MS 311 - $499.99 DSRP

MS 311 ChainsawMS 311 Chainsaw


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Advanced engine technology improves fuel economy by up to 20% over previous model chainsaws for longer run times.

Ideal for felling, firewood cutting and storm cleanup, this mid-range chainsaw features a low-emission engine that reduces fuel consumption by up to 10% compared to previous models. The new air filtration system requires fewer filter changes and allows for longer run times.

Print Spec Sheets
MS 311 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.1 kW (4.2 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 6.2 kg (13.67 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 350 cc (11.8 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RS3 60) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 008 8913 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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    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.
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    Decompression Valve
    The decompression valve, also referred to as 'deco' or 'deco valve', vents compression in the cylinder for easier starting. The decompression valve temporarily reduces the compression in the combustion chamber during cranking and helps reduce the effort needed to pull the starter rope. It is opened manually and closes automatically as soon as the engine fires.
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! 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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MS 311 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 204.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Saw I bought this saw after reading many reviews on the internet and talking to alot of different people. It has very good power and cuts better than any saw I have ever owned or used. The large chain makes quick work of larger trees and will even rip cut when necessary to split extremely large pieces in halves or quarters. I highly recommend this saw to anyone who cuts alot of wood.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start Love my new chainsaw. Now i dont have to borrow from family members. It starts easy every time i use it. It has the power i need to get the job done.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chainsaw Starts great - runs great - plenty of power. Even for small cleanup it is my "go to" saw because it works so well.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Been using a 36cc 16" saw for years. Finally ran into a tree it just couldn't seem to make it thru (not enough power, kept bogging down). Went to the local Stihl dealer and picked up a brand new MS 311. WOW! I know it's only 25cc's (or there about), but this thing ate thru a wet and partially rotten/partially petrified cottonwood tree like a hot knife thru butter (sorry about the cliche, BUT IT DID!). Very happy with the purchase and if I only had more trees that needed cutting... I'm having just too much fun with this thing!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prefect Saw For The Farm! Starts easy, runs great, great power, what more could I want!! And all for a great price!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible machine! My second Stihl chainsaw and I couldn't be happier. My first one was stolen and I tried to sneak by with a cheaper competitor. Big mistake! When I put this MS 311 to work it was incredible; I had forgotten how dependable they were. Don't compromise, get a Stihl
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product is as strong as its name I just used this saw i bought a year ago. One blade and three tank refills filled my 18' trailer 3' high. So happy with my purchase I'm looking at buying another. For the size of the saw it was well balance which made cutting wood extremely easy.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This saw has a flaw I am usually a fan of Stihl, having owned Stihl saws for the last 30 years. I bought this saw 2 years ago and kept it proper fuel and oil. Last week I started cutting a log and the saw died, something not normal for this saw. I restarted it thinking it was just cold, since I had just started cutting, it then popped and died again. Now there was no compression or spark. I checked decompression valve, it was fine, when I got home I pulled off the muffler and inside of piston was was badly scarred in one place, so a bearing or ring has broke and ruined the cylinder. The saw was not hot and had never ran hot so know not caused by fuel. I have looked online and this is a common problem it seems with this saw. Not sure if I will replace with another Stihl.
Date published: 2018-01-09
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