Stihl 041 Farm Boss Chainsaw Reviews & Ratings

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The Stihl 041 Farm Boss was a mammoth chainsaw & one of the most powerful chainsaws ever. Learn why & where to buy with our Stihl 041 chainsaw review.

It’s a little difficult to locate this chainsaw these days, but you should count yourself lucky if you do come across one.

This mammoth of a Farm Boss chainsaw is great for heavy duty use, cutting down trees quickly and easily, and powered by a tough engine capable of working hard for you as long as you need it to.

There may be some newer, more advanced models available today, but if you’re in need of a professional grade chainsaw, you might want to consider picking one up.

Stihl 041 AV Chainsaw Review

In its prime, the 041 Av Super was the absolute cream of the crop. Its nearly 4 horsepower engine and great bar length capacity allowed it do some pretty tough jobs around the house, job site, or farm.

This Stihl chainsaw runs smooth, quick, and virtually vibration-free, giving you plenty of control over its powerful operation.

Since the 1970s, when it was first introduced to the market, there have been a great many innovations and technological advances made in the chainsaw industry.

Many of them make the 041 specs look like the description of some kind of dinosaur.

But looks can be deceiving.

If you have the money and time to replace some of the older parts on this machine (namely the chain, bar, air filter, and fuel line), then you’ll find that, dinosaur or not, this Stihl chainsaw is a powerhouse of a chainsaw that works just as well today as it did half a century ago.

One of the drawbacks to using such an old machine, though, is that it can be difficult at times to find replacement parts. You’ll be spending a lot of hours scouring through pages on eBay before alighting on a new fuel cap or starter.

Stihl 041 Farm Boss Specifications

Take a look at these 041Farm Boss specs to see if its design and performance are up to your standards:

  • Displacement: 72 ccm
  • Engine: 3.7 horsepower
  • Weight: 18 pounds
  • Fuel Facility: 21 ounces
  • Chain Width: 3/8″
  • Bar Length: 13″ to 28″

And here are some of its other fine features: die cast magnesium construction, aluminum cylinder with chrome plated bore, anti-vibration handlebar system, automatic oil pump, and flock mesh wire air filtration.

Stihl Farm Boss: To Buy or Not to Buy?

This, of course, is a question that will only come up if you run across a this Stihl chainsaw online or at a garage sale, as they are no longer sold in stores. The answer should be yes, especially if you don’t already have a Stihl brand chainsaw.

A better question might be whether or not you should upgrade to a newer model if you’re already using a 041. It is true that Stihl’s latest saws have many more features that have benefitted from decades of research and development, but when it comes to sheer power and rugged durability, there may be no finer chainsaw than this old Farm Boss.

The bottom line: don’t go out of your way to buy one if you already have a newer chainsaw that works fine, but if you inherit one or find a great deal, consider picking it up. This company has been making fantastic chainsaws for many years that stand the test of time.

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Adam Troester January 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

My father in law recently inherited a Farm Boss 41. I have been doing a lot of research and trying to get specs. I got what I needed but I don’t know what “AV” means can you help any?

R.D. January 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

AV stands for anti vibration. The handle,and trigger frame were mounted using rubber bushings in the early 1970′s to take out the vibration of the engine traveling thru to the users hands,arms,nerves,etc. Before that the handle and trigger frame was bloted directly to the power head.

Bill April 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

You’re absolutely spot on about this saw. I bought mine new in 1976, a year or so before the AV model came out. I’ve cut literally 1,000′s of cords of firewood with it… all it’s ever needed was a new spark plug every couple of years, and it still starts on the 3rd pull cold, 1st pull warm.

I had it serviced a couple of years ago and needed a new fuel line… the shop guy mentioned it was getting hard to find parts for these ‘old saws’… I thought ‘old saw’?? It was then I realized I’d had it over 30 years, and it’s never let me down.

ED September 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I bought my 041 Farm Boss new in the 70s no vibe control, this is the best power tool purchase ever. I had to work hard to come up with the 275.00 but cant imagine a better value, with the 20 inch bar i have never backed away from anything. but i do notice the weight as i near 60 years old. It has wore me down and is “stihl”going strong after over 35 years.

jerry November 5, 2011 at 11:27 am
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I was a dealer for Stihl back in 1975. The 041 Farm Boss was one of the first batch of saws we ordered. We had a log pile out back and used the Farm Boss as a demo (that old Farm Boss sold a lot of saws for me). I still have the saw and use it regularly to help my son, who has a freestanding wood burner. He heats a 3100 sq ft home w 3 car garage as well as his 40X60 pole barn/work shop and all of his hot water, so the saw does get quite a workout. The only problem I have ever had….wore out one piston and ring set years ago. Replaced and has been running great ever since.

dave November 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Lucky me! Dad bought three 041′s in 1976 (or so), gave my brother one, one to me and kept one for himself. Mine still runs great. Switch went bad lately and had a carborator problem a few years back. Otherwise, three pulls on choke and one more off choke and I’m doing some serious cutting.
When my switch died a few months ago I took it to a fellow who knows the Farm Boss quite well. Couldn’t get a switch so he skipped that and had me up and running. He sold me a 041 av of the same vintaqe for parts in the future. Several days ago I dug thru Dad’s now unused dairy barn and found his old Farmboss………..covered with all manner of old barn stuff. Dad’s 94 and can’t remember when it last ran but guesses about 12 years ago. It would start but not run so I had the mechanic mentioned above check it out. He rebuilt the carborator and it runs great! And the muffler is even sound!
After all these years both these saws have terrific compression and amazing power. If I can find a suitable piston I can get the av spare I have functional as well. Wouldn’t that be something, to have three 041 Farmbosses!!!

