Easy to start and powerful
So far so good with the Stihl MS311 I recently bought.
After buying this chainsaw I read reviews of it here and was apprehensive.
I’ve been using the Stihl 311 for a couple of weeks on my farm, cutting up fallen logs and cutting down and up standing trees. It’s worked without any issues.
Starting cold is straight forward. Place the chainsaw on the ground. Engage the chain brake. Press the decompression button. Pull in the throttle and button. Push the lever to full choke. Pull the starter cord till the engine burps. Put the lever one level u...p to half choke. Pull the starter and the engine starts. Pop the chain brake off and then give it throttle. The lever pops automatically to the operation position. Warm starts I place the lever on half choke, pull the starter and it starts.
Purchased in August 2021 for $1,300.00.
No complaints here
No complaints from me. I cant fault it. Been using it now for over a year and extremely satisfied with it. I was originally put off by other reviews but believe if you look after it, it will look after you .
Purchased in May 2020 for $1,199.00.
Excellent so far
Bought second hand to replace a 034, not because the 034 gave up, because the anti vibe is better for my hands. Starts within 4 pulls every time from cold and one pull when warm,cuts on par if not a little better than the 034, same bar and chain. Love the anti vibe over the old rubber type. A little heavy for what it is but i don't log with it. A bit more work to get to the filter for cleaning and i love the new fuel and oil caps.
Purchased in July 2020.
Easy to start, usually kicks over third pull. Great weight with plenty of power to cut through Australian Iron bark, which I cut on regular basis for firewood. Really can't believe reviews on here... look after your gear and it will stay in good Nick for years to come.
Purchased in May 2016 for $1,200.00.
Great all rounder
I run the ms311 as my main saw cutting Australian hardwood logs 15" no issue at all. Starts as directed by dealer choke4pull half choke 1pull first time every time and once warm 1 pull I've never ever had to pull twice once warm. Ive been through 1 spark plug in 6 mths to what i think is great considering i run it 3 full days of the week flat chat cutting logs and used to mill planks/fence posts. I was going to upgrade saws to do my milling and stuff but this is doing fine for me atm i can not fault. only fault isn't the product its the brand ...as the "stihl dealers" need to be able to do discounts or throw something in on sales this set price no leway is rough on regular customers as ive spent well over 4k at stihl changing all my equipment from honda/husky and get nothing so don't expect anything from them in that way on purchase.
I have owned husy's,jonsonreds,and several other top dollar saws this saw is amazing my grandfather bought it from a friend and its quite old but i love it.i cut wood burls and they are really hard.This stihl runs through it. I use air compressor to blow it out after and its perfect.for these people that wrote bad reveiws buy a poulan and a box of kleenex. Cause you obviously do not know what your doing. If the saw dis run you would probably hurt yourselfs.lol amazing saw wouldnt trade it for anything else.
Recently upgraded from a ms170 (owned for 5 years without an issue) to a ms 311. So far a fantasic saw, had it out on a few occasions, it starts easy even without using the decomp button, reliable and has plenty of power. Would recommend as a good all rounder.
Excellent chain saw!
It is very easy to start once you figure it out,pops off every time like clock work and once warm....one pull every time. It has very good power and I'm running a 20" bar. Love It! quite baffeled with some of the negative responses???? ripped into some old very hard red oak last year, outdid my buddies comparable Husky. Again couldn't be happier. I run none oxy 91 and Steels top of line oil, never even changed plug yet.
i have a311 as well runs like a dream, would not be without it. works all day long. like l said , if you look after them ,they do the jod really well, for a average saw i reckon they are the best in they range bye a stilh any dayRon
311 is perfect chainsaw for the average wood cutter
I have a 311 i give it a bitten when l go wood choppin. All day no stop you look after your saw and clean it regularly. It will last you for years to come, l chop about 4 trailer loads of wood a month, with my stihl 311 and still going strong. Like i said look after it, will last a long time.
January 8th 2017 Update: Chainsaw
When l go and get some wood it is always a large trailer load. I always take my stihl 311, it gets a bitten for a 2hours none stop, it is the only chainsaw i trust to do the jod. I used it for 2.5 years now and know ...trouble at all. When i finish use in it i stipit write down and give a sevice, look after it and will last a life time. Use stihl products. Like oil chains sprockets air filters and you not have any trouble with your stihl chainsaw. Thank you. Ron Brought it Geelong.
Absolutely fantastic chainsaw! Cannot fault it.
I am staggered at some of the negative comments here. I wonder how much is operator error?? The 311 is a fantastic mid-range chainsaw. If you learn to operate it properly, use a good quality 2-stroke oil, and do a little basic maintenance on it to keep it (and the air filter) clean, it will give you years of powerful trouble-free operation. I've had mine for over 5 years and have never had it back at a dealer. I have never had a problem starting it - just follow the same basic procedure every time. I have other Stihl products and I would rate them all as good.
It's a good saw. It is much better than the other saw that I had before (and have written a bad review about - a competing brand). I agree though that sometimes it's hard to start because it floods easily.
Otherwise everything about it is awesome. All of the things you need to do (eg, fuel, oil, air) are very easily accessible. It's a bit confusing that it floods though and there is no explanation in the manual.
My local dealer is the best though and happy to help me out. I lost a bar nut and it cost $2 to replace! That alone tells me t...hat Stihl have got their stuff together. You don't need to be paying half the price of a saw to replace a small part (which is what other brands do). I like it. It cuts wood great. Have cut a 100ft gum and plenty of barrel sized willow trees without an issue.
125 face cords so far, No problems, Has worked perfectly not even a sparkplug change!! High power, Low fuel consumption,
This is my first saw and I cant stop using it! have 5 acres and used it on a 2ft diameter dry, dead tuart and it cut through like butter. it has the 20" bar so i can cut good sized logs in one pass. starts very easily when choke and decomp valve are used correctly, i have had no issues with reliability whatsoever. if i had read the previous revis prior to purchase i would not have gotten one but so glad i did, it is freakin awesome!! :-D
Good power and weight, easy start, cuts toughest woods like butter
Questions & Answers
we just bought the ms311 and they started it at the store but when we brought it home it won't start. Any help?
Take it back and try to get your cash back. It is a really poorly built chain for Stihl standards and has been plauged with issues including catastrophic engine failure (cylinder and cylinder head burning out). Stihl have attempted to cover this up by encouraging their dealerships to say a poor mix was used. If you can get your money back or change for a different model, I would do so.
I have what year were they first bought out
2009 I believe, it has been plagued with issues. Really poor build just read thread.
can you go from 20 inch to 24 inch bar?
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|Use||Pruning and Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting|
|Bar Length||50 cm|
|Features||Anti-Vibration System, Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication and Quick / Easy Start|
|Power (kW)||3.1 kW|
|Power (HP)||4.2 HP|
|Engine Displacement||59 cc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||600 mL|
|Release date||Mar 2010|
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