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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. 1 week 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.
  2. 1 year 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.
  3. 8 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!
  1. 2 years 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!
  2. 3 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.
  3. 5 months ago
    The best saw ever made
    This is the best saw ever made. My tree service owns 5 of them and plan on a few more. It can kick back when cutting a knot. LOVE this saw. whenever one dies Im hanging one in my man cave
  1. 2 months ago
    Best saw in every way
    I've had my MS 261 for over a month now and use the saw every day. It will always be my first choice to use. It seems eager to get to work. Starts with ease, won't bog down even when I'm cutting big maple, oak and ash. I was a little hesitant to lay down the cash for this saw because I've been using the other orange brand with decent results...but convinced myself I should buy the Stihl to do a real comparison. I will never own another saw brand but Stihl now, and going into the purchase I was ... read more nervous I'd feel the opposite. I was worried I'd buy it and find little or no difference. My advice to anyone looking for a saw now.....but the Stihl....it's worth every penny.
  2. 6 months ago
    Awesome Saw!
    I haven't had too much time with this saw yet, but I was able to test it out. I dropped a pretty big tree with it, limbed it and cut it up in approximately an hour with this saw. It preformed flawlessly!It has a great deal of power and speed for a lighter saw. It is a lot easier to handle than my MS 441. I am looking forward to getting a load of logs so I can have some more fun with this new saw! I would definitely recommend this saw!
  3. 5 months ago
    lightweight smooth powerful
    saw very easy starting great power to weight very well balanced and smooth just a comfortable saw to run . I like the capture nuts on the side cover that is a real nice feature .the tank covers are also nice. I worked for a tree surgeon in the 80s we had 09 to 090 stihl it is amazing to see the advancement in technology. this saw just keeps making power up to incredibly high rpm and stays smooth .it has great performance .
  1. 4 months ago
    461 Arctic
    461 Arctic Awesome machine! Very easy to start, even in cold weather. I love the heated handles!!! I wish I did that year's ago!!!! The service after the purchase is excellent. The saw will last me during my time with it, and I will hand it down to my next generation after me. I'm a fourth generation logger in my family. This saw is a fantastic product! Excellently engineered, the BMW of production grade chainsaws!
  2. 12 months 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.
  3. 4 months ago
    The MS461 is a good saw.
    The MS461 is a powerful saw, only thing is it hasn't truly come into the future with the m-tronic saws. I have a 441c-m and a 661c-m and love the pull off the m-tronic in the cut. If you haven't already tried an m-tronic, I highly recommend you do. Don't get me wrong here, the 461 will cut very good, it would just be wayyyyy better with m-tronic and the new antivibe system.
  1. 2 years ago
    Good saw!!
    On about my 10th tank, great little saw. Good for limbing and all the little stuff. I've been having tennis elbow type problems, so bought this little saw to help take the load off my elbow. It's very light, and pretty powerful for it's size. Only thing I'd change is put an aluminum handle and magnesium clutch cover on it. Only add very small amount of weight, if any. That would make it the absolutely PERFECT small saw. Hope Stihl is listening and open to making improvements.
  2. 3 weeks ago
    MS241CM
    Had a MS290 and an MS170. Both saws worked well but I was beginning to cut a lot more wood, we heat with an outdoor boiler, so I opted for the more expensive MS241CM. Only disappointment was that I didnt do this earlier. For the size of the saw it has exceptional power and its reliability is second to none. I cut all sorts of wood and this saw has not disappointed me yet. In the process of buying a MS441CM magnum. With these 2 saws I believe I will be able to properly cut any wood I want to. Great saw!!
  3. 3 years ago
    Great Little Saw for Firewood
    Was looking for a smaller saw to run with my 034 that I have had for 25+ years. Started looking and found this one. Plenty of power and lightweight too. Cut around 12 cords with this saw this year. My go to saw for bucking firewood. If this saw will last as long as my 034 I will never have too replace it. Love the M-Tronics. Saw fires up with in 3 pulls and no stalling. Great saw for firewood. No regrets for spending the money for this Stihl product.
  1. 2 weeks ago
    the saw for BIG trees
    So far we really like the saw - handles about 55" trees. Have not tried a horizontal cut yet but feel that this may be a challenge due to flexibility in the bar. Saw is a little tricky to start but that is probably due to user error and still learning the tool - overall well pleased
  2. 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
  3. 5 months ago
    Great for large trees
    Not for general use. Same shape as a 660 but bigger in all dimensions. A bit heavier but not like the older large saws. Great for bucking large logs or several logs at once when they are in a deck. I like how it pulls in the midrange and does not have to be wound up like the 660.
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