MS 291 - $459.95 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.)
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 219.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More reliable than my MS 170 and 171 no problems except occ hard to start if very hot. cuts fast, easy to use
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I've had chainsaws for over 30 years. Not on a large scale, typical homeowner use. Bought an outside boiler and knew the chainsaws I had wouldn't hold up to the extra use. guys kept telling me: quit buying cheap saws, get a real one...Time to step up to a Stihl!! the 291 one was recommended by dealer. Had no problems with it for the 2.5 years I've had it. except one time it stalled and didn't start again that day. but cut about 4 cords since then. UNTIL about a month ago. ran 2 tanks through that day. it stalled.. needed fuel. topped of fuel and chain oil. Never started again. No spark. I did some checking, figured it to be the coil. Took to dealer. he said same. Under warranty. New coil goes on. Still no spark. he continues to investigate..A few weeks later, they call and say the piston is scored. Ran straight gas!!! No way.!! I learned of the bad stuff ethanol does to 2 strokes. so when I bought this saw. I bought new can, marked off for 1 gal and 2 gal. and use the Stihl oil.. no way did I put in straight gas. .. and no one has ever borrowed it.. I use ethanol free gas and it was no more than 2 months old at the time I ran this.. Been in discussions with other dealers and friends on what may have happened so still investigating. I can't argue that looking at the piston, it looks like it was oil starved, so I have no dispute with the initial determination, just that I can't see how it's from my fuel mixture. I have sent this to Stihl directly and they sent comment to a dealer, so in process... I need a saw now so will buy another primary... so back to the research. Good thing I have my other saw I bought for smaller work.. and it's using the same fuel mix that the Stihl conked out on... (and my "cheap saws" still work well)So at this time, I can't really recommend the saw. Once I have resolution, I'll update.Still don't understand why I don't have spark, though...
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Built to last I've had my saw for a year now and I Stihl love it. It's easy to start dependable, and has the power to do much more than I will do. I have cut down a 30" oak tree with no problem which included cutting up the large trunk of the tree. The standard chain seems to stay sharp forever. The chain oiler is a little light on oil but I have yet to burn up the bar or chain. There is a little blue color due to heat on the bar but it still holding up fine. I'm use to being able to see oil sling from the chain but not on this saw. It seems to use bar oil at the same rate as my old saw.Starting is a snap just don't skip a step cause it does flood easy if you do. This requires waiting or if in a hurry drying off the spark plug. That being said it still starts easier than any of my past saws.I am buying a second 291 for my son in law.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw runs great I had debated between another brand 455 and the Stihl 271/291. Purchased the 455 at the blue store due to convenience at the time, good saw but the warm start routine was too cumbersome and I returned the saw. Visited the local Stihl dealer who had the 291 with accessories on a deal. Half a dozen cans of premix fuel, few of extra chains and oil, upgraded case, etc. and I was on my way to cut a few trees down at a newly purchased property. My first new Stihl product. I also learned our local utility company maintenance crews were using Stihl products when they came out to drop the power line so I could cut the problem trees.The first few tanks of fuel, I ran it pretty easy. The busy day was 15 pine trees down ranging from 12 to 24" diameter and cut in 4 foot lengths. Keeping the chain sharp, it cuts like butter.Living near NFS land, we can cut home use firewood with permits. Used the saw to cut 8 cords with no problems. Dead standing trees in the firewood cutting area don't stand a chance against this saw...... Love that sound when the tree hits the ground. Doing my part to minimize wildfire in the National Forest.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 291 Great saw. Lightweight, easy to start and handle, durable. Cleared over 300 trees on my property due to wildfire in Colorado a few years ago. Not a single problem. My first saw (MS 039) still runs great after 20+ years. Definitely worth it.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw I bought this saw to replace an 028 AV. It has performed great: always starts and easy on fuel.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work horse I have used this saw extensively for the past 6 months. I literally rand the main housing of the saw over with a full sized truck (oops). All it did was barely crack the plastic, and it fired right up. The only real issue i have had with this saw is using the aggressive chain. It doesnt want to stay tight for some reason. Standard chain cuts like a dream though. I am running a 18 in bar, because i feel that it is balanced better this way.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw for farm work and very dependable. Excellent chainsaw for fsrm work. I never had any trouble with Stihll Products.
Date published: 2017-06-22
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