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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. 2 years ago
    Best mid size saw in the market
    I was sceptical about this computer carb but I got used to it. Read the cold start manual before you start writing reviews guys. I'm an arborist difficult to impress me. I've had mine for over a year now. Over 389 take downs with it. Falling trees I am less fatigue and that gives me more productivity. Bucking on this saw is kind of tricky but the key is to not force the saw. The ergonomic on this saw is great. We'll balanced. Clutch cover is genius. Makes it lightning fast adjustments ... read more or replace the chain. Power is just out of this world. I have dropped oaks and buck them with this saw and never had oil problems nor over heating. Yes live oaks completely dismantled by this saw. Rigging with this saw is heavenly. I have never seen a saw take so much abuse and still starts all the time. My groundsman love it. Best and my only Mid size saws. I run my 261 cm 18" bar full chisel Run non ethanol and stihl mix grey bottles. Stihl bar oil. Great job guys.
  2. 9 months 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.
  3. 1 month ago
    I love this saw!
    I bought the 261 C-M about two years ago, and it has operated flawlessly. I also have an older saw, and I was forever needing to fool with the carburetor adjustments to get it to run right. The M-Tronic system is just awesome. It starts easily and always idles perfectly. That's worth the price of admission right there. If I was a serious logger, I'd probably want to invest in something further up the line that is bigger and had more power, but this one is more than sufficient for my business. I ... read more do tree jobs from time to time, but do not run a dedicated tree service. I highly recommend this saw, and will never have another saw that doesn't come with the M-Tronic system! One note: The instructions say to engage the choke every time you start, even if it is hot. This is not true, and will cause more problems than it solves. It starts hot flawlessly on the first pull about 98% of the time. For the 2% of the times it doesn't, flip the choke and it'll fire right up. Happy sawing!
  1. 7 months ago
    Exceptional Saw on Every Front
    Equipped with a 20" bar, this saw is definitely not for the inexperienced user - tons of power and extremely handy for its size. It's been exceptionally reliable. I have never had an issue with cold or warm starts - it always does exactly what I ask of it... extremely well. I've tried it with up to a 28" bar - never an issue with power. I prefer the shorter bar for maneuverability.
  2. 8 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. 2 years ago
    Good stuff yeye
    Ime a full time chaser on a thinning yarder, i bought this saw for personal use and use at work when only tree length comes to the landing. We got no processor or dansco and i buck 100+ foot logs with this saw. It starts everytime and doesnt even need the choke if you wanna rip on it a few extra times. My 661 gets tossed, thrown, and stepped on and packed with mud and gets wet all the time and still runs better than the lil 461's. I highly recomend it but ONLY run clear gass mix with stihl's ... read more brand of mixing oil otherwise you do get the same problems as all these other guys who blow up somthing too big for their balls
  1. 3 weeks ago
    Great Saw!
    I got my MC462 RC after being a little frustrated regarding the lack of power of the saws that I already owned, I wanted more. Well, I got more and then some with the MC462. Way back in the day when I was riding dirt bikes the rule was you got a bike powerful enough that it scared you when you first rode it. The reasoning was that you will learn to ride it, grow into it as you learn to respect it. That philosophy still applies today just as it did those many years ago. I wanted a saw that did ... read more not bog down, one I could put a long enough bar on it that I did not have to bend over so far every time I bucked logs. With the MC462 RC I got my saw. The full wrap grip is great and with a 25 inch bar this saw is exactly what I needed to keep me and my little family warm in the below zero winters here in Montana. Starting this saw with the new three position system is out standing, it just does not get any easier than this. I love this saw and you will too.
  2. 6 days ago
    Great chain saw
    Easy to crank. Light weight but strong. Saws great.
  3. 7 months ago
    Amazing saw.
    When pulled from the box, my first impression was that it was a toy. It is so much lighter than the Stihl saws I’m used to using. Power is way up there and seems to be getting stronger with every tank. The angle of the handle is different and so the saw “points” differently than the previous generation Stihls’. It’s very much a “better” saw by design, lighter and more powerful than any other saw in its 72cc class. And it’s easier to use too. You’re gonna love this saw.
