MS 271 FARM BOSS® - $389.95 DSRP


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A high-performance, high-tech, fuel-efficient chainsaw.

Bringing reduced-emission technology to mid-range chainsaws, the STIHL MS 271 FARM BOSS® is ideal for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup tasks. An improved low-emission, fuel-efficient engine cuts emissions by 50% when compared to previous models and delivers 20% longer run times than traditional 2-stroke engines. Designed with user comfort in mind, its compact, ergonomic design and advan...Read More
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MS 271 FARM BOSS® Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.6 kW (3.49 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 240 cc (8.12 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 812 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
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WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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MS 271 FARM BOSS® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 669.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 271 I needed a lighter saw so I got this one and it has performed perfectly.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is outstanding Its awesome it's really easy to use and excellent to store doesn't take up a lot of space and convenient to use it doesn't need a lot of gas either
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This will probably be the last saw you'll have to buy. I had other saws up until I bought a house that only has a heat pump for heat. so I basically heat my home with the fireplace. the MS271 Farm Boss cuts anything and everything I want to cut. It's not light by any means but what 50cc, 20" bar saw is. Starts great and runs even better.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broke after 1 month of use. Bought brand new MS271 from Rocky's and it broke after 1 month of use. I used Makita chainsaw before and had no problems, so I know how to use a chainsaw. Brought the STIHL saw back to Rocky's because I had bought the most expensive warranty with it. Rocky's technicians tore the saw apart and said they can't repair it nor replace it because they suspect it could have been my fault that it broke, and my best option is to buy a new chainsaw.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Saw I have always liked and respected the STIHL name and once again you pull though with another amazing product that performs up to and exceeds standards. Being from northern Alaska i have had little use for chain saws over the years however now living in Washington state I find a need every now and then. This saw has taken down two large trees and several smaller 3-5in trees with ease. We have clear cut two acres and its just getting warmed up. I am really impressed with the power and the over all ease of use. I have no complaints about this saw and would recommend this saw to any one that has need of a good well rounded chain saw.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 271 Awesome Saw Recently, I had used my neighbors Stihl to cut down one of her trees. My original saw was having issues, so I had to use hers. It was an older Stihl but still could run circles around my old "green" saw. Decided it was time for a new saw so I chose the MS 271 Farm Boss. Absolutely impressed with this saw! Seemed to chew through 18" dia. Sugar Maple with no problem! Would recommend! Really can't say much about maintainability or reliability since I have only used the saw once.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes a happy husband After borrowing my bosses Farm Boss to cut up some fallen trees and being so impressed with it, I had to go out and buy my husband one. The folks at Stihl were super nice and very helpful. The Chain Saw is amazing, I got the 20" bar since we are surrounded by trees at our house. My husband worked with it the whole weekend the first week we had it and he was impressed at how well balanced it was and how that kept him from getting fatigued.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Outstanding saw. Purchased to fell trees and cut firewood
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw I own land in both Louisiana and Virginia and would have nothing but Stihl products.I recently visited my land in Virginia and found that after the last high wind storm that I had numerous trees down. I had a small Stihl saw there but needed a bigger one for the job at hand. So I went to Rural King and purchased a Stihl Farm Boss 271 with a 20" bar. It worked well and made the clean up job a lot easier.An excellent saw with adequate power to handle my cutting needs.Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has great features Starts every time and doesn’t quit until I shut it off
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Name says it all. Great Saw very tough cuts great. Stihls name says it all pretty much.. there are other good company's out there but I believe Stihl is #1
