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High-performance saws to help make your job easier

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 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. 

The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.


  1. 2 months ago
    I am 62, live in Michigan and cut firewood to heat our home. This saw is reliable and gets the job done every time. I especially like having this bar length. My son bought this same model, when I did, and is also satisfied.
  2. 3 months ago
    Excellent Performance
    I told the salesman I wanted a chainsaw that had enough power that it wouldn't bog down easily and this saw delivers! The 20" bar is great as this saw is big enough to cut down any tree on my property and small enough that I can cut off all the limbs to prep for the chipper without getting fatigued. The compression release makes cold starts easy and it runs great in hot and cold weather. There's no change in performance when turning the saw on it's side to cut the stump at ground level. I would ... read more recommend this saw to anyone looking for a great all around chainsaw
  3. 5 months ago
    Great Saw
    I wanted more power then my MS261, which is now my limbing saw, and the confidence with more power to tackle larger jobs. The MS362 does just that. Plenty of power, handles the 20" bar with ease, and starts reliably. I have found my "groove" with this saw, and now have what I believe to be a reliable arsenal of STIHL saws to tackle anything the woods here throw at me. Can't go wrong with this saw, you will not be disappointed.
  1. 5 days ago
    Im really impressed with the Stihl MS362C-M
    I recently cut down a 36in. cottonwood tree. I had a 25" bar on the saw. And it ate through that tree like nothing.
  2. 8 months ago
    Added 25" bar.
    Standard 20" bar great for most projects however the added capability of the 25" makes this saw excellent. Love the wrap handle and it's added balance. Power just great and fuel efficiency is not terrible.
  3. 7 months ago
    Great power to weight ratio
    Saw is great once you figure out the M-Tronic system. I am still wondering if Stihl has quite figured it out. I love not having to tune the saw in the field. Overall it is a great machine. I cut 3 cords of pine in just a few hours and that was with the green safety chain. Saw has alot of power for the weight. I will likely get the 25" bar so I dont have to bend over so far for limbing as I am 6'3". I really wish Stihl included more information about calibrating the MTronic system for altitude ... read more change and temps. I live at 8000 feet and cut up to 12000 feet. The saw needed to idle for a while at each spot. Glad i brought the old 029 to limb while it warmed up.
  1. 4 months ago
    This chainsaw has a perfect power to weight ratio.
    I bought my first stihl saw about 20 years ago.It was the 066 magnum,and it sure did a great job for me. It was used to fell trees and for everyday firewood cutting. I sold this saw due to lack of work. i recently purchased the new MS 661 magnum and WOW is this the saw for me. Plenty of power and very easy to start and surprisingly light weight for its class. This saw will do it all. LOVE MY STIHL. Todd G Robertson.
  2. 1 month ago
    Amazing Piece of Equipment.
    Purchased the 661 thinking it would be a neutered 660 to fit in with our changing times and EPA Regulations etc. I was wrong this saw has in many situations outperformed my 660's and 066. I do NOT do out of the box reviews so I waited 2 months to voice my opinion. This thing is a beast and very reliable! Running a 32" Bar and Chain to tackle Bur Oak's and Catalpa's. Stihl hit one out of the park in my opinion with the "Improved 660". I run alcohol free gasoline so I watch my fuel costs and have ... read more noticed it is more efficient. For a lack of better terms I get better fuel mileage with the 661. So if you need Artillery for back up on tough jobs here it is.
  3. 2 weeks ago
    Absolutely love this saw
    Hi contemplated and researched saws for a few weeks. It finally came down to the 461 or the 661 CM. The 661 CM won and became a no brainer decision when I found it was on sale and not much difference in price. Took it out last weekend and cut up some 20" maple and it was like butter. Very pleased with the performance. Picking up the 36" light bar on Wednesday and plan to dig into a 4' tree on the weekend. Very pleased with the performance. I was a little nervous about the weight. However, this ... read more is how I came to my decision. I have a smaller saw with a 16" blade. I'll use this for limbing and smaller trees. I have the 24" and 36" bars for the 661 and it giving me choice. Because I'm only using the 661 for larger jobs weight isn't really a factor as I'm not twisting the saw around. Besides you just lay it down on the logs and it tears through it. ;)
