MS 211 - $279.95 DSRP

Distributor Suggested Retail Price
18 in. Bar

DSRP: $279.95


Reserve with STIHL Express for In-Store Pick Up

A feature-packed chainsaw with advanced engine technology at a value price.

Occasional User Advanced engine technology and a value price are just some of the things the MS 211 STIHL chainsaw has to offer. Powered by a low-emission engine, this chainsaw features a preseparation air filtration system— extending the cleaning life of the air filter so you have less maintenance. With low vibrations, good cutting speed and plenty of power, this STIHL chainsaw is just the...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 211 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 35.2 cc (2.15 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.7 kW (2.3 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 180 cc (6.1 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 30 to 45 cm (12" to 18")
STIHL recommends #3636 (63 PM3 61) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 000 4817 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
  • Zoom
    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

    More Information

  • Zoom
    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.
  • Zoom
    STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
  • Zoom
    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
  • Zoom
    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.
  • Zoom
    STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

    See it in action!
  • Zoom
    Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
  • Zoom
    Master Control Lever™
    The Master Control Lever™ is an easy to use single lever, operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.
Standard Features
  • Zoom
    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* 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.
Click to view the STIHL Limited Warranty Time Periods
Optional Accessories
  • Zoom
    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

    See it in action!
We Also Suggest
  • HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil Zoom
    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
    HP Ultra is a fully synthetic 2-cycle engine oil specially suited for high performance chainsaws and power tools. This oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” superior lubricating qualities in comparison to other 2-cycle engine oils. It is ideal for use in STIHL 4-MIX® engines. This oil is biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days.

    •2.6 oz. bottle makes 1 gallon mix

    •5.2 oz. bottle makes 2 gallon mix

    •6.4 oz. bottle makes 2 1/2 gallon mix

    •12.8 oz. bottle makes 5 gallon mix

    STIHL recommends a mix of 50:1 high-quality 89 octane or higher unleaded gasoline to STIHL engine oil. This same mix ratio should be used during break-in.

  • Bar and Chain Oil Zoom
    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

    Available in quart and gallon bottles, 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums, in both summer and winter weights.

  • Woodsman Chainsaw Carrying Case Zoom
    Woodsman Chainsaw Carrying Case
    Woodsman carrying case. Unique, removable bar scabbard has built-in tool holders to carry tools to the cutting site. Fits MS 170 to MS 460 M with 20" bar.

    Replacement latches and scabbard are available.

  • Complete Filing Kits Zoom
    Complete Filing Kits
    Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
    Includes file guide, depth gauge, round file, flat file and two file handles in tool pouch.
    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
    Part Number
    Sharpening Kit
    Part Number
    in. mm in. mm Part Number
    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

    3/8 PM
    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

For Your Safety
  • Woodcutter Zip Chaps - 6 Layer Zoom
    Woodcutter Zip Chaps - 6 Layer
    Using rows of heavy-duty zippers, the Woodcutter Zip Chaps - 6 Layer provides full wrap-around protection for a user’s lower leg area. In addition to enhanced protection, these chaps also provide enhanced convenience. Rows of zippers run along the entire inseam of the chaps, helping to ensure an effective fit that is easy to put on and/or remove. The outer material is crafted from heavy-duty Black 500 denier nylon fabric. Inside, the chap features six layers of Avertec® Pro by Engtex® cut retardant material, designed to reduce the risk or severity of injury to body parts in the event of contact with the rotating saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw.
  • Woodcutter Helmet System Zoom
    Woodcutter Helmet System
    The lightweight STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is an excellent choice for budget-conscious non-professional users with chainsaws and pole pruners. Designed for comfort, the vented shell provides cooling air during use, and the 6-point mount suspension provides comfortable support. The STIHL Woodcutter Helmet System is Class G certified and includes NRR 22 hearing protection.
  • White Ice Glasses Zoom
    White Ice Glasses
    Protection and comfort is no sweat with the White Ice Protective Glasses from STIHL. They meet the ANSI Z87.1 standard and come in multiple lens color options – each one wrapped in an icy-cool white frame. They feature rubber temples that prevent slippage, a comfort-fit style that accommodates almost all face sizes and polycarbonate lenses that block out 99% of harmful UV rays. It’s hassle-free protection for the workplace or at home.

