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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. That is why we custom design and manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures optimal chainsaw 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. 4 months ago
    My Go-To
    Day in and day out, this saw performs. With the stock powerhead, I can run 16" or 25" like a breeze. If you know how to tune a carb, there is no problem, even with the M factor, (computer). This is a great cutting saw! I run a full crew with a HT 101, 201 TC, 362 C, and a 661 Mag. Since I bought the new saws, (still have the old ones as back up,) I've never needed anything else. My go-to is the 362. This thing is a champ!
  2. 3 months ago
    Good power to weight
    I had the MS 460 which was just to much saw for what i do these days..this saw is the perfect size. Starts EXTREMELY easy and the wrap handle i really like, got use to it on my 460 so this 362 feels the same.
  3. 10 months ago
    a pro saw for joe everyman
    I'm not a professional by any stretch, but I work this saw hard. Felling/bucking dead pine and aspen for firewood, cutting trees that have fallen across single track trails, etc. Haven't tried to accomplish a job yet that this saw isn't up to. It's my third Stihl, and probably as big a saw as I'll ever need. If you're out there wondering whether a pro saw is overkill for a regular guy, the answer is no. A great all around saw that makes any job more fun.
  1. 4 years ago
    Commercial quality and speed
    This is one bad boy saw! Cuts like butter through 20" trees in a quick pass, I average 5 second cuts through 18-20" rounds! I own a landscaping business and we regularly remove trees and we also cut and sell wood, this is the best saw I have ever owned. I would highly recommend that, if it is within your budget, don't buy less, buy the best! Go with stihl! Always perform regular maintenance, use synthetic oil blend for your fuel, and never let the chain oil go out, and this will outlast the ... read more competitors saws :) stihl all the way! I regularly use and purchase their hedge trimmers, weed wackers, brush cutters, blowers, saws, and have yet to be disappointed! I definitely recommend the MS362-r for someone who needs a reliable, powerful, frequently used saw, and no, I did not get paid to right this review or even asked to. I am simply an extremely satisfied customer - Luke
  2. 1 year ago
    Ms 362 still running fantastic
    I have owned this saw for 4 years now. I use in the winter and in the summer. Always starts in 5 pulls. It has a easy to adjust air block that let's you go from outside air to air off the warm engine. I have "never" had to adjust the carb. Cold being (16f) to warm being (85f). Just flip the air block. I have never even changed the spark plug. Great power to weight ratio! I can cut for hours and still feel like doing more when I'm done. I do know that running 87 octane is a no no. Need to run ... read more only premium fuel. (92 octane). Which I run in all my stihl tools. Love the saw! Spend the extra money and buy the ms 362r. It comes with a full rap handle and duel spikes for just a very small amount more vs just the normal ms 362. To try to convert a saw to the (R) model costs quite a bit more. Either way you'll love the saw!y
  3. 10 months ago
    Perfect saw!
    Pretty much the ideal saw from its light weight, well laid out power head and uber ergonomic rap around handle and silky smooth anti vibration functioning to it's hard hitting no holds barred wood ripping power band that slices through rounds like a hot knife through butter. It amazes me every time! To say that I like this saw would be an understatement. Would I recomend it? Hmm... Let's see... Only if you want the best mid sized saw money can buy. Heh. Yeah I'd recommend it.
  1. 5 years ago
    The ultimate power saw
    I purchased the MS880 Magnum new in 2007 with a 36" bar for my tree service. I started off using it for firewood and to supply power to a 60" Granberg MKIII Alaskan saw mill. I have sawn several thousand board feet of lumber with this saw and felled dozens of large trees. The saw mill loads the engine when making a full width cut, but the saw powers through. My only complaint is the air filter. It requires constant cleaning. I would like to see a more efficient pre cleaning system to extend run ... read more time between filter cleanings. This is also a heavy saw, but it performs well in large log cuts like no other saw.
  2. 3 years ago
    Awesome saw and a dream to operate!
    I bought this saw about six months ago and have ripped through hundreds if not thousands of board feet of storm damaged red oak, white oak, hickory and poplar. it is not amazingly hard to start once you get a feel for it. usually takes two or three pulls in the all the way down throttle position and then move one up and another two or three pulls and it fires right up! i have found that warming it up a bit at say half throttle keeps it from cutting off numerous times. i do run high octane fuel ... read more and the new two cycle engine oil for all three of my Stihl saws.
