MS 291 - $439.95 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
Print Spec Sheets
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 242.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very reliable product the still ms291 is a very well built chainsaw and it has the power and features to get the job done I would recommend it to anyone in the market for a chainsaw of that size
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful, but hard to start. This is my third Stihl chain saw. It is very powerful, but difficult to start. The compression is very high, making it difficult to pull the starter cord. I have had to take it back to the dealer more than once to get him to start it. I have learned a process that works better, pulling the starter a few times without choke before applying the choke. Otherwise, it can flood.Also, when R.I.P. cutting logs, the shavings build up in the housing and block the oil flow to the chain. I have to apply grease directly to the chain to keep it from freezing up on me.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect saw for cutting firewood I chose this saw based on the reviews and for the price. I needed something that I could spend many many hours on cutting firewood and not break the bank . So far I have bucked up a many spruce, hemlock, and doug fir logs between 12-30” in diameter. At first I was greatly disappointed with the cutting speed until I ditched the worthless safety chain and went in to the local Stihl shop and bought a chisel bit chain. It was a night and day difference. Also it is very light on the fuel and you don’t have to fill up on bar oil with every fuel up like older saws. To anyone that someday buys this saw I recommend the 20” bar with a chisel bit chain. You won’t be sorry!!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful chainsaw. Great buy I don't normally write reviews so this is something good. This chainsaw is very powerful and well built. It cuts through hardwood trees very well. Starts up from dry start with about 5 pulls. This is to be expected from starting dry with no primer (just choke). Warms up quickly so you can get to work within 45 seconds. There is lots of compression so you have to stand on the handle to pull start it. After it warms up it is easier to start holding upright. Uses a lot of fuel but that is to be expected from a larger higher performance engine. And with that it is very loud. You should wear hearing protection if you use it for a while. Fuel tank is a little on the small size so keep your container of fuel handy. I like this though because I always run my equipment dry when finishing a job. Overall great chainsaw.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One heck of a saw Bought this saw Feb 2017 and nearing the 100 tree mark. My dad had Stihl saws when I was a boy and what a privilege to observe the evolution of the brand. Fuel efficiency is high - just cut 60ft red oak into firewood 20 in caliper on 1 tank of gas. The handle operates independently of the bar, absorbing all the shock and easing user fatigue. Starts(cold start) on 3rd pull almost every time regardless of temp. I recommend Stihl synthetic fuel; the saw performs better. Considering the power of the saw, the unit is a reasonable weight. The air filter improvement has extended intervals between cleanings drastically. Bar is easy to take off and clean. Sitting here trying to think what I might improve and truthfully can't think of anything. It's a heck of a saw.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful chainsaw I put on the RS23 chain and it cuts very fast. The saw starts easy so I do not care about it not having a decompression button etc. I put in some long hard hours in all kinds of weather, it was used hard and no complaints.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "You gotta be handy with the Stihl, if you know what i mean Love this saw..love my 251& my 170. These saws are my favorite tools.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dependable Saw Cut our way out of two hurricanes in 3 years. We have worked this saw like a dog falling hundreds of trees and never had an issue until recently. Most of our trees are 12'' to 30'' diameter pines, cypress and oaks. Recently the muffler became loose and fell off, regardless of how tight the torx head screws were fastened they vibrated loose every few minutes. Installed new T27 torx screws and applied red high heat lock tight. Have not used the saw since, hope the problem is solved.
Date published: 2017-12-06
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