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Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

Stihl MS 291 Yard Boss

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5 reviews
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  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
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  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (1)
  • Safety
    4.0 (1)

MagooSouth East Queensland, QLD

Poor Performer


Bought the MS 291 expecting quality & performance - Had trouble starting it & with idle control returned for service checks 3 times & had only cut down 4 relatively small trees -stalled whilst cutting - returned for service - advised of piston scoring probably using wrong fuel /oil mix. I used Stihl oil mix to instructions. From other reviews it looks like there may be a manufacture problem ! ?

Purchased for $1,200.00.

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thatbeeffarmerinnswGrafton nsw

  • 2 reviews

sadly not tough enough


I had a Husky Rancher 460 that died. So i replaced it with a Stihl MS 291 as being in same zone. Still over $1000 so I expected a good few years. In around 12 months it was dead. Piston melted. I had followed all instructions and serviced regularly, admittedly not using Stihl oil ( rather Caltex- hardly a sin). Stihl shop were gloriously unhelpful implying that even if I sent it to stihl for warranty work ( which I would need to initially pay for) it wouldn't go my way. Im tough on tools but this is expensive nonsense. Back to Huskys for me. no more Stihl

Date PurchasedJan 2016
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have two ms291's for firewood business


I have two ms 291 saws. First one cut around 300 cubic metres of wood. No real problems. Had to get a new coil, covered under 2 year warranty. Still runs great. Nice compression, good rumble. Had second one for a couple of months. Runs ok. Maybe a issue with the idle, seems to be a little off, compared to the first one. I will run it hard for a while see how it goes, while under warranty. Good saws., but are made in china and brazil, compared to older ones made in east germany.

Date PurchasedJune 2017
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D builderSyracuse New York

This was perfect until it seize up.


This was a great saw until it seize up. For some reason it seize and when I took it in to where I got it they told me it could have been the oil mixed or it got air. I know it was not oil mixed so after 4 years not good.

Date PurchasedMay 2012
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Stihl MS 291

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how do I release compression?

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No reduced compression option on MS291

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CategoryPetrol Chainsaws
Price (RRP) $999.00
Use Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
Bar Length45 cm
FeaturesAnti-Vibration System and Chain Brake
Weight5.6 kg
Engine Displacement55.5 cc
Fuel Tank Capacity500 mL

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