  3. 3 years ago
    This is a good saw but it is a handful
    I just bought a ms 660 and a MS 880 some of my older saws was stolen the 880 is powerful it runs beautifully with it I purchased a skip chain a 41 and 60 inch bar I cut oak wood this monster goes through it like butter I had steel products for 10 years never had manufacturer defects but like anything else you have to maintain them if you want the least amount of trouble in the field if I had to replace them again I would do it the same choice
  1. 2 years ago
    Excellent saw with great power
    I upgraded from a excellent running 046 magnum with a 25 inch bar. Didn't really need a larger saw, but wanted to try a new m-tonic. I traded up to a new 661 with a 28" lightweight bar and WOW!! I was really impressed. Tons of power and not a bit disappointed despite of being apprehensive of trading a great running saw for a newer and bigger one. Will cut thru any type tree with ease. I couldn't expect anything less from my dealer, Martin's small engine repair, they are the best! Own 6 chainsaws ... read more and a weedeater. STIHL. the name says it all.
  2. 1 month ago
    Unbelievable
    I cut a lot. Of timber from firewood to round wood and saw timber. I've been through many saws my most recent being the 66 magnum that I thought was a horse . Let me tell u these 661's impressed me !!! I think I'm gonna get another one. I've never had any trouble starting when hot or cold this thing just boots if u can stand to keep up with it , it'll take all u can give it !!!! Thanks for givin us these fine products..... Bump!!!!!!
  3. 4 months ago
    What a huge difference!
    I had only used homeowner chainsaws until I purchased this very powerful pro saw. I'm preparing to move to Alaska and I anticipate needing to fell some huge trees killed by the bark beetle. I'll also want to use this saw for milling boards with an Alaskan chainsaw mill. My neighbors huge oak tree just fell and we took turns bucking it into nice piles of fire wood. The saw was a pleasure to use and I highly recommend stepping up to a pro saw. I love the MS 661!
  1. 5 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.
  2. 2 months ago
    Great all around saw!!!
    Well guys I reaserched constantly before buying a 461....a year ago I said heck with it, I need a big saw, so I bought it....I am here to tell you this saw ROCKS....I was passing on bigger wood because my biggest saw was a ms362 with a 20" bar....well this 461 with a 25" or 28" bar cannot be stopped.....I only cut hardwood, and it has never had a problem cutiting the hardest wood here in Indiana.....guys if you are debating on buying it, don't wait another second, life is to short....this saw ... read more will save you time, save your back, and make you more firewood and money.... eat saw I have ever used, and quite possibly the best saw Stihl is currently making!!!!!
  3. 4 months 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
  1. 4 years ago
    Made replacing a stolen beauty easier to swallow
    I picked one up last summer after my 028 was stolen. Since then, the saw has done everything I've asked of it. I loved the 028, but find it hard to miss it at the end of a day cutting with the 261. The 16" bar is the best choice for balance, but I have tried a 20" bar in black oak and red maple with no problems. Mix goes a long way, starts in 3 pulls without fail, and leaves plenty of gas in my tank at the end of the day. Safe to say I approve of this saw.
  2. 4 years ago
    A lot of power!
    I Bought this saw recently and went to a friends house to clear some woods for him. I am amazed at how well this saw cuts even with stock chain-it just fly's through the wood. I had the dealer put the 16 inch bar on it instead of the 18 that came on it and this thing really gets through hardwood in a hurry and because I am getting old the weight was a big factor. If you need to have only one all around saw, this would be a great choice. I went with a Pro Saw as I feel you will get many, many years out of it.
  3. 1 week ago
    Excellent power to weight ratio. I especially like the canister air filter. Out of all the Stihl saws I have owned and ran this is my favorite.
    This is my go-to saw for nearly everything. Great power to weight ratio and features like the canister air filter and decompression button make this a great saw that is easy to start and run. I put a 3/8" bar, chain and sprocket on my saw and it made a world of difference in performance. This is my favorite saw out of all the saws I have owned and ran. When you now how they are made you'll choose STIHL.
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