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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. 2 weeks ago
    Exelent in every detail!
    Best chainsaw i ever work with!!!!! Before 261c i work with couple Husqwarna products but they are nothing compareing with Stihl!!!!!!!
  2. 2 years ago
    EXCELLENT CHAINSAW FOR HOMEOWNER/PROFESSIONAL
    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!!
  3. 2 months ago
    Toss the .325 sprocket
    Best power to weight ratio of any saw I've ever used. I recommend a 3/8 pitch conversion with an 18" bar . I occasionally run a 25" with no problems. I'm
  1. 6 months ago
    Very good all purpose saw
    I purchased this saw from a local dealer, based on reccomendations from several coworkers. Was going back and forth between this and a MS660, and glad I did. easy to maintain, will comfortably run a 28" bar with full skip chain which makes cutting limbs for firewood much easier not bending down. Aside from the occasional hard start when the engine has been running for a while, it saves me on average 2-3 tanks of propane per year and more than paid for its self in the first season. Just keep up ... read more on maintainence and run ethanol free fuel and Stihl 2 stroke oil, it will just keep chips flying.
  2. 5 months ago
    Great performer
    I had the choice of an MS362 and an MS311. The side by side comparison was difficult as the are similarly equipped. I chose the 362 just because I intend on keeping it forever. I bought it to clear my property and I am not a pro. To my old big box chainsaws there is no comparison. This saw ate all of the trees in my yard to include a 28" sweet gum. The beauty is this saw is capable of doing that much everyday. Glad I paid the extra 200 for a saw I will eventually put in my will. Mike
  3. 2 months ago
    Great all around saw
    I am an average 6' 200 Lb male and this saw just fits me perfect. I can work with it all day and love to work with it all day. It isn't too large or too small. It is easy to start and I am proud to have it as a friend
  1. 2 years ago
    WOW talk about POWER
    This saw has the ease of starting.. The HP to pull the 47 inch blade I bought for the saw through the 40 inch Oak Logs I cut is like cutting butter with a HOT knife. WOW it takes a 1/8 of the time to cut the logs down to 18 inch logs. I have 4 other STIHL saws that are smaller and when I decided to go bigger I went all out.. If its not STIHL ORANGE don't buy it.........................
  2. 2 years 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.
  3. 3 weeks ago
    Good
    Sthil Is A excellent company in all Heavy Duty equipment .
  1. 6 months ago
    Very nice brute Saw.
    All the stihl saws I own now. This saw puts them all to shame. Love this saw with a 20" bar.
  2. 2 years ago
    Amazing Chainsaw! Great power to weight ratio.
    This is my most favorite Chainsaw to run by far. I'm so pleased with the power of this saw. It has low end torque that keeps it chugging in big wood. I run a 25" and a 36" bar and am amazed at how well it can pull a 36" chain through hardwood. This is a very well made chainsaw with strength without the weight. I have had no issues to date and predict it will be very reliable like my other Stihl chainsaws. The MS 461R is truly a woodsman's best friend. Oh yeah I almost forgot... This saw has good ... read more looks also. Great job Stihl!!!!
  3. 2 years ago
    The MS 461R Extremely Powerful,well designed STIHL POWERHOUSE!
    I've had my MS461R Stihl for a little over six months. I purchased mine with a 32" bar and Full Skip chain. It's hard to explain how amazing this saw is unless you try one out. I cut large Red Oak the day I brought it home and it ate through the tree like a Nuclear Beaver! The 461 is well balanced,easy to maintain, and relatively easy on fuel. The more you use the saw, the better it gets! I highly recommend the 461R to anyone needing a mid-sized Professional saw with amazing cutting power. ... read more OUTSTANDING Engineering from STIHL!
  1. 1 year ago
    My favorite saw
    This saw is incredible. I have not found a tree that will stop it! I bought after running 2 different friends 660s, which are nice units, but sometimes hard starting. This saw starts right up, and goes to work. I have a 362, but find myself using the 661C more. I can put up a lot of firewood, a whole lot faster now.
  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. 4 months ago
    Priceless
    I do full time selective harvest low impact logging. Broke in the 13th saw in collection. Bore cut a butt 60 inches wide. Went to the back and finished her off quickly..bucked off the log at 37 feet.35 inches at that height. Cut clean.no splits cracks or imperfections..thank you stihl..let's just say this is a good example of 26,000 reasons to buy a stihl!! Sincerely jack the veneer hunter..PS.,the wife made quick work of the limbs with a 441c..
  1. 12 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.
  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
    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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