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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. 1 month ago
    MS 291 is the old Farm Boss
    I was about to make the call and buy the MS 271 "Farm Boss" when someone told me that if I was buying a Farm Boss because someone recommended it to me, that I should consider that the MS 271 "Farm Boss" was not the same as the "Farm Boss" your friend has. The original Farm Boss actually has a lot of power and that I should step up to the MS 291 to get the equivalent power of the old Farm Boss. So, I decided to buy the MS 291 for the extra power. I don't use a chainsaw like most people. I attach ... read more a 'lumber mill' guide to mine and cut lumber out of limbs. The extra power was a big help. Cutting long ways in a limb (even with the proper ripping chain) is hard work for any chainsaw but the MS 291 is "the boss" when it comes to this kind of work.
  2. 6 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.
  3. 5 months ago
    Great saw well rounded for farm work and doesn't wear on you after long term use .
    Fantastic saw that meets all the demands I have on the farm or at home. Reminds me of my Dads Stihl 046 he had when I was growing up. Great value on the saw and it has plenty of power as well as speed. I would highly recommend this saw to others.
  1. 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.
  2. 2 years ago
    Sweet saw for pruning trees.
    I own 3 other Stihl chainsaws. They all serve a purpose, but I really wanted a lightweight saw running a thin kerf chain for fine pruning, especially on fruit trees. I have owned a couple of orchards, and found they made much finer pruning cuts than any other chainsaws. This saw fits the bill perfectly! The cuts are very smooth and even, they look as good as if they were done with a hand saw. The saw is exceptionally light and well balanced. The motor has sufficient power for the fine cuts I ... read more make, but I thought it would run with a few more RPM's. (I am going to have the dealer double check the settings after I have some more hours on the saw). While I love the saw and highly recommend it, I do think it is over priced.
  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. 2 months ago
    This is an outstanding saw at a very reasonable price. Excellent value!
    This is the second Stihl saw I have purchased and they are without a doubt the best saws on the market. I have owned several other brands previously and the quality and performance of the Stihl brand is far superior to any other. I use my saw for tree felling and clean up and it is dependable, powerful and easy to use. I am very satisfied with my saw.
  2. 2 months ago
    Big Stihl
    I have nicknamed this saw the "Big Cat", it has power to spare. Don't expect to use it to limb and cut rounds, keep you a small limb saw or you will wear out.
  3. 3 weeks ago
    Works great.
    Sure wish I would have got a case for the saw for the price.
  1. 6 days ago
    My 3rd Stihl and this one is the best.!!!!
    We live on a small farm in Rochester NY. We have many storms and this saw has saved my life already. It's power is amazing compared to the older saw's I ran ms059 and ms 170. It is easy to start for us elder guys and has less vibration. I just love this saw. Thank you Danny's small engine and repair.
  2. 2 months 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. 1 month ago
    an owner and a servicing technician's view.
    I purchased this saw soon after being hired at my local STIHL dealer. I have used this saw extensively and it has never let me down. Starts on the third pull every time. I still havent had one come into my shop for repairs. Overall a very sturdy, lightweight, beast of a saw.
  1. 10 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. 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
  3. 3 months ago
    Lightweight Powerhouse - Firewood Ferrari
    When I realized Stihl made a rear handle version of the time proven Arborist choice 201 C-T top handle saw, I had to get it. STARTS VERY EASILY and 16" bar melts through all the standing dead Ash around here. Only negative was POOR BAR/CHAIN LUBRICATION. A Machinist by trade, I checked it out with bluing to discover the oil hole in bar did not line up with oil channel in saw.(only 1/3 open!) AND the black rubber plug seated proud of the housing preventing upper rear "wing" of the bar from ... read more mating flush with the oil channel. Oily razor blade sliced it flush (removed 1/32"). An air pencil with a 1/16dia. end mill widened the channel a bit and ovaled the bar oil hole to correct this. I use new SAE 30 weight (as used for decades) and chain stays properly lubed and dust does not plug up the flow. I set Oil adjustment to max and now chain is always wet. Oil is inexpensive. Must have been some kind of design tolerance issue. I ordered the saw Nov.2015 FYI. That was disappointing but I've seen that sort of thing many times over the years with high end tools I tend to buy. This is a PERFECT saw for a ground crew or pulpwood cutting(if still done by humans!) all day long I think. Very smooth power with little vibration. Overall I'm happy with this saw. Look forward to decades of use.
  1. 2 years ago
    What a machine
    This is my first STIHL. What a saw. Extremely reliable, easy to start and cuts like butter.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 2 months 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.
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