Worst item I have bought in 10 years
Have owned for approximately 3 years. Purchased new and it initially had the incorrect chain fitted which nearly flew off when started as it was not seated in the bar - dealer didn’t seem concerned and offered me a Stihl key ring instead!! It has never worked for more than 15 minutes. Multiple returns to dealer with usual rubbish about fuel mix, chain tightness etc - whereupon it would fail 10 minutes after getting it home. It has been a product that is demonstrably not fit for purpose combined with a level of poor service I have rarely encountered in the retail sector. Do not consider at all.
Purchased in January 2018.
- MS 211 MiniBoss
- Verified purchase
Terrible product - even worse service
4 months and $600 later - its broken. So much for Stihl quality!
Took it back to the shop and was spoken to quite aggressively and told its my fault and nothing they would do. So much for Stihl customer service!
To clarify. Machine was used appropriately, stored well, well maintained, used about once a fortnight at best. Blade looked after and sharpened, oiled, lubricated, appropriate petrol mix and high quality oils, etc. etc. (not my first 2-stroke machine).
With no evidence at all to suggest its my fault: Stihl made themselves judge, jury and executioner saying they felt no drive to do anything to help make it right.
Would advise you all to avoid like the plague -
Purchased in March 2020 at prompt mower service hornsby for $599.00.
Good little saw
Have had my 211 for 7 plus year in the car travelling Australia. Used to cut up fire wood and pruning trees more recently. I have not treaded the saw the best and it’s had a hard life but I can not fault the machine. Starts easy and runs hard. Only problem I’ve had is leaking bar oil but seems to be a problem with STIHL these days. Just emptied the oil out at the end of each use and had no troubles.
Purchased in January 2013 at Stihl Dealer for $600.00.
Cold starts are good, but cannot get a restart on hot days no matter what is tried.
I have had my MS 211 C-BE for a little over a year. It has never restarted well on a hot restart. I have tried all the special fuels and even the latest Stihl fuel that smells like VMPA Naphtha. That worked until noon when it began getting very hot in the low 90's and even then with the best fuel it took 10 minutes to restart. It would restart after several attempts, but die before I could reach the trigger to gun the engine. Then when it got running it would not take the fuel. I had a great 210 for several years, but this 211 is terrible for r...estarting. I think it is getting vapor locked as cold starts are good. It's going back to the dealer tomorrow for the 3rd time. I also have a 180 and it has the same problem with hot restarts. I wasted nearly a half hour trying to get it restarted. Both saws are not dependable like my former 170 and 210 models. I should never have traded them in! The 211 has already had the coil and carburetor replaced, but still not any good. It was in the shot in July 2018 for that work and it going back again tomorrow.
Purchased in March 2018 for $322.00.
Is a small size with plenty of power if using a fresh sharp chain. I only use for firewood , old dry clean hard wood, alot of my cutting needs doing from both sides (16in bar and 26in timber). a 26in log cut 14in long weight is about 40kg = lucky I have 40 ton petrol spliter.
I cut at least 4 ute loads a winter - around 5ton of timber and the Stihl 211 can handle it , using sharp chains, Clear oil/petrol tanks are good to see levels.
Only complaint I do find is the air filter cover keeps coming loose/undone when saw is working hard. Keep plas...
Purchased in May 2018.
Great on redgum, but issues with chain oil feeder
Great little female friendly saw.
Purchases new late winter 2017. Sat all summer, dragged it out sutumn 2018 and away it went.
Always running premium fuel with stihl 40:1 mos and stihl bar oil. Only issue ive had is its hard to start if it runs to an empty tank, keep the tank fueled its no issues.
Top issue is bar oil, usually round 1:1 ratio, noticed it was running hot, top of the bar went blue meaning cooling issue / low oil. Oil was running at 1:1/2, pulled it apart and gave it all another clean & sharpen & service. Now oil has stoppe...
Not happy with MS 211c chainsaw
I purchased a Stihl MS 211c chainsaw from Ace Hardware. The saw did not restart after only using 1/2 tank of gas. I brought the saw in for an adjustment and the tech managed to get it to run, but did not seem to have any idea what the problem was. I continued use for another tank of gas and it refused to start again. I brought the saw back and asked for the Stihl 29 point engine check. It failed the vacuum check, the carburetor was defective. The tech replaced it. I was told the saw was fine. I tried using it again and it did not seem to run well. After 1/2 tank of gas it refused to start again. I returned it for a refund. I will not purchase another Stihl product. I was not happy with the saw or the tech support I received.
