Stihl Mid-Sized 029

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  • STIHL is still the best in the business!

    Aug 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: light weight, comfortable to hold, starts on first pull, safety features
    Cons: Doesn't make a very wide cut

    Summary: My father owns two different STIHL chainsaws. He owns this one and a larger one. I have used both of them on many occasions to cut firewood during the winter. This particular chain saw, the STIHL Mid-sized 029 is one of the best I have ever ... read more

  • 290 farmboss

    Jul 3, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: none
    Cons: it is a very weak saw.

    Summary: stihl products are no longer what they use to be.i work in marine construction and i have an old stihl 026 that has been dropped overboard about 5 times between 2000 and 2008,it still runs but everything else on the saw has rusted out[motor mounts etc.]i ... read more

  • Flawless Starting, Great Power

    Jul 22, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Power, power, power
    Easy to service
    Ease of starting
    Overall reliability
    Cons: Recommend immediate replacement of small guage low kickback chain... That's it!

    Summary: I have owned this saw for about 13 years. The first few years I would empty the gas after using as the manual requests. I've struggled with starting many two stroke engines, and did not want this trouble with my new saw. Since then, I have not emptied ... read more

  • Factory Defect

    May 30, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Tons of power
    Cons: Terrible customer service

    Summary: I was tired of messing with my old Craftsman chainsaws unreliability and decided to shell out the money and buy the "best??"  I bought a MS290 Farmboss with a 20" bar.  They started it at the dealer to make sure it ran before going out the ... read more

  • Good saw for moderate volume sawing

    Mar 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use controls, dependable starting and plenty of power.
    Cons: Would prefer a slightly heavier duty chain. Have to sharpen regularly.

    Summary: I bought this saw after moving to 10 acres, thinking I would use it every now and then to clear some limbs or occasionally cut some fire wood. I have used it much more than originally anticipated and am overall happy with its performance. In ... read more

  • Stihl 029/MS290 OK, but too heavy

    Jan 31, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, price, reliability
    Cons: weight,power concerns versus pro saws.

    Summary: I sold Stihl equipment for 10 years and still service Stihl equipment on a regular basis, so this reveiw cover more than just looks and price. The 029 was introduced in 1991 as a mid size farm/casual user saw, and quickly became a big seller. The saw ... read more

  • Stihl MS290 Farm Boss

    Aug 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cuts wood like a hot knife through butter!
    Cons: Only 5 year service life.

    Summary: I had my Stihl MS290 Farm Boss (similar to the Stihl 029) for five trouble free years, then everything went bad at once. I bought the Farm Boss based on comments on misc.rural. The saw was much easier to start than the "Eager Beaver" it replaced. A ... read more

  • Stihl Farm Boss 029

    Oct 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reliable, powerful, best chainsaw I have ever owned or used. Case is nice too.
    Cons: Slightly heavy - just takes a while to get used to.

    Summary: This chainsaw is great. I have used other saws (Poulan, Craftsman, Homelite, McCullough) and have never owned or used a saw that was more reliable or more powerful than this saw. It starts on the first or second pull every time. Everything is easy to ... read more

  • My favorite saw

    Sep 1, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: has alot of power
    Cons: No more wood to cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary: I got this saw About 3 months ago to cut a tree in front of my grampas house this is the best saw I have ever used. I've had a poulan and 2 homelites. I think this is great I know it is a well made saw because it is called stihl. I love to hear this ... read more

  • Best saw ever built

    Mar 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: plenty of power
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is one of the best saws I have ever used.It has plenty of power for those big jobs and not to much for the smaller ones.It has a good safety chain brake and a large fuel tank for those all day jobs.It's not to heavy and simple to use.If you intend ... read more

  • Eat your wheaties!

    Dec 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful, dependable, durable, great design
    Cons: Heavy. Stay away from the "low kickback" chains

    Summary: There is no question that this is a great saw. I've had mine for three years and cut a lot of wood and it looks and runs like new. A mccullough or poulan would have been ready for the city dump by now. Before you buy this saw though, consider it's ... read more

  • Great Firewood Saw!

    Apr 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reasonable price, good power, many safety features
    Cons: A little bulky

    Summary: I have been employed as a hardware store owner/manager for the last 25 years. All of those years have been spent as a Stihl dealer, technician, and user. I can say without reservation that if it says "Stihl," buy it! The 029 is the ultimate firewood ... read more

  • A great Chain Saw

    Apr 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great precision, very powerful, durable, reliable
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have a 029 and I love it. I have owned many chain saws in my life and I like this one the best. I have never used a saw with such precision and smoothness. I will never buy another brand again. This saw is efficient and extremely durable. I have ... read more

  • Great Mid-Size Saw

    Nov 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great mid size saw
    Cons: You don't want to cut a bunch of really big trees with this saw

    Summary: I'm a home builder in Kentucky and do my own land clearing. I've used the 029 super for three years now and it has never been to the shop once. I own a larger Husky for when I have to tackle some real big trees but 90% of the time I use the 029. ... read more

  • nothing but the best

    Oct 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the whole thing
    Cons: it's raw power could be dangerous

    Summary: The Stihl 029 Super Farm Boss is a firewood cutter's chainsaw. Size wise it falls between the large professional logger's saws and compact homeowner models. Although big enough to easily fell all but the largest of northern hardwoods and light ... read more

  • Woodlot Mastery

    Oct 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: light weight, well balanced, reliable
    Cons: no one else to run it

    Summary: This saw is a woodlot master. The process of tree identification, cutting,hauling, storing and loading into your heating unit is hard work. Each year a forester takes a 10 acre plot and identifies those trees that are diseased, over mature or crowded ... read more

  • The Farm Boss

    Aug 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power and versatility
    Cons: A little heavy, but not bad.

    Summary: I've used the Stihl 029 for about 4 years now. I used it extensively, clearing land, cutting firewood, and even cutting 4x4 posts in some construction. It is a really versatile chain saw. I've used several other chain saws some bigger ... read more

  • Saw

    Feb 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Saw
    Cons: None

    Summary: It really wasn't until I started the research for this opinion that I was sure I made a good choice. I discovered that Andreas Stihl, the father of chainsaws, made the first saw of this type in 1926 in Germany. Since then his company has continued to ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • DO NOT BUY STIHL PRODUCTS!!!

    Dec 25, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: VERY POOR QUALITY!

    Summary: I own three stihl products and NONE of them run corrrectly.  I have a chain saw, pole saw and weedeater.  I have had to have THREE new carborators installed on every one of them at $100 each.  I only take them to "Stihl authorized" dealers ... read more

  • piece of crap

    Oct 1, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: none, undependable,  got screwd again
    Cons: homlite saw is better than this

    Summary: from day one, this dog flooded out. was told to break it in.  after 3 years its still a piece of dirt.  have to spend more time babbying the saw than cutting. if it ever drops down a waterfall i am leaving it there!  do not ... read more

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