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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.

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. 1 year 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!
  2. 1 year ago
    The ms362 is awesome!!!!
    Most awesome saw ever. You know it. I know it. Chuck Norris approved
  3. 1 year ago
    big improve from the 362 I have 3 of them this saw has 20% more power
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  1. 2 years ago
    This is a good saw but it is a handful
    I just bought a ms 660 and a MS 880 some of my older saws was stolen the 880 is powerful it runs beautifully with it I purchased a skip chain a 41 and 60 inch bar I cut oak wood this monster goes through it like butter I had steel products for 10 years never had manufacturer defects but like anything else you have to maintain them if you want the least amount of trouble in the field if I had to replace them again I would do it the same choice
  2. 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.
  3. 2 years ago
    Easy to start, very dependable.
    I have been using Stihl saws for years. My bigger saws were the O46 and the O66. Both are great saws. I recently purchased the 880 with a 41 inch bar, thinking it would have around 1/5 more power than my O66 for cutting through bigger logs. I was disappointed in the power with the longer bar. I ordered a 30 inch bar and chain to try and get the cutting speed where I had expected it. It did cut faster, but for the money I would stick with the O66 (now the 660).
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  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
    Balance perfected
    I'm about 6 cords of wood into this saw and nearly 2 acres of woodlands cleanup. My favorite part of that statement is I'm only 3 weeks into owning this saw and still keep up with a demanding full-time job developing software. That alone speaks volumes for the 261. I'm not a pro arborist and don't have a ton of time to just be out in the woods. So, read between the lines a little further and I'm saying the 261's weight & power balance allows this amateur to get a lot of work done in a short ... read more amount of time. One Saturday a buddy of mine brought his 362 CM over and it seemed like the 261 was barely a fraction slower. Of course, on paper, we are only talking about a 9 cc difference, but I was surprised the real world difference wasn't more noticeable. I have heard the 261 works like a 60 cc saw even though it is only 50. After keeping pace with my buddy's 362 (also a freshly broken-in saw) I think I can buy that statement.
  3. 1 year ago
    Solid Performer
    Have used my MS 261 for over a year and have no complaints. The quality is good and it does everything it advertises. Things I especially like is the weight and number of dealers I can buy parts from. The only complaint I have is not the saw but the stihl carrying case. I can't find a place to carry bar oil or pre-mix in the carrying case. Sounds picky but if you transport a lot, it can be a pain to carry another box.
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  1. 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
  2. 5 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 .
  3. 3 weeks ago
    Best saw since the MS 044
    Recently our entire wildland firefighting organization switched over to MS 461s. This is a rock solid saw that faces long hard shifts and constantly performs day in day out. I own one myself for woodcutting and couldn't be happier.
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  1. 1 week 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. 11 months 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.
  3. 1 year ago
    Great Little Saw for Firewood
    Was looking for a smaller saw to run with my 034 that I have had for 25+ years. Started looking and found this one. Plenty of power and lightweight too. Cut around 12 cords with this saw this year. My go to saw for bucking firewood. If this saw will last as long as my 034 I will never have too replace it. Love the M-Tronics. Saw fires up with in 3 pulls and no stalling. Great saw for firewood. No regrets for spending the money for this Stihl product.
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  1. 8 months ago
    The best choice
    Upgraded from a ms660 mag and immediately the results were noticeable. The ms661 never loads 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
  2. 1 month 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.
  3. 6 months ago
    Smooth power
    I upgraded from a 66 Magnum. This saw starts easier and runs smoother. It has good power. The new fuel/ oil caps are nice as well as other convenient features. The shut off, the cover nuts being retained and the M tronic fuel system. I would recommend this saw for sure!
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