Paul B December 29, 2011 at 7:19 am

I know this may depend on ALOT of elements (e.g. does it run, does the chain/bar…etc. need replacing…), but what is considered a deal on these old saws (e.g. $100, $200…etc.)???

Paul B.

George February 22, 2012 at 4:04 am

I had a 041 for years. It was the best saw I ever used. It got run over by a bull dozer. Replaced it with an 038.
Sure wish I had the 041 back. It cut a incredable amount of wood. The 038 is just not the same. I am looking for another 041.

christian June 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

My 041 with a 25″ bar makes buckin logs look easy,,I also
have a ms 440 brand new,,,041 makes 440 look silly,,,nothin better
than makung big cuts with a saw thats up for the task..

Garry Lawrence June 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I have a 41 Farm boss but unfortunately am having great difficulty finding a trigger handle which unfortunately broke(when a tree fell on it) but apart from that it has given me endless hours of fun! If anyone has one that no longer goes and I know thats going to be very hard I would appreciate it if they could get in touch with me – thanks as I would love to get her up and running again

don muncey July 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I need the coil points condencer and ass wire also a manual for the instlation of the
i was given the 041 stihl saw with some of the the wires broken and the condencer not not their

Donald Muncey July 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Ihave one of these 041 saws and I need the electronic points and coil and ass wire and condencer
if you could heip me out as ware i could get them . I live in Belize central america but that is not a problem I could give you an addres . so if youcould send me an email as what i would need to
thank you .Donald

Pat Hodson October 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Just bought a 041av farmboss chain saw four days ago from a local pawn store. I gave 75 dollars for it, it runs like a top . A very nice workhorse of a chainsaw.

John T. October 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

My Great Uncle bought a 041 sometime in the ’70s. My father used it after Unc’ passed away, and now I use it. When I say it starts on the 4th or 5th pull after sitting for two or three months in the cold garage, I’m not exagerating one bit. There may be saws out there that are as good, but there couldn’t possibly be one that’s better. It’s never slowed, kicked back, jammed or failed to start. I’d say Unc’ got his money’e worth.

Dennis Cripe November 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

i came here looking for the age. i bought one use in 1988. i do not think it is an av. it looks like it must be 1975 or 6. i just repaced the fuel line today. still using it. it is a great saw. it has cut a lot of wood. Thanks to all of you for the info.

dave November 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

hi guys.i needed some points for my 041av and found that the ts350 concrete cutter has the same points & condencer.and maybe the 08s chainsaw has the same.hope this helps someone.dave

Lukey November 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I inherited a 041AV from my late uncle. Has made my CO winters quite comfy. I’m with everyone above. This saw will start with little effort whether below freezing or in the high 90′s. This saw will start upside down, side ways and backwards; shut er off and do it again. I’m a fan of STIHL but didn’t quite expect this when I first saw this mammoth hoss.

George S. November 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’ve inherited an old 20 inch(?) 041 Farm Boss. It appears to be a pre-AV model. The starter clutch is damaged but the compression is good. I hope to get this baby going soon. I’ve destroyed two plastic chainsaws, a McCollough and a Ryobi in two years. The Farm Boss is so much more saw than what I’ve had in the past.

John December 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I have a 041 Farm Boss that needs new carb. if anyone knows where I might get one.
Thanks JG

John December 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

My saw will crank on second pull and sometimes on first pull but will die after running about 45 to 90 seconds later. I put in fresh gas but still want stay running. Does anyone have idea what might be wrong?

Greg Robart January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

I purchsased my Stihl AV 41 in 1976 with a 24″ Oregon bar and chain. It performs beautifully today after cutting scores of firewood. It starts easily with two or three pulls. One issue I’ve had with it: It fires slightly before TDC on starting and pulls the starter cord out of my hand. It smarts! I asked Stilh authorized repair shops to fix it but it is a small lingeriing problem. Otherwise, I love this saw. The paint is scratched but its “Stihl”, after all these years a great workhorse.

Greg Robart January 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

I purchsased my Stihl AV 41 in 1976 with a 24″ Oregon bar and chain. It performs beautifully today after cutting scores of firewood. It starts easily with two or three pulls. One issue I’ve had with it: It fires slightly before TDC on starting and pulls the starter cord out of my hand. It smarts! I asked Stilh authorized repair shops to fix it but it is a small lingeriing problem. Otherwise, I love this saw. The paint is scratched but its “Stihl”, after all these years a great workhorse.

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