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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. 4 months ago
    Perfect combo of weight and power
    I have owned a Stihl 291 for over 10 years now. It saw occasional use until this week. It sat for almost 2 years, and fired up on the second pull. I could have used a 20" bar but the 18" was sufficient, even for the large trees I had to cut, including a live oak. Never slowed down and never missed a beat. I have cut up around 5 whole trees of over 20" diameter at 6 feet of height and haven't even used a gallon of gas.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    The only saw you'll ever need!
    I purchased the MS291 about 4 months ago. I took down about 10 hardwoods for a friend the morning a bought it. Wow, did I have a smile on my face! Could not get over how fast the cut rate was the the yellow chain. On Jan. 22, tornadoes devastated parts of our city. The following Sat. I went out with a clean up crew and ran 7 tanks of gas through it! I was worn out but the MS291 never got tired. I've cut a lot of trees over the last 15 plus years with a Different brand saw, but after using my ... read more first Stihl saw I will never use anything else!
  3. 3 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!
  1. 6 months ago
    Excellent product!!!
    We purchased the MS-311 after talking to our local dealer. Given the sze of our property he recommended the larger MS-311. We previously borrowed another brand from a friend and it had difficulty starting at our house which is at 7300'. I told the dealer where we located and they adjusted the engine to the higher altitude, 1800' above the dealership. They even offered to come up to the house if there were problems. We have about 30 hours on it now and it is wonderful. It starts everytime with ... read more 3-4 pulls when cold and 1-2 when warm. We have since purchased a Stihl weedeater/brushcutter and blower. All great products and well worth the money.
  2. 2 months ago
    Great saw for the money!
    I grew up using my Dads 032 with a 20 inch bar. That saw always started and ran good; even after my brother fell a tree on it! This 311 has a lot more power and my dealer gave it to me with a 28 inch bar. always starts and runs even if it sits a while between uses. Never wonder if it'll start. I use it commercially in a cemetery maintenance district. I have 46 acres to maintain and am the only employee. Needless to say, I cant wonder if something is going to start and run; i need it to work when ... read more I do and this saw does. It's a bit tip heavy with the 28 inch bar but I don't notice a lack of power and the extra length is worth it to me. I don't have to bend much to cut something at ground level.
  3. 12 months ago
    Stihl Going Strong!!
    I purchased my MS310 (now 311) ten years ago to cut my own firewood for heat. She has been dropped & pinched numerous times and still runs great. The only issue I had was a cracked fuel line due to ethanol gas. I primarily run a 20" 3/8-.050 bar & chain, but I have run a 25" combo on several occasions. Once the tree is down, I often use this same saw to limb it. It has great power and is still fairly light. If you want to buy ONE saw that does it all, then the MS311 is a great choice, in my opinion.
  1. 9 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. 8 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. 1 year 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. 2 weeks ago
    Dependable
    Needed a dependable saw since buying new home on acreage. Farm Boss has plenty of power for knocking down unwanted trees and cutting up firewood. Saw starts every time, a nice change of pace from some others I've had. Would highly recommend.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    I Love This Saw
    I got a Stihl 271 Farm Boss for a Christmas gift last year. I have used this saw for here in New England for countless hours of wood cutting in all types of weather conditions and it never misses a beat. Excellent saw easy to handle and has the power to cut through just about anything out there. Also easy to start on those freezing days as well as the hot days. I run a 20" bar on my saw. I would highly recommend this saw to anyone who is looking for a workhorse.
  3. 2 months ago
    Incredible saw
    While I was researching different types of saws to purchase, I came to the conclusion that anything other than a top brand would be a waste of money. So I went all out and bought the STIHL ms 271 farm boss and I could not be happier with the saw. It's easy to maintain, easy to use, and easy on the eyes. I clean it after every use and only use stihl oil and stihl chain lubricant. I don't see why this saw won't last me the rest of my life (29). Love it!
  1. 11 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.
  2. 2 years 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. 4 weeks ago
    Great for clearing brush and small trees
    Lightweight but powerful for it's size. Somewhat cold natured at first but quickly warms up and performs very well. Not suitable for cutting firewood but great for wood up to about 6 inches in diameter. Exactly the tool for my needs.
  1. 4 months ago
    Best saw for the money
    This is the best saw for the money, i nended a long bar and enough power to rip with an alaskan mill, im old so the breaks I need are good for the saw also. If I was to run it harder I would have had to spend a lot more money but the power of this saw is perfect for me.
  2. 3 months ago
    MS 391 Fantastic chainsaw
    The MS 391 (25” bar) is a wood eating work horse. I have absolutely NO complaints regarding this chainsaw. I have read reviews that indicate it is difficult to start. That is a falsehood promoted by individuals that are not knowledgeable regarding STIHL products or 2 cycle equipment. FOLLOW the instructions & you will have a chainsaw that is amazing & reliable. The MS 391 isn’t cheap, but you pay for quality. Highly recommend STIHL & MS 391.
  3. 4 months ago
    Great all around saw
    I bought this saw for home firewood cutting and property maintenance . Saw has great power with a 20" bar on it and runs even better cutting bigger stuff with a half skip chain. Installed some real dogs because the little ones that come on it are worthless. (My only complaint) --helps with bucking logs. "Stihl the best" is a worthy saying.
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