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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 2009-2015 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2016 STIHL

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


Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Fuel Capacity
MS 241 C-M 42.6 cc (2.6 cu. in.) 2.3 kW (3.1 bhp) 4.5 kg (9.9 Ibs.) 370 cc (12.5 oz.)
MS 261 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 261 C-M 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 261 C-MQ 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.46 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 362 C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.6 kg (12.35 lbs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 362 C-MQ 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.9 kg (13.0 Ibs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz)
MS 362 R C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.4 kW (4.6 bhp) 6.0 kg (13.23 lbs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 461 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 461 R 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 7.1 kg (15.72 lbs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 661 C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.4kg (16.31 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 661 R C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.66 kg (16.8 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 880 MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
MS 880 R MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.3 kg (22.7 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
  1. 5 months ago
    Toss the .325 sprocket
    Best power to weight ratio of any saw I've ever used. I recommend a 3/8 pitch conversion with an 18" bar . I occasionally run a 25" with no problems. I'm
  2. 2 years ago
    Solid Performer
    Have used my MS 261 for over a year and have no complaints. The quality is good and it does everything it advertises. Things I especially like is the weight and number of dealers I can buy parts from. The only complaint I have is not the saw but the stihl carrying case. I can't find a place to carry bar oil or pre-mix in the carrying case. Sounds picky but if you transport a lot, it can be a pain to carry another box.
  3. 2 months 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.
  1. 1 month ago
    Lots of power
    I been using chainsaws a long time mostly firewood and storm related but also own and manage several hundred acres of timber. I have two stihls already the 028 WB and MS 290 but wanted something with a bit more power so recently purchased the MS 461 with a 25" bar and not disappointed one bit. It has power to spare on most cutting jobs plenty of torque to go along with it. Very happy with my new addition and knowing of my use of sthils since mid 1970"s how reliable they are as my older stihl ... read more saws run great even now.
  2. 1 year ago
    Best out-of-the box east coast chainsaw
    I'm not a typical Stihl Fan as I just wanted a quality product. After using an 064, I was hooked. Nothing wrong with the Orange Brand, I have those too, but there's something un-quantifiable about a Stihl. Maybe it's the color scheme. I mod saws and the other brands are easier for that. But for a dependable out-of-the-box saw that will work hard all day , I believe this is the best east coast timber saw. Power to weight is good. Will pull a 28" bar or bigger with ease.
  3. 5 months ago
    Great saw
    So...after thinking long and hard between an MS 661 and the MS 461 I chose the 461... and i was not disappointed with my choice! This thing is an animal! With a 25 inch bar on it you can't go wrong. Came with a 20 inch bar on it but it kinda looked funny. It chews any type of wood i throw at it.... hard or soft, and its always hungry for more!
  1. 2 months ago
    Excellent power to weight ratio
    After reviewing all the saw features, I decided on the MS261CM. It came with the 18" bar and the green label "Anti-Kickback" chain. So, for the occasional user looking for professional quality, safety and great power to weight ratio, This is throne!
  2. 3 months ago
    First experience with my 2016 MS 261 cm
    I took my new MS 261 saw out to cut some very hard dead gum trees and it performed wonderfully. After putting gas and oil into the saw and setting the controls as directed, the saw came to life and idled right off. After the initial start up, the saw started first pull. The new version is a little lighter and has a little more hp. The weight difference will make a big difference after a few hours of sawing but this saw has lots of hp so I don't think I will notice the hp improvement.. I have a ... read more 20 in bar and need to up the oil going to the bar. I now look forward to working with it.
  3. 2 years ago
    This small saw has features that are normally found on bigger pro saws.
    This is a great saw. I put a 20" 3/8 bar and chain on it and it was like a different saw. The air filter is a major improvement over the old flocked filter. I've got a bigger Stihl for felling big stuff, but this is the saw I run the most. I've had 026's and MS260 but this is the best of that class. When you know how they are made you will buy a Stihl.
