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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 2009-2015 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2016 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 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 261 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 261 C-M 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 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-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 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 362 R C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.4 kW (4.6 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs.) 600 cc (20.3 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.) --
  1. 3 years ago
    Super Sweet Saw!
    I purchased this saw in Feb 2013, and I haven't regreted my choice in the slightest! This is a really nice lightweight pro grade smaller firewood saw. The fit and finnish (so to speak) is just about perfect. It is very easy to start, and is more than happy to put in a full day of work. If you're looking for a good quality firewood saw, and can afford to drop a little more money for a good tool, this may be just the saw you need!
  2. 3 years ago
    Best saw I have owned.
    I have a ms280 and ms290. My new 261 is lighter then my 290 with better power. It also has better vibration dampening. My back doesn't hurt like it did with my 290. The 261 has excellent power. I am a believer in you get what you pay for so I spent the extra money. It's worth it. You will have this saw for a long time so don't be cheap and save a few bucks on a saw that will not have the power or the resale value.
  3. 3 years ago
    The perfect saw.
    If you are considering moving up to the MS261 pro; do not hesitate. I was expecting to be impressed; but instead was blown away. It starts easy, is light weight and screams. I tested it on a 12" elm and it poured through it like butter. Wow is all I could say. I chose the 18" Rollomatic E which seems to compliment the saw well and gives it a little extra reach. The power to weight ratio and serviceability sold me over the Farm and Ranch model. I am 52 years old and use it to maintain 200 acres in East Texas.
  1. 3 days ago
    Starts every time and keeps running
    Had an MS-260 and needed another saw at our primary residence in case of a hurricane and to do trimming. Model changed slightly, but not much. Starts after a few pulls every time and keeps on running without cutting out. Cuts well with minimal vibration. Came with a 16 inch bar but purchased an 18 inch bar and chain as well. Was told that it could handle up to a 20 in bar/chain, but thought that might put too much of a strain on it. Have had excellent experiences with all of my Stihl ... read more products. Have blowers, chain saws and trimmers, all running flawlessly. Have also bought and given Stihl products to my sons to use at their houses. They have had the same experience with Stihl that I have had.
  2. 5 months ago
    Excellent saw!
    I'm 55. Been using saws since age 12. Moderate to heavy use on a 3 acre wooded lot. I've owned most, if not all, major brands in the last 30+ years. This is the best saw I've ever owned. Starts easily. Powerful. Holds a chain adjustment. Good on fuel. Easy to maintain. I plan on keeping my other Stihl (251) so my neighbors can borrow it instead of my 261!
  3. 3 months ago
    Buy the Best
    I needed a bigger chainsaw for lots of hardwood trees we had cut down as well as trimmed. The tree service guy recommended this saw so I bought one. This thing is a monster and cuts like butter. Makes my job easier and I don't mind cutting all the logs we have now. If you can afford this, buy it. Anything less just makes your job harder.
  1. 2 months ago
    Great saw
    So...after thinking long and hard between an MS 661 and the MS 461 I chose the 461... and i was not disappointed with my choice! This thing is an animal! With a 25 inch bar on it you can't go wrong. Came with a 20 inch bar on it but it kinda looked funny. It chews any type of wood i throw at it.... hard or soft, and its always hungry for more!
  2. 1 year 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. 1 year ago
    Stihl MS461
    Should of bought this saw when it first came out. I bought it to feed my outdoor wood furnace. Trees on my property was just to big for the 032 and 028. I bought it with a 25 inch and 32 inch bar. It is a great saw for felling big oaks. Ive had the 32" bar buried with maybe an inch hanging out the other side with no loss of power. I would recommend this saw highly. It has about 10 cords worth of use so far. If it holds up like my 032 or 028 I will be a happy man.
  1. 3 years ago
    One Heck of a Saw
    I have two MS880's one with a 32" bar and one with a 41" bar. I use the 41" to fell and the other for bucking, stumpage, or "just in case". You don't want to be felling a huge tree near structures and not have a backup saw of equal size. I have to say it is a HUGE jump in weight from the 660, however, the ease of which it pulls a .404 standard sequence chain over a 32"+ bar through extremely dense grain Texas Live Oak is really remarkable. I wouldn't worry much about the size getting you hurt ... read more unless you are climbing over limbs with the saw still running. It's so heavy that the power doesn't throw the saw back at you like the smaller saws. The only reason to have a saw like this is to fell or buck trees that are at least 40" diameter. Don't expect to cut firewood with this thing without taking a couple breaks.
  2. 3 years ago
    stihl ms880
    if your going to run a big saw like a stihl ms880 or a stihl 084 i highly recommended you use the decompression valve when starting this big boy.i started out on smaller saw like the stihl 025,029,ms310,038,and finally went to a 066 and now i have two stihl 084,s.i run a stihl full skip tooth chain on it 404 .63.gauge which is great for cutting big.i would recommend this saw to anyone.with experience
  3. 3 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.
  1. 11 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.
  2. 4 months ago
    My go to saw
    I heat my home and water with an outdoor wood boiler and also sell firewood during the heating season. I have had this saw for 3 years now and with only changing the spark plug, fuel filter, and air filter each year I have had no problems with it. I use my MS 440 for falling and trunking and this saw for everything else. I would recommend this saw to anyone.
  3. 2 years 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.
  1. 1 year 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
  2. 10 months ago
    Great Saw - Would buy again!
    I don't normally do reviews, but I really like this saw. I have a 362cm as well. I rarely use the 362 after getting this saw. Tons of power and cuts the oak around me like butter. Great saw for sure. I would buy another no doubt. Always impressed when I use this saw.
  3. 2 weeks ago
    Great saw
    I use my MS 661 with my Alaska chainsaw mill to turn timber into lumber on my remote property in Alaska. I make everything from 16' beams to wall studs and planks as thin as 3/4" thick. I use a 20" bar and ripping chain, man does this baby cut! Very fuel efficient and easy to handle. I have been using Sthyl products for over 30 years and have never been let down.
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