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When you demand a lot from your chainsaw, having the right saw chain can make a big difference. STIHL saw chains are individually designed for all types of woodcutting and for most makes of chainsaw. Every saw chain manufactured by STIHL incorporates our exclusive, patented OILOMATIC® lubricating feature. And every component is engineered to work together to maximize the use of bar oil.

STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chains feature specially engineered grooves designed to channel oil to critical wear areas. This superior lubrication feature helps extend the chain’s life and reduce the tendency for stretching. Our saw chains are also pre-stretched before leaving the factory, eliminating excessive stretching during the break-in period.

All STIHL saw chains have the same quality engineering and innovative technology that have made our chainsaws famous. We even care about the details others might miss – like smoothing out the microscopic rough edges from the stamping process to reduce premature and improper wear. If it says STIHL, it’s made to last.

STIHL recommends using low-kickback, green-labeled chain and green-labeled reduced-kickback bars on all powerheads.

This colored link indicates that the product has increased risk of kickback injury and is for use only by persons with extraordinary cutting needs and experience and specialized training for dealing with kickback.

Low kickback chain
This colored link indicates that the chain is a low kickback chain. STIHL recommends the use of a green-labeled low-kickback chain.

Unsure which type of saw chain you need? Download our Saw Chain Selection & Identification Chart for easy reference when replacing your STIHL saw chain.
Compare Model Saw Chain Gauge 0.043" Saw Chain Gauge 0.050" Saw Chain Gauge 0.058" Saw Chain Gauge 0.063"
OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO™ Micro™ 3 (PM3) 1/4" PICCO Pitch - Part #3670 3/8" PICCO Pitch - Part #3636 -- --
OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO™ Micro™ Mini 3 (PMM3) 3/8" PICCO Pitch - Part #3610 -- -- --
OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO™ Super 3 (PS3) -- 3/8" PICCO Pitch - Part #3616 -- --
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Duro 3 (RD3) -- .325" Pitch - Part #3665 .325" Pitch - Part #3666 .325" Pitch - Part #3667
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Micro™ 3 (RM3) -- .325" Pitch - Part #3632
3/8" Pitch - Part #3662
.325" Pitch - Part #3633 .325" Pitch - Part #3634
3/8" Pitch - Part #3664
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Micro™ (RM) -- 1/4" Pitch - Part #3660
.325" Pitch - Part #3627
3/8" Pitch - Part #3650
.325" Pitch - Part #3628
3/8" Pitch - Part #3651
.325" Pitch - Part #3629
3/8" Pitch - Part #3652
Not Yet Rated
-- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3993 -- .404" Pitch - Part #3883
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super 3 (RS3) -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3624 -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3626
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super (RS) -- .325" Pitch - Part #3637
3/8" Pitch - Part #3623
.325" Pitch - Part #3638
3/8" Pitch - Part #3622
.325" Pitch - Part #3639
3/8" Pitch - Part #3621
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super Full Skip (RSF) -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3953 -- --
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super Klassic (RSK) -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3874 -- --
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super L Full Skip (RSLF) -- -- -- .404" Pitch - Part #3851
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super L Full Skip Klassic (RSLFK) -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3672 -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3673
Not Yet Rated
-- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3645 -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3646
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super L Klassic (RSLK) -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3640 -- 3/8" Pitch - Part #3641
Average rating for Saw Chain Reviews
(4.5 / 5)
39 Reviews
  1. 3 years ago
    stihl full skip tooth chain
    These are the best chain,s that I have,s very fast and don,t bog down in a cut I would highly recommend this chain
  2. 2 years ago
    chain is awesome
    The best chain I have ever used. it is very fast and lasts a long time between sharpening. Very good for the money but why do I have to tell you St IHL products sell themselves the best there is. Thanks St IHL for the great products.
  3. 1 year ago
    The chain cuts good
    I use it to cut dead oak trees it cuts the trunk by the ground faster then the other chains and cuts through the oak like a knife through butter. One chain usually dulls after cutting an oak into firewood but this stays sharp longer
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  1. 2 years ago
    Probably my favorite chain for my 026 Pro
    I swapped the .325 pitch chain on my 026 Pro to run 3/8 so that I was using the same chains as my larger saw. I love the 026 but it's right at the bottom of the power range to pull a 3/8, so the chain really makes a difference. I've used several different chains from Stihl & Oregon, and this one seems to work the best for me. As long as I'm not too impatient, it cuts well and sharpens easily. For reference, I'm NOT a tree professional. I typically drop & cut between 15-40 trees a year and file ... read more by hand with a standard file guide.
  2. 3 years ago
    Good all-purpose chain
    Great for frozen, dead and/or dirty oak. Has no problems on other types of wood though either, just excels when you're in hardwoods in my opinion. Takes a bigger bite than RM3(safety chain).
  3. 11 months ago
    terrific all purpose chain
