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When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust the unique features that make STIHL the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America**. And at STIHL, we have a particular fondness for our professional category chainsaws. It’s where we built our reputation in the first place. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, Q = an additional chain braking system, R = wrap handle, and M = STIHL M-Tronic™.

Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chainsaw in 1926 and our first gasoline-powered saw in 1929. And not unlike the early automobiles of the Roaring 20’s, our chainsaws’ essential components – engine, bar and chain – remain familiar, though very much advanced, elements of our original chainsaw. Today, STIHL continues to put a high value on engineering and performance, we remain the only gasoline-powered chainsaw company that designs and manufactures its own guide bars and saw chain to ensure optimal performance in the field.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

** "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2016 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2017 STIHL


*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

 

  1. 3 months ago
    Excellent power and balance
    Bought this saw to replace an aging 55cc saw from another manufacturer, and wow, what a difference. Ease of starting was the first bonus of the new saw, it is easy to start cold and easy to restart when warm/hot. The power is amazing and the saw is well balanced.
  2. 3 months ago
    Worth every penny!
    I have owned many saws over the years, primarily for cutting my own firewood, some I have liked and others were just ok. This is the first saw that I have had that I am excited to get it out of the case as I know it is up the to task. It starts easy and cuts easy without working me.
  3. 5 months ago
    A really good saw.
    This is definitely a great saw. It starts easy every time. It has some weight to it but nothing inconvenient or uncomfortable. You can tell from the feel it's a pro saw. As great as this saw is I can't help but think at times it's a little under powered. I'm cutting red oak and most of the time it cuts like a hot knife through butter, but out will bog down if you get a little to aggressive with it. It's a fine line between out running like a beast and and wanting to fall on it's face. And yes ... read more that's with a freshly sharpened chain. All in all I wouldn't hesitate to buy this saw again or recommend out to someone else.
  1. 2 months ago
    Best saw i own
    I just bought this saw right before Christmas. I love it!!! It has the more power than i expected and its a lot lighter then my 064. The 064 is a beast but the 661 has it beat hands down. This is my go to saw now for all my cutting. I have a 024, 029, 064 and now the 661 and i have used all my saws hard and they hold up great.
  2. 2 months ago
    this saw is a beast
    this saw can really pack a punch it moves like a hot knife though butter
  3. 8 months ago
    Great saw
    I use my MS 661 with my Alaska chainsaw mill to turn timber into lumber on my remote property in Alaska. I make everything from 16' beams to wall studs and planks as thin as 3/4" thick. I use a 20" bar and ripping chain, man does this baby cut! Very fuel efficient and easy to handle. I have been using Sthyl products for over 30 years and have never been let down.
  1. 3 years ago
    more power while using less fuel, what more can you ask for?
    Bought the 261 to augment my old husky 55. The 261 with a 20" bar out performs the larger 55 with a 16" bar. And goes longer on a tank of fuel while doing it. Only cut 3 trees with it so far. 36" to44" red oaks. Saws through the big wood with authority where the husky struggled some, even with the shorter bar. If you need a "real" saw and not a plastic throw away, this is a great choice for general firewood and fallen tree chores. I hear the "m" version that tunes itself is even nicer.
  2. 1 month ago
    My absolute favorite saw!
    I bought my MS261 a few years ago from Hillside Small Engine in Lehighton. The very freindly and highly knowledgeable owner strongly recommended this model. My father has a small armada of about 10 saws and every time I borrowed one I kept going back to his MS260. After a few years , I have cut quite a bit of wood and this thing just rips right through it no matter what species. Very powerful, not too heavy and it really stretches a tank a gas. Spend the extra money and get it, you'll have a ... read more great saw for a long time.
  3. 3 years ago
    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.
  1. 2 years ago
    6 Stihl saws
    Needed a 60cc saw to supplement my 25y.o. 028 Super. My 362 R C-M is FANTASTIC ! Easy starting, Great power & balance, I heat with wood & cut approx. 30 cords annually. I also use my saws for disaster cleanup. If every product that we purchased was as rugged, well made & long lasting as these Stihl saws, we would all be wealthier!
  2. 1 year ago
    Great saw for the right tasks!
    When you're looking at all the saws Stihl offers, be very sure you're getting the right one for you. Go talk to your dealer and see what they recommend. I personally use the 362 for a variety of projects. I'm a resource conservation and fire sciences student at the University of Montana which means the saw it seeing a ton of varied use. Ranging from thinning projects, active fire use, bucking blocks for our timbersports team and even using the saw for competitions occasionally. This is a great ... read more mid size saw, I regularly use larger Stihl saws on thinning projects and at work but I come back to this saw regularly and always bring it with me!
  3. 4 years ago
    This is a great product!
    The 362 is one rugged saw! It is easy to handle, feels light yet delivers power! Ive use mine a great deal and it never fails!!!!
  1. 1 month ago
    STIHL Pride
    This saw is full of power but then again it's STIHL the only saws/brand I will ever buy period! Very easy to maintain clean and identify components I bought it with a 28 and just been very happy and satisfied I purchased this saw. Saw has very bogged down I even cut though a 46 inch locust log and still didn't hesitate at all , love this saw so full of power.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    460 magnum
    I bought a 460 magnum used, cut a hundred cord of wood never failed as far as I'm concerned best saw I ever had ,some body broke into my sheds stole all my stihl saws.i had three my wife bought me my first stihl 026 ive had one ever since until now I would recommend stihl to everybody, you want a good piece of equipment buy a stihl, but keep them hid
  3. 3 months ago
    King of the Wilderness
    I bought this saw a year ago and almost wet myself when I first fired it up. It roars. It turns out this is far more saw then I need, but when I feel I need it, it steps up and gets it done. The only time this saw slowed down a little was when it was fully buried in a 40" fir with my 32" bar and chain attached. That was a big tree. Usually this is fitted with the 25" bar and I have yet to see it slow even a little, no matter what I ask of it. Fires up second pull and runs strong till the tank empties.
  1. 1 year ago
    Power to weight ratio nuff said
    Was looking for a light pro saw for limbing and cutting brush. Have a ms 362 and though I love it, it is better for bucking the main trunk. I wanted something nimble to dismantle the canopy on th ground. Was looking at the ms 201 rear handle. At a 150 dollars cheaper, a pound heavier, and a lot more horsepower the ms 241 won my choice. The mtronic is nice and starting is a breeze.
  2. 4 months ago
    Great saw
    Just took my new saw out today for first time .I was really pleased with this saw.The power to weight ratio is great.Saw starts easily. Cuts through red oak like a knife through hot butter. I am very happy that I can buy a quality product like this and keep my fellow Virginians working
  3. 4 days ago
    Top saw in its class
    After testing all of the professional saws in the 40cc range, I found this to be the overall best one currently available in North America. The M-Tronic carburetor adjusts perfectly when using the saw at sea level or high altitude, saving the time and trouble of having to manually adjust it at different altitudes. Additionally, this saw is light, maneuverable, and cuts great with plenty of power. The MS 241 would be the perfect saw for homeowners and occasional users for all the above reasons, ... read more and of course having a STIHL dealer vs. buying some inferior product at one of the big box stores--with no meaningful product support or service. Even though Stihl will never get me away from my 372XP, they've created a slam dunk winner of a saw with the MS 241 C-M. nice job STIHL!
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