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STIHL MS 261 Chain Saw Redesigned for Optimal Performance

Improved power-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency and convenience features

Release Date: 8/30/2016

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Lindsy Shrewsberry
(757) 486-9286

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STIHL Incorporated
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MS 261


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Designed as a mid-range professional saw, the STIHL MS 261 model range features low exhaust emissions, fuel efficiency and durability. A redesigned cylinder and slimmer, ergonomic engine housing reduces weight thus delivering a great power-to-weight ratio, while its pre-separation air filtration system boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, resulting in less frequent cleaning.

“We’ve made a great chain saw even better and STIHL now offers three model options the STIHL MS 261, STIHL MS 261 C-M with STIHL M-Tronic™ or STIHL MS 261 C-MQ with STIHL M-Tronic and STIHL Quickstop® Plus  for professionals to choose the best model for the job,” said Kent Hall, senior product manager at STIHL Inc.

Optimized for Performance
The redesigned model range also includes upgraded performance features including:

  • Slimmer sprocket cover, reducing wood chip clogging so professionals can spend more time on the job and less time clearing the cover.
  • Redesigned bumper spikes with fewer teeth, spaced wider apart for optimized wood traction when bucking and felling.
Easy to Use, Convenient to Maintain
STIHL MS 261 chain saws are designed with customer convenience in mind, coming equipped with:
  • Anti-vibration system to help users stay comfortable during extended use.
  • Pre-separation air filtration system boosting the engine’s filter system efficiency, resulting in less frequent cleaning.
  • Toolless fuel and oil filler caps simplify the refilling of fuel and oil.
  • Translucent fuel tank, making it easy to tell when it’s time to refill.

Options for Maximum Performance 
Users can maximize their performance by selecting either the STIHL MS 261 C-M equipped with STIHL M-Tronic™ or the STIHL MS 261 C-MQ with STIHL M-Tronic and STIHL Quickstop® Plus.

  • STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system includes an onboard microprocessor that digitally monitors and automatically compensates for changes in work conditions, including elevation, fuel quality, octane levels and dirty air filters. The end result is maximum performance across a wide range of cutting conditions without making any manual adjustments.
  • STIHL Quickstop® Plus chain-braking system is designed to stop the chain in less than one second when the user completely releases the rear handle.

MSRP starting at $599.95: 

  • STIHL MS 261: $599.95
  • STIHL MS 261 C-M: $599.95
  • STIHL MS 261 C-MQ: $719.95

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About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not big box stores. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit or text your zip code to 78445. 

*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2015 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL is pleased to support the work of
Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, National Association of Landscape Professionals, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the National Association of State Park Directors and the North American Retail Hardware Association.

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MS 261 Specifications - Professional Use
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.0kW (4.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 270 cc (9.13 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 008 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.