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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
    The little Pro Saw,That cuts it.
    I have three saws,My favorettes, Ms.-391 and Ms-362RC-M, both saws, are equal, in power,391 with 25in. bar, and 362 with 28 in. bar,but the 362 one pound lighter,is worth the extra money if cutting, and bucking , all this Lodgepole, rounds, in northern Cal. the little saws, that could, try-em and you'll say WOW.
  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. 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!
  1. 8 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.
  2. 4 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. 1 year ago
    Great performer
    I had the choice of an MS362 and an MS311. The side by side comparison was difficult as the are similarly equipped. I chose the 362 just because I intend on keeping it forever. I bought it to clear my property and I am not a pro. To my old big box chainsaws there is no comparison. This saw ate all of the trees in my yard to include a 28" sweet gum. The beauty is this saw is capable of doing that much everyday. Glad I paid the extra 200 for a saw I will eventually put in my will. Mike
  1. 4 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. 2 months ago
    Scary Powerful
    This saw has been a dream of mine. And now I own it! All I can say is the wait was well worth it. This saw is so powerful it's scary. The saw encourages a good challenge this saw will laugh whatever is in front. Just begs for more wood to cut! You will NEVER wanna put this sexy saw down once you start it! I bought this with a 41 on it and never looked back just always so happy I can say and proudly tell people I own the Stihl 880ms
  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. 4 years ago
    Fantastic saw!!!
    I had a stihl ms 026 but it had some age on it and was hard to start so i wanted to upgrade to an equivalent saw so i bought the MS 261 with 18 inch bar. Phenomenal saw!! has great power for what i cut. Starts easy. Runs smooth. Great features like: captive bar nuts (cant lose them) antivibration, fuel economy, heavy duty air filter, black line across the shroud to see your cutting line. Yes it was kinda pricy but its a stihl and that means there durable, long lasting, inexpensive parts,and easing to work on
  2. 4 years ago
    The perfect saw.
    If you are considering moving up to the MS261 pro; do not hesitate. I was expecting to be impressed; but instead was blown away. It starts easy, is light weight and screams. I tested it on a 12" elm and it poured through it like butter. Wow is all I could say. I chose the 18" Rollomatic E which seems to compliment the saw well and gives it a little extra reach. The power to weight ratio and serviceability sold me over the Farm and Ranch model. I am 52 years old and use it to maintain 200 acres in East Texas.
  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. 1 year ago
    mini mill monster
    This saw is great for a lot of applications. I have been milling with it and I am very happy with its power. It glides through soft and hard wood and bucks logs like a light sabre. Happy to have it with my smaller stihl saws.
  2. 1 year ago
    Gotta love the power
    This is the saw for a professional that wants a versatile saw runs 25" to 40" bars and chains like a dream. I would recommend full skip chisel chains on the longer bars. Been a little over a year now and haven't had any issues. I would get another one when this one wears out.
  3. 1 year ago
    a beast on large trees
    this saw makes short work on large trees.had a lot of large ash trees witch had to come down thanks to asian ash borer beetle.this saw made the job easy when your felling 120' ash trees with a 3'-4' dia.. trunks.thank you stihl!
  1. 2 months ago
    Best all around saw
    This saw is easy to start, maintain, and use. Great power to weight ratio.
  2. 10 months ago
    Love It!
    Absolutely love this saw. I got it with a 28" bar. Runs very good with it. I recently burned up a husqvarna and didn't like the options I had to get it fixed (Almost the price I paid for it new). I decided, with hours of YouTube video, and meeting my with local saw shops (gotta trust your mechanic), that the 461R was the saw for me. It's lighter, more powerful than my old saw. I will most likely be getting a 25" and a 32" bar in the future. I foresee a long life together with the saw.
  3. 2 years ago
    Amazing Chainsaw! Great power to weight ratio.
    This is my most favorite Chainsaw to run by far. I'm so pleased with the power of this saw. It has low end torque that keeps it chugging in big wood. I run a 25" and a 36" bar and am amazed at how well it can pull a 36" chain through hardwood. This is a very well made chainsaw with strength without the weight. I have had no issues to date and predict it will be very reliable like my other Stihl chainsaws. The MS 461R is truly a woodsman's best friend. Oh yeah I almost forgot... This saw has good ... read more looks also. Great job Stihl!!!!
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