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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. 3 months ago
    460 magnum
    I bought a 460 magnum used, cut a hundred cord of wood never failed as far as I'm concerned best saw I ever had ,some body broke into my sheds stole all my stihl saws.i had three my wife bought me my first stihl 026 ive had one ever since until now I would recommend stihl to everybody, you want a good piece of equipment buy a stihl, but keep them hid
  2. 3 months ago
    The power to satisfy!
    I cut 12-16 cord a year to heat my home. I replaced a Stihl 361 with this saw, and I am impressed. The 361 was a great saw, had a lot of power for its size, but this 461 is the Paul Bunyan of the woods. It takes a very large log to even make this saw break a sweat or grunt, even with a 20" bar. This saw spits wood chips like a beaver on steroids chuggin' energy drinks. Easy to start, even without the decompression valve, which I never use. I thought is was a little thirsty on gas compared to the ... read more 361, but when I looked at how many more logs I can cut with a single tank of gas with the 461, I think it is just a s fuel efficient. Great all around saw.
  3. 2 months ago
    Excellent professional saw
    Our company owns many saws, in every size and power range, but the 461 is our go to saw. We put hundreds of hours on them and they always perform. We start them dozens of times a day for months on end. We run various bar lengths, but mainly a 20" bar with a .325 chain for building log homes. We perform every cut imaginable, and run the saw at very high RPM's. We also operate the saw upside down much of the time with no problems. This saw, and all Stihl products, will pay for themselves in no time.
  1. 1 year ago
    This is my second 362.
    The first one got stolen after 6 months of use and nicely broken in. My second 362 had what I occasionally see in these reviews a problem with quitting when hot and not wanting to start until it cools down. I called my dealer and talked to a service tech about the problem and he gave me the reset procedure for the M tronic module and the saw runs perfect. It's seen a lot of heavy use since and is the smoothest running saw I've ever owned. Guys and gals, give the carbide chains a try. Been ... read more running carbide on all my saws for a couple of years now and will never go back to steel!
  2. 10 months ago
    Perfect saw for the serious woodsman
    I purchased this saw a year ago after a recommendation from a friend who owned one. I was concerned it would become too heavy overtime. I was wrong. This saw has made my wood cutting so much more efficient. I cut 7-10 cords per season. This saw is well balanced and powerful. Another great product from Stihl!!! I can cut twice the wood in half the time. I never use a limb saw now. I don't want to take the 362 out of my hands.
  3. 2 months ago
    Good power to weight
    I had the MS 460 which was just to much saw for what i do these days..this saw is the perfect size. Starts EXTREMELY easy and the wrap handle i really like, got use to it on my 460 so this 362 feels the same.
  1. 8 months ago
    Thumbs up to the MS261C
    Owning a small excavating company We frequently use saws. I purchased the 261c and put a 3/8th sprocket and 20" bar on it. The saw has just enough power to handle the set up on bigger cuts. Let the weight of the saw carry it through the cut and it cuts like butter. This saw has great power to weight ratio and runs strong all day. I recommend this saw to the homeowners that have an occasional need for a saw to the professionals who cut every day.
  2. 3 months ago
    My absolute favorite saw!
    I bought my MS261 a few years ago from Hillside Small Engine in Lehighton. The very freindly and highly knowledgeable owner strongly recommended this model. My father has a small armada of about 10 saws and every time I borrowed one I kept going back to his MS260. After a few years , I have cut quite a bit of wood and this thing just rips right through it no matter what species. Very powerful, not too heavy and it really stretches a tank a gas. Spend the extra money and get it, you'll have a ... read more great saw for a long time.
  3. 2 weeks 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. 3 weeks ago
    Powerhouse
    This saw is an animal. 36inch bar burried in an Oak and the saw pulled like it was wearing a 25inch bar in a maple. Crisp smooth power. A real head Turner when you open it up on a job site.. starts amazing just a great saw.
  2. 1 day ago
    Strong Running Machine
    We have a new in ground pool, and had an old, large Poplar tree in the back yard. With this huge tree, the pool was going to stay full of leaves, all the time. It had to go. I needed a saw powerful enough to take this tree out. I did some research, and off I went, to purchase the king of saws. I was after the Stihl MS 880 Magnum. I looked in several stores, and nobody had the 880 in stock. Then I found the MS 661 C-M, with a 32 inch bar, and a skip tooth chain. This thing is a beast. It ate that ... read more Poplar tree for breakfast, and even ate a Cedar tree, that got too close to it. When I was done, it was looking around for more. Way to go, Stihl !
  3. 4 months 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.
  1. 7 months ago
    Great light weight saw!
    Have been “home” cutting for years. Both for firewood for heat and keeping the property neat. Have a PM610 that I bought new. It still cuts great, but needed something lighter, that was reliable and powerful. The MS 241 met those requirements. The self-oiling chain and compression release are nice features. The electronic controlled carb is great with me living over 7000 ft above sea level. It is easy to start, cuts great and at 10 lbs is easy on my back. I look forward to enjoying the Stihl ... read more reputation with this saw.
  2. 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.
  3. 1 year ago
    Bad to the bone.
    Working as a Stihl tech gives me the ability to test just about every saw out there. Having a small firewood business on the side has me cutting dozens of cords every year. After the first time I tried this saw I bought one and won't pick another up unless it needs testing. Perfect balance and feel along with buttery smooth engine thanks to the M-Tronics management system make this saw the ultimate firewood saw.
  1. 3 months ago
    The saw the pro loggers use the most here.
    I got this as I have to work some big trees and I needed a powerful saw. I have a 25" and 28" bar, it will take a 32". With the 28" it cuts through logs fast. This saw makes work get done.
  2. 2 years ago
    The MS 461R Extremely Powerful,well designed STIHL POWERHOUSE!
    I've had my MS461R Stihl for a little over six months. I purchased mine with a 32" bar and Full Skip chain. It's hard to explain how amazing this saw is unless you try one out. I cut large Red Oak the day I brought it home and it ate through the tree like a Nuclear Beaver! The 461 is well balanced,easy to maintain, and relatively easy on fuel. The more you use the saw, the better it gets! I highly recommend the 461R to anyone needing a mid-sized Professional saw with amazing cutting power. ... read more OUTSTANDING Engineering from STIHL!
  3. 1 month ago
    Awesome Saw!
    I run Sthils 36" "Light" bar on my 461R and couldn't imagine running anything else on the saw. No it has never bogged down because of it. Ive got 4 smaller Sthil saws and I enjoy reaching for an appropriately sized saw for what I'm cutting. I wish Sthil made "Light" bars for all their saws. They are AMAZING! My 461R came with the standard 36" bar and it felt real nose heavy. I swapped for Sthils "Light" bar (yes it cost more) and the saw feels lighter than my MS310! The extra money is worth ... read more every penny in my opinion.
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