  1. 6 days ago
    Big Boy Toy
    I’m not a professional but I do cut a fair amount of trees, some of which are quite large. There’s no question that a smaller saw would have met my needs but I wanted a saw that would make quick work of the largest trees.....the 462 did not disappoint! As you would expect from any Stihl product, it’s easy to start, well made and runs great. No surprise that it cuts right through any 18” - 20” log, but again, I wanted a saw that would do the same with big logs. My largest cut so far has been a ... read more 40” white oak, sliced right through it. Keep the chain sharpened and lubricated and it’ll get the job done.
  2. 6 months ago
    Beware of oiler
    Have not had the saw long. Ran first tank of gas and when I went to refill I noticed that the saw has used no oil for chain. I turned Oiler adjustment up as far as it would go and the saw did oil but at 1/2 ratio to feul. The saw runs and starts great. It demonstrates excellent weight to power ratio. Hopefully the Oiler will work as intended. My suggestion is turn Oiler up all the way from the start. I have used a 362 cm for a couple years and it needs Oiler full go as well.
  3. 6 months ago
    I couldn't wait for the U.S. release so I purchased through a Canadian dealership. I was lucky enough to get the Arctic version that has the heated carburetor and handle. I love it. Thankfully I live close enough to the store I purchased it from if any issues I can go see them. But to be honest I strongly doubt I will have any issues. I have put 6 tanks of gas through it and it is only getting better. I will want bigger felling spikes but that is just a personal preference. Maybe someone ... read more can explain to me when most of Europe has had this saw almost a year, why it has taken so long to finally arrive in US. And such little stock once the stores receive the item.
  1. 2 years ago
    This saw has great power.
    I was going to buy the Stihl MS391 for it's power but the saw was to heavy and I decided to spent the extra money on the MS362 and I'am glad I did this saw has fantastic power and the weight is very light for the amount of power.I don't think there is a better Chain Saw out there that can even come close to this MS362,.buy it you will not be sorry.If you purchase a case of motomix Stihl 4 quarts minimum Stihl will double the warranty from 1 year parts and labor to 2 years parts and labor but you ... read more have to purchase that with the saw at the same time.
  2. 3 years ago
    Hot rod of mid size chainsaws!
    First ever purchase of a Stihl and now I know that the saying is true: You get what you pay for. The 362cm is a powerful saw that is a great all around saw. It may be a bit heavy for those only doing trimming, but for anything more is will rip through wood. I have never experienced such a fast saw. It had a 25" bar on it at the dealer, but I had them switch it out for a 20" bar with a yellow chain. Talk about fast cutting. And with the power of this saw, its definitely a Hot Rod saw! Also, ... read more the antivibration works very well. I can assure you, I will only buy Stihl products from now on!!
  3. 2 years ago
    Another great Stihl saw purchase.
    I bought this saw to clear my 4 acres in Western Oregon. I have an 028 super but needed something larger with more horse power for the big stuff. I am cutting oak, fir, cedar, and madrone. This saw has plenty of power and tork. It is comfortable to operate for extended periods. The easy start and compression release make this the easiest starting saw I have ever operated. Stihl has incorporated a number of safety features that give the operator some extra piece of mind while operating this saw. ... read more The M-tronic system is a great improvement over the carburetor system of the older saws. Welcome to the future of chain saws. This saw makes hard work a lot easier.
  1. 5 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!
  2. 2 years ago
    Amazing Saw
    At first I was skeptical as my 362 didn’t exactly run like a saw that was going to impress when it was new. The Oiler wasn’t putting out enough oil to fling off the end of my 25” bar and my old trusty 025 would cut faster. After a bit of research my 362 was soon sporting the very same high volume oil pump that my 461R has. Now I get to choose how much oil my bar and chain gets not some tree hugger. After a few tanks of gas and an oil pump upgrade this saw has come to life!
  3. 2 years 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.
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