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Professional Saws

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. 10 months ago
    Very light yet Powerfull!!
    I have had many chainsaws. We cut at least every single weekend and use saws all day long at least once a week. I have recently purchased the MS261 pro chainsaw and ran about 8 tanks of fuel in it. I broke it in as per owners manual. It is my goto saw now. Power to weight ratio is fantastic and much it cannot do. The 362 used to be my goto saw and still enjoy it but the weight factor makes the 261 best combination for me. I do not think you will find a better saw that is versatile and light and ... read more can take on most trees. I thoroughly enjoy it and think you will too!!
  2. 2 years ago
    Lightweight and runs all day long
    I purchased this saw To compliment my MS192TC . I work them together out in our sustainable pine forest. Windfall,dead fall, invasive control, thinning,slash cleanup you name it this saw is a rock star of chainsaws. Lightweight and easy start are great feature when you work the saw hours at a time. I hire loggers to harvest but with my Stihl tag team cutting trees is a breeze,oak included. I also have a MS250 for light duty but I tell ya that saw has gonads too. All in all my saws are incredible ... read more to work with over long periods, they wont quit. Fuel consumption amazes me too. For a 50cc the MS261 CM is a powerful ,economical and reliable. I am a stihl guy from way back in the 1970's. I never imagined Stihl would make the incredible chainsaws they are making today back then. Once a stihl was left in the dump truck with fill soils . The driver dumped his load and the saw was buried for over 6 months. We were dozing the fill and the chainsaw popped out of the dirt. After cleaning , ,oil,refueling,new bar and chain it started right up. Was back on the job next day. Stihl rocks!
  3. 1 year ago
    Great power and weight
    The saw runs and starts very well with great power. Others have reported issues starting when hot, but i have not experienced this. For me it starts after 2 or 3 pulls when cold and after one pull when hot. I have 20+ tanks through it in the last two months bucking 16-24 inch red and white oak for fire wood. I purchased with a 20" bar which some people report is too much for the saw. The RM chain cuts faster/better on the 20 inch bar than the RS. With normal pressure and a sharp chain, ... read more the saw does not bog down when buried in oak. Of course how much pressure you put on the saw and how sharp the chain is will impact this. A great saw which is easy to handle and has plenty of power.
  1. 1 month ago
    Needed a bigger saw, got the biggest!
    I had been milling with my 066 and a 36” bar and have been quite happy with it. I recently started to acquire much larger trees and needed to increase the size of the mill. I went to my local Stihl dealer, Carl’s Mower & Saw and after looking at the cost of buying a 60” bar for the 066 I decided to buy the MS 880 with a 59” bar. I hooked the saw up to the mill and went out to the log pile and a 54” diameter locust stump was the test subject. I eased into the cut at 1/4 throttle, was really ... read more impressed with how the saw pulled at 1/2 throttle, and was shocked at the overall cut speed. The saw is big, heavy, very well built and smooth operating. Very pleased with the product from Stihl and the support from Carl’s Mower and Saw.
  2. 7 years ago
    stihl ms880
    if your going to run a big saw like a stihl ms880 or a stihl 084 i highly recommended you use the decompression valve when starting this big boy.i started out on smaller saw like the stihl 025,029,ms310,038,and finally went to a 066 and now i have two stihl 084,s.i run a stihl full skip tooth chain on it 404 .63.gauge which is great for cutting big.i would recommend this saw to anyone.with experience
  3. 3 years 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.
  1. 4 weeks ago
    Runs through logs like a hot knife through butter!
    I've owned several saws through the years and this one sets a new standard. It's super easy starting and with the 25" Lite Bar it is very easy on the back and arms. Power is amazing; literally "falls" through 20" logs like a competition saw would. I'm very happy I decided to buy this saw!
  2. 8 months ago
    This saw is a beast. It will rip through red oak like it was pine. It has 20% of the Hp of my tractor. That's amazing. Already put allot of trees through this saw. Been bucking 42"-50" rounds lately. It never fails. Starts promptly. You might think it's heavy - but after the first 4-5 won't notice. Wear a face shield - otherwise those 1/2" chips and shavings will get caught in your teeth as you grin felling those 100 footers. This animal will make you feel 20 years younger. And 30 ... read more pounds lighter. Your wife will start calling you 'tiger'. And your kids will start respecting you again. Get the saw.
  3. 10 months ago
    Powerful light chainsaw
    Going from a 40 year old 031 Stihl to this new MS 462 C-M was like night and day. Power was just incredible and truly put a smile on my face from the time I made my first cut to the time I shut it down. Very controllable saw with a 25" bar and 33RS chain. This saw is great and I'm very happy to have researched it and purchased it from Middlefield Lawn and Garden. They had my saw ready to go in a short notice and the people are outstanding to work with. I've went through 10 tanks of gas so ... read more far and this saw is just a beast.
  1. 3 years ago
    Like a hot knife in butter.
