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MS 261

This chainsaw offers an optimized power-to-weight ratio, great fuel efficiency and convenience features.

MS 261
Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 49reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thumbs up to the MS261C Owning a small excavating company We frequently use saws. I purchased the 261c and put a 3/8th sprocket and 20" bar on it. The saw has just enough power to handle the set up on bigger cuts. Let the weight of the saw carry it through the cut and it cuts like butter. This saw has great power to weight ratio and runs strong all day. I recommend this saw to the homeowners that have an occasional need for a saw to the professionals who cut every day. August 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent saw Great firewood saw for a homeowner great power to weight ratio pulls a 20" bar with .325 pitch chain with ease rs stihl chain .063 gauge thank you for a great product July 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Too heavy for me! I have been using the MS261 for months now. I wll still grab my ms250 instead of it because it is lighter and can do everything the 261 does. Buying another ms250 for another saw would have done the job just as well. With the 18" bar, it is too clumbersome for brushing and limbing. I don't see much if any more power than with the 250 March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by more power then the ms260/great all around midsize saw more power then my ms260, has vibration mounts, stainless muffler, new bar nut design.. works best for me on red oak with 16inch bar, .325 full chisel chain. no bogging out while cutting red oak. tried 16inch bar with 3/8 full chisel chain, 60 drive links, saw would bog while cutting. recommend .325 chain for hardwood for this saw. and 3/8 chain for softwood. that's just me. I also have a ms361 for bigger wood.(awesome). I also have a new ms250. nice light saw. spend the extra money and get the ms260. I started out with a 028 super in 1986. still have it. runs like new. I use 92 octane gas with stihl full synthetic oil, 40/1 mix for extra lubrication. no problem fowling plugs. new gas every 30 days. take care of saw , will last a life time. b.t. from the backwoods of maine February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I'd never buy any others I really like it a lot. I have three new saws all Stihl. All great ones.... February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The MS261 does everything well. Captive clutch cover nuts make life easier in the field. Air filtration top notch; air filter keeps clean much longer. Excellent power. Starts reliably, even at 10º F. Notably cleaner exhaust compared to non-strato saws. Good torque; easy to control in the cut. February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this chainsaw I have had this chainsaw about a year now and use it in summer and winter and it has always performed great, with reliable starting and solid power. I also own a Stihl 026 Pro, which still runs fine, but I like the new features of the MS 261, especially the low emissions, fuel efficiency, and the captive bar nuts (kept losing my old ones in the leaves). The MS 261 has a tad more power than the 026 Pro, but comes with a tad more weight, which (not getting any younger) I do notice. January 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor Design - Greatly Disappointed This is my 3rd Stihl chainsaw in 23 years - i accidentally ran over the first two 026 models with my bush hog. My first 2 saws started first time, every time. Reliable, dependable and easy to start. This new MS 261 with the decompression valve, however, is a great disappointment. I have attempted to use the saw six times and have been able to start it just once. The owner's manual is useless and appears to have been written by attorneys as there are more warnings than there are instructions on how to simply start the chainsaw. The procedure must be performed so exact that the slightest variance will result in the engine fouling. I found numerous videos on the Internet on how to start the saw, with comments from numerous others experiencing the same difficulty. A common power tool like this should be simple and intuitive for anyone to start and use. I have been able to start my other Stihl saws for 23 years, every single time. The problem with this saw is it's poor design. January 3, 2014
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