MS 291 - $479.95 DSRP


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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.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 240 cc (8.12 oz.)
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 000 6813 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® 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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    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 depending upon which power head it is installed.
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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    STIHL Pro Mark items are "Wash and Wear." They do not require dry cleaning as other brands do.


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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 117reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This thing is a mean machine!!! I moved out to the sticks and wanted a reliable saw to fell trees for fire wood to keep my family warm thru the winter months. This saw is a beast, it never bogs down and is surprisingly light. With the amount of wood i cut it has paid for itself. I have actually notified my oil company that my usage will be down this winter, when asked why I told them that I bought a STIHL!! November 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by good power to fuel ratio Tired of using cheap chainsaws and bought a ms 291 use it to cut all types of hardwood in Ireland November 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome awesome saw! Power to spare and typicall Stihl reliability I freakin love this saw! November 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 word POWER, Stihl is not expensive it's priceless This saw left me with no buyers remorse, after using it several times. You've been thinking about this purchase and comparing product and prices etc. Take my word for it the name Sthil stands on its own this unit is the best you can buy. I'm getting it pin stripped it's so sweet.The saw is a beautiful piece of equipment that I'll forever be happy that I own. You should buy a stihl too. October 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A real chainsaw If you are tired of replacing chainsaws, you need to buy this saw. I wish I had bought this saw, two chainsaws ago. I have had this saw two years now and ran about four gallons of fuel through it, NO PROBLEMS. Love my MS291 so much I replaced my "limber" saw with the MS171, pair these two awesome saws together and you got a 1-2 punch. I heat with wood so that is what they are used for and I got a mountain of firewood. September 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw, Good Power The MS 291 is a great saw at first i couldn't decide between the 271 or 291 but I went with the 291. The 291 has great power and being a Stihl product makes it that much better, Im running an 18" bar and is plenty for my operations. This is my first Stihl chainsaw and wouldn't want anything else. August 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tons of power Best saw I have owned. Lots of power. Cuts like a dream Highly recommend August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around saw. I've owned my 291 for over 4 years now and haven't had one problem. I use it for cutting firewood and am not always overly gentle with it. It has never quit me nor has any part failed. Couldn't ask for anything better nor would I want anything changed. Excellent saw. August 25, 2015
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