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MS 461

A well-balanced, professional chainsaw that is fuel efficient and low maintenance.

MS 461
MS 461 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 119.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power to weight saw. This saw fills its size perfectly.Great power, 20 to 32 inch bars and easy weight to handle.I put the wide cover and big spikes on mine with standard handle.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap on as gas with loads of power This saw runs awesome, cuts smoothly and has loads of power. Cheap on gas a bonus too.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Deal, Not for Kids Put my 361 20" on a 30" black birch and it slowly made it through, but when the smoke started had to call time out. Price tag (as usual) was a gasp, but when I got back with the 461 28" and laid into it, my neighbor was the one gasping as I cut a 20 footer into stove length in under ten minutes. Read the other reviews, if you are used to a homeowner level saw this baby will have some surprises for you but wear your chaps and it's all good
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great p/w ratio. This saw made short work of a 16" base red oak. My 50cc saws could have done it but nowhere near as quick as this saw. A little hard to start the first time out but after a few start/stop cycles fired right up first couple of pulls. If you need a saw that turns big jobs into little jobs look no further, buy this saw!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from another stihl i should not have bought I needed a 36" saw for hurricane cleanup in south Florida. the only thing available the day after the storm was a MS461. I had to purchase the saw with a 25" bar and chain, and then buy the 36" bar and chain separate. I installed 36, ran it for a minute, then tightened the chain. The next day on the job it needed to make four cuts, that's all. It took us 20 minutes to get it started, same as the last handful of stihl's I bought and threw away the first day. It cut great and had a lot more power than I expected. The next job it had to make five cuts. Of course the chain came off after two cuts and took forever to restart. The next job was a repeat, hard to start and chain comes off. These big saws need a manual oiler. This is the last stihl I will ever buy.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Enough for 100 Year Old Red Oak I had a large Red Oak tree fall, and I figured the cost of getting it cut and hauled off would be roughly the cost of this saw, so I bought one with a 20" and 28" bar and chain. Next year had another Red Oak 108 years old fall. The 28" cut very well. Both trees cut up, and now I am cutting up two large Pecan trees. I had an issue with the saw starting initially, so I changed the spark plug out and problem solved. I've had to replace both the oil and gas caps--not what you'd expect on a saw just a few years old--but they are not expensive. I sharpen the saw myself, and some wood dulls the chain worse than others. Oak is much worse than Pecan or Pine. Also, cutting large vines will tend to stretch the chain more.Anyone who has been around saws knows that a hard-to-start saw is very frustrating. I am over 60, and I've known a few. MS 461 Starting is a breeze. I put the lever to FULL (cold start)choke, pull a few times until the saw almost starts, then switch over to RUN. The decompression valve helps starting also. My saw weighs 20lbs with fuel and the 20" bar, and with the normal reaching, the lower back gets a workout. I am planning on getting a smaller, lighter weight Stihl saw for cutting limbs and smaller trees. It is a good practice too having an extra saw in case your saw gets in a bind and the blade is stuck. I use this saw as needed on limbs and large trees. It performs very well.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this saw I've been cutting trees sense the 1980.My first STIHL was a MS310 and I like most of the StIHL equipment .I own the MS661 all the way down to MS150T. Pro saws are the way to go in my book. I traded in my MS460 for a lighter, smaller and faster MS362CM and love this for an all around finishing saw. But… I miss my MS460 and I'm going to buy another one soon. The MS460 fits in with the MS661CM for those old oak trees and stumps removal jobs. The home owners like the big boys playing in the front and back yards. They feel better about the price I charge when clean professional equipment is used. It's a way to tell the neighbors I'm not cheap.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth sailing Been using a 290 with 20"bar. Had to cut 25 " oak. Bought 461 with 25"bar. Butter, butter ,butter, no I'm in love with it. Only problem was the little white plastic blade rider ,under cover falls off.
Date published: 2017-11-24
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