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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 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. 2 years ago
    Excellent saw with plenty of power
    Got this saw last Father's Day and what an excellent saw it is. The anti vibration springs make so you can run the saw all day if needed great design. The engine fires on the first or second pull every time and is a beast! Plenty of power for its 18inch bar and it's great on gas and bar oil. The Stihl engineers did their homework on this saw I can't say enough good things about it if you want a top notch saw you've found it.
  2. 2 years ago
    fuel efficiency at its finest with PLENTY of power
    being born and raised in the state of Oregon i have owned/operated many chainsaws in my lifetime. the 291 literally 'melted' through a Rock Maple yesterday afternoon when Wisconsin's weather had moderated enough to fell that tree. this machine is VERY fuel efficient, is easy to start, and a workhorse that is 'Second-To-None.' i am Very Happy that i searched until i found the 291 as its popularity here keeps them sold out often. FIVE STARS from someone that used a Felling ( a two-cylinder beast ) ... read more Saw and worked the slopes of Mount Saint Helens years ago.
  3. 2 months ago
    Hungry!!
    I purchased my MS-291 three years ago and have never looked back. This saw is hungry for wood, I had a red oak fall. The trunk was measured at 28 inches and the saw ate it up bad. I have an 18 inch bar and stock chain. After cutting the tree I did buy a new bar and chain. Though I did have the chain sharpened and the dealer said flip the bar. Ok, no problem. The chainsaw starts every time, though seems much easier to pull after cutting the 60 ft tree, I may have worn the saw a little. I also own ... read more the HT-101 and a trimmer both from Stihl. Great products, not sure what other people are doing with their saws, I own hobby store and I hear the same complaints, people are just cheap, don't know what their doing or just like to complain. Keep up the good work Stihl! Scott Spinoso New Jersey
  1. 4 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. 4 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. 11 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
  1. 3 years ago
    Great light saw
    I love the new pull cord system very easy to start just follow instructions exactly. I have a ms311 and older 029 but i use this saw the most because of its power ease to start and how well it cuts. Great limbing saw chain rakes forever to dull. Seems like it uses a but much fuel but orob just me being used to bigger tank on my 311. Very well balanced i use one hand a lot reaching limbs. Highly rec this saw.
  2. 2 weeks 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.
  3. 2 years 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 1 year 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. 6 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
    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.
  2. 2 months ago
    Allows me to cut all day without fatigue, exceptional manueverability and safety.
    Trimming branches from felled Doug Firs, over 100' long, up to 20"DBH. Branches are up to 3" in diameter, most 1-2 inches. Made nearly a thousand cuts in two days. Also made a few cross cuts on smaller logs up to 10" diameter. Cuts like a hot knife into butter. Extremely maneuverable, allowed me to reach over and up under logs lying in heavy underbrush. So easy to carry one-handed while scrambling through waist-deep salal, ferns, fallen limbs or cat-walking along tops of logs. Seems to go ... read more forever on a tank of gas. Weighed at 7lb 5 oz with bar/chain/fuel/oil, felt much safer for me to operate than my prior 10-12 pound saws. Some small negatives: Hard to start the first few times when brand new, not sure if it's my learning (no prior Stihl experience) or just break-in period. After a few times it started very easily, can hold in left hand while standing, give a quick tug, not a yank, and starts every time. Won't engage if it's just barely touching anything, probably a safety feature, I quickly figured it out. Clogged up with wet woody debris after hours of cutting, had a little trouble getting the chain and cover back together. This will improve with practice. Seemed expensive until I used it for a few days, now I think it's worth every penny! NOTE: Two local dealers weren't aware of this saw, had to tell them it existed. This should be a big seller to older folks like myself (68) who need a saw that's extremely light. There's nothing else even close on the market, except your 193 C-E.
  3. 3 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.
  1. 1 month ago
    Love this saw
    I have had other saws but I love this Farm Boss saw. It is very powerful and with the 20" chain it cuts nice. I have already had to sharpen the chain several times. With the anti-vibration handle my wrist and arm did not get tired or numb. Would recommend that if you live on an acreage look at this saw. Love it
  2. 1 month ago
    Great value, excellent choice
    My first real (gas powered) chainsaw, thought I'd better get a good one. Stihl was overwhelmingly reccomended by the people I talked with. Very happy with my choice. I'm sure that there are less costly saws out there. I'm sold on the Stihl quality, reliability and customer service. I've been using it around our recently purchased 2.5 acre wooded property to maintian and clear our 'defensible space'. Starts within 2 pulls, runs until its out of fuel, is light weight enough so that these old ... read more bones can do what needs to be done.
  3. 1 month ago
    Good saw with a few issues
    I opted for the 20" bar. Apparently the oiler is set for a smaller bar, thus there is no oil for the last bit of gas. No one seems to know how to adjust this, including a dealer. Within 1 week, the chain came off as I hit some brush, and tore up the chain guard. The PDF file is very unclear about this part, so I had to order and pay for one at the dealer. It could be a bit more rugged as it broke the first time it threw the chain.
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