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Stihl MS 211 chainsaw review

Stihl stump clearing


Our new Stihl MS 211 chainsaw is about to turn a year old.

The smaller size really comes in handy for stump removal, and the newer engine has about half as much exhaust fumes to breath in.

Stihl MS 211 chainsaw review updateI've had a few instances where I felt like it was underpowered, but that was more the fault of a dull chain, and I had a small learning curve with the starting procedure. It took me a while to figure out when you push the choke all the way down it sometimes springs back up if you're not paying attention.



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My husband and I just completed a apprenticeship and are off to start our own homestead/farm. We are slowly trying to accumulate the necessary equipment. If we were only to have one chainsaw would a smaller one be do-able? Is a smaller one any safer?
Comment by Emily Tue Apr 10 22:53:10 2012

Emily --- Choosing a chainsaw depends on what you want to do with it. The bigger ones have more power and can have longer bars, which means they cut through bigger trees. On the other hand, they're more exhausting to use, which can mean less safe if you're not paying attention.

If all you're going to be doing is cutting down trees less than two feet in diameter and cutting some firewood, a small saw would probably work great. But if you're going to be building a log cabin out of big trees, you'll want a big saw!

Good luck with your new farm!

Comment by anna Wed Apr 11 15:41:10 2012
I just picked up a Stihl MS250 a few weeks ago. It's a great saw as far as size, weight, utility, etc. I only have a few issues... one is the lack of a primer bulb. I find that irritating. Another is if it's been sitting in the heat, it gets difficult to start. Other than that, it's been a great saw the couple of times I've had to use it.
Comment by Shannon Mon Sep 17 21:34:16 2012
Shannon --- Congratulations on your new saw! Ours is similarly not as easy to start as we'd thought it would be. It's not terribly hard, but we thought it would be easier.
Comment by anna Tue Sep 18 09:57:36 2012