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When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust the unique features that make STIHL the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America**. And at STIHL, we have a particular fondness for our professional category chainsaws. It’s where we built our reputation in the first place. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, Q = an additional chain braking system, R = wrap handle, and M = STIHL M-Tronic™.

Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chainsaw in 1926 and our first gasoline-powered saw in 1929. And not unlike the early automobiles of the Roaring 20’s, our chainsaws’ essential components – engine, bar and chain – remain familiar, though very much advanced, elements of our original chainsaw. Today, STIHL continues to put a high value on engineering and performance, we remain the only gasoline-powered chainsaw company that designs and manufactures its own guide bars and saw chain to ensure optimal performance in the field.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

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** "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2014 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2015 STIHL

*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.


Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Fuel Capacity
MS 261 C-M 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 2.9 kW (3.9 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.5 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 261 C-MQ 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.46 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 362 C-MQ 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.9 kg (13.0 Ibs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz)
MS 241 C-M 42.6 cc (2.6 cu. in.) 2.3 kW (3.1 bhp) 4.5 kg (9.9 Ibs.) 370 cc (12.5 oz.)
MS 362 C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) Flush-Cut (Shown): 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs.)
Wrap-Handle: 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs.)
600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 441 C-M MAGNUM® 70.7 cc (4.3 cu. in.) 4.2 kW (5.6 bhp) 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.) 725 cc (24.5 oz.)
MS 441 C-MQ MAGNUM® 70.7 cc (4.3 4.2 kW (5.6 bhp) 6.7 kg (14.8 lbs.) 725 cc (24.5 oz.)
MS 461 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 461 R 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 7.1 kg (15.72 lbs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 661 C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.56 kg (16.67 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 661 R C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.66 kg (16.8 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 880 MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
MS 880 R MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.3 kg (22.7 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
MSE 250 C-Q -- -- 4.2 kg (9.4 lbs.) --
Average rating for Professional Chainsaw Reviews
(4.7 / 5)
375 Reviews
  1. 7 months ago
    Great saw very surprising
    I use saws every day for work and cutting fire wood on weekends. I gave the MS362c a run and to say I was impressed would be an under statement. I used it next to my mate using an 18 month old 46 magnum in a large dead box barrel same bar and chain size and the 362 out preformed the 46 magnum. Both saws had the full 20" bar loaded up and the 362 was cutting much better and faster. This saw will not disappoint. I would not put larger than a 20" bar on this saw if a larger bar 25"+ up grade to a ... read more 66 magnum. I'd recommend this saw for both professional cutters and rural cutters alike.
  2. 2 years ago
    awesome saw
    I got a 029 stihl with 20" bar that I was using to fell trees and was working myself to exhaust then I went and bought this saw and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I got them cut twice as fast with less fuel highly recommend this saw for an upgrade a little pricey but will be worth it in long run!thank you Stihl for making awesome saws!
  3. 8 months ago
    Decent saw...depending on the job
    I am 60 and hopefully still making firewood etc for another 10 or more years (Northwestern Red Fir/Tamarack). My primary saw is an aging (like me) 044 with a 25 inch bar and my backup saw was shot so looking at the coming years I opted for this 2 pound lighter saw and the easy start compression release on all these new models. It came stock with a 25 inch bar. It does not have the power or the speed of the larger 044 but does OK on logs under 20 inch diameter. I was careful to follow the 5 tank ... read more break-in process and bought the high-dollar Stihl oil to get the warranty extension. Midway through the break-in process I had a problem with restarting the saw if it was hot but soon discovered it was a fouled spark plug. I would avoid using longer bars ..and if your work is smaller you might consider a shorter bar to improve power to get out when a kerf starts to pinch.
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  1. 5 months ago
    Best in class for power to weight
    I run a small sawmill and the only brand I rely on is stihl. I bought this saw to replace my 440. The 441 uses less fuel and oil and is more dependable. I have not had to do much maintenance other than the chain and filters. This saw gets used and abused daily and starts on the forth pull every time in every condition of weather. I cant say enough positive things this about it try it out for your self and see.
  2. 9 months ago
    Excellent saw with many uses
