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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 27reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Another Great Stihl Have had several Stihl models, 025s, 028s and was presented this one as a retirement gift. I LOVE my 025's(had 2) and thought I might never use the 261 but after I tried it out, WHAM, what's not to love about it ? It doesn't feel heavier but you can sure feel the power difference. The easy start is awesome as I'm not getting any younger/stronger. It cuts through the biggest and hardest timber and seems effortless...its now my "go-to saw", often leaving the 025/028s at home; I'd take one saw for felling/bucking and one just for limbing, not anymore the 261 is powerful enough - yet light enough to do both. Awesome choice for any person who chooses to heat with wood. October 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really excellent, smooth, powerful saw! Bought a MS 261 C-M, with 20" bar and full-chisel chain, a few weeks ago and have been using it to fell and buck (cut up) quite a few trees on our property. Most of the trees have been in the 18" to 24" category with some larger and some smaller. All are oak or hickory and about a third of them died a year or so ago from a bad drought we had. So this is some pretty tough cutting. This saw is a hoss! It has made quick work of these trees, cutting them down to firewood lengths.I'm impressed with the power-to-weight ratio of this saw. This is important to me since I'm nearly 60 y/o, so the weight of a saw concerns me more than it used to. I really like the compression release for ease of starting. Didn't think I would want it or use it, but once I did a couple of times, I'm glad I've got it, especially since I had shoulder surgery few years ago. That compression release makes this powerful saw easy to start.A couple of other things I like about this saw are 1) how smooth and effective the anti-vibration system works, and 2) how well balanced and ergonomically efficient the design of the saw is. I have another saw (not Stihl) that is more powerful than this one, but after a half a day of running it, I'm worn out. After 4 or 5 hours of running this MS 261, I even feel better than I did running one of my smaller, less powerful saws (also not Stihl).Also, since I've been cutting both dry and green wood, it's nice being able to easily turn the chain oiler up for the dry wood and down for the green wood.My only problem with this saw is that I wish I had bought one much earlier. October 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light to work with I have used Stihl chain saws for decades.. From the old 090 and 64 models of the 70's and the 460 and 260 pro series of late.. I like this ms261.. It is light and starts first pull EVERY time…. August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around chain saw Had a ms 250 but needed something with a little more power . The ms 261cm is lightweight and has the extra power I was looking for . The decompression valve makes starting very easy . August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Great Saw With Plenty of Power After 38 years it was time to replace my faithful 1976 041 Farm Boss. After many questions, I settled on the MS 261 CM. It has a smaller engine than my old 041 but the lighter weight was an attractive feature (14.5 lbs vs. 17.5 lbs with 16" bars). The first task was to cut up the 23" diameter white oak trunk sections (left by the tree service) into stove lengths. The MS 261 CM did fine using about half throttle. I noticed the absence of vibration (and fatigue). Cutting was reasonable fast and more enjoyable. I appreciated the lower fuel consumption and the pre-stretched chain required minimal adjustments despite the heavy cutting of those oak trunk sections. The engine started, idled and ran beautifully with no adjustments required! Now, with about 6 hours on the saw, the engine is running stronger even with less throttle. This saw has more than enough power. It is a worthy successor to my old 041! August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cuts and handles like a dream. For the homeowner who wants more power to weight then the prosumer saws with the legendary Stihl durability and reliability, the 261 is the way to go. July 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by A hard starter Great saw, awesome power, Some good features. My only complaint is it is a hard starter. Can take 10 or more pulls to get it to start.. It would be nice to have a prime pump. something to get fuel to the carburetor. With the funny controls on the "start" control you never know where you are too much fuel or not enough. . July 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Power & RPM for it's size Decompression button saves your shoulder while starting. Honestly, this is NOT anything like my little "EasyStart" MS180 BC-E to get started, but the decompression button really does help out by reducing pulling effort during start-ups. Saw runs and runs... until fuel runs out. This unit will flat out cut some wood! Try installing the carbide chain on 20 inch bar as that combo works very well. I always use the Stihl silver 2-stroke mix (each bottle makes a gallon). June 2, 2014