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Professional Saws

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)
373 Reviews
  1. 2 years ago
    amazing little saw!
    this is an amazing little saw, iv cutt side by side with other professionals w/ bigger saws and this little thing will keep up with bigger saws. 'AKA' the little ripper. great fuel economy, its light, and this one come with floating gear set up instead of normal star sprocket. also much better because of this..from heavy to minor yard or household use to pretty hardcore field cutting, this saw can do the job well
  2. 1 year ago
    Wow!
    I am so glad I went with a professional model! I had several lower priced chainsaws in the past and they were toast! I have trees on my property that range from 12" to 24" OAK and Walnut and this STIHL melts right through them all. Chains lubricate well and the chains also wear nicely. One thing for sure that sets these saws above the rest is the ease of starting even when it is cold. I love it and feel great about spending this kind of money for a saw that will "GIT ER DONE!"
  3. 2 years ago
    BEST SAW! LOVE
    Incredible saw! AMAZING POWER! Love the professional line! The MS 261 C-M is perfect for me as a homeowner for all the sawing I do! Cannot say enough good things about this saw or STIHL!
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  1. 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 .
  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. 3 weeks ago
    Christmas gift to myself
    I added the MS661C to my inventory of Stihl chainsaws shortly after Christmas 2015. My other saws include a MS441C, MS261C, MS201TC-M and a couple MS150's. Soon after buying the MS661C with a 36" bar, a coworker asked me to cut a freshly downed oak for him to use as firewood. Cutting 42" diameter pieces of trunk into 14" lengths seemed like a great way to break-in this saw. I was very impressed with the MS661C's capability. I cut the trunks into 14" thick discs, then segmented the discs using ... read more my MS261C. The MS661C operated flawlessly, and I only needed to resharpen the chain 3 times during the course of producing over 500 pounds of sawdust. Admittedly, I was worn out after each of the three 4-hour sawing periods. My experience with the Stihl M-tronic saws has been terrific, and I must give a shout-out to my favorite Stihl dealer, Land & Coates of Newport News, VA. BTW, I also bought a KM130R multi-task system with straight-shaft trimmer and blower attachments.
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  1. 1 year ago
    Power Stick
    I love this saw ! Anything that I throw at it, it eats it right up. This is enough power than you need to take down or cut up anything. I saw a lot of big stuff for my company . Huge coast redwoods, hard black walnut , tons of oak and fir, nothing can stop this beast. This saw is all you need trust me, you just have to know how to saw right along with it . It always starts right up for me and never have any problems. Just make sure you clean it after every use and don't let it sit . This saw is ... read more without a doubt worth the money.
  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. 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.
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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. 2 years ago
    Awesome saw and a dream to operate!
    I bought this saw about six months ago and have ripped through hundreds if not thousands of board feet of storm damaged red oak, white oak, hickory and poplar. it is not amazingly hard to start once you get a feel for it. usually takes two or three pulls in the all the way down throttle position and then move one up and another two or three pulls and it fires right up! i have found that warming it up a bit at say half throttle keeps it from cutting off numerous times. i do run high octane fuel ... read more and the new two cycle engine oil for all three of my Stihl saws.
  2. 3 years ago
    The ultimate power saw
    I purchased the MS880 Magnum new in 2007 with a 36" bar for my tree service. I started off using it for firewood and to supply power to a 60" Granberg MKIII Alaskan saw mill. I have sawn several thousand board feet of lumber with this saw and felled dozens of large trees. The saw mill loads the engine when making a full width cut, but the saw powers through. My only complaint is the air filter. It requires constant cleaning. I would like to see a more efficient pre cleaning system to extend run ... read more time between filter cleanings. This is also a heavy saw, but it performs well in large log cuts like no other saw.
  3. 2 years ago
    A great saw for big wood
    A big powerful saw that will cut large wood with no problems. My 880 is equiped with a 47 inch bar and full comp chain when I cut up large oak trees here. Never have had a time where the saw was not able to do the job I ased it to do. I change to a 24" bar when I need to cut rounds into pieces small enough to move around and load onto my trailer. It cuts a good bit faster than my 066, doing the same job. Would not want to lug it around all day, but for the uses I have for it, the 880 is a ... read more perfict choice. It is also great to see the look on peoples faces when they get to run this big of a saw for the first time.
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  1. 4 months ago
    Tons of power
    Best full size saw I've ever bought. Has a crazy amount of power. I have a 36" bar with skip chain & the saw cuts through hard wood like nothin! It's not too heavy, love the wrap handle, cleaning & servicing is easy, pretty fuel efficient too.
  2. 3 years ago
    good saw
    I've had a dozen or so 460's and 660's. Im a professional timber faller so I use these tools every day. I've always loved the 460 and was bumbed to hear that you cant buy them any more. I just bought my first 461 and so far it seems to be a very good saw its very similar to the older saws. It seems to come stock with just a little bit more power. Im very happy with the saw so far.
  3. 2 years ago
    This is a very powerful and reliable saw.
    I am very happy with the STIHL MS 461 mainly for the reliability but also for the power to weight ratio, I use it for many applications including milling with my Granberg MKIII Alaskan mill and my Granberg MKII mini mill and for cutting firewood both with a 32" bar and a special chain that I made for milling (not used for crosscutting only milling I use a full skip tooth chain for crosscutting), I also have a 25" bar for it that I use for felling smaller trees and for cutting the corner notches ... read more on my log cabin. Overall I would recommend this saw for anyone that wants a lot of power and not very much weight. It is very easy to start and I would also recommend to use high octane ethanol free fuel.
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