MS 311 - $479.95 DSRP



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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.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 3/8" RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC®
POWER SOURCE Gas
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 depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
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 166.
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 411 on the 311! Bought the saw in the fall knowing that there would be lots of work this winter and spring. This saw kicks butt. Easy to use ...lots of Power!!! I kept the 20" bar on it and it will chew threw anything you throw at it!!! Turns a 6hr job into a 2 hr job!!! I use the recommended bar oil and the Stihl premix and she runs well like a Stihl(champ)!!! Worth the money!!! And saves lots of time!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MS 311 - Plenty of power for the big trees! About 5 years ago, after becoming tired of the lack of reliability of my "green & yellow" outdoor power equipment, I threw them all away and replaced every unit with a Stihl. I have not been disappointed! Our trail horse trail riding club does significant volunteer work keeping many of the state parks trail systems open and clear of fallen trees. While my smaller, Stihl saw runs and works great, I decided I needed "more power" and the bigger bar you can pull with it to clear some of the larger deadfalls we run up against out in the woods! I recently bought the MS 311 and LOVE it! You know you have a powerful saw when it has a compression release for easier starting! Like every Stihl I own, it starts and runs great! This one also makes short work of the huge cottonwood trees that frequently block our way!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a saw! I do mostly small jobs around the farm with this saw (probably too much saw for the job) but occasionally help a buddy cut up larger stuff. He has a el cheapo (biggest one at Walmart lol) and this saw cuts wood chips with more power than his yellow one! This saw is always reliable and is fun to operate. Definitely work the extra cost! This saw makes me want to put on a plad shirt and be a lumber jack! I think I could be on that ax men show with this thang! YEE YEE!!!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Saw Bought this Chainsaw about a month ago and have used it alot. Starts up every time and has awesome power. Comes with a 20inch bar but got the 18inch with it instead. It has went through every tree so far with ease. The only draw back is after hours of cutting it gets very heavy but with the power it has it is worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing but the truth 311 has plenty of power for homeowner use, very nice saw. Use it for 5 mins and the saw locked up. Took saw back to store they looked at it and a week later was fix free of charge. I have a ms 260 for last ten year, great saw abused it badly and just keeps running. Im also impolsive so when the 1st 311 stop working I wasn't sure if it was fixable that I bought another 311 lol. So now I have 2 badass saws to use for fire wood. I highly recommend this saw, plenty of power & fuel tank last long enough that you ready to take a break. Only thing I wish would change are caps for fuel & oil but they work.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable Work Horse I purchased this saw 8 months ago and is without a doubt the best saw i've owned. Upgrading from a 034, this saw rips through Beech, Cherry, Oak and Maple like nothing. Outstanding power and performance.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Defective and warranty won't cover After less than a year of light to moderate use, this saw stopped working. My dealer said it stopped working because I used gas with 10% ethanol and the warrenty will not cover. The owners manual says it is OK to use up to 10% ethanol gas. I think it is a faulty design or faulty manufacturing. I use the exact same gas in my 20 year old Stihl trimmer, 20 year old Stihl blower, and my other 20 year old Stihl chainsaw. They all run great. I think Stihl has a major problem with this saw and should honor the warrenty.
Date published: 2017-01-27
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