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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 37reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 Get What you Pay For I was looking very seriously at the 311 for use around my property and had thought about the 261 but didn't know if the added cost was really justified since the bar is already pretty high for the Farm and Ranch saws. While I don't run a saw every day, I do need it frequently enough to warrant buying a good one that I can trust. While at my dealer he showed me the pro features that set their pro saws apart from the rest. This, with the great power-to-weight ratio of the 261, was enough to convince me to spend the extra coin for the 261. On 1st use it became abundantly clear that this was a very wise choice. Some have suggested that it's a bit small to pull a 20" bar, but this has not been my experience at all as it plows through red oak and maple with no problem. I've only got 2 tanks of gas through it thus far but I can already say without reservation that this is one of the best tool buying decisions I've ever made. Starts up easily, and with the M-tronic system in play I can't see how anyone could possibly flood it. March 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice All Around Say I have had this saw for a few months now and I am impressed with its ease of starting compared to some other Stihl saws I have owned. The Mtronics is great. I had the 261 and let my dad have it because he needed a replacement. I really enjoyed that saw so I replaced it with the 261 C-M. The performance difference with the M tronic is night and day. I have a reagular 441 and now am thinking to upgrade to the M tronic version of that or possibly the 661 C-M. I am sold on the M tronic. This saw is light enough for being an all around saw if you are not looking for to big of a cut. I have a 18 inch bar on this and it is a fast cutter. March 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My favorite saw. This saw is great. I've been using this to clear fields of honey locust, hickory and cedar 8 hours a day since purchase and it is a joy to use. This is the perfect size saw for around the farm. Can easily fell 16" trees all day. Has no lack of power and is really easy on the hands. My only critique is that the oiler is stingy at factory setting. Using the default "E" setting just doesn't oil the bar enough and the chain tends to get really hot and dry. For me, setting the oiler to just below maximum solved the issue and I haven't had trouble since.This is by far the best saw I've ever owned. The M-Tronic was the key selling point for me. You can hear the computer calculating mix right on start-up which I think is cool as can be The saw just never dies at idle regardless of temp. I was surprised at how simple and elegant the m-tronic system's design is. It is basically 3 wires and 2 sensors with a solenoid in the carb connected to a simple ECM that is powered via the magneto. So cool! March 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Things have changed.... I am an avid Stihl user! I use Stihl products professionally for park and forestry work. However, I was extremely disappointed with this saw! After my new crew pored straight gas in my MS260 pros last year, I needed a replacement. With MS260's being discontinued, I settled for two MS261c's. They have both been a pain since day one. First of all, they run really hot and have since their first major use. All the metal on the both saws have this iridescent sheen to it from heat. Even the little rubber piece the sprocket sits on melted. Second, the saw has problems starting. I'm used to this from older saws, but brand new saw, no. The saws generally start up just fine the first pull and run well; however, once the saw is shut off it is really difficult to start again. It floods quickly too. Really inconvenient when you run a saw all day. Other in my industry has purchased this saw and had the same complaints. I love Stihl, but not sure whats going on with this saw! February 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent saw, very light and powerful very versatile saw for anyone needing a a saw to several things from felling 20 inch trees to limbing trees. I highly recommend this saw with its adjustable oiler for the chainsaw and many other pro features. You regret this purchase!!! February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by All-around strong performer Purchased in the fall, and I've taken down about 25 trees, ranging in diameter from 6 to 18 inches, with it now. Starts easy, runs strong and doesn't stall. Seems to be getting stronger with more use. I spent more than hoped to get this saw but am glad I did, as I expect it to last a long time. Great tool! February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Strong compact and fuel efficient! I have borrowed many saws before purchasing my own and many other brands sold in the box stores do not come close to the reliability the ms261 cm has. I find the anti vibration system on this saw helps me from becoming fatigued and I no longer have issues with my hands going numb from use at the end of the day. February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfection? I have owned several Stihl chainsaws over the years from an 0-26, MS250, MS260, MS-261. The features and performance of my current MS260, make it as close to the perfect saw as I have ever come across. The weight to power ratio is better than any saw I have ever owned. In the four years that I have owned this saw it has been extremely reliable. Cutting approximately, nine or ten cords a year for my home heating purposes. The only part I have ever had to replace has been the chain! The air cleaner design is excellent! The anti-vibration feature is superb! I enjoy cutting with this saw so much, that I hope I never have to replace it.If you are going to own ONE saw, that you need to be able to do all of your cutting tasks....Then look no further, because you will not find a more capable and versatile saw than the MS-261....It is a winner! January 20, 2015