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Other chainsaws are garbage ! As a semi avid chainsaw user at home, I've used many chainsaws in my time. With the 18" bar I was cutting through 24" rounds like they didn't exist. The money was definitely worth it. Starts every time, cuts with plenty of power and we'll built. I'll never buy another brand.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Low vibration First chainsaw used in several years and noticed many improvements. Loved the low vibration. Ran the saw steady for about 3-4 hours and no ringing arms. The auto oiler system worked really well. A little hard to start, but after playing around with the auto choke, got the hang of it. Great cutting power.Love all the support and how to video's.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this saw Bought to replace a Home Depot Homelight saw. This is much more powerful and cuts better. The employee started saw in back of store then showed me how easy it was to start. I took it home (15 min) than tried to start it. Took about 75-100 pulls to start up. Aside from the difficulty starting I love this saw.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just buy it I wish every product I owned was as good a product as this is a good chainsaw!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS271 FARM BOSS I've owned my farm boss for just over a year and it has performed great every time I've needed it. It is the perfect middle of the road saw to have for cutting firewood or just doing some branch removal on trees in the yard.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and powerful. Great chain saw to take care of my storm damaged yard.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs smooth, cuts well, and starts easily. I have owned other chainsaw and weed eater brands before. Non have operated so smoothly, started so easily, and cut so well.I have a forest preserve behind my house. It is an HOA owned property. Homeowners that border this forest preserve, are collectively pushing back the invasive species like honey suckle, grape vines, and deadfall. The deadfall is usually tangled in the honey suckle and grape vines. We are felling ash borer killed trees that have a trunk diameters up to 25 inches.The Farm Boss 271 is eating this stuff up!It is a joy to operate.markm
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My pull-starter arm will never be the same! I use a chain saw a few times a year...clearing new tress on our property, cutting firewood while camping, and getting some nice hickory logs for my BBQ smokers. For exercise, I've been staying in shape by yanking the pull starter on my old saw about 60 times every time I use it...then babying the choke for 10 minutes to keep it running. Well, I finally listened to friends and picked up a STIHL. Wow! It runs, it cuts, and it never argues with me! I should have done this a long time ago.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great all around saw very affordable, easy to use and does what i need it to do
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tackles much bigger trees than I thought. We live in the Northeast and there were multiple NorEasters this year bringing down several of the largest trees on our property. We had to cut up several trees that had 30+ inch trunks. This saw cut these large pines like butter. 4 hours of steady cutting without a hitch. Just fuel, bar oil and cut, cut, cut. Pro quality for the homeowner.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great I bought mine last year, I have 40 acres in northern Wisconsin I have purchased 3 other saws. 1 I bought 15 years ago works good. The others bought in the last 2 years they are junk already. Decided to buy a better brand and I wish I would have done that years ago. Will continue to but Stihl products in the future.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to finally have a quality saw I'm a homeowner that enjoys cutting and splitting firewood for my fireplace, backyard fire pit, and for camping trips. I've been using Craftsman saws my whole life, and at 48, it's great to finally have a quality saw. Starts right up every time, runs like a charm, and handles really well. I could use a little more horsepower, but it's not really a big deal. Love the saw.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for what I use it for. I use my MS 271 to clear fallen trees and to cut firewood. Whenever a storm hits I keep it in my truck and use it as needed to clear trees from the roadways in my community. It is easy to start, not too heavy to use and it cuts well. Maintenance is easy. I recommend this saw.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 041 replacement What a big improvement in the way the saw handles and cuts. Pleasure to use.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy It!! I have had this saw for about 2 years. It is an absolute beast and is one of the best tools I own. Do yourself a favor and buy one. Stihl is expensive, but as the saying goes...“When you buy quality, you only cry once!”
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw!! I was debating on this one and one of the other popular name brand saws. So glad that I bought this one!! I bought mine for cutting wood for my personal use and I love it. Cuts very fast. I will not buy anything else. I waited for a few months and several uses before I posted my review. But you will not be sorry if you buy this saw. This may be a little big for just using it to cut wood for myself, but I love it.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Warranty is garbage! I bought an MS 271 a little under a year ago. Used it very lightly only cutting small trees to clear part of my yard and to clean up fallen limbs from storms. One day it stopped working and overheated, melting part of the case, clutch springs, and brake bands. Service department charged me to fix it because they say that it happens when it is ran wide open with the brake engaged. Problem is, that didn't happen. The metal ring around the drive gear came apart and got stuck on the chain. I bought a Stihl for the warranty but it doesnt cover anything apparently. Not happy and I won't ever buy Stihl again.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like butter This saw is just right it has terrific power which translates to letting the saw do the work and it will!!! I have one huge regret with this saw and its that I put up with mediocre saws so long before buying this one!!!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw A good amount of power for the weight. The vibration absorption features are very nice. The tool free fluid caps save time as well. Perfect for small to medium firewood.
Date published: 2018-03-20
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