a tree (this is always a concern when clearing blow downs that are loaded in every direction) the bar and chain cannot be removed without first removing the external clutch mechanism. This requires removing the spark plug, immobilizing the piston, and then unscrewing the clutch. The MS-261 has an internal clutch so it is not an issue on my other saw. I would recommend this saw without reservation except for this one concern.
  2. 2 years 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
  3. 6 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.
  1. 2 years 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
  2. 3 months ago
    Exceeds Expectations
    I was told by multiple people to go with a STIHL after having had another companies chainsaw and had nothing but trouble basically from the beginning. I have USED my new STIHL in some pretty tricky and tight spots with cutting a lot of small to medium trees and a few larger ones. Whatever I set the saw to no matter how thick the wood or pile of wood it cuts through it like a knife through warm butter. It is effortless to use and starts and runs like a dream! One of my favorite things I have ever ... read more bought! STIHL lives up to its reputation!!! It does get heavy after awhile but hey I'm building more muscles!!!
  3. 2 months ago
    Excellent Saw!
    I have wasted money buying toy saws in the past. Stihl's are tools. They work and work very very well (period). The MS 311 equipped with a 20" bar is flawless. Easy start, runs strong, controllably makes short work of anything you tackle with it.
  1. 7 months ago
    great mid size saw
    I have been using this saw to heat my home for three years. Id bet anyone anything it will start in 6 or less pulls. I have always taken good care of it and it has always performed flawlessly. Its light enough and tame enough to run all day, and has enough power to make short work of any size tree i care to work with. I have an 18" bar and use RS (yellow) saw chains, cut mostly dead standing ash trees, and this setup works great! If you maintain it properly and know how to use it, you will be pleased!
  2. 1 month ago
    Great for cleaning up storm damage!
    Ive used this around the house cutting up fallen tree limbs to make them easier to manage as well as to cut up felled trees on the farm from storm damage. Had no issues cutting up mature Ash, Oak and Walnut from crown to trunk.
  3. 3 months ago
    Great chansaw
    Had a 290 farm boss for 17 years. I loved it and now have the 291. Lighter and more powerful.
  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. 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.
  3. 4 months ago
    I love this saw!
    Easy to handle in tight spots and cuts extremely well. Starts with just a light tug. I was initially skeptical that it would work so well but I'm a definite convert.
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