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Stihl MS 381

Stihl MS 381

4.1 from 18 reviews · View Statistics


  • Anti-vibration system

  • Adjustable chain output

  • Single-lever master control


  • Can break after a short amount of time



18 reviews
    Peter Tate..

    Peter Tate..

    • 6 reviews

    Working well, starts with about 10 pulls all up when cold, one when hot.


    I sold my 15 year old Husky to buy the Stihl, main reason was that I couldnt buy another husky locally.
    This 381 is a size bigger than my 365 Husqvarna.
    So far quite happy with it, mostly been doing softwood and some hardwood. (redgum and other) its been ripping through the wood. Still using the straight edge chain.
    Going to buy a bigger bar, 25 inch as I have some bigger stumps to cut through.

    But so far really happy with the chainsaw, its a bit harder to pull start than the old saw, but that can be a good thing.

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    Peter Tate..
    Peter Tate..

    Still going well.

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    Well balanced all rounder


    After much consideration I purchased a 381 and I am delighted. perfect for most applications.Sure not as much Grunt as a 660,but unless you are full time forestry worker the 381 is perfect.The standard 20" bar is well balanced and easy on the arms.I do also run a 30" for the big stuff,although does make it nose heavy and would not use everyday,but good to know she can handle it.Very reliable ,has never missed a beat.
    Does suck a bit of petrol,

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    Questions & Answers

    Wali J.

    Wali J.asked

    My ms 381 run about 10 minutes then dies

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    Jum S.

    Jum S.asked

    Start does not stay ...it start but it stop now n then...why?

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    DFour T.

    DFour T.asked

    Ms381 has a clogging sound when the chain is locked. And the machine idles extremely high . sometimes won't start if chain is locked. Overall locking the chain causes a chocking sound and eventually chainsaw cuts off. Any ideas on the cause?

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    This chainsaw is suitable for heavy-duty use on a wide variety of commercial or farming jobs. It features a deco valve and an ElastoStart handle on the pull cord for easier starting.


    • Anti-vibration system: Intense vibration at the handles of power tools can lead to longer-term effects on blood vessels in the hands and arms. STIHL have therefore developed an effective anti-vibration system whereby the oscillations from the machines engine are dampened which significantly reduces vibrations at the handles.
    • STIHL ElastoStart: This feature reduces the shock caused by the compression of the engine during starting. The compression shock is taken away from the users joints and muscles through a spring or rubber element in the starter handle.
    • Decompression Valve: The decompression valve is part of the easy start-system. The valve should be pressed before starting in order to reduce the compression pressure when starting, as well as the effort needed to pull the starter rope. The decompression valve is semi-automatic, meaning that it must be pressed manually before starting, but then closes automatically.
    • Compensator: This controller in the carburetor prevents the fuel-air mixture getting richer as the air filter becomes clogged. The correct quantity of fuel is delivered to the carburetor depending on the quantity of air passing through the air filter. This keeps the fuel/air ratio in the combustion mixture constant and hence also the engine power. The filter doesn’t need to be cleaned until an appreciable drop in power occurs.
    • STIHL Ematic-System: The Ematic chain lubrication system ensures pinpoint lubrication of the saw chain links and guide bar rails. When used with STIHL OILOMATIC saw chain, it will provide maximum lubrication, longer wear and less oil consumption than conventional methods of chain lubrication. The Ematic system can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
    CategoryPetrol Chainsaws
    Price (RRP) $1,529.00
    Bar Length50 cm
    Weight6.6 kg
    Engine Displacement72.2 cc
    Fuel Tank Capacity680 mL
    Release dateJan 2009

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