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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. 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. 4 months ago
    MS391 is a Great Saw if you tinker with it! Stihl needs to Do Something about how they 1st Run though!
    A LOT of BAD Reviews on this Saw, But I Figured out how to get them to Run. I've Messed with The MS311 (basically same Saw) And the MS391. Both BRAND NEW SAWS, Both had running Issues. Here's the FIX guys! Take out The Bosh Spark Plug & Put in a NGK sparkplug. Most IMPORTANT Take OUT the EXHAUST SCREEN OUT OF THE MUFFLER!!! Both saws wouldn't hold a good idle, and would fall on it's face as soon as you give it Gas. A LOT of Bad Reviews on Stihl saws all because of the muffler Screen. after that ... read more you'll have a GOOD Chainsaw that Stihl is known For....
  2. 8 months ago
    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. 1 month ago
    Better than Husqajunk
    Four. It took for Husqajunk chainsaws to fell two trees in my backyard. Four because only the fourth one stayed running long enough to do the job. My new Husquavarna 562xp has 2 hours and 27 minutes on it, the microprocessor says so. I pull and pull and pull, it just doesn't like to start. Anyway, I went out and bought an ms391 out of pure frustration. Wow what a difference, pull it once with the choke on, and again at half-choke. Starts EVERY TIME. Then I bought a Stihl pole saw, it starts and ... read more runs like a dream. I'm a Stihl convert. I should mention I run only 100octane airplane fuel, highly recommend this. It doesn't degrade over time and it makes saws really rip
  1. 2 years ago
    hard to start
    My Farm Boss MS 290 runs good and has the guts to do the jobs I use it around my small farm. Only negative thing I have about it is it is so hard to pull start. A compression relief would be a great help since I have to use both feet to hold it while pulling start rope. It probably has 25-30 running hours on it now. Hope it becomes easier as time goes on.
  2. 3 years ago
    Incredibly excellent piece of equipment
    I've this machine and one other smaller version and I can find nothing wrong with it. It's incredible. Fast and light cutting without the fatigue you get with larger more professional models. Having the 20" bar is nice and gets you through the big stuff with only an occasional bogging down event. Been using the easy start system and when done appropriately... one 25% effort pull, and it's off like a light. It's nice not having to yank on a pull start over and over again. I will say that It's not ... read more as powerful as my older Farm-Boss but with the easy start and quick adjust chain, I find myself turning to it more and more. Runs through chain oil slightly faster than others I've used, but I've no problem with that, gives me a break during those long cutting sessions. It's lighter weight than older versions makes it easy to swing around with minimal effort. What can I say... It's a perfect machine.
  3. 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.
  1. 3 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.
  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. 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.
  1. 2 months ago
    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
  2. 3 weeks ago
    Great saw! Good power!
    I got this with an 18" bar for cutting firewood in the rocky mountains. I have plenty of power at 8000ft so as long as i dont bind the bar it cuts thru the lodge pole like a beast. The .325 chain cuts good and this coming from a guy that ran 3/8ths and a 044 on fire. I highly recomend the stihl sharpening kit. For the cost of two sharpenings at your local hardware it will pay for itself. More often than not if ind the hardware stores dont properly sharpen them and with the kit it actually cuts better than new!
  3. 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.
  1. 5 days ago
    Starts well, runs strong, easy on fuel
    I started well out of the box, and I went easy on it during break-in. Really digs in on wet or dry wood, The green chain don't cut too well, but the yellow ones work great. I like the chain adjuster, too. Not happy that the saw requires only Stihl chains and I can't use my old chains or bars, which I have in abundance. Not too light for the power. Stays surprisingly clean after use. i can curt a whole truckload of wood and it's barely dirty, even when used on wet wood.
  2. 2 months 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
  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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