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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.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

** "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. 5 days 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.
  2. 3 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. 2 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!
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  1. 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.
  2. 7 months ago
    Good product
    Excellent performance of this products and easy to use
  3. 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.
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  1. 2 months ago
    Power to weight ratio is great!
    I purchased my MS- 261 this spring after retiring my MS 250. It had a lot of hard use on the farm. I have used it about 25 times on different sized jobs through out the summer. I use the rapid super chains. It cuts like no tomorrow. Starts on the third pull every time. Love it.
  2. 5 months ago
    Everything you would want in a saw
    The MS 261 C-M is everything I needed in a saw. Its reliable and gets the job done every time. I am clearing trees for a driveway and a area for our home to be build. I highly recommend spending the extra money on the MS 261 C-M.
  3. 2 months ago
    Very happy with this saw
    Professional user and this is truly a professional saw. A super all round saw. Also own a 550xp but prefer the feel of the ms 261 in my hands.
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  1. 2 months ago
    easy to use
    I have used about every chainsaw made. I have a 044 that has been my favorite for years, 13 lbs and power to spare. I cut firewood every day. Bought a 362c easiest starting saw ever, light weight, good power (not quite 044 though ). When I am going to the woods I grab the 362c now!
  2. 1 month ago
    Solid product
    I've loved my MS361 for years, and I recently had an experience that made me realize how staunchly Stihl stands behind their products. After multiple repetitions of the same problem, I contacted the company, and they paid for a full root-cause analysis of the oil system and all necessary repairs. Before this, I had been considering purchasing a new saw from another company, but after this, I'll stick with Stihl for the long haul.
  3. 4 months ago
    Monster chain saw! ;)
    Hi, my name is Jasper and I'm from the Netherlands. I have been cutting big trees for 13 years now. Stihl has always delivered, but the Stihl ms 362 C-M is by far the best saw for the work I do. I cut big Elm/Poplar/Oak trees, usually around 130-150 cm in diameter and my 362 C-M never fails. It starts with a cold and a warm engine, always. The 362 C-M even handles perfect with a 63 chain bar. Nothing bad to say about this saw... Hope to keep using this saw for a long time!
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  1. 4 months ago
    I like the easy start feature and easy chain adjust
    I am really pleased with it's performance so far. Has good power doesn't bog down when cutting large trees .Runs in any weather cold or hot .
  2. 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
  3. 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.
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  1. 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.
  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. 3 years ago
    More power than you will ever need!
    I purchased an MS 880 R Stihl Magnum for cutting large oak trees on my property. I bought it with a 41" bar and all I can say is "HANG ON"! This saw never bogged down and cuts faster than anything I have ever laid hands on. If you have large trees to cut I highly recommend this won't be disappointed!
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