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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. 2 weeks ago
    More than i expected
    Everyone in my family has always bought stihl. So when it came time for me to buy a saw, there was no doubt it was going to be a stihl. Upon some research I found the farmboss to be a popular and dependable saw. So I purchased at plaza hardware with the 20" bar and got the corresponding products. Saw starts exactly like I was told it would every time using the starting procedure I was taught before I left. This saw cuts fast and clean, runs flawless, fuel efficient, bar oil efficient as well. ... read more Great product just like my dads 026 which still runs perfectly and is equivalent to this saw.
  2. 2 months ago
    Everything You'll Need in a Saw
    Purchased this saw from Hope Mills Saw and Mower after Hurricane Matthew for downed trees. This saw tackled a large (45') White Pine tree like it was a small scrub oak. I used this saw to limb the tree and to cut the tree into sections to load onto a front end loader. The saw never slowed down. It did everything I needed it to do and ran forever on a tank of gas. At the end of the day, I was completely satisfied with my purchase of this saw for all the above items, quality, dependability, ... read more power and value. I would recommend the Stihl MS 271 Farm Boss to anyone needing a chain saw. It's a good size saw that isn't too heavy by the end of the day and it provides all the power you need to cut.
  3. 1 month ago
    Excellent saw that does exactly what it is designed for
    I have had the MS271 for about 2 years now. It is used for felling trees up to about 20-24 inches and cutting firewood. It has been very reliable and starts exactly as it should when following the directions. I run it with an 18" bar and full chisel chain. I would definitely recommend this saw and it is efficient on fuel and oil. It is used only used 6 or 7 times a year though it is used a lot on those days. I manage 3.5 acres with it plus help friends and family with firewood or storms etc. ... read more It has plenty of power to cut up trees larger than most of would ever need to. It is easier and more comfortable to use because of size and weight than our more powerful MS460 and will do what most homeowners or farm owners need. Quality product and I highly recommend it!
  1. 7 months ago
    perfect small saw
    perfect little saw. super lightweight. starts every time within seconds no matter if it's 20 degrees below zero or a miserable 95 degrees. This saw has plenty of power. if you think this saw doesn't have enough power you are doing something wrong. I use it for much more than I should from limbing anything, bucking medium sized wood, to felling small mountain harwood trees up to 14-16" diameter when I'm too lazy to take out a big saw. I used it ealrier today to buck some beech logs that were ... read more about 15" diameter. sharp chain and it cuts like a hot knife thru butter. my favorite saw I have ever owned. I've had it for about 3 years and haven't had any issues after about 300 hrs of use.
  2. 2 years ago
    What a machine
    This is my first STIHL. What a saw. Extremely reliable, easy to start and cuts like butter.
  3. 9 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
    Good light weight saw that is easy to handle
    Great little saw, light and easy to use. Starts easy and has good power. Keep your blades sharp and this baby will cut like butter.
  2. 4 years ago
    Lots of power, small package
    I carve stuff out of wood with chainsaws. This is one of my go-to saws. The other is its predecessor a stihl MS 200. Both are reliable lightweight cutting little monsters. I own 4 other saws that tend to collect dust just because these two are so easy to cut with and won't make you feel like an old rag after 8 hours of continous work. The 201 is a good bit better on fuel and has an easier to clean air filter with a shock dampening system that refuses to translate jolts to your arms. The 200 is ... read more just a bit lighter, but I wouldn't trade either for any other saw that I know of.
  3. 2 years ago
    201 is a great lightweight saw
    I volunteer each week cutting up and burning invasives in forest preserves. I drop and cut up trees from 1-14 inches, for hours at a stretch. My 261 is too heavy. I had a 192 that was light…the reduced weight does make a huge difference. But I wanted some more power, and the 201 has much more power than a 192. Now I have lightness and power. The 201 has a heat diverter by the carb for cold weather running (I work in sub-freezing weather and starting is no problem at all.) I’ve never had to move ... read more the adjustment screws. The clutch is on the OUTSIDE of the sprocket - it looks weird but it works fine. I use a Stihl carbide chain. It's nicer than a standard chain, but is not magic. I use a lightweight polymer bar too.
  1. 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???
  2. 3 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.
  3. 3 years ago
    Good at what it is designed for
    I have had the Farm Boss for years and have been very happy with it. But as I get older, it seems to get heavier. I got this little saw for hauling back in the woods for trail clearing etc. Light as a feather, works well for its size, does what it is supposed to do.
  1. 1 month ago
    Unstoppable large saw
    I purchased this saw a year ago after my 30yr old saw was lost in a fire. So far i've been in love with this thing. I purchases a new property and have taken down 20 plus trees with it and I just now bought a new chain while the original is getting sharpened. My ONLY complaint is after 4 + hours of use my back is just shot and it takes me a week to recover from it. My solution was to recently buy a much lighter and smaller MS170 to do a majority of the clean up work. I think the two saws are the ... read more perfect combo. I must mention that the MS391 runs a long time between oil and fuel fill ups. I do kind of like the fact that most of my friends are intimidated by such a big saw LOL. I have had zero issues with the saw with over 30hrs of use.
  2. 10 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 weeks ago
    Farm BOSS
    Bought a ms391 to replace another brand chainsaw that was wore out and under powered for amount of work I have been doing. The first day out I wish I had bought the stihl to start with, so much less work and effort to drop trees and then cut them up, just lay it on the wood and press the gas. After you get over the sticker shock of buying a stihl you will happy you spent the extra money. I always thought stihl was overrated and that all the name brands were close, that doesn't apply to chainsaws I've found out
  1. 1 week ago
    Wonderful reliable workhorse
    I have owned several chainsaws of multiple brands in the past and none have stood the test of time like my Stihl 291. A couple years ago I bought 10 rural acres that is partially wooded with mostly hardwood. My then current chainsaw was giving me problems, so I decided to finally invest in a Stihl from the local "mom and pop" hardware store. They filled it with fuel and oil for me, started and tuned it for me at no additional charge which meant I could immediately put it to work. And it ... read more does work. Every time. No complicated priming or maintenance needs, I just keep the bar oil full, gas fresh and chain sharp and it makes life easier. This saw was built to cut large trees with ease. On the ground the weight is perfect, but working elevated a different saw would be better as it can get a bit heavy. I am seriously considering getting a smaller saw for the tree trimming and keep this saw for felling and cutting up the big stuff.
  2. 3 weeks 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!
  3. 2 months ago
    My need for a saw the day after Matthew was great.
    I am relieved that cleanup has gone well considering: trees broken, trees uprooted, and large branches scattered over my property. The price of the MS 291 took my breath, but as soon as I fired it up and began the cutting process; I was in complete agreement as to which saw I needed. The MS 291 is a little heavy, so read the manual and do not use when fatigued. Stress is a huge factor during an event such as Hurricane Matthew. Take breaks and don't over do it. Because as much as I wanted my yard ... read more back to normal, I could feel the effects of overworking my body taking it's toll. I will resume after I have had time to rest.
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