  1. 12 months ago
    Love my new ms880magnum
    Just got my saw from broadwater trading company in gate city va,the service was awesome as always and let me tell you, the ms880magnum is great,the quality is perfect in every way.i would highly recommended this saw to anyone who is serious about cutting big wood and/or chainsaw mills.put a 25"bar on it and it's a great firewood saw,put a 36inch bar or larger on it and fell some big timber,the saw dosent care what's on it ,it just flat out preforms.this chainsaw is an all-in-one power house.
  2. 4 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. 1 year 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
  1. 1 year ago
    Great replacement for my old Wood Boss 028
    My last Stihl lasted 25 years and it was a difficult task to pick out a new saw. I choose the 261 and I could not be more pleased. Starts right up with plenty of power. Good nimble saw that preforms as expected.
  2. 1 month ago
    The one saw that does everything
    Simply put, I don't do enough cutting to have multiple saws, but at the same time, when I do need a saw, it needs to work and get the job done. With that being said, i read a lot on the 241 and 261. I settled on the 261. With a weight over only 11 pounds - it makes you wonder if it can do the job... but when you squeeze that trigger and drop it in to a log - all that wonder is dispelled and all you see is chips flying. I've used the saw multiple times - run about 5 tanks thorough it. ... read more Always starts, and always pulls hard While it isnt cheap - it will last me years of reliable service. Another thing that made me pick this saw is the almost cult following it has for in and post warranty customization items.
  3. 4 years ago
    amazing little saw!
    this is an amazing little saw, iv cutt side by side with other professionals w/ bigger saws and this little thing will keep up with bigger saws. 'AKA' the little ripper. great fuel economy, its light, and this one come with floating gear set up instead of normal star sprocket. also much better because of this..from heavy to minor yard or household use to pretty hardcore field cutting, this saw can do the job well
  1. 1 month ago
    Munchaholic - Wow This Saw Eats!
    I upgraded to this saw after owning the 311 for a year due to the 391 and 461 being sold out at the time. The 461 is about twice the price and has 50% more horsepower than the 311 but only 2 pounds heavier. The dealer will always tell you something that I have found to be very true - pick the saw you think will work best then buy the next size bigger. This 461 came with a 25" bar and I purchased a longer 32" also for the big trees. All new / newer Stihl saws like fresh gas - so if your saw sits ... read more more than a couple of weeks, dump the old and give it some fresh - some of the reviews say hard starting on most saws. All in all the 461 is the best I have ever used / owned.
  2. 1 year ago
    084AV and 066Mag have a new brother
    Been using a 066 Magnum and a 084AV for a long time and last month I bought a MS461R and this saw is doing a great job cutting big timber. The two other saws have been great powerful saws and the 461 R is right up there with both of them with power but lighter and more fuel efficient than both . Myself and my brother run a WoodMizer Mill and cut tons of fire wood and this saw fits in great for what we do !
  3. 1 month ago
    461R - Hold on, it's a beast!
    I've added this saw to my fleet as I needed a powerful saw for felling and bucking up the old growth oaks that I have on my property. I did a lot of research on the 461R prior to buying it, and with the Stihl saws that I have, all pro saws, this one fits into a range where it will handle with ease large diameter felling and following up with bucking larger logs for firewood. I have mine setup with the 25" bar and run the 36RM chain. It bites into the wood hard, a little too hard at times, and ... read more there is noting yet that I have cut into that will bog it down. It is breaking in nicely as with each tank of fuel it gets better. What a beast, but I will admit that with the longer ES bar on it does wear you down after a while. The only thing I would look into is a lighter version bar and as mentioned before a prefilter sock over the HD air filter. The wrap handle does help in awkward cutting positions as well. Overall this is a fantastic engineered and designed saw and fits a range that will work for just about any cutting needs. The quality of the parts and the fit and finish are top notch. This saw will compliment perfectly a smaller lighter weight saws for limbing and cleanup jobs.
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