Are You Ready for a STIHL?

MS 211 is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 93.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This saw is junk Very hard to start and when it does start as soon as the fuel empties out of the prime ball it will die and it will not start back I have had it back to the dealer numerous time they have replaced the carburetor and the fuel lines and it did not help it I have had no service out of it and would not buy another
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy starting Great saw, light sturdy and the starting is wonderful
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 1 day old and will not start I purchased the STIHL MS 211 18" yesterday morning. Halfway through cutting apart the remains of a fallen tree it stopped working–It was impossible to start. After a bit of research I found this model has given many others similar challenges. I tried a few recommended solutions to no avail.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable Used for cleanup around my house and is very strong saw ! Easy to start and light enough for daily use !
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for camping I use this chainsaw mainly for camping, but I've also used it in the neighborhood and at work too. Always starts easy, and simple to maintain........
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Done The MS211 starts great, runs super, and cuts like a much more powerful saw. It is a joy to use.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable Bought my 211 in 07 and have cut 4 - 5 cords of firewood a year with starts fine idles fine won’t die good power for it size have cut big stuff with it also use a039 not near as powerful but not near as heavy either cleaned filter that’s it haven’t even changed plug use premium gas no ethanol and stihl fuel mixer will start and run every time
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good cutting power in a compact package. The perfect tool for home use on a small wooded lot for limbing and general cleanup. Easy start, smooth running, well balanced, decent cutting capacit - all in a compact, easy to maintain package.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One awesome saw I have three other larger Stihl saws but I wanted a smaller saw to limb and cut smaller wood. Now I find I use the MS211 over half the time for everything since it is so easy to use and cuts awesome. I don't understand the hard starting mentioned by some. The saw when cold starts on about the third pull and after warm starts on the first pull every time. Once the saw pops the first time turn the choke off and it will start easily. The saw will sit and idle forever, never dies. Excellent power for a small saw. Its amazing how it cuts fairly large stock even hardwood like oak. I am very pleased with this saw and would buy again. Excellent product as with all Stihl saws that I have owned. Stihl beats them all. Thank you for such a great product.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stout little saw Already have an 031AV, MS290, and MS362CM. Needed something small for some brush and limbing. Couldn't believe the power in this little saw. And just for you reviewers who have starting issues with any of these saws I have to say that the issues aren't with the saws but with the inexperienced or uneducated users. My experience has been that if you have problems starting a Stihl, you probably should be paying someone more qualified to use it for you
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start I love my ms211 it's easy to start cuts perfect have used it for 2 years now without any issue's at all
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Half-Decent, but too, too difficult to start I've had this saw for a few years, for general use around the few acres of property I live on. In that time I've only used it a few times because of it's extreme difficulty in starting. I'm 35, in good shape, and this thing will sap me to nothing in endless attempts to start over 35-45 minutes. Last night I needed to use the saw in an emergency, with a tree in my woods half-fallen and leaning precariously where it could fall on a shed. Well, 45 minutes later I had to give up after fighting the darn thing to even start again. It's at that point I went back inside and took some pictures of the saw to sell it. I realized that I never use the saw because of the hassle in starting it, and I always find another way to cut what needs to be cut down. I'm done fighting with something that won't work, and I'll definitely not be buying a Stihl saw to replace this one. The persistent oil leak doesn't help matters either.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw Hurricane Irma had blown through our area. I was in need of a chainsaw. I went to my local Ace hardware store and they recommended this model to me. This saw was so easy to start. Most of the time it was only a half of a pull and it would start. I worked with this saw for 6 days straight and only had one time that it wouldn't start and that was because the air filter was clogged. Obtained a new one and it started right up
