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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. 5 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.
  2. 10 months ago
    Best chain saw I ever used or owned.
    Love using this saw. I love cutting firewood again. I heat with wood so I cut 5-10 cord a year and this saw has had no problems cutting anything in the 13 months I've owned it and no problems of any kind. I have a 16" & 20" bar for it which makes it very versatile. I spent 2 months looking and comparing saws and settled on this saw based on features, and power to weight ratio and have not been disappointed. It usually starts on the 3rd pull when cold and 1st pull when warm. Hard for me to ... read more believe any of the negative comments I've read here, have not seen any of those issues. Best chain saw I've ever used or owned.
  3. 1 month ago
    This product is a good saw
    The 261 saw has improvements over the old 026. Easier to start. The oil and gas fill opening have been improved. The only thing on the oil fill opening, it is a little harder to clean the wood chips off before opening to refill. The air filter has been improved but I never had a problem with the old one. It is a good running saw. I still have my 10 year old 026 and plan to get a kit with all the rubber mounts (if I can find one) and stuff where I can rebuild it. It still runs great just a little ... read more hard to start and the mounts are worn out..
  1. 6 months ago
    Exelent in every detail!
    Best chainsaw i ever work with!!!!! Before 261c i work with couple Husqwarna products but they are nothing compareing with Stihl!!!!!!!
  2. 5 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.
  3. 2 years ago
    Balance perfected
    I'm about 6 cords of wood into this saw and nearly 2 acres of woodlands cleanup. My favorite part of that statement is I'm only 3 weeks into owning this saw and still keep up with a demanding full-time job developing software. That alone speaks volumes for the 261. I'm not a pro arborist and don't have a ton of time to just be out in the woods. So, read between the lines a little further and I'm saying the 261's weight & power balance allows this amateur to get a lot of work done in a short ... read more amount of time. One Saturday a buddy of mine brought his 362 CM over and it seemed like the 261 was barely a fraction slower. Of course, on paper, we are only talking about a 9 cc difference, but I was surprised the real world difference wasn't more noticeable. I have heard the 261 works like a 60 cc saw even though it is only 50. After keeping pace with my buddy's 362 (also a freshly broken-in saw) I think I can buy that statement.
  1. 3 years ago
    Commercial quality and speed
    This is one bad boy saw! Cuts like butter through 20" trees in a quick pass, I average 5 second cuts through 18-20" rounds! I own a landscaping business and we regularly remove trees and we also cut and sell wood, this is the best saw I have ever owned. I would highly recommend that, if it is within your budget, don't buy less, buy the best! Go with stihl! Always perform regular maintenance, use synthetic oil blend for your fuel, and never let the chain oil go out, and this will outlast the ... read more competitors saws :) stihl all the way! I regularly use and purchase their hedge trimmers, weed wackers, brush cutters, blowers, saws, and have yet to be disappointed! I definitely recommend the MS362-r for someone who needs a reliable, powerful, frequently used saw, and no, I did not get paid to right this review or even asked to. I am simply an extremely satisfied customer - Luke
  2. 2 years ago
    6 Stihl saws
    Needed a 60cc saw to supplement my 25y.o. 028 Super. My 362 R C-M is FANTASTIC ! Easy starting, Great power & balance, I heat with wood & cut approx. 30 cords annually. I also use my saws for disaster cleanup. If every product that we purchased was as rugged, well made & long lasting as these Stihl saws, we would all be wealthier!
  3. 4 years ago
    This is a great product!
    The 362 is one rugged saw! It is easy to handle, feels light yet delivers power! Ive use mine a great deal and it never fails!!!!
  1. 3 years ago
    Easy to start, very dependable.
    I have been using Stihl saws for years. My bigger saws were the O46 and the O66. Both are great saws. I recently purchased the 880 with a 41 inch bar, thinking it would have around 1/5 more power than my O66 for cutting through bigger logs. I was disappointed in the power with the longer bar. I ordered a 30 inch bar and chain to try and get the cutting speed where I had expected it. It did cut faster, but for the money I would stick with the O66 (now the 660).
  2. 3 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. 4 years ago
    ITS WORTH IT
    THE STIHL MS880 IS great for useing if you are a tree faller. the saw dose have to have the gas and oil filled alot and air filter cleaned but its a good saw. Iam a first generration tree faller and i use this saw every time i fall a tree's. if you put a smaller bar on it will work but it's main purpose is to use with big trees and a bigg bar on it
  1. 2 months ago
    mans saw
    Need a Saw ? A beefy high power saw to get a big job done this is it ! I needed a big firewood saw as I have a woods with Beech ,Oak and Maple up 36" that needs to be cut out. This saw gets it done ! I have a 028,261 c 362 c and now this It isnt my main saw the 261 gets most of my work. Its no lightweight and draggin this brute thru the woods isnt something I looked forward to. After 2 weeks of solid cuttin this hands down has the best flat out cutting power of any saw i have ever ran Its unstoppable.
  2. 2 months ago
    Amazing saw, worth the cost.
    This is my 3rd stihl chainsaw. I have a 26 and 261, both good saws but often found I needed a larger saw for bigger trees. After a lot of indecision on the purchase of a 461 just based on trying to justify the $1100 cost, I'm very pleased with the saw. I purchased with standard 20" and added 28" bar and chain. First tree was 36" stump and the 28" bar worked great. I was amazed by how much torque this saw had over my 261, hands down a brute. I would highly recommend this saw.
  3. 1 month ago
    Slabbing Red Oak 20" wide
    Bought this saw to use with my new Granberg sawmill. Was quite pleased from the start. The saw has the power needed to do a great job. Looking forward to slabbing more wood.
  1. 2 weeks ago
    Best saw i own
    I just bought this saw right before Christmas. I love it!!! It has the more power than i expected and its a lot lighter then my 064. The 064 is a beast but the 661 has it beat hands down. This is my go to saw now for all my cutting. I have a 024, 029, 064 and now the 661 and i have used all my saws hard and they hold up great.
  2. 10 months ago
    Priceless
    I do full time selective harvest low impact logging. Broke in the 13th saw in collection. Bore cut a butt 60 inches wide. Went to the back and finished her off quickly..bucked off the log at 37 feet.35 inches at that height. Cut clean.no splits cracks or imperfections..thank you stihl..let's just say this is a good example of 26,000 reasons to buy a stihl!! Sincerely jack the veneer hunter..PS.,the wife made quick work of the limbs with a 441c..
  3. 1 year ago
    Smooth Operator
    Added the 661 last year as my second M-Tronic (362 cm). Nice improvements. I still kept my 660 and 362 as well. The new 661 seems to have a smoother powerband in the cut. The 661 also oils better. I'm upgrading my 660 to a high output oiler. I really like the M-Tronics but was sorely disappointed that it was switched to the flippy caps instead of screw caps. Captive bar nuts are neat but I never lost one and always carry a couple spares just in case. All saws and other Stihl equipment kept ... read more running well with fresh ethonol free fuel and Stihl Ultra oil and sharp chain. Always excellent service from independent Stihl dealer.
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