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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 cu.in.) 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)
374 Reviews
  1. 4 months ago
    Happy!Happy!Happy!
    Purchased this saw from local dealer. Put it to work cutting up 30" elm trees. Tough wood but this saw ripped right through it with no issues what so ever. I had the Rapid Super chain on and changed it out for the last and biggest tree. Cut up all three trees in less than 2 hours. So happy I decided on this saw.
  2. 2 months ago
    Love this saw
    Easy to start thanks to the M-Tronic management , even in cold weather. I admit I had reservations about changing from a classic adjustable card. But I can't say enough good things about the time it has saved. Great power to weight, it is now my go to saw for intermediate to large jobs.
  3. 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.
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  1. 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.
  2. 10 months ago
    Good product
    Excellent performance of this products and easy to use
  3. 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.
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  1. 1 year ago
    Great small saw
    Have this saw for removing limbs. Works excellent for this! Saw runs great and has plenty of power plus its light enough to carry while moving along a downed tree. What I like best about it is that it has enough power to start bucking up the tree from the narrow end while someone with a large saw can start at the large end. My one complaint, like every else's, is that for the money it should have an aluminum handle and magnesium side cover.
  2. 5 months ago
    Power to weight ratio nuff said
    Was looking for a light pro saw for limbing and cutting brush. Have a ms 362 and though I love it, it is better for bucking the main trunk. I wanted something nimble to dismantle the canopy on th ground. Was looking at the ms 201 rear handle. At a 150 dollars cheaper, a pound heavier, and a lot more horsepower the ms 241 won my choice. The mtronic is nice and starting is a breeze.
  3. 3 months ago
    MS 241 C-M
    I just recently bought a brand new MS 241 to replace my .009L. The 241 is obviously much more of a saw but it as good as my 009 was, this 241 is much more powerful. the best part of it for me is the capability to use all of my old bars and chains. I was even able to add a bar to my collect when I bought the saw. This saw can use a 12 inch through 18 inch bar. I have a 14, 16, 18, and with the 14 on it the saw rips through logs extremely fast and is very controllable, and it also has no trouble ... read more cutting threw a 30 log with the 18" bar on it. the only con is price, price was a little high. If this this 241 can and will last as long and be as durable as my 009's where I will be happy with price.
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  1. 4 months ago
    Excellent saw with great power
    I upgraded from a excellent running 046 magnum with a 25 inch bar. Didn't really need a larger saw, but wanted to try a new m-tonic. I traded up to a new 661 with a 28" lightweight bar and WOW!! I was really impressed. Tons of power and not a bit disappointed despite of being apprehensive of trading a great running saw for a newer and bigger one. Will cut thru any type tree with ease. I couldn't expect anything less from my dealer, Martin's small engine repair, they are the best! Own 6 chainsaws ... read more and a weedeater. STIHL. the name says it all.
  2. 10 months ago
    The best choice
    Upgraded from a ms660 mag and immediately the results were noticeable. The ms661 never loads up....it has more low end torque along with overall more power a refined power band....its quieter and uses less fuel....along with easy starts in any temperature . It has less vibration and easier to use. Thanks again Stihl
  3. 12 months ago
    The m-tronic carb raised the bar for chain saws
    no more tuning carb when cutting in below zero temps. can idle forever & not load up .
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  1. 12 months ago
    Great weight to power ratio!
    Best chainsaw I have ever owned. Used and owned several other top brands and they simply don't compare!
  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. 4 months ago
    Great performance, like the Quickstop.
    In 2002 I replaced an ancient 031 with no chain brake with a new 390. That saw ran through 150+ cords of locust, hickory, elm and whatever else was being thinned over a 13 year period. Just before that a friend bought an 036 that cost more than my 390. Looking back, the extra money would have been about $12 a year for a better balanced, lighter saw with a little more power. The 390 still runs, I just wanted to try the 362 C-MQ for the extra chain brake feature and the extra HP. The argument ... read more against the C-MQ I heard was the extra money vs the non C-MQ. Over the life of the saw that will work out to be less than $.50 per cord. I bought this for the same reason I went to a saw with a chain brake in 2002 and for the same reason I wear stihl chaps when I am cutting. Safety is cheaper than injuries. It broke in after about 5 tanks and continues to get better. I like the balance with a 20" bar and contrary to other reviews it has plenty of power with the bar buried, tried it on a nasty old 40" hedgerow tree and it did fine. After a day in the woods I like to use the stihl clamp on filing jig to true up the chain and it makes a big difference when cutting hardwood and big diameter trees. Hand filing is great in the field, just helps the saw to cut easier if the teeth are trued up .
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  1. 11 months ago
    It's a wood eating monster.
    I've been using a 51 Husqvarna for over 24 years. Had some loggers over at the neighbors property and they gave me a chance to use their Stihl 461 with a 25" bar. I couldn't put it down, they almost had to take it away from me. It was the best saw I had ever used. I went out and purchased a 461 the following week and am totally satisfied. Wood cutting has never been any easier.
  2. 8 months ago
    Great saw!!
    Just Like all stihl products, This saw is awesome and has tons of power! Ever since I bought my first stihl, I've been hooked. The quality is out standing!! Nothing starts and cuts as good as a stihl and this ms 461 is a great professional saw. I see myself having this ms 461 around for many years with the professional grade inside parts. You will tell the difference between the professional grade stihl saws to the standard saws. If you cut loads of firewood every year like me and want something ... read more to last, buy a stihl product saw and the ms 461 has enough power to cut up hard oak wood. Great great saw!!! Love it!
  3. 7 months ago
    Best out-of-the box east coast chainsaw
    I'm not a typical Stihl Fan as I just wanted a quality product. After using an 064, I was hooked. Nothing wrong with the Orange Brand, I have those too, but there's something un-quantifiable about a Stihl. Maybe it's the color scheme. I mod saws and the other brands are easier for that. But for a dependable out-of-the-box saw that will work hard all day , I believe this is the best east coast timber saw. Power to weight is good. Will pull a 28" bar or bigger with ease.
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