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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America.* We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. 2 months ago
    Makes quick work of my tasks
    I bought this a month ago and recently was able to take it to the family land to begin clearing out a campsite for my son and I. It made quick work of the trees up to 3" diameter, both felling and chopping them up to firewood size. After the first tank of gas (provided by my Stihl dealer) I did have to adjust the new chain. The included tool and instructions made this an easy task as well. Just need to pick up some more chain oil and will be back in the woods this weekend to finish up.
  2. 8 months ago
    The chainsaw works fine
    Just bought the ms170 a few weeks ago and the staff demonstrated how to start the saw. When I got home I used the saw for about an hour, off and on intermittently and it ran and restarted well. Two days later I filled the fuel tank with Stijl premixed gas and oil (50:1). I can’t get the saw to start again. I will be removing the spark plug and checking to see if it’s fouled, if not I’ll be taking the saw back for a refund or replacement!!
  3. 4 weeks ago
    Tough little saw
    I've owned this saw for 2 years. I've cut stuff as large as 21" in diameter with it and it does fine, as long as the chain is sharp. Initially I'd take the chain to my local Ace for sharpening, but after I noticed blueing on it (a sign of over-heating from grinding), I replaced it and bought a Stihl 2-in-1 file guide and started doing it myself. I believe the saw cuts better now; I'm certainly inclined to sharpen it more often because it's so easy. I added a side chain tensioner and metal ... read more bumper spikes to it, both genuine Stihl parts. To sum it up, this has been a great saw. It starts easy, runs well and cuts good. For the money, I think it's a great deal on a chainsaw.
  1. 5 years ago
    This chain is one of the greatest investments I have bought for my company. However, this chain IS NOT for beginners. This chain cuts so fast. No pressure is needed for the saw. The weight of the bar and chain do the cutting. I wont buy another chain unless it's this one.
  2. 6 years ago
    Works great on the MS270
    I've run this particular chain on several of my larger saws in the past, and recently I slapped this chain onto my MS270, and it works incredibly well. I don't even push into cuts with this chain - just put it on top of the wood, and squeeze the throttle - it chews right through everything I've tried it on, including red oak and silver maple of about 12-14" diameter, and I can sharpen it with a regular round file when in the field. VERY fast, aggressive cutting saw chain.
  3. 2 years ago
    BEST Choice for Multi-Purpose Use!
    I've used this chain for years & came back to it when I recently purchased an MS-362 C-M with a 20" Rollomatic ES Light bar. I would call it my preferred choice when trimming limbs on large trees, cutting lengths of firewood, or in other applications where RSF (skip-tooth) is not desirable. Let your teenager cut his teeth with this prior to packing him out with RSF chain! I may resort back to this chain on my MS-661 R-CM with a 32" Rollomatic ES Light bar when Mother Nature says my aging ... read more frame has had enough! This chain is the easiest to dress & maintain.
  1. 1 year ago
    Exceptional Saw on Every Front
    Equipped with a 20" bar, this saw is definitely not for the inexperienced user - tons of power and extremely handy for its size. It's been exceptionally reliable. I have never had an issue with cold or warm starts - it always does exactly what I ask of it... extremely well. I've tried it with up to a 28" bar - never an issue with power. I prefer the shorter bar for maneuverability.
  2. 5 years ago
    A great replacement for the MS660
    This saw lives up to everything I expected it to be and more. Being next to the biggest saw Stihl makes,it's heavy and powerful. I've owned 2 MS660's and ran them extensively. The new MS661 has them beat. Uses less gas, has less vibration, starts easier, power delivery is more consistent, an overall pleasure to run. As long as it continues to perform this good I have no regrets about my purchase. Also, a shout out to my Stihl dealer. Brown's Supply in Acme Pa. Great guys to do business with.
  3. 5 years ago
    Out cuts My MS660
    I own 4 Stihl pro saws, MS362 Arctic, MS461R full wrap MS660R full wrap and now this MS661R full wrap. I cut dead seasoned locust almost exclusively and the saws all eat it up very fast. My 660 has a dual port muffler and is tuned to run but it seems this saw may have it beat, I was skeptical about the M Tronic as this is my first saw with it. Judging by the performance and easy starting I will own more. My MS362 was the last non M tronic saw they had and now I wished I'd have waited and bought ... read more one with it. Time will tell over the long term but I am very happy with the saw so far and it only has one tank thru it, its definitely going to gain power as it breaks in.
