My Preferred Dealer
Find a Specific Product: Chainsaws

MS 311

Advanced engine technology improves fuel economy by up to 20% over previous model chainsaws for longer run times.

Image of ms311
MS 311 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 275.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Saw I bought this saw after reading many reviews on the internet and talking to alot of different people. It has very good power and cuts better than any saw I have ever owned or used. The large chain makes quick work of larger trees and will even rip cut when necessary to split extremely large pieces in halves or quarters. I highly recommend this saw to anyone who cuts alot of wood.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 24 inch saw Cut 13 cords this summer using a 009, 024, and MS311 for larger trees. The saw has worked great with the 24 inch bar. I would not go any larger the 24 inch, but the saw has enough power to handle this size bar. Have cut maple rounds as large as 38 inch without any problems. This has been a great all around saw. The 009 and 024 were purchased in the early 1980's and still work great. For limbing the 009 is the best.
Date published: 2019-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreliable from the start I have several Stihl products and have been very satisfied. This is my second stihl chainsaw. The first one lasted ten years and was great. It only died after I loaned to a friend. I bought the 311 just over two years ago. It has been very unreliable. It was in the shop earlier this year for carburetor problems, it frequently floods and can be hard to start. Last week after twenty minutes it lost power and started to smoke. The dealer told me today that the piston is charred and the machine is shot. I only used the recommended Stihl oil and it was at the correct blend. It appears that several people are having the same issue with this machine. I need a new chainsaw and will explore other brands.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Heck of a Little Saw Perfect for Heavy Farm Use I was a FIRM believer in buying more than I needed to at the time, and ended up with the 311. All the people that complain about starting issues simply don't know how to start it. It is very easy, and even with nearly 500 hours on the saw now, zero issues. I required that the dealer install a 20" bar at purchase. Last winter I started clear cutting at the farm and quickly got into old growth hardwood (36" +). It had no problem doing the bigger trees whatsoever, but I still opted to get an MS661 for the big stuff. At that point the 311 was used for falling smaller trees (up to 20") and limbing of the larger trees. I quickly ended up in full production mode logging before I knew it. About 75% of my logging was done with the 311 with the other 25% being with the big girl, the 661.What I will say; its a Stihl, you can abuse it, and it will last provided to take good care of it. That said, it is not a professional saw. You cannot easily disassemble the top end nor muffler. Once it is worn out, it is a replacement sort of deal, not a rebuild like a professional saw. As I move into this season, its job will be taken over by an MS461 because of this reason and the 311 will further be retired to the much smaller stuff. I have run this little farm and ranch saw hard, and I do mean HARD in every form of weather condition; sun, rain, snow, cold, hot, arctic (-30 F). Not once has this little saw ever given me a single issue or problem.Every day I remove the top cover and clean the filter and everything internally. For those purchasing this, immediately replace the air filter with an HD2 filter if not yet installed. Huge difference on fines getting around the filter. Also, run your mix a bit heavier. The standard called for is 50:1. Big bore saws (661) work best with a richer mix, and all my fuel is mixed at 40:1 on the premium oil. My 311 has seen this mix for the last 400 hours and I firmly believe it has helped. Lastly, do whatever it takes and drive whatever distance you must in order to source ethanol free high octane fuel. I run 93 EF with my 40:1 mix. If you do not run ethanol free fuel, you will slowly kill your saw, and this is not a theory or a conspiracy, it WILL happen. No 2-stroke or small displacement engine should ever see ethanol blended fuel. Take care of your equipment and it will last.To this saw, it is perfect for any farmer/rancher/homeowner that does occasional to somewhat heavy cutting work and who heats with wood. Its a heck of a woodpile saw. It will hold up to the abuse of production logging as well which is a testimate to its build, but I suggest going with a professional saw in that case. For anyone that complains about its weight, come wield my 661 or 461 for a day. It makes the 311 light as air and perfect for limbing and small bucking. If weight is still an issue, get an ES light bar and stop complaining. For 98% of people, this saw will be an absolute beast and it thrives with a 20" bar. The power out of this relatively small and lightweight saw is great, and I rarely bog even in the hard woods.You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review for MS 311 I personally do not like this saw. To me the anti-vibration system is too "loose" and lets the bar drift while cutting causing me to work harder to keep a strait cut thru the logs. Next I will say I should have never downsized saws. I have a 20 plus year old 036 pro that I loved to used until it decided to grenade (blow up) out in the woods on me. It had 1 hp more than the MS 311 and was just a better saw in all aspects . I will keep the MS 311 for cutting the limbs off the logs. I am rebuilding my 036 to use for my heavy cutting needs. Please do not get me wrong , there is nothing wrong with this saw , it is just not for me. I am sure it will give many people years of good and faithful service
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Outstanding!!!I hand pre-oiled chain and bar heavily to cut railroad ties and was pleasantly surprised!After cutting it off I went to restart and missed the initial sound on choke as I already had earplugs in - MY MISTAKE.Followed usual procedure to pull and dry plug and clear chamber and this was as outlined also in manual, and it started right up.Couldn’t agree more with all positive comments on this saw - great size, power and price.
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing chainsaw I own a ms170 and an ms211 and they are both so much more dependable and don't ware you out nearly as fast as this one does. I will grab the MS211 or MS170 before this chainsaw because it floods so quickly and you have to really put a lot of muscle into pulling it. I am still very disappointed in this chainsaw.
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has given me new expectations for a lightweight saw Bought this saw to clear a 18+” hickory that fell across the road due a recent storm. Figured my work was cut out for me with such a large, hard tree. I have had several “professional” saws from other manufacturers at 62cc+ and they all have a difficult time with the hickory around here. Only bought this because my local store is a Stihl dealer and therefore doesn’t have many other options. First thing I noticed is that this saw has a “Made in Germany” sticker on it and all other farm/ranch saws do not. This is a professional grade engine. What makes it a F/R saw instead of a pro is the plastic housing. For $200+ less I’ll take it. Could not be happier with it. It made clearing and bucking the fallen tree a breeze. Made me second guess whether it was in fact hickory. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver, has very low vibration, and starts first pull, every time. And it comes with a 2 year warranty with the purchase of a gallon of Stihl brand fuel (no brainer).Time will tell how it holds up and I’m no pro logger, but I have several hickory wooded acres on my property so it will get worked.
Date published: 2019-08-25
  • y_2019, m_10, d_18, h_7
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.13
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_275
  • loc_en_US, sid_ms311, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_stihl