MS 211 - $279.95 DSRP


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A feature-packed chainsaw with advanced engine technology at a value price.

Occasional User Advanced engine technology and a value price are just some of the things the MS 211 STIHL chainsaw has to offer. Powered by a low-emission engine, this chainsaw features a preseparation air filtration system— extending the cleaning life of the air filter so you have less maintenance. With low vibrations, good cutting speed and plenty of power, this STIHL chainsaw is just the...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 211 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 35.2 cc (2.2 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.7 kW (2.3 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 180 cc (6.1 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 30 to 45 cm (12" to 18")
STIHL recommends #3636 (63 PM3 61) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 000 4817 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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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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    STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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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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    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
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    Master Control Lever™
    The Master Control Lever™ is an easy to use single lever, operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
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Important Information
* 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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Optional Accessories
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    Complete Filing Kits
    Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

    3/8 PM
    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

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    5605 007 1030

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Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 35reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good chain saw ! Bought this chain saw because of a hurricane that came thru Florida. The price was really good no pop ki at Rural King. They had it in stock, showed me how to start it and away I went. Got it home and started it up, it has the easy start system and it started pretty easy. Put it up against several good size branchs and it cut thru them like a hot knife going thru warm butter !I retired from grounds maintenance for a county in Florida, and we only bought Stihl equipment because of their quality and effectiveness. September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent saw!! Bought a smaller saw than I wanted. Very surprised by the power of this saw. Starts easy, runs great and cuts like a champ! I love it!! September 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ms211 Nice smalll saw.Purchased it w/ 18" bar.It managed the longer chain well.Nice balanced packageCut 2 trees last weekend.Used 1.5 tanks of fuel.For 35cc engine it did a great job September 12, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor bar lubrication system The bar oil reservoir has to be drained when the saw is not in use. Per a local saw repair shop, the MS 211 is known for this design flaw. September 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent nedium saw I read over all of the reviews for the MS-211 before I bought it and for the life of me could not understand why the CBE version of the 211 got rave reviews and the regular 211 was beat to death by the reviewers. I have 10+ tanks of gas on my 211 and it is an excellent saw. It cranks every time, it stays lit and it will re-lite if I should cut it off. Plus it cuts like a champ and it chain stays sharp. Sure, I played around with its idle and low jet a bit but never not very much from its factory settings. I did this to smooth down its idle so it would not walk off my workbench. As it has broken in, the idle has improved, so I have adjusted it back to where it was. I use only SZtihl "lUltra" two cycle oil in premium non-ethanol gas and Stihl "Platinum" bar oil and they preform, flawlessly in all of my saws, whether they are Stihl or not.The 211 is an excellent saw, even for older folks, like me. That extra pound of the CBE version was not worth the extra weight. September 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great products This is a great chainsaw, but it is a little hard to start. But this is the fourth STIHL chainsaw I have owned, all great products!! I also own a leaf blower and a weed eater all great products as well!!! September 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent light duty saw The MS211 is a great saw for it's intended purpose. As long as you realize that this isn't a saw for felling and bucking, you'll be happy.I've had mime for two years now and it hasn't failed me. I use it for clearing trails and light duty trimming. When I'm out and about on my property, it's always with me.If you need a bigger saw, get a bigger saw. Don't buy a 211 and expect it to perform like an MS261. Keep the chain sharp, use good fuel (mixed properly) and don't let the saw sit for extended periods with fuel containing Ethanol and you won't have any issues.These saws get a bad reputation because a lot of people who buy them, don't maintain them properly and don't keep the chain sharp. August 28, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by 1 year review I bought this saw for trimming felled trees and a backup for my 038 mag, this saw gave me problems from day one, and has been in the shop 3x's already. I've been a Stihl owner for over 20 years, and never had these type of problems with there saws before. After having the carb replaced not even owning this saw for a month it ran a bit bitter but still hard to start, but this is Not a high altitude saw (anything over 7000 ft). Finally I got tired of the still dealer up here and took matters in my own hands. The biggest problem is not being able to tune the saw properly, the carb limiters are a horrible ideal and causes most of the problems with this saw. When you depend on your saws to run especially when your deep in the woods, I found that this saws are not as good as there older ones are. Now on I'll buy older Stihl's and rebuild them, at least they run like a Stihl should... August 26, 2016