MS 291 - $459.95 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…
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 4.5 out of 5 by 273.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First time Stihl owner Great running saw. I have so far cut down three red oak trees that were about 24-30" in diameter. The saw cut through the green oak surprisingly well. The only negative I have found using this saw is that if you run it for a short period, but plenty long enough to get the engine good and warm, shut it down and let it set for just a few minutes, it is slightly difficult to get started again. It is not extremely aggravating at this point but I am concerned once the saw gets some age to it, it might be a real pain to start.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what I expected Thought about saws for a long time and compared a lot. Bought this saw at my local farmers coop it was the biggest saw before you got into the pro saws. We have just bought 2 acres of land that needs trees cleared and it has held up fine. I’ve ran around 5 tanks of gas through it without a problem. I lost a bar nut the first day but that was my fault. Love the gas and oil caps. Nice and easy to unscrew unlike other brands that’s a pain. Hope it lasts many years to come!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Mid Range Saw. I have purchased about 5 Stihl Chainsaws throughout my life. Some for gifts, but mostly for myself. I even purchased a battery powered Stihl saw that I love about 5 years ago.My experience with Stihl tells me that they run better when they are broken in. My MS291 ran great from the first time I started it. I purchased mine with the 20"bar. I am satisfied with the amount of power the saw has. This is the perfect saw for what I need at this time.I really like the fact that Stihl sends me coupons a few times a year. Keeps me buying more products.I will say this about Sthil and possibly other brands- Buy the best Stihl 2 cycle mix and buy only marine fuel with no ethanol. Your saw will start easier and start easy after sitting on the shelf for extended amount of time. Buy the cheap low octane fuel and your going to have starting issues.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from POWERFUL CUTTER Purchased this to work around my property. Donnie was great help and gave good instructions on what to do for starting and also for storage. Saw has plenty of power and cuts through large logs effortlessly. Saw starts every time for me so far. Saw left the store with full tank of gas and full tank of chain oil. Was ready to go. Great place to purchase and get support at Sladeks.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This is my second Stihl saw. I had an MS270 that I lost in a shed fire that was struck by lightening. I replaced it with the slightly bigger MS291 with a 20” bar and have been really happy with it. Starts very easily. I would recommend using the Stil Motomix fuel. It makes a big difference not having any ethanol in the gas. The Motomix is worth the extra cost to keep the saw running well.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well...it lasted almost 6 hours. Purchased the MS291. Brought it home. Read the manual. Topped it off with new gas with STIHL brand oil mix, & checked the chain oil. All good. It cut really well for two hours intermittently, re-filled oil and fuel as needed. No issues whatsoever. Thrilled.Used it a week later for about 2 hours same story. No issues. Cut really well. Still thrilled. In fact, I told my old man to go buy one just like it, and he did!Yesterday I used it for about an hour and a half when out of nowhere, it gradually started losing power...then...just died. Would not restart. Good on fuel, good on oil. No fire. I let it sit a half-hour or so, and tried again. This time I cranked on it about a dozen times and it reluctantly started and I finished my cuts and put it away.This morning, I went to fire it up...no start. No fire at all. Let it sit for 15 minutes or so and tried again...nothing.Frustrated, I took it back to the dealer and was informed that "the engine had blown, that there was a chunk out of the piston head and a big score down the cylinder wall". How on earth does that happen in less than 6 hours of light use?I purchased this saw for it's longevity, quality, ease of use, and reliability based on past STIHL purchases and I am INCREDIBLY disappointed.Maybe I got a lemon, maybe I just have bad luck, but now I'm out a 3 week-old saw and I have a bad taste in my mouth for STIHL.6 HOURS of use?!?! Seriously?
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw Delivers all the power and speed needed for getting the job done.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerfull engin but difficult to start in cold weather. A primer may help Powerfull engin but difficult to start in cold weather. Once it has run for a short time it is then simple to restart after it has been turned off. Cuts extremely well and is well balanced. A primer may help to start it in cold weather.
Date published: 2018-04-11
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