    Purchased with 28in bar for use with Alaskan mill to custom mill hardwood slabs. Very reliable, starts on the first pull everytime. Great ergonomics for hours of use, but don't under estimate the weight, or forget to respect the power. The weight can be a little tiring after a few hours, but is a positive for bucking large logs. Very efficient at felling, limbing, and bucking large hardwoods up to 4 feet in diameter. The tool-less fuel and bar oil plugs are great, and have never vibrated open. Great saw.
  3. 3 months ago
    This is a great piece of equipment
    I've had many different types of chainsaws this the best one by a long shot. I run 32 inch bar in big timber, and run a 16 inch bar in small wood. This saw is well balanced the only saw you'll ever need.
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  1. 2 years ago
    This saw is awesome great power light weight for the power it has.
    One of my favorite saws. I have a 250 & a 290 but for the big stuff this is the way to go. I have a 25 inch bar on it now but I want to run it with a 32 inch bar.
  2. 2 years ago
    All around awesome saw.
    I bought this saw in 2012 to upgrade from my MS311 for bigger cutting needs. I have not been disappointed in the least bit. I run a 25" bar with no problem at all. I cut primarily Walnut, Oak, Beech, Hickory, Cherry and Ash. This saw has more than enough power and I'm sure it could run a 28" bar without issue. I bought a 20" bar for when I don't need the length and it turns this beast into a borderline hot-saw. This saw has seen 40 cords and is running just as well as the day I bought ... read more it. Maintain this saw and take care of it and it will take care of you.
  3. 2 years ago
    Outstanding workmanship in a production saw.
    I've owned this chainsaw for about 5 - 6 years and have used in in many applications for sawing timber. Also use it to cut my fire wood. I give it a five on dependability. Dropped it once in a Louisiana swamp in about 18 inches of water. Took out the spark plug and pulled the starter several times. Put the plug back in and surprisingly it fired up as usual. I am planning to get another when it wears out.
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  1. 3 years ago
    The Finest Saw I've Owned.
    This is without a doubt, the finest saw I've ever owned. I own 4 STIHL saws, all superior quality, but the power and speed of this saw is all I was hoping for and more, to accomplish the big felling and bucking jobs. The 880 cuts quicker and cleaner than any other saw I've used. It handles big timber with ease and makes cutting every day so much more efficient. This is the perfect tool for the big jobs. Be prepared to hold on tight and cut fast!
  2. 3 years ago
    The last saw you'll ever buy
    I bought this saw and am glad I did. I got this to help bucking bigger timber for my firewood sales. I've ran this with the 6' bar and it cut like a dream. Plenty of power and rpm on tap. I'd recommend this saw to anybody that has big felling jobs or large trees to cut up.
  3. 1 year ago
    Time saving power!
    I bought this saw to save time bucking logs over 24" in diameter. Due to its awesome power and fast cutting I use it for everything over 12". It's easy to start and has power to spare. My friends like running it also...and we are all over 40! I wish I purchased this years ago.
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  1. 9 months ago
    The MSE-250 is great if you have electric power access
    I picked up my MSE-250 a few weeks ago and have used it on a downed tree in my back yard. The saw is awesome in that it has great power and gets the job done quickly and is a dream to handle.
  2. 5 months ago
    For a person who needs one only a few times a year it is perfect
    I've had mine now for over 5 years and it is always ready to go. Unlike the gas models . I use mine on oak and cedar trees. In the five years I've only had to replace a switch.
  3. 3 months ago
    This is a superior piece of equipment
    This chainsaw is incredible. I have a Stihl gas chainsaw that is of equal power to this electric chainsaw. This electric chainsaw is 33% faster cutting compared to the gas chainsaw. I cut wood for almost 1 hour the chainsaw never got hot in fact the entire chainsaw was cool to the touch. This is the most superior cutting tool I have ever used and I would recommend it to anyone. I will probably never buy another gas chainsaw. If I have to Cutwood where there is no electricity I will probably just ... read more buy a gas generator and use this chainsaw. Again I would recommend this chainsaw to anyone.
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  1. 4 months ago
    Can use it ALL day!
    This saw is light yet strong. I can use it all day as it’s light enough and it doesn’t quit either. It starts whether it’s cold, warm or hot and keeps on going. It is a bit pricey but worth it for the amount of work it can handle. I am very pleased with this purchase. Thank you Stihl!
  2. 3 months ago
    Bad to the bone.
    Working as a Stihl tech gives me the ability to test just about every saw out there. Having a small firewood business on the side has me cutting dozens of cords every year. After the first time I tried this saw I bought one and won't pick another up unless it needs testing. Perfect balance and feel along with buttery smooth engine thanks to the M-Tronics management system make this saw the ultimate firewood saw.
  3. 3 months ago
    Great saw!
    Excellent power to weight. Cuts better than some 50cc saws I have run. Great for limbing but doesn't back down from having the bar buried either. In short I love this saw.
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