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MS 362 C-M

The MS 362 chainsaw plus our exclusive STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management technology.

MS 362 C-M
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 36reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by You get what you pay for This saw is a quality product with a bit of sticker shock for most homeowners. I don't regret spending the money on it as it is the most reliable small engine tool I own. It is a little heavy while cutting into the wood pile but after 20 cords I enjoy the robustness of it. The saw is sturdy and handles balancing you when you lean on it. With the RSC? Chain on it it cuts as fast as you want. A tank of gas lasts over 15 min, and you can cut a lot of wood in that time. Happy I went with a Stihl with a Steel bar over the lightweight Husky alternative. September 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of power! I use my ms362 with a 25 inch bar. This is a beast of a saw, chews through wood with amazing speed. I am very happy with this saw. The air filter is very well engineered, after hours of use the inner filter stays clean. The saw starts easy with just a few pulls, I have not used the decompression button yet. I bought this saw to fell 20 inch diameter plus trees, my ms362 does this very well and safe. The ms362 has great power to weight ratio. I am very happy with the saw. September 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Recalibration a Necessity If Not Done By Dealer. I generally trade in a chain saw every two years and since moving to our farm ten years ago have had only Stihl saws. An old 260 was traded in on a 361. I found this stalled all the time and ran out of gas rather quickly. This was traded on a 362 which was a reliable and light saw. If, upon first firing, you forgot to flick the throttle switch, it would flood and a 20 minute clean was needed. I found I reached for this saw rather than other new saws, the superb MS 660 or MS 460. Both these saws are a little heavy for me now if used for limbing and cutting for any length of time. The 660 is truly a beautiful saw and my brother has used this almost every day for the past year and refuses to return it. I'll look at the MS661 when released in Australia later in 2014The 362 was traded about two months ago on the MS 362 C-M. I had heard such good reviews about it since its release that I treated myself to another new saw.Upon first use I was impressed. It seemed to have a little more power than the old 362 version and I know would only improve with more use.However I found two annoying traits of the mtronic. The first relates to idling after heavy use when the saw misses a little and feels like it wants to shut down. In carby models you just increase the idle and everything is fine. The other, and really distracting feature, was it would take half a second or more to respond. Using all my other 20 or so Stihls I was used to instant power and a responsive throttle.I read a helpful review about recalibration and contacted the dealer. He had no idea what I was talking about so it clearly had not been done prior to delivery. Following the recommended procedure in the technical info from Stihl a recalibration was undertaken.It made some difference but still was not as smooth as my other two saws. I had to spend an hour on full throttle getting rid of an old hard yellow box and at the end the saw ran beautifully. I had spent a few hours on trimming prior to this so I guess some heavy use was required after the recalibration.When restarting after a short rest I have found that I cannot use the decompression valve. This isn't a problem as it is easy to start without it.All in all I am now very impressed with the saw and hope that it will give long, reliable service, something which Stihl is acknowledged for by landowners around here. September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tough shoes to fill I cut approx 15 cords of wood per year and do occasional tree clearing/limbing for friends. I had been contemplating for years replacing my faithfull Stihl 034AV that I bought new in the late 80's. There was nothing wrong with my old saw and still runs like a champ, I just thought it may be time to upgrade. I knew I wanted a pro saw to be comparable to what I was replacing. I bought the 362 C-M a couple of weeks ago and have to say it blows away my expectations. I read a lot of reviews that said the saw out of the box was weakish and started to build power with the first few tanks of gas. Running a 20" bar and a full chisel chain, this thing was a beast with the first tank of gas. It defintely is still building power after 6+ tanks of gas though. Compared to my dads 6 year old farm boss, this is a different horse all together. High reving and just keeps pulling. I will be buying a 25" bar soon as I think this saw will handle it with no problems The m-tronic feature is nice, easy starting and smooth idling. I like to fiddle with two-strokes and was hesitant about not being able to adjust the carb, but in the last week I have cut in 80° weather down to low 40°s this weekend and it ran the same. Can't say enough with how happy I am with this saw. Love my ole 034 but she has earned her retirement. It is a little harder on fuel but thats a trade-off since it feels like more power September 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy-to-use powerful all-around saw I upgraded from a Husqv 445 and was initially considering the 261CM, but then opted for the 362CM with an 18" bar. Easy to start with the M-tronic system. Smooth acceleration and ample power but easy to handle and reasonably light for the power. Looking forward to years of good service with this saw. September 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw I replaced a nearly 30 year old saw, 028 AV Super Woods Boss, with this MS362. It revs fast, has incredible power, and is well balanced. There's nothing not to like about this great saw. August 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great HP to weight, easy to start, gets better with age I bought the MS 362 based on my step fathers advice, he owns a logging outfit in the Pacific NW. I have had mine for almost a year and a half and am in the process of clearing a home site. This saw chews through hardwoods with ease with a sharp loop of chain. The power head is completely broken in and will pick up power noticeably for about the first 10-15 tanks of gas. The decompression valve seems to be a waste as I have never had the need to use it. I have run many power saws over the years and this saw has the least amount of felt vibration of any saw I have used. Great saw in a smallish package. August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Engineering masterpiece !! I have run almost 2 gallons of gas through my 362 cm , and it keeps gaining power. Running a 20" bar and balances quite nicely. M tronic is awesome , saw never skips a beat. Starts very easily. Using 90 octane non-ethanol with stihl ultra hp mix.The air filtration has been redesigned and works well. The saw is light and very powerful. Puts a smile on my face everytime I use it. Should be smiling for many years to come. Truly an awesome firewood saw.I researched saws for the entire winter and I'm sure glad I got one of these. July 10, 2014
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