Starting problems; oil leaks
Cannot lock on throttle or hold choke in middle starting throttle position. Needs some throttle to start so need a third hand to hold throttle.
Leaks oil when not operating. Had it serviced twice but still leaks. Dealer says its "normal"!
Very light use. Maybe total of 15-20 hours over five years.
A great saw from Stihl as expected!
I bought this in march 2017 to clear a 1000 square metre block of land prior to building. It was mostly mallee gum hardwoods. The saw did this with ease and literally has paid for itself on this job. put it away for the summer and now I am cutting red gum for my wood fire as winter approaches.. Soon I will buy a farm boss so that I have a large and small saw for the firewood duties.
Don't believe all you read, Stihl is the market leader for a reason. My saw starts easily every time. The blade is easy to sharpen and adjust. I plan on getting a ...
Would not recommend it
First time using the saw and on the 3rd tank of gas, vibration caused the clip-on cover to come loose ... poor design. Repeatedly came loose. Would start ok and idle rough but would blog out when you tried to pull the throttle trigger while using premium 50:1 mix... until it finally warmed up. After cooling down, same thing all over again.
This was all on the 1st day using the saw ... very disappointed the direction Stihl has went with their quality ... which was the reason I decided to buy Stihl to begin with.
Wouldn’t go camping with out it
We go camping a lot, which means you can’t go without a camp fire, and to have a camp fire you need wood, which means you need a strong chainsaw. This mini boss fits in the back of the ute and doesn’t take up any space, can cut through a 16” bit of wood like butter, minimal maintenance makes this thing a dream to use
Does have some Issues.
Mixed feelings with this saw. Starts ok most times but does have low down lag or flat spot on start up and needs the revs kept right up to it right from the start or tends to stall. That said mine hammers away all day without issue and with reasonable power for its size. Recently cut down a big gum then into pieces, it worked its butt off for 3 days without an issue.
Found it somewhat thirsty although worst and most annoying issue with it as with many of the same models is it leaks out all its chain lube oil when not being used over number of days so sit it on a decent rag when not in use and dont forget to fill the resevoir again prior to use.
Many other brands of saws can tend to do the same but maybe not as bad.
Bought only 6 weeks ago took it out to cut wood.within 10 minutes it conked out under warranty. 6 weeks to know i have to pay to repair a lemon. Found out this chainsaw is a lemon. So why are Stihls still selling them. $699 later Stihls do not want to no about it. Besides i pay $ out of my pocket to fix it. Got 10 minutes out of it. It's screwed. Not happy jan. Rockingham WA
not a good saw ...on purpose
I have 8 Stihl chainsaws and one still going since 1986 . That saw had a few new bars and chains as spares left over so I bought a MS 211 which uses these bars and chains as well. Compared to all other saws I have used the MS 211 is the worst. Even for an experienced person it has starting problems. Also the vibrations are quite severe and the choke arangement is just cheaply made. THe old Stihl saw that it is replacing had no such issues and I have meanwhile bought also a Stihl Arbor saw which is a magnitude better then the MS 211 but the same...price. I my opinion they have engineered the MS 211 the way it is , because if their products are all too good they cant sell the premium chainsaws any more. There is no way that a company with the chain saw experience of Stihl can not make the MS 211 a peformer. Reminds me of VW............
I have other saws , Partner s 65 , Stihl 038 magnum , I wanted a smaller size saw so I bought the Stihl ms 211 c be , used for cutting firewood, has enough power , good on fuel , I threw the Picco Duro chain away ,It starts easy , not to heavy , the e start is very easy to use it works well , very easy chain removal and adjustment no tools needed , would buy again .
Good saw for what it was designed for
I don't have alot of experience with chainsaws but have found the stihl ms211 easy enough to use. I bought this to cut up fire wood and cleanup the occasional fallen trees on a small block, 2acres.
My father has one of these with hole borer attachment, that he has used without problem, to complete a number of fencing jobs. He did have one problem when stihl dealer filled fuel without oil for sales demo. When he got it home it failed after 5 min. They replaced with new one but he had to convince them that he had not filled tank since he bought...
