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MS 261 C-M

The same great MS 261, but with advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ technology for optimized performance in various conditions.

MS 261 C-M
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light to work with I have used Stihl chain saws for decades.. From the old 090 and 64 models of the 70's and the 460 and 260 pro series of late.. I like this ms261.. It is light and starts first pull EVERY time…. August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around chain saw Had a ms 250 but needed something with a little more power . The ms 261cm is lightweight and has the extra power I was looking for . The decompression valve makes starting very easy . August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Great Saw With Plenty of Power After 38 years it was time to replace my faithful 1976 041 Farm Boss. After many questions, I settled on the MS 261 CM. It has a smaller engine than my old 041 but the lighter weight was an attractive feature (14.5 lbs vs. 17.5 lbs with 16" bars). The first task was to cut up the 23" diameter white oak trunk sections (left by the tree service) into stove lengths. The MS 261 CM did fine using about half throttle. I noticed the absence of vibration (and fatigue). Cutting was reasonable fast and more enjoyable. I appreciated the lower fuel consumption and the pre-stretched chain required minimal adjustments despite the heavy cutting of those oak trunk sections. The engine started, idled and ran beautifully with no adjustments required! Now, with about 6 hours on the saw, the engine is running stronger even with less throttle. This saw has more than enough power. It is a worthy successor to my old 041! August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cuts and handles like a dream. For the homeowner who wants more power to weight then the prosumer saws with the legendary Stihl durability and reliability, the 261 is the way to go. July 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by A hard starter Great saw, awesome power, Some good features. My only complaint is it is a hard starter. Can take 10 or more pulls to get it to start.. It would be nice to have a prime pump. something to get fuel to the carburetor. With the funny controls on the "start" control you never know where you are too much fuel or not enough. . July 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Power & RPM for it's size Decompression button saves your shoulder while starting. Honestly, this is NOT anything like my little "EasyStart" MS180 BC-E to get started, but the decompression button really does help out by reducing pulling effort during start-ups. Saw runs and runs... until fuel runs out. This unit will flat out cut some wood! Try installing the carbide chain on 20 inch bar as that combo works very well. I always use the Stihl silver 2-stroke mix (each bottle makes a gallon). June 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by 10 weeks old already been back to shop I would not recommend buying as it seems to unreliable it seems very hit and miss when starting. May 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite saw...... I had an 028 for many years and when it finally gave up (after 23 years) I opted for the 261. Our hiking trail asssociation had a grand task, clearing 24,500' of trail #seven sections involved# after a tornado hit our PIne Mountan Trail in FDR State Park #GA# in April of 2011. I got the 261 the first week after the tornado and we went to work. The association also bought two new 290's as did my brother. Although they cut great too, I found I could run longer on a tank of fuel than them by far, and cut faster and my saw was somewhat smaller and lighter and with the anti-vibe fear...more comfortable to use. We bought them all with 18" bars #with 3/8 chains.# . The 261 is a running "mochine". Starts easy. Clean up is easy and the saw is well made. The round air filter is easy to remove and clean. One thing we found to keep all our Stihl units running well is we ONLY use NON-ethanol midgrade gas. Also using the new silver can synthetic oils. May 14, 2014