When you’re in the market for a chainsaw, whether from Stihl or another manufacturers, there are several metrics to consider. Blade length, torque, fuel type and so on. However, we prefer to focus on a single metric when deciding on a saw: would Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre use it?

We figure, if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for your run-of-the-mill gardener or lumberjack. So what would our antagonist have to say about the Stihl MS290 56.5cc 18″ Petrol Chainsaw? Well, we can tell you that he wouldn’t be disappointed. This is considered a kind of mid-range saw with plenty of power to it, but not so much that you have to be a mountain of a man to wield it.

In fact, the saw’s overall ruggedness might even be greater than Leatherface needs for his… ehm, uses. As the Stihl MS290 manual will tell you, this model cuts most types of wood, although it’s ideal for small-to-mid sized growth. Given how intimidating they look, people tend to think that handling the chainsaw is the hardest part. In reality, it’s more about mixing the fuel properly.

Where can I download the Stihl MS290 user manual in PDF format?

Regardless of your experience, you need to read the Stihl MS290 user manual to know how to mix the petrol. Manufacturers tend to differ in this regard, and the ideal mixture of gasoline and oil can also vary between models. We’ve found that most mishaps and malfunctions happen precisely because the user was unaware of what type of fuel to use and how to load it.

We’re all about spreading awareness here, so get our manual to learn this and much more: http://sharedf.com/documentation/stihl-ms290-owners-user-manual/