MS 291 - $449.99 DSRP

MS 291 ChainsawMS 291 Chainsaw


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A high-performance, fuel-efficient chainsaw. Great for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup.

Equipped to handle demanding tasks, the MS 291 increases running time by 20% over previous model. Packing plenty of power, this chainsaw is ideal for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup. Several user-friendly features include an advanced anti-vibration system that reduces operator fatigue and side chain access for easy saw chain adjustment. The MS 291 is a dependable choice for a mid-range...Read More
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MS 291 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 55.5 cc (3.39 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.8 kW (3.76 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 5.6 kg (12.3 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 240 cc (8.12 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 000 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.
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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.

Important Information
WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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MS 291 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 260.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw I purchased this saw 3-10-18 to cut up a tree that fell from a hurricane Irma this past fall. All the buddy's of mine kept saying they will get to cutting it up but I got tired of waiting 6 months and looking at this tree. A few years ago I used an older ms290 to cut some wood and felt that was a good base for a saw. Shop I purchased saw from said the ms271 replaced the older ms290. Long story short I went with the 291 as it has a little more power. Tree was cut up in no time. Very impressed with the power. As a homeowner on the South Carolina coast this saw is probably more than I will ever need. I use the stihl premixed fuel as I don't want the carb to gum up if I need to use it months down the road and will even drain that out and run the tank dry.All in all I am very happy with the purchase. I read some people complain about the weight. My opinion on that is good tools/equipment generally weigh more because they are built better. That's just my opinion though. I do feel it should come with a case though but that is not a del breaker.This is my first stihl purchase. I'm not a robot nor do work for stihl.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saw Purchased this saw 291 today. Cut 2 cords of wood. Ran flawless. Plenty of power for bigger stuff ( 30"). Nice features, gas and oil caps easy to remove. Side adjustment for chain is handy. Easy to start.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive saw. When it came to a saw there wasn’t any other brand to buy then a stihl. Ms291 with 20” bar is a great saw. I cut a lot of wood, I cut up around 4cord just for my firewood for the season, every year. Plus clearing a few acres. Most all I cut is hardwood. First thing to do though is get rid of the green anti kickback chain and get the yellow one. That will make a huge difference and it will eat up anything. I cut a lot in the winter and deal with a lot of frozen hardwood that’s not seasoned. Cut your rakers down 25tho or so and it’ll handle the frozen hardwood great. Keep the chain sharp and saw oiled and you’ll have a long lasting saw that’ll handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good middle saw i bought this saw to cut bigger logs for firewood. it does better than my other saw, but still bogs down in bigger oak logs. i will look at a larger one in the future. runs great. if it floods hard to restart. my fault but still slowed my cutting day. plenty of power to clear fence rows and medium size logs. great service
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the power you will need !!! I have a small farm in NY and burn approximately 25 to 30 face cords a year. I bought a ms 291 chain saw and just could not believe the power of this saw. my old STIHL 026 couldn't come close to the power of this ms 291. I highly recommend this saw to anyone who burns wood or has a small to mid size farm. I know this saw will make life a little easier as it has for me in the year I have owned it.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runs good but oiler system is no good Bought my saw new for cutting fire wood. Have had it for 4 years and have yet to wear a chain out because they keep breaking. Have had the saw in to two different dealers to fix the oiler system but it have never seemed put enough oil on the chain.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the product failed they failed to stand behind a defective saw the cost many dollars
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding chainsaw! Great power and ease of use. Have cut 10+ cords of firewood and it still starts and runs with ease. It is pricey, but worth the money. It is the 4th chainsaw I’ve owned (3 different brands) and is, by far, the best. Highly recommend this saw!
Date published: 2018-02-06
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