18 reviews

Stihl MS 311

$400.00 Released March, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Not much maintenance required. Doesn't give you too much kick-back. Works well in all climates- temperature averse.

The Cons:Won't start as easy as other Stihl products. Might be too heavy for some smaller people.

The Stihl MS 311 is a mid to high cost gas chainsaw. This is a chainsaw made for a mid-range amount of use. In promotion, Stihl emphasizes the fact that the MS 311 improves fuel efficiency by 20 percent, and reduces emissions by 50 percent (compared to previous models).

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The anti-vibration system of this chainsaw ensures comfortable operation and handling, as well as reduced fatigue. The pre-seperation air filtration technology extends the cleaning life of the air filter so that you do not have to be constantly maintaining it. The side-access chain tensioner allows you to get in and adjust the chain without putting your hands near it. The fuel and oil caps require no tools to be opened, and have retainers on them that prevent them from being lost. This chainsaw differs from the higher cost MS 391 in that the MS 391 has more power (4.4 HP as opposed to the 311's 4.2 HP), and has the lntelliCarb compensating carburetor (which measures air on the clean side of the air filter and adjusts its metering diaphragm accordingly, a procedure that keeps RPM levels even when the filter begins to clog). However, the MS 391 lacks the decompression valve of the MS 311 (which makes starting easier). For the MS 311, Stihl recommends using the 33 RSC3 60 Oil-O-Matic saw chain with a 16 inch guide bar.


  • 3.6 cu. in. displacement
  • 4.2 HP
  • Weight: 14.1lbs.
  • 20.3oz. fuel capacity
  • 11.8oz. chain oil capacity
  • 3/8" RSC3 Oil-O-Matic chain
  • 16"-20" recommended guide bar lengths
  • Pre-seperation filtration system
  • 20% more fuel efficiency (compared to previous models)
  • 50% emission reduction (compared to previous models)
  • Anti-vibration system
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
  • Side-access chain tensioner
  • Decompression valve

User Reviews (20)

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  • 7

    Not much maintenance required

  • 5

    Doesn't give you too much kick-back

  • 5

    Works well in all climates- temperature averse

  • 4

    Doesn't vibrate that much- makes longer jobs less strenuous

  • 3

    Excellent customer service that handles warranty issues quickly

  • 6

    Won't start as easy as other Stihl products

  • 2

    might be too heavy for some smaller people

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Dennis R.
Dennis R.: #stihl_ms_311 On my 3rd season using this saw and zero complaints so far. Plenty of power to tackle my ten acres of hardwoods. Glad I didn't purchase the MS 391 model as the price jump between the 311 and 391 for 0.2 horsepower is not worth the extra cash. Oct 11, 14
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