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.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN .325 RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC®
POWER SOURCE Gas
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…
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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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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

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MS 291 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 285.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the power of this saw Stihl saws outclass anything I have ever used. I use my saw weekly in the summer clearing and cutting and this saw has the power I need to get my work done. I purchased it primarily for the purpose of milling my own lumber from my logs. I have yet to try it but I am confident this saw will get it done.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw This is a great cutting saw! I have a 20" bar on it and it runs it just fine. I have used it 4 or 5 times now and the only problem I have noticed is the airfilter can not get very dirty or it will not start. If you keep it very clean the saw works well. I like the twist on air filter but the set up on my 180 c seems to work better
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this saw This is my first new STIHL saw. It has plenty of power and is very easy to handle. It cranks up right away and seems to do well on fuel. Love this saw.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely reliable! I use the saw a lot cutting trees for the sawmill. Starts every morning and cuts reliably through the day. Friends who own other brands have commented on how fast it cuts and how easy it is to start. I also use a 029 20” farm boss that I purchased new in 1998 that is still reliable.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Living on reputation? After owning a Farm Boss for about 30 yrs and cutting about 8-10 face cords a year, my saw was beginning to show some wear and tear, so I decided to buy a new MS291. It started and cut great for almost a year and the head burned out. I took it back to the dealer and Stihl looked at it and replaced the saw. After 2 years of the same type of cutting, the new one burned out! Stihl would not replace it or even give me credit towards a new one unless I paid to have it torn apart to inspect it. This would be covered if Stihl decided it was their problem, but there were no guarantees. I always used the Stihl mixture and never abused the saw. Paying as much as I did for what a Stihl costs, for anything that only lasts 2 years is ridiculous! I researched top chainsaws and seldom see Stihl in the top 10 anymore. I will be looking at a comparable brand that has a better review in the near future. Poor quality and poor customer service will send Stihl the way of some other big names in chainsaws that are no longer around. It's a shame a former quality product seems to be living on it's reputation.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts easy, Dependable, reliable, outstanding I use the MS291 to help maintain my 38 acre farm/forrest land. It is versatile allowing me to fell large hardwoods and efficiently cut them into chord wood. It is a great balance between a heavy duty saw and light duty work. Great saw, I'd highly recommend for multi-purpose work.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty awesome saw I had to get a new saw and this one is really good saw I actually just cut down a good size tree and and cut it up handle it like the tree was nothing as lot's of power even though it's a bigger saw was not so big that it hurts your back like some others can trust me when I say it can cut down pretty good size tree's I have a chipper chain on my with that being said the saw can do more then what you think it can I love it
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and easy to use This saw has been great for what I needed to do. I tried one of the larger models which was a bit too powerful for me, especially when it kicked back. This model was much more manageable and I was able to cut through 18-24 inch trunks with no problem. We had a bunch of 4-6 foot tall trunks that had been topped off and needed to clear them out. This saw did the trick.
Date published: 2018-05-16
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