Dont waste your money
Bought this new on recommendation of Stihl dealer. First time used it ran for about 5 minutes stopped and wouldnt start. Took back to dealer who put in "fresh fuel" and said it worked fine. Took it home about two weks later and just second time i used it same thing ran for about 5 minutes stopped and wouldnt start. Took back to dealer who said it needed a new "air butterfly assembly" according to the invoice. Got it home and will try to use it again next few days. If same thing happens dealer might be wearing a Stihl MS 211 necklace. Been using chainsaws for past 40 years, first and last time i buy a Stihl, stick to the Huskies !!!
- MS 211 MiniBoss
- Verified purchase
Very poor unit .. extremely poor customer service
Brought this saw new late 2016. By beginning 2017, it had been returned to dealership twice - starter problems and bar nuts coming undone midway through operation. Treated very poorly by the local dealership. Another starter problem, cord chewed up during operation, caused me to contact head office. Although dealership has a vehicle and my current mode of transport is a motorcycle, they refuse to collect the saw, even though first two times I dropped it off via vehicle. Contacted ACCC and now a claim will be processed through them. To date, this saw has presented with 3 major problems although limited use by a certified operator.
Stihl avoids genuine warranty claim
MS211. Don't waste you money!!
Whilst under warranty I returned my ms211 to Stihl as it would not start.
The cage on the main bearing had failed destroying the main bearing and as a consequence the flywheel came in contact with the ignition module hence it would not run.
The mechanic at the dealership decided it was not a warranty item as he found " a white milky solution " in the crank case indicating water.
I explained this was as a result of me degreasing and washing the saw just prior to delivering it to Stihl. Of course with a fail...
Don't buy this
Got this piece 2 weeks ago and 2 times already was in dealers repair. Needed to cut enough easy pieces on backyard saving on removal of debris after landscapers...indeed got only problems. Went down after 15 minutes of work, repaired in dealers shop, got back and same story. Was using good canned 50:1 premium mix. Was said should be buying only Stihl premium mix, like Stihl is making gasoline or what? Too much complicated service, said chain is not sharp and it;s after 20 minutes of work total. Waste of money.
Questions & Answers
I am thinking of buying a 211easy start chainsaw what os your thoughts
I have not had any problems starting or running the 211. I never leave fuel in the carburetor if it is going to sit for more than a month. I dump the fuel from the tank passing it through a coffee filter into my 2 cycle supply. I then start up the saw, cold with 2 or 3 pulls full choke, then take the choke off and pull a few more times and it fires up. I let it run dry to prevent stale fuel problems if it sets for a few months. The compression release is a nice feature that I never had before in my saws, but I got used to it without any problems. When I am running to take trees down I have not had any problems starting or running this saw. It does not need any choking after refueling as long as I fill it before going empty. If I do run out of fuel and the saw is hot I may pull one or two times on full choke to get fuel back into the carburetor, but take off the choke and it starts usually after two or three pulls. These are good saws and a little pricey, but they are worth it. I recommend this saw and I am pretty fussy about starting issues whether hot or cold and so far these work excellently. One piece of advise is to allow the saw to come back to idle before shutting it off. The internal computer remembers the last running condition and so if you just shut it down before coming back to idle you may have a restart issue. Hope this helps.
How do u change a chain
Using the plug spanner/screwdriver tool that comes with chainsaw to remove the NUT on the White Cover just behind the chain , Remove White Cover (make sure chain brake is off) .. with White Cover removed you can remove chain and get sharpened or replace = remember cutting edge faces forward on TOP side of chain bar when replacing new chain.. after installing sharp/new chain reinstall White Cover = do nut firm BUT NOT tight , use same tool to adjust chain , Finely do nut tight. +also make sure small black steel bracket fits into brake handle while refitting the White Cover , Be carefull handling chain = very easy to cut yourself.
Ms 211 review just bought a stihl ms 211 chainsaw today
I was talked into getting this model at the stihl shop
I have been reading some reviews on this model
Should i take it back to the shop ?before i use it and exchange it for a different model
|Category||Petrol Chainsaws||Petrol Chainsaws|
|Use||Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting||Pruning|
|Bar Length||40 cm||40 cm|
|Features||Anti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner||Anti-Vibration System, Chain Brake and Engine Air Pre-Cleaner|
|Weight||4.6 kg||4.3 kg|
|Power (kW)||1.7 kW||1.7 kW|
|Engine Displacement||35.2 cc||35.2 cc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||270 mL||270 mL|
|Release date||Mar 2010||Mar 2010|
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