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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. 1 month ago
    Great product
    Great value great for around home/ farm. Would recommend this to friends family and anyone that needs the best value out there
  2. 3 weeks ago
    Fantastic saw
    I have been using my friends farm boss for years. Finally bought my own. It delivers. Power and reliability to cut everything on my property.
  3. 3 weeks ago
    if you want the best buy stihl
    Just got done cutting up a tree that fell in my backyard with the ms 271 wow what a saw. I love this saw it has power it is lite and it never quits. If you want a great saw buy stihl you won't be sorry.
  1. 6 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.
  2. 2 years 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.
  3. 9 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.
  1. 4 weeks 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.
  2. 5 years ago
    Great saw
    I've had this saw for a few seasons. This saw will work harder than you can without a doubt. I cut 10 cord in a weekend and I dropped before the saw did. Plenty of power. I have a 16" and a 20" bar and that's all you'll need to take on the entire forest. I've never written a review before but after this weekend I had to. You'll burn up 10 of the other guys saws before you burn this one up. I should've bought two.
  3. 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!!
  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. 4 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.
  1. 2 months ago
    Excellent saw for farm work and very dependable.
    Excellent chainsaw for fsrm work. I never had any trouble with Stihll Products.
  2. 4 weeks ago
    A great combination of function and serviceability.
    I paid the extra $100 for the MS291's additional .5HP (vs the same size and weight MS271), and am glad I did. My first chore was felling a 2 1/2ft dia. silver maple, so very hard, dense wood. Lots of cleanup cutting too, just to get pieces of the - again super heavy - tree down to moveable size. The saw's powerful, accurate cutting made for dropping the tree within inches of where I wanted it. So much (hard) cutting made for multiple chain adjustments, and one quick sharpening job. This is where ... read more the saw's serviceability came in. Super fast and easy with Stihl's chain tensioning system. This was a big, tough job for an out-of-the-box saw, which is not yet producing peak power (not yet broken in). And being one to really take care of my stuff, I again enjoyed Stihl's fantastic design when cleaning out the air filter. An (again) easy twist-off design. A little compressed air and the filter and engine were as clean as new. This saw's power and 20 inch bar make it a machine for experienced users. It's not something I'd recommend for the novice. You'll want all the safety gear (chaps, head and face protection, ...) I've done many years of forestry management for the Nature Conservancy and other organizations,and have been using chain saws for the better part of 47 years. The Stihl MS291 rates as the best I've ever owned, and one of the very best I've ever used. S. Cummings, Boulder, CO
  3. 2 months ago
    Best chainsaw I've ever used
    I'm not currently a pro logger, although I have done freelance hardwood logging (red oak, cherry, black walnut) in the past. This is the fifth chainsaw I've owned. It is vastly superior to any other I have used. Saw no. 3 died a few years ago and I got a yellow "Pro" new one from an orange big box store. That "Pro" saw could barely cut a 6" pine, much less an 18" oak. Very poor throttle response. After having 40 acres of pine logged last year, that saw proved incapable of the work needed to ... read more clean up behind the loggers. The MS 291 cost about 3 times as much, but is able to get the work done, probably 5 times faster than the "competitive" saw. My city-living son-in-law gets the yellow saw...
  1. 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
  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. 3 months 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.
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