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cuts very well for a small saw i like the no tools required for the chain adjustment and the oil and fuel filling and the easy start is great.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product is made for a woman or novice at use of chain saws Too many safety features. For example, it won't cut straight through a piece of wood even when you first start and you put teeth in wood, the saw stops. Feature over compensates for any potential kick back even when first addressing wood. It is impossible to cut wood in a timely manner because saw keeps stopping and starting on any potential bind. I'm used to my old Stihl powering through.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good light duty saw I bought my ms 211 today I cut up a 16 inch maple tree it cut right through with no problem or hesitation just a rooster tail of chips my first impression of this saw is very good let the saw do the work don't try to force it or it will bog down it starts easily. Runs great for a reasonable amount of money light and maneuverable just what I was looking for. I am very pleased with this saw
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I have found this saw to be very temperamental I'm not impressed with this saw what so ever. It is very temperamental. I have had it n the shop and it does run better but it is still the worst saw I have ever owned.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to start I spend 30-45 minutes before I get frustrated and grab a hand saw to go the work. I have bought it back to where I purchased it and they say nothing is wrong. Find another brand that will start in less than 10 minutes
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed in this saw. Small Chain makes paper thin cuts. I was severely disappointed in the performance of this saw. I thought I was making a step up from my MS 250 since the 211 has a little larger displacement and was the first saw on Stihl's list that showed an 18" bar as standard size. Boy was I wrong. 211 has a small narrow chain with no bite at all.I put a 250 sprocket on it and a 3/8" pitch aggressive chain and matching bar on it and made a decent saw out of It.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Saw I purchased this saw just prior to Hurricane Irma and I'm glad I did! Trees were down everywhere after the storm in Florida. This saw is absolutely great. I pushed this saw to its limits. I probably cut larger trees than it was meant to be used for, but the saw preformed flawlessly! I cut up a large oak tree that had fallen across our road and the MS211 cut through the hard oak like butter!The saw was also pretty easy on the fuel--which surprised me.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from MS 211 It leaks oil because oil pump hose is in bottom of tank and oil seeps around grommet and fills case. when you get done drain oil out of saw or pay 100 bucks for dealer to change it. I just did it myself but not everybody is a saw mechanic.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MS 211 Good saw but tough to start This saw runs great once you get it started. It will kick your butt while you mess with starting it.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't start I have never been able to start this chainsaw without first having to take it to the shop. It floods with only three pulls, but the shop does not know what to do, as three different people have told me three different methods to get it started. Extremely frustrating to say the least. The manual says "so easy a child can start it" but that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight with plenty of power for limbing I was specifically looking for a reliable, lightweight saw for limbing trees brought down by storms. The MS211 has enough power and it's light weight reduces fatigue, allowing more energy to be devoted to untangling the brush. I am very pleased with this Stihl product.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I really was looking for an 18 in electric, wanted something reliable and easy to use. I didn't want to spend a lot, but in the end decided I would give this a try. I must say I haaaatte primer bulbs.....ultimately that is why I didn't want gas but this only has a choke. starts great every time. Bonus:it is lighter than the electric I was looking at.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Easy to start and it cuts oak trees like butter. Love it..... Easy to add fuel and oil with the access ports.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My oil tank hasnt leaked a drop After reading tons of reviews on this saw i was half scared to buy it because of everyone saying it leaks bar oil when sitting. Well mine has never ever leaked and i dont open the cap to vent pressure when im done either. This saw has cut thru black and honey locust with no problem. If you know how to use a saw right and not try to force it thru the tree itll cut anything. My local dealer didnt have the 18" bar on it as it says in the description because stihl just started putting the 18 on the 211 but i really dont think its have a problem spinnin an 18" chain mine has a 16" bar and i love it.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best homeowner's saw This is a great homeowner saw. It has great safety features. It is light weight and easy to handle, even in less than ideal conditions. Starts and runs like a dream. As you start to tackle jobs on the upper end of what a homeowner normally would tackle a slight lack of power is evident. But that is ok. Most of the jobs i perform this saw is more than enough for. I am very pleased with the Stilhl 211.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Leaks bar oil I suspect this saw has a signature problem. It leaks . Worst Stijl I have had. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Haven't used it yet but it leaks oil Brand new, haven't used it yet but it has leaked oil consistently since the day I brought it home.
Date published: 2017-05-24
  • y_2018, m_8, d_16, h_20
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_2, bvpage2n
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_93
  • loc_en_US, sid_ms211, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_stihl