  1. 2 years ago
    awesome saw
    I got a 029 stihl with 20" bar that I was using to fell trees and was working myself to exhaust then I went and bought this saw and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I got them cut twice as fast with less fuel highly recommend this saw for an upgrade a little pricey but will be worth it in long run!thank you Stihl for making awesome saws!
  2. 1 year ago
    Great saw very surprising
    I use saws every day for work and cutting fire wood on weekends. I gave the MS362c a run and to say I was impressed would be an under statement. I used it next to my mate using an 18 month old 46 magnum in a large dead box barrel same bar and chain size and the 362 out preformed the 46 magnum. Both saws had the full 20" bar loaded up and the 362 was cutting much better and faster. This saw will not disappoint. I would not put larger than a 20" bar on this saw if a larger bar 25"+ up grade to a ... read more 66 magnum. I'd recommend this saw for both professional cutters and rural cutters alike.
  3. 1 year ago
    Amazing saw
    I cut trees for a living I bought this saw because I had trouble with other saws bogging down once I got started and not wanting to start when I bought this saw everyone at my work made fun of me because they all have big ol saws from other company's well we had a bet the very first time i used the saw I run a 20inch bar on it an they run 24s on theirs my saw out performed out cut and out produced their saws all day long now my whole crew owns the 362 even the 362c thumbs up the stihl the build ... read more amazing products can never go wrong with this saw
  1. 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!!!!
  2. 1 year ago
    Tons of power
    Best full size saw I've ever bought. Has a crazy amount of power. I have a 36" bar with skip chain & the saw cuts through hard wood like nothin! It's not too heavy, love the wrap handle, cleaning & servicing is easy, pretty fuel efficient too.
  3. 5 months ago
    Primary Saw
    Running strong with 32 inch guide; makes 42 inch black oak child's play.
  1. 2 weeks ago
    Perfect midde of the road product
    I bought the MS 362 C-M 20" and I am pretty impressed with all the new features. It fires right up, easy to start, and gets the job done. I'm not sure about the smaller bars but it's slightly underpowered for the 20" bar. I could not imagine using it with the 25" bar. I live in the Northeast. It has no problems with smaller trees and limbing but it becomes a little underpowered when you start getting into medium sized trees and bucking. The vibration control and weight is ideal. I can run up and ... read more down the ladder and use it all day without much effort. The oil adjustment screw is pretty tiny and tough to find if your saw is dirty. Overall it's a good buy if you're just the occasional user or fell mainly smaller trees. However, I would jump up into the 461 if I had it to do all over again.
  2. 2 months ago
    Great workhorse
    I'm a weekend chainsaw guy, clearing out trees on my families property whenever I get a chance to go out there. Chainsaw runs great as to be expected, I only had an issue on my second day with it. I choked it after it already ran and I flooded the engine. Learned to give it 2 pulls choked, then don't use the choke the rest of the day. Hopefully that little rule will save someone some grief. I run it typically with an 18" bar and an .063 chain which tears through anything I put it up against. I ... read more do have a 25" bar for it when needed, but it can get bogged down with it. I was cutting a tree thats been dead for quite a while, and it struggled a little getting through it, but dead hardwood thats dried out and 20" across - yeah, thats gonna require a little patience. My dad has used a 310 for years and the saw feels lighter and more powerful which is why I sprung for it. Some guys splurge on golf clubs, for me its a chainsaw - at least thats what I told the wife ;)
  3. 2 months ago
    Great saw but, a needle bearing failure causes concern.
    I love the saw and it has plenty of power but, the needle bearing sleeve failed that the sprocket housing spins on so, had to take it in for repair. The saw has been used very little and I only use it for cutting the larger sections of timber since too heavy to use for general cut up of things so, really surprised to have it fail. I've got two other Stihls that are homeowner series and, they've been through the ringer and back without problems. Luckily, it was within the 1 year warranty period ... read more and, I also had the extended warranty due to buying oil at the same time as the saw so, it should get repaired under warranty. It's still in the shop. I bought the professional series saw to hopefully get high level of quality in a large saw but, I'm a little concerned with it at the moment.
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