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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 67reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buy the Best I needed a bigger chainsaw for lots of hardwood trees we had cut down as well as trimmed.The tree service guy recommended this saw so I bought one.This thing is a monster and cuts like butter.Makes my job easier and I don't mind cutting all the logs we have now.If you can afford this, buy it.Anything less just makes your job harder. April 25, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Problem starting. After the very first cut, saw would not start. Returned saw to dealer that afternoon and salesman could not start it. Left it overnight for the mechanic. It started the next day after a few pulls. Took it home and again the saw would not start after one cut. Returned saw to mechanic. He said he would call Stihl Support. They told him to calibrate the carburetor and the "module" and if it happens again for him to replace the "module". Took saw home again and it appears to be working better. Not sure for how long. Great experience with other Stihl products in the past. Not going to give up on them just yet. April 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Little Beast Really a great saw. It has handled everything I have thrown at it so far. Would buy a again. Great buy. April 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light weight saw with plenty of guts! Easy to start, great weight to power ratio with easy to start features. Not a young guy but can work with this saw all day without getting over tired. The de-compression feature makes starting less of a chore. April 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best chain saw I ever used or owned. Love using this saw. I love cutting firewood again. I heat with wood so I cut 5-10 cord a year and this saw has had no problems cutting anything in the 13 months I've owned it and no problems of any kind. I have a 16" & 20" bar for it which makes it very versatile. I spent 2 months looking and comparing saws and settled on this saw based on features, and power to weight ratio and have not been disappointed. It usually starts on the 3rd pull when cold and 1st pull when warm. Hard for me to believe any of the negative comments I've read here, have not seen any of those issues.Best chain saw I've ever used or owned. March 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome saw First time stihl owner, been cutting firewood for 25 years on a 7 acre woodlot.Extremely impressed with quality, light weight and power.Cutting 16-18 inch dry ash and hickory with the 18 inch bar, saw never bogged down and ran through first 4 tanks full of gas flawlessly.Starts effortlessly everytime.Great saw, should have never waited so long to buy one. March 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent saw! I'm 55. Been using saws since age 12. Moderate to heavy use on a 3 acre wooded lot. I've owned most, if not all, major brands in the last 30+ years. This is the best saw I've ever owned. Starts easily. Powerful. Holds a chain adjustment. Good on fuel. Easy to maintain. I plan on keeping my other Stihl (251) so my neighbors can borrow it instead of my 261! March 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw from a great name I live at 10,000 feet on a mountain. I use wood as my primary heat source, so needless to say I use a lot of firewood. I had been using cheaper saws of varying brands, but found that I spent more time getting them to work than working. When I looked into getting a professional saw I referred to my father who was a commercial logger in the Pacific Northwest for years and swore by Stihl. I purchased the 261c-m because I cut wood from all elevations from 4500-11000 feet and hate the hassle of adjusting carbs. This saw is amazing from cutting anything from 10" aspen all the way up to two 75' spruce that blew down in a friends driveway last weekend, which were both 30" in diameter. I've found that the RM3 chain on a 20" bar isn't the best setup, but just changed to the regular RM chain for the 20" bar or the RM or RS for my 18". I've cut down, limbed, bucked over 20 cords of wood in the year I've had this saw, never once has it failed to start or run as expected in temperatures from 100 in the summer to 30 below in the winter when I had a tree blow down across my drive. Great product, great accessories Stihl! You'd have made my late father proud. March 2, 2016
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