  1. 2 years ago
    Perfect chain
    Have used this chain for many years. My only complaint is sharpening but it's not bad if the dealer has the proper tools . I am looking to purchase my own sharpening equipment. I loaned the chain to company I work for and I had used it for several hours since was sharpened and it lasted them a month to where they were sharpening every few minutes with their chain. I filed my drags for a little more aggressive cut. Would recommend highly for anyone. I have felled trees,cut firewood,cut dirty and ... read more abrasive things with steel rods and only time I lost teeth was when someone hit the metal rods.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great for railroad ties
    I haven't had a chance to use this chain long-term yet so I can't comment on its long term durability. However, I can state that it works great in dirty wood, roots, and with used railroad ties as well. I cut a few dozen used rail ties (very soaked with tar, and with sand/gravel embedded) with a 461 using this chain and it never slowed down. It cut nice big chips and didn't gum up with the tar in the ties. I was expecting to see some wear on the chain and possibly have to stop to touch up the ... read more chain with a diamond file (or even swap to a spare chain I had on hand just in case) but that wasn't necessary. This chain cut the 50th tie just as easily as the 1st. I've also used it in some old fallen trees with a lot of sand in the bark, as well as clearing out an old half-rotten stump that was similarly loaded with sand and other debris and I am very impressed so far. I haven't had to touch it up yet, and the spare chain is still in its box.
  3. 2 years ago
    To everyone, please understand this product. The carbide tipped are soldered on to the steel chain. The solder becomes brittle at low temperatures. Problems can be averted by simply warming the saw and chain up prior to use and keeping it at the proper operating temperature. As to the subject of hitting nails and hard objects, it goes without saying that only the products listed in the "rescue products" sections are rated for that kind of abuse. The tips on those are actually welded and not ... read more soldered. Just remember the old saying of "the weakest link".
  1. 1 year ago
    Good little saw for light tree work.
    This saw has good power for a small package. The saw is light and easy to handle. Saw has the start assist so starting is a breeze. Also has the new chain tensioner that requires no tools, which is very nice. Have not had the saw long enough to know how dependable this feature will be but other Stihl products I have purchased have been extremely reliable. Price was right making this a very good bargain for the homeowner.
  2. 3 years ago
    The saw is lite easy start runs good the dealer was nice gave me a free chain with saw free tank of gas and chain oil I love the saw. I used to buy poulan saws and have to buy a new one every year they only last after one winter
  3. 3 years ago
    good power
    I have been using professional saws for nearly 20 years. This little saw has a good amount of power for its size. Its a small saw but I have a 360 Pro and a Stihl 660 that can do the big work. I like the light weight And it cuts well. I am not personally a fan of the soft start though it works fine. It feels like an option for something to break and I just have to get used to it. It does start right up. It is quite nice for starting a saw while in a tree. Overall a good buy.
  1. 3 years ago
    Excellent chain for 25 inch bar
    I run this chain on a 362... I use it to mainly cut oak. It does a great job as long as you keep it filed during fuel stops. (As with ALL chains). I won't go back to another chain I got almost a whole season of firewood cutting out of it.
  2. 6 years ago
    i own five stihl chainsaws
    I have ran the safety chains and full comp chains. but as soon as I figure out that I could buy a chain that cut faster and sharpen faster because there less teeth to sharpen. I honestly don't think I would buy a stihl saw that you could not a skip chain. my oldest saw is ten or so years old a ms 310 and still has the orginal bar. I have ran other skip chains but the stihl chain run the coldest on the bar.
  3. 6 years ago
    Fast Cutting on Long Guide Bars
    Skip and square cutter chain from stihl is just flat out awesome. The RSF chain is perfect on long bars in hard wood. You really don't get any benefit on short bars. Full comp chain cuts much fast until you start using longer guide bars. I use this chain on the ms 362 with 25 inch guide all the time. Now if I was using a 20 inch guide bar I would stick with the RSC chain. When using a longer bar saw dust and dirt get trapped in the chain. When that happens the chain can not discharge it fast ... read more enough. Skip chain does a much better job in these situations. Also since there is about 33% less cutters it does allow the engine rpms to stay much higher. Which in turn does make it faster cutting with longer bars. Not to mention it takes less time to touch it up when your out in the woods or in the field working.
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