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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 Guide Bar Lengths* (Recommended Ranges)
MS 261 C-MQ 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.46 Ibs.) ROLLOMATIC® E
40 to 50cm (16" to 20")
MS 241 C-M 42.6 cc (2.6 cu. in.) 2.3 kW (3.1 bhp) 4.5 kg (9.9 Ibs.) 30 to 40 cm (12" to 16") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
MS 261 C-M 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 Ibs.) ROLLOMATIC® E
40 to 50cm (16" to 20")
MS 362 C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs) 40 to 63 cm (16" to 25")
MS 362 C-MQ 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.9 kg (13.0 Ibs.) 40 to 63 cm (16" to 25")
MS 441 C-M MAGNUM® 70.7 cc (4.3 cu. in.) 4.2 kW (5.6 bhp) 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 441 C-MQ MAGNUM® 70.7 cc (4.3 4.2 kW (5.6 bhp) 6.7 kg (14.8 lbs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 461 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) Flush-Cut: 6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.) Wrap-Handle: 7.1 kg (15.72 Ibs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 461 R 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 661 C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.56 kg (16.67 lbs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 661 R C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.66 kg (16.8 lbs.) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
MS 880 MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs.) 43 to 150 cm (17" to 59")
MS 880 R MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.3 kg (22.7 lbs.) 43 to 150 cm (17" to 59")
MSE 250 C-Q -- -- 4.2 kg (9.4 lbs.) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 20")
Average rating for Professional Chainsaw Reviews
(4.7 / 5)
346 Reviews
  1. 6 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!
  2. 4 months ago
    Great saw wish I had it sooner
    I cut fire wood to sell all hard wood, oak, hickory and ash. I had been using a red 2171. Driving by the Sthil dealership one day I jokinglly told my wife I should stop and buy a bigger saw. She ask how much it cost, I told her and that was all that was said. Well, Christmas morning it was under the tree!! What a Christmas present, best toy I ever got. This is a great saw. It goes through 20" to 24" oak like it is 12" stuff. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner.
  3. 5 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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  1. 11 months ago
    A great replacement for the MS660
    This saw lives up to everything I expected it to be and more. Being next to the biggest saw Stihl makes,it's heavy and powerful. I've owned 2 MS660's and ran them extensively. The new MS661 has them beat. Uses less gas, has less vibration, starts easier, power delivery is more consistent, an overall pleasure to run. As long as it continues to perform this good I have no regrets about my purchase. Also, a shout out to my Stihl dealer. Brown's Supply in Acme Pa. Great guys to do business with.
  2. 3 months ago
    Best Saw Around
    If your looking for faster way to get wood then this saw is perfect. Never had any issues when using this saw with performance. Be ready to make everyone jealous of the wood this saw makes. Best bang for your buck! Hands down. Thank You STIHL
  3. 12 months ago
    Kind of awesome
    In wood under 25" a unicorn would probably be faster.
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  1. 1 year 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
    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.
  3. 3 years ago
    Perfect all around saw
    I work at a tree service company in southern california that focusses primarily on large scale land clearing projects. We run a number of these saws, and many employees including myself prefer using them over our 660s for faling and bucking. They are lightweight and packed with power which is a conveniance when clearing trees on steep slopes, or in poor terrain. The saws are also very durable. One of them was run over by a skid steer, and another had a large log rolled on top of it. Both saw ... read more engines were fully functional after the incidents, although both suffered a lot of superficial damage and one neede its bar changed. This is the best medium size saw on the market.
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  1. 3 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.
  2. 6 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.
  3. 2 weeks 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. 2 years ago
    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!
  2. 10 months ago
    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. 11 months ago
    I own a MS261 CQ, the power to weight ratio is superior!! The QUIK handle chain break is a must for me, definitely a safety feature that I like. Serviceability, is made easy with the canister style air filter, and escaped bar nuts. Mine is equipped with a 20in bar, with a RS chain, WOW is the response from everyone who try it!! I LOVE MY STIHL!!!! We own STIHL EVERYTHING, wish they built cars!!
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  1. 1 month 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. 2 years ago
    Only had it for about a month now but I love it. I have a 20" bar and this saw runs it without a problem. Makes cutting enjoyable. The only down fall that I've noticed was that it is a little heavy but not that much more than my 044 at work.
  3. 1 month ago
    great saw.
    I cant say enough good things about this saw , hopefully stihl continues with this model as it is the last of a solid dead nuts reliable breed of saws , if your lookin for a good saw to pull a 28 - 32" bar this is the one
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