    As a timber farmer here in the PNW, I have been running saws for almost 30 years, and this is the best Stihl that I have ever used. My old 066 used to vibrate so much that after 4 hours of use I could not feel my hands. No more. This saw has a very much improved isolation system and even more power. My dealer told me to be careful with its fuel, and I have not had it long enough to comment. But I bought the Stihl canned gas just in case I give the chainsaw work a break for a few months. Want the ... read more best? Spend the money and get this saw.
  2. 12 months ago
    Power and durability
    This saw has the power to pull large chains in hardwood. I found the 661 to be the right combination of power and weight for falling and sectioning large oak. Lots of chain speed for a big saw. Best saw I have had the opportunity to handle. Love it.
  3. 5 years ago
    A great replacement for the MS660
    This saw lives up to everything I expected it to be and more. Being next to the biggest saw Stihl makes,it's heavy and powerful. I've owned 2 MS660's and ran them extensively. The new MS661 has them beat. Uses less gas, has less vibration, starts easier, power delivery is more consistent, an overall pleasure to run. As long as it continues to perform this good I have no regrets about my purchase. Also, a shout out to my Stihl dealer. Brown's Supply in Acme Pa. Great guys to do business with.
  1. 6 years ago
    the only saw I need
    I have had my saw for two years now with no problems whatsoever. The saw has plenty of power to run a 20" bar comfortably, and 25" if you need it. This saw pulls the 25" bar and chain through large oak trees no problem. For someone who heats with firewood in my area, this saw is the perfect saw. I do not even own any smaller or larger saws, this saw is the saw that anyone should pick if they were only to have one, as I do. From small diameter trees and limbing, to felling and bucking 36" ... read more diameter trees, this saw gets it done.
  2. 6 years ago
    great multipurpose firewood saw
    i decided to buy a stihl 362 after running plenty of my friends husqvarna and stihl 50 and 70cc saws. i owned a 455 and wanted more power in a simular weight package. i found this saw to have a great power to weight ratio and to be a good do-it-all saw. With the right bars and chains this saw will take care of the needs of both power classes, mine runs great with a 25" full chisel and a 18" semi chisel.
  3. 7 years ago
    This is a great saw!
    I was looking for a good all around use saw for lots of fire wood and trimming around the farm. The sales man at the stihl store highly recommended the MS362 cuz that is what he uses for fire wood. Now that i bought it and have been using it for a year I must say I absolutely love it! I've spent hundreds of hours cutting wood, and probaly burned over 30 gallons of fuel thru it and had no issues. The saw has lots of power and will cut thru anything with out bogging down with ease with a good ... read more sharp chain. It is nice and light compared to the next size up or lower. The 20" bar is perfect for all around cutting and trimming. I highly recommenend a professional use saw over any. Due the the comfort of less vibration. And it is a must to run the best gas you can if you want the best performance out of your saw. I run AV100LL Gas in my saw along with stihl's synthentic 2-cylce mix. And it runs and screams like no other saw i have ever used. Great saw! I would highly recommend it!
  1. 6 years ago
    My new favorite saw!
    I purchased this saw this spring because I wanted a mid-sized saw that was powerful and light to compliment my MS201T and MS460. This saw is now my new favorite. I use an 18" bar with the 325 chisel chain which cuts very smooth and reasonably quick. I am a big fan of the pro series saws, as I feel you get what you pay for. I cannot say enough about the balance, smoothness, and power of this saw. I really would not know how to improve it. A 50cc saw that is lighter than the farm boss, and has the ... read more same power is an example of why I prefer the pro saws over the homeowner units. If you can afford this saw, you cannot go wrong with this one!
  2. 1 year ago
    Power + Light Weight = Better Productivity
    This is the first new Stihl saw I've bought in over 10 years. Spent a lot of time going back and forth between the professional series and Farm & Ranch series. Finally settled on the MS261 to use as my main saw for clearing back wood lines and firewood on the farm. I've been extremely pleased with the performance of this saw. You can run it for hours straight and not be worn out. The low weight of the saw and anti-vibration system make it a fun saw to run. It has plenty of power to run the 18" ... read more bar I have on it and believe it would handle a 20" bar nicely also. My only complaint is the factory bumper spike/cleat on the inside of the bar. I've always put two bumper spikes on my Stihl saws and if you do this on the MS261, you have to buy a set (inner and outer spikes) so they are the same length. Other than that, this has been a great saw, would highly recommend it!
  3. 7 years ago
    I really like this saw!
    I heat my home with a out-door wood stove an live in the woods, so I cut a lot of wood. I needed a saw that would compliment my MS 361 with 20 in bar and Echo with 18 in bar. I wanted a lighter saw with plenty of power, 3/8 chain on a 16 in bar to use on tops with minimum fatigue. I bought this saw only one week ago but I think I I found the perfect saw for me. It offers all that I was looking for with high fuel efficiency and plenty of power to spare. This saw will no doubt become the one saw I ... read more reach for everyday cutting. Yes, a little expensive but in my opinion, well worth it for easy starting, maintenance and dependability. No cons here!
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