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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 4.9 out of 5 by 14 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by awesome saw. m-tronic is amazing, i cut every weekend and sell firewood. this is by far my favorite saw stihl has to offer. i also like the bar nut feature, and the fact you cant flood the engine. March 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent chainsaw for the 50 cc range Excellent power to weight ratio service is also excellent, excellent firewood saw March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Saw!!! This is a great product, read the owners manual 4 times!! Used the saw in southern Iowa to clear some land. I have run 4 other name brand saws over the last 25 years and this is hands down the best saw. I love the decompression valve it is woth the money, makes starting so much easier. Just remember you get what you pay for!!! March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw For a Wide Range of People I'll start by saying I'm an intermediate chainsaw user. I've used them in the past on occasion, I know how to use them properly but don't use them on a regular basis. I buy and flip houses for a living and trimming trees is expensive so since I have a dumpster at the properties already anyway I decided I would start doing the tree trimming myself. I needed a chainsaw since I didn't already own one. I ran down to an orange logo big box store and picked up another popular brand chainsaw with a 36cc motor. I proceeded to cut down a bigger than average mesquite tree. Though the saw did the job, it felt under powered and a bit like a toy so I returned it. I was planning to buy a better model of that same brand but decided to wait and do some more research on the other brand. I spontaneously decided on the Stihl 311 because of price and specs without doing much research on Stihls. The 311 is an amazing saw with a lot of power and aggressive chain. I was very impressed but it felt like it had almost too much power for my needs. I did more research on Stihls and decided I wanted the features of a pro model instead so I considered the 362 C-M but I also was considering the 261 C-M because it was lighter and had a little less power. I ended up returning the 311 under Stihls 7 day satisfaction guarantee and I opted for the 261. I used it for a couple of hours today and was very impressed. It is lighter, smaller, and more maneuverable than the 311 but still has quite a bit of power. For me I think it is a good blend of the amount of power I need and in an easier to wield package. I'm still a little on the fence as I really did like the power of the 311 and part of me would like to have the 362 but I'm being sensible about my needs and trading a little less power for easier maneuverability. The 311/362 should have enough power for some serious wood cutting, however, in my opinion, I don't know why anyone who needed a chainsaw would buy one smaller than 50cc's. If you want an amazing easy to handle saw with impressive power for its size, this is an excellent choice. If you want to make sure you have plenty of power in case you run into a big job then you might want a 311 or 362 depending on your budget and feature preference. By the way, I spoke with 2 support people at Stihl this morning to help me make my decision and they were really great and sounded happy to be helping me. The other company whose saw I purchased first acted like it was a burden to talk to me about their product. I'm truly impressed and happy to pay a little extra for a great product from a great company. Spend a little extra money and get a Stihl. It's well worth it. February 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by M-tronic is not for me Not a fan of the m-tronic seems like more to go wrong which will lead to more costly repairs down the road... My little orange screwdriver works for me. January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best deal for the money...versatile and reliable! Bought the model MS261 after looking at the MS291 but found this one to weigh less, come with the M-Tronic engine management system, utilize a magnesium case for longer life. I did not want to pay this much for a saw but after comparing different manufacturers I found this saw to be a better deal for what you get in a saw. Plus Stihl has a great reputation and for good reason as every professional logger or tree trimming business I know owns and uses Stihl. I have found this saw to sip fuel for the power it produces. It starts great, idles great, runs great and cuts great! I bought it with a 20" bar and there is plenty of power to handle even a full chain's worth of tree when cutting. I have cut up 6 trees with an average of an 18"-20" diameters and it cut like a knife going through butter. I have also found the chains to be of excellent quality and to last a long time before any stretch (I have not had to sharpen the chain yet either). I use non-oxygenated 92 octane with the Stihl mix oil plus the Stihl bar oil. I think their products are great and for me I feel it is an inexpensive insurance to keep the saw running great. I highly recommend this saw and it should be the last saw you will need to's that versatile and reliable. December 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by My new go to saw! This is my fifth Stihl saw (ms201t, ms362, ms441cm, 026). The ms261cm has it all, plenty of power to run 3/8 chain, excellent air filtration, Easy to start (with or without the compression release), relatively light weight and the excellent Mtronic engine management system. My new favorite! Eagerly awaiting the ms661cm as my next saw. November 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mtronic is the way to go Saw is expensive but built like a tank. Not the lightest or smallest 50 cc pro saw out there. Doesn't matter because m tronic is flawless and the saw is built to last. Makes working firewood fun. November 26, 2013
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