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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 26reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by This small saw has features that are normally found on bigger pro saws. This is a great saw. I put a 20" 3/8 bar and chain on it and it was like a different saw. The air filter is a major improvement over the old flocked filter. I've got a bigger Stihl for felling big stuff, but this is the saw I run the most. I've had 026's and MS260 but this is the best of that class. When you know how they are made you will buy a Stihl. May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Impressive little saw After running my old O66 for awhile I was less than enthusiastic when this little 261 showed up on our job site as a trim saw. Boy was I wrong! It is the perfect little saw for limbing felled timber. The savings in weight is great, and you wont believe the power for such a small saw! Still have my O66 for falling timber but thr little 261 SURE IS NICE FOR LIMBING ALL DAY. May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My 1st Stihl Chainsaw Purchase Rode the McCulloch chainsaw for 25'ish years before she gave-up the ghost so a new purchase was in-order. Met with and talked to several people plus a little research on-line and ended up at a local Stihl Dealer. A representative from Stihl was actually there and we discussed my needs and expectations. I had them write it up and i took it home. I am totally amazed at the MS261. The power, simplicity and the overall user experience has been exceptional; Kudos !!! April 21, 2014
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 purchase...it'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
Rated 5 out of 5 by AWESOME SAW I bought this saw for two reasons. 1) I wanted one and 2) I just bought a fire pit and didn't want to buy firewood but wanted to get my own. I used this saw on a downed tree not too far from where I live and in no time was loading my truck. All I could do was smile as I watched this thing from the corner of my eye spit out wood chunks and not wood dust. I would highly recommend this saw and any STIHL product to anyone looking for a quality machine! November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Expensive but worth every penny! I have been upgrading my chainsaws for use on the home and farm. I recently picked this saw up as soon as I saw it on the website. I replaced a new MS 250 and a MS 290 with this saw. The power and quick revving ability of this saw is legendary, the M-tronic carb adds more icing to an already tasty cake.This 50cc saw blocks up hardwood like a 60cc saw. I love the retained bar nuts. The HD filter and pre filtration system work great. I think this is my favorite chainsaw and I have had lots of the past two years. November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starts Easy! M-tronic works amazing! New M-Tronic works great, right every time. lots of power even w/ 20" bar!! November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome power for such a light saw. I bought this saw a few weeks ago to use as a limbing saw. Come to find out it has more than enough power for limbing. It is absolutely the best all around saw I have, even enough power to be used for felling small trees. The M-tronic carburetor system works awesome no problems so far. I will probably be buying another one in the future. November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing chainsaw Amazing chainsaw! I bought a MS 441 R C-M last year and was blown away by the convenience, and performance of M-Tronic. Now the MS 261 C-M sets a new level of ease of use and maneuverability. I feel it's the perfect size for gathering firewood, and is the saw I pick up first. Thank you stihl for bringing M-Tronic to this platform. Now how about a M-Tronic KM 130 R, or BR 600? November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome saw I recently got one of these when I had a week of heavy saw work at my house. I had been using an old husky of similar hp and size and got fed up with it after a day and a half of work so took a trip to the Stihl dealer. I originally planned to get the 441 but settled with this instead because it's light enough for my dad to carry around all day if he needs to. I was surprised by how much power this thing has for its weight and it always started up right away even for the first time on cold mornings. I'd rather have something bigger if I was dropping huge trees but I felled some pretty big ones with it without a problem. It's a dependable good saw and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to own only one saw that will be able to do pretty much anything they need. Also the screws and nuts on the casing stay attached so you cant lose them which is pretty cool. November 1, 2013
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