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MS 391
MS 391 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 226.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cut like a dream I have just about every budget saw known to man. This is a much better product by far. Fell 5 trees with it so far and one giant oak that fell on its own. Started every time and flies threw everything I have thrown at.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great powerful saw Ok, I've had the saw for 3-4 years now and used it each year.Saw really woke up after the first couple hours of use.With a sharp chain it chews through pretty quick...even hard maple.Starting after few months of storage isn't an issue...may take 3 -4 pulls and stall out if cold weather. Then starts and runs fine. Typically starts 1 pull after been run and warmed up.Most people problems with small engine equipment is ETHANOL fuel and /or improper gas/oil mix.Before owning any small engine equipment, find a gas station that sell ethanol-free. Get a can just for ethanol free. Trust me folks, pay the extra couple bucks. Your lawn/small engine gear will last much longer, run stronger, and you wont have expensive carb problems after sitting all winter.This saw with a 20" bar will tire you out if you're not use to wielding this lightsaber all day.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great saw... as long as the ignition module works. Bought this saw for my father as he cuts alot of wood on his farm for heating the house. Lots of hickory, oak, ash, etc. So I wanted to get a good strong chainsaw that would cut quickly through these woods and then he could use the lighter saws for small stuff. I chose Stihl because of the reputation for service and quality. Not long after we got the saw we put it to work. Break-in went well and the saw performed as expected and better. It was actually a pleasure after using some... lesser saws... to cut large logs to use one that was meant to do the job. Saw started easily, ran well, and we were pleased. Until a few months later, that is.For some reason the saw wouldn't start. I have to say that we always follow manufacturers' recommendations for oil types, service intervals, operating procedures, etc., especially with brands and equipment we aren't familiar with. After a few go around with local service folks about starting it incorrectly, improper fueling, etc., we took it in for service. Since it was under warranty they weren't exactly happy to see us, but eventually they took a look at it and figured out the ignition module was bad. After replacing it the saw worked just fine again.All would have been well if that had been the only time it happened, BUT this has happened at least 4 other times. I purchased the saw in 2013 as a gift for my dad. After the 3rd time Stihl replaced the entire power head at no charge. It has happened twice again since then. This last time the tech replaced only the spark plug and returned a non-functioning chainsaw to my father. My father, no slouch in home small-engine repair, got fed up with the service and bought a non-OEM ignition module and put it in himself. Hopefully this will end the problems.So in all, we are thoroughly disappointed at the reliability of the saw in general. Performance is good, but what use if a good performing machine if you can't even use it? I don't know if it's just the MS391 that has these issues, or if a bad batch if ignition modules came through, or what is going on. I know my father stores the chainsaw in it's case in the barn, so saying it is improperly stored is ridiculous, especially after watching plenty of other people with Stihls do almost no maintenance, keep them in the back of their pickup with no case, and use them day in and out with no problems. Might be a bad model, might be a bad module design, either way be very careful with what you spend your money on.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a well engineered saw This is a well engineered saw. When broken in and start very well. A little on the heavy side for an old man cutting wood all day .
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome power and dependability I run a 25" bar on my 391 and it has no trouble chewing through 24" hickory. I run VP 50:1 premix and it really perks up the saw and no smoke at all.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The saw is worth every Penny. I heat my home on wood and cut many cords each year. I have been using cheap saws in the past and finally decided to purchase a Stihl. I did a lot of research and found that the ms391 is exactly what I needed. It comes with the 20" bar but you are able to put up to a 28" bar on it. This is a selling selling point for me as I have some rather large trees on my property. The comparison to the pro series was also an easy sell. The biggest difference for me was the weight ratio. The pro series is only slightly lighter. So far in the 3 weeks I've had the saw, I've already cut down over 20 trees and have not had one issue.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. Sure wish I would have got a case for the saw for the price.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw - eight years strong. I purchased my 391 early in 2009. This saw has not missed a beat since I purchased it. I once tried ethanol-free gas and the saw wouldn't run on it. I literally dumped the tank of gas out, dumped the rest of the remaining gallon out of my gas can, and refilled it with regular high octane gas mixed 50-1 and it hasn't missed a beat since. When starting this saw, lock it on full choke and pull it once or twice until you hear it fire. Take the choke off and pull it again and it will fire every time. I have never struggled to start this saw in the time I've had it. Within the last two weeks I've cut about four cords of wood with it. One winter a few years ago, I cut two log truck loads of trees with it which ranged up to over 20" in diameter. This saw has performed flawlessly for eight years. I may never own another chainsaw.
Date published: 2017-02-25
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