MS 291 - $429.95 DSRP


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 depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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MS 291 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 211.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chainsaw I've ever used I'm not currently a pro logger, although I have done freelance hardwood logging (red oak, cherry, black walnut) in the past. This is the fifth chainsaw I've owned. It is vastly superior to any other I have used. Saw no. 3 died a few years ago and I got a yellow "Pro" new one from an orange big box store. That "Pro" saw could barely cut a 6" pine, much less an 18" oak. Very poor throttle response. After having 40 acres of pine logged last year, that saw proved incapable of the work needed to clean up behind the loggers. The MS 291 cost about 3 times as much, but is able to get the work done, probably 5 times faster than the "competitive" saw. My city-living son-in-law gets the yellow saw...
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great little saw I am a pro logger I usually run 440 and 460 magnum. I was impressed with this saws power after about ten tanks of gas.it is still gaining power I'm on tank 15.just know if you buy one they are hard on gas during break in but the more you use it the better it gets on gas and power
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw, have used it very hard, runs like a champ! Have read the reviews where they say it "lacks power". I disagree, I'm running a 20" bar and cut mostly oak, hickory, ash and locus. The only time I get it to "stall" is on the harder woods with a chisel chain and I get to aggressive. Never had the problem with the green coded low kick / anti kick chains. I've used it enough to wear out the wearable parts and needed to replace them. Keep in mind this is a medium duty, intermediate saw, not a heavy duty professional one.My only wish is that it had an adjustable oiler, like it's predecessor, the MS-290. It runs a little lighter on the oil then I'd prefer, but it hasn't been an issue. I also have one of the earlier production saws, so they may have tweeked that a bit.Overall, I'd buy another, but considering how long Stihl products last, I'm sure this model won't be in production when I need to replace it.The compression when starting hasn't been an issue.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend Stihl I have a number of Stihl products...ie: Blower, Brush Cutter, MS 261 and my newest, MS 291. I had an MS 290 that I used without problem for many years and loved it. The MS 291 is superior to other chainsaws I have had. The power is excellent and it maintains it throughout the cut. It has already made some hard and physically taxing job much easier and overall less strenuous.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw is a beast! Very fuel-efficient the quality is made in the USA this saw will cut through anything that you need to
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Expensive, lacking real power This unit is expensive and lacks real power. Even when well tuned.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still new only on second tank of fuel Can not rate higher at this time previous saws have had a 20yr life span. One of the things I consider most important is service life. Way to early to know.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start It is very easy to start even after running the fuel dry. Controls are very simple and intuitive. Vibration isolation is very good especially for full-day cutting.
Date published: 2017-05-19
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