    I bought this chain to replace the green safety chain that came with my Stihl 291 saw. It is the 26RM74 for use with my 18" bar. When I first used my saw with the safety chain it cut very well-just a bit slow. At the time we were cutting fallen oak. For comparison, I switched to this yellow RM chain and the difference was immediately apparent. The RM chain was much more aggressive. I'm still using the original bar, which is a Rollamatic E bar (green). The chain is easy to sharpen and ... read more maintain. I am not a lumberjack by any means but I usually cut with a friend who typically cuts 10 to 12 cords a year. He tried my saw with both of the chains and he also thought the difference was significant. In not so many words, he basically told me to throw the green chain away. Of course I will not. Instead, I keep the green chain as a spare. Stihl's website warns users that the yellow chains have a higher potential for kickback but I have had no such issues. Again, I'm still using the green safety bar so perhaps that is one of the reasons I've had no issues with kickback. That's about it. The RM chain works very well and is easy to sharpen. Wilkie
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  1. 1 year ago
    Plunge Cutting Plus
    Having multiple friends of mine in my life take out pieces of their faces from kickback made me want to go with the low-kickback chain. Being that my saw came with this chain, I cannot compare it to other chains however this chain will cut as fast as my saw wants to cut. Plunge cuts (bore cuts), I have read frequently that you cant do it with a safety chain. BULL. Well let me tell you, I can plunge right through without a problem. Maybe this chain is a little slower but keep it sharp and you will never notice.
  2. 3 years ago
    Great all-purpose chain!
    This chain came on my MS 271. It has been in use for about a year now cutting dirty, moss-covered, frozen, rotten wood and lots of firewood. The chain only requires an occasional hand filing and is back to throwing chips like new. After a year, the cutters are still about 95%. It should last a long time at this rate (and I bought 3 more spares!) Well worth the extra few dollars over the chain most other manufacturers use. It seems to be sharper right out of the box than other brands as well. ... read more Compare STIHL chain with other brands and you can see the extra effort put into making them.
  3. 2 years ago
    I can start it every time
    I am a 67 year old woman and cannot get my want to jobs done around our 27 acres. Got tired of please honey will you --- and got myself this lightweight easy start chainsaw. I love it and don't have to wait until he has time to do my jobs for me. Sometimes I have to go ask him if he is through with my chainsaw so I can use it. he loves it so much too.
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  1. 11 months ago
    Incredible performing chain
    Best chain for your money for cutting mixed hard and soft wood fast cut little to no chatter really holds a edge if you keep it out of the dirt
  2. 2 years ago
    Many moons ago, I bought a MS034. It is a 3.45 cu in saw. The dealer sold me an RM chain. Dealer said that there really wasn't my difference between the RM and the RS. I always cursed the saw as it barely cut. I had and old mac610 that out cut the Stihl saw. Eventually, I wore out the chain and brought an RS chain replacement. What a world of difference. You have to respect the dangerous nature of what you are working with. I always wear my chaps, eye and ear protection, and love my Stihl saws, ... read more with the proper chains. I also always machine sharpen my chains.
  3. 2 years ago
    Excellent Chain for Experienced Users
    I've been running RS chain on my old 041 for 20 years. It cuts extremely fast .It throws large chips, not sawdust like lesser chains. I would not recommend using it on saws less than 3 H.P. It's just too aggressive for lower power saws. Sharpening should be left to those who have the proper equipment and knowledge of square tooth, chisel chain. I've been selling and servicing Stihl products since 1987 and I recommend this chain to all my commercial customers..
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  1. 2 years ago
    i own five stihl chainsaws
    I have ran the safety chains and full comp chains. but as soon as I figure out that I could buy a chain that cut faster and sharpen faster because there less teeth to sharpen. I honestly don't think I would buy a stihl saw that you could not a skip chain. my oldest saw is ten or so years old a ms 310 and still has the orginal bar. I have ran other skip chains but the stihl chain run the coldest on the bar.
  2. 2 years ago
    Fast Cutting on Long Guide Bars
    Skip and square cutter chain from stihl is just flat out awesome. The RSF chain is perfect on long bars in hard wood. You really don't get any benefit on short bars. Full comp chain cuts much fast until you start using longer guide bars. I use this chain on the ms 362 with 25 inch guide all the time. Now if I was using a 20 inch guide bar I would stick with the RSC chain. When using a longer bar saw dust and dirt get trapped in the chain. When that happens the chain can not discharge it fast ... read more enough. Skip chain does a much better job in these situations. Also since there is about 33% less cutters it does allow the engine rpms to stay much higher. Which in turn does make it faster cutting with longer bars. Not to mention it takes less time to touch it up when your out in the woods or in the field working.
  3. 12 months ago
    awesome chain for soft wood
    I love stihl products have owned them since I was 15 I use them pretty much everyday. I love this chain it cuts softwood realm good and it dosnt clog I reccomend this product to anyone who cuts softwood.
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