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Farm & Ranch Saws

Hardworking chainsaws designed for dependable performance

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. 3 weeks ago
    A Great Saw for Everyday Use
    I've had this saw for about a month now and have had no problems. Cuts through dry walnut better than any saw I've ever had. Starts right up, runs, and idles well. I've been using it to cut larger brush and fallen trees around my 10 acres and have had no issues with continuous use. Power to weight is perfect for my use.
  2. 2 weeks ago
    Great Saw
    Very nice, sturdy, reliable and powerful. I borrowed a friend's different branded saw prior to purchasing this beauty. Other saw was hard to start, underpowered and a general pain to use. The Stihl is on another level. You will be happy with your purchase.
  3. 1 month ago
    Fantastic saw for average use
    Has been finicky at first but is getting better every time I use it. Quite a difference between cold/hot idle so took a while to get adjusted. I use it mostly for firewood and it seems to do great on soft wood or even hard wood under ~16", but keeping chain sharp and not being aggressive is a must for larger cuts. Overall I'm happy with the purchase, but still think I would like a bigger saw, as I don't believe this saw would handle (power) a bar larger than 20".
  1. 1 month ago
    Great, powerful saw! Takes the "work" out of felling trees!!
    Upgraded to this saw from a smaller, lesser brand a few years back. I LOVE cutting with this saw. A true powerhouse. I burn wood all winter, so this saw gets used often throughout the year. I'm particular about keeping it sharp, and have provided many first hand lessons to cutting buddies on the difference between a sharp saw and a dull saw. I've made plenty of friends envious of the cutting power of this beast. The chain sometimes(not very often) bogs, but likely cause I get antsy and start ... read more pushing too hard. I've never regretted paying what I did for this saw. I have a 16" bar I use when I'm doing quick limbing or cutting up a felled tree. The 20" stays on mostly for felling the big oaks around my property. The MS391 is a fantastic tool for any homeowner that wants a truly enjoyable tool.
  2. 2 years ago
    awesome saw.. eats through cured hedge like ive never seen before.
    ive been cutting firewood for awhile now and alot of it is hedge thats been felled for at least 2 years. this saw makes my job so much easier it makes wish i had bought one years ago. its a bit heavy but thats because its built tough, i use a ms 180 to delimb the felled tree first anyways so no biggie, also the 391 starts easy, easy to maintain, and blows my mind everytime i use it, i like the 180 also easy to maintain, tdurable, powerful, lightweight. so if you are tired of fighting your work ... read more buy a stihl.... thanks stihl
  3. 6 months ago
    This makes retiring my old saw easy very pleased with my purchase
    Typical of all Stijl products they just run and so reliable Makes the work fun and quick Over all if you want a saw that you can pick up for a day of cutting or a hour or minutes get this saw as I find excuses to use it!
  1. 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.
  2. 4 years ago
    As light as a feather
    This little saw does not have GREAT power, but it does have GOOD power. I have only used it three times so far, @2-3 hours each time, and it CAN'T wear me out. My MS 270 Farm Boss does that easily as I'm not a very big guy, but not this one! Need to cut alot of limbs? This little guy won't wear you down like the big boys do. Expensive: yes, but the light weight and easy starting (as with most Stihls) makes up for it.
  3. 3 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???
  1. 6 months ago
    Work horse
    I have used this saw extensively for the past 6 months. I literally rand the main housing of the saw over with a full sized truck (oops). All it did was barely crack the plastic, and it fired right up. The only real issue i have had with this saw is using the aggressive chain. It doesnt want to stay tight for some reason. Standard chain cuts like a dream though. I am running a 18 in bar, because i feel that it is balanced better this way.
  2. 1 week ago
    Dependable Saw
    Cut our way out of two hurricanes in 3 years. We have worked this saw like a dog falling hundreds of trees and never had an issue until recently. Most of our trees are 12'' to 30'' diameter pines, cypress and oaks. Recently the muffler became loose and fell off, regardless of how tight the torx head screws were fastened they vibrated loose every few minutes. Installed new T27 torx screws and applied red high heat lock tight. Have not used the saw since, hope the problem is solved.
  3. 10 months ago
    This is our go to saw
    This is our second MS-291.The original is 5 years old and has been our go to saw. We needed another saw and the choice was obvious. One stays at the farm and another in the garage. Living in the woods having a dependable saw is not a luxury it is a necessity. We trust our Stihl whether it`s saving us from a blown down tree ,a rotten log or to cut a monster oak off of our mother in laws roof. Firewood cutting is just another task this saw excels at.
  1. 5 years ago
    Can't get a better saw!
    I went through several Home imrovement store chainsaws which lacked power and dependability. After buying and returning two new saws that could not cope with the bitter winter temps I decided to stop playing and went with this. I was immeadiately impressed with its power and its being problem free. Cold temps don't cause issues. In fact having owned this saw for several seasons now I have yet to find any circumstance where it didn't give me everything I asked of it. One thing though stock up on ... read more spare chains as with the amount of wood this will go through you will want sharp chains on hand.
  2. 2 years 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.
  3. 2 years ago
    simply the best saw the average outdoors man
    My grandpa bought the MS 311 I have now. It became mine after he passed. I had the MS 290 farmboss which it to was a great saw. The 290 doesnt hold a candle to the snappy throttle on the 311. I bought a piece of property that needed cleared with a bunch of different trees on it. This saw didn't flinch once at any kind of wood. From maple to hedge it cut it all. My uncle has bought 2 sense he used mine and heats with wood mostly hedge. I cant say enough about it just a great all around saw
  1. 10 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. 1 year ago
    Most valuable single tool I own
    I know I use this saw way too much, but the combination of weight, power, and single hand use is absolutely incredible. Whether cutting numerous 1"-4" saplings, limbing larger trees, or almost any other property maintenance task for which a hand saw or loppers would be appropriate. This saw is large enough to handle most problems in the city and on large lots/acreage is invaluable to keep with you "just in case." The only downside to this saw is that it will go through some chains.
  3. 3 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.
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