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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. 6 days ago
    Great saw!
    This is my second Stihl saw and first professional series! Coming from big box saws that you replace every other year, I never realized how much they beat you up after running them for a while. The MS 261c runs like butter. It absorbs the bumps and vibration, decreasing user fatigue. It eats everything under the bar. Its been a pleasure to use. While a bit expensive for someone who cuts firewood, it has cut my time by a fraction and has been fun to use. I would buy again without a second thought.
  2. 2 months ago
    Stihl 261 with M-tronic
    Very pleased with 261 CM. Very powerful for its light weight. Set it up with 3/8 .050 with 18” bar. Cuts like butter through 16” white oak. No vibration at all, amazing... Starts on 2nd pull when cold and 1st pull when hot. Very good on fuel and oils very well. No regrets would highly recommend this saw.
  3. 1 year ago
    Just a great saw (Mini Power House)
    I bought this saw to complimnet my MS 362-C-M and it does well. Tons of power for how little it weighs. I can cut all day and not be nearly as fatigued as I am using a larger was. This saw does all the work down to the trunk and then the my MS 362 C-M takes over from there. This is simply a great saw that can do more than it should be able to based on the size and weight. It's the meaner dog in the fight for sure!!
  1. 7 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.
  2. 3 years ago
    Saw is a BEAST!
    This saw was a power house right out of the box. The only modifications I have made to mine were replacing the exhaust with a dual port and removing the spark arrester. This saw, with a good sharp chain, will make VERY quick work of ANY size tree! I have have this saw, an older 066 Magnum, 056 Magnum 2, 056 Super and even an 045 Super. All of these saws, even after DECADES of HEAVY use, still run great! Some have need repairs over the years from massive amounts of wear, but these saws are tanks. ... read more Built for professionals. They are all I will ever buy, hands down.
  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. 7 years ago
    The ultimate power saw
    I purchased the MS880 Magnum new in 2007 with a 36" bar for my tree service. I started off using it for firewood and to supply power to a 60" Granberg MKIII Alaskan saw mill. I have sawn several thousand board feet of lumber with this saw and felled dozens of large trees. The saw mill loads the engine when making a full width cut, but the saw powers through. My only complaint is the air filter. It requires constant cleaning. I would like to see a more efficient pre cleaning system to extend run ... read more time between filter cleanings. This is also a heavy saw, but it performs well in large log cuts like no other saw.
  2. 2 months ago
    Best chainsaw i have ever used and i have used all leading brands
    I am a logger in the northwest in Washington state and i use the stihl 880 daily with a cannon 56 inch bar for felling trees. This saw can cut all types of trees. This saw has never failed in all types of weather from heat to snow and yes lots of rain. This saw has had several trees fall on it and has rolled down many mountains and still runs great. This is the best saw i have ever owned. This saw is pretty heavy so not everybody could sling this saw all day felling trees.
  3. 1 year ago
    Just for the people that say there saw died after your first use. YOU NEED TO READ THE DIRECTIONS THERE IS A BREAK IN PROCESS you can’t just get it and start cutting wide open. Also they take 93 octane fuel. The 880 is the most powerful saw on the market and no one can duplicate it. If they could they would of and it’s been the king of chainsaws since it came out and there is still no competition.
  1. 3 years ago
    What a huge difference!
    I had only used homeowner chainsaws until I purchased this very powerful pro saw. I'm preparing to move to Alaska and I anticipate needing to fell some huge trees killed by the bark beetle. I'll also want to use this saw for milling boards with an Alaskan chainsaw mill. My neighbors huge oak tree just fell and we took turns bucking it into nice piles of fire wood. The saw was a pleasure to use and I highly recommend stepping up to a pro saw. I love the MS 661!
  2. 2 years ago
    Very powerful saw and glad I bought it
    I needed a 36" bar saw and found the 661 and one other brand's saw. I have a smaller stihl saw so I went with the 661 due to brand awareness. To be honest if it wasn't for this for this specific difficult cut I probably wouldn't have spent so much on a saw but I'm glad I did. The only issue I have had is trying to restart a hot saw but a cleaning of the plug seemed to do the trick. The saw has a huge amount of power and so far I am very happy with it.
  3. 12 months ago
    Hands Down best 90cc Saw on market
    Ive ran this saw with bar lengths of 20-36 inches. Unless youre using 36” or larger on a regular basis this is the largest saw you will need. I keep a 25” ES bar on it mostly. The 395xp wont out cut this saw unless you run them both with a 28” plus but this saw is alot lighter and easier to start. Ive owned this saw for a year and have no complaints, keep good ethanol free or high octane gas in it with proper mixture it will last you a couple decades or longer.
  1. 7 years ago
    Super great saw
    Great reliable saw very well balanced.I have had this saw for two years and have cut hundreds of cords of wood with no break downs.Nothing but good to say adout this saw. I have a ms361 same deal great saw. Tim from NY
  2. 1 year ago
    Perfect saw
    I LOVE this saw. I use it everyday for felling trees, bucking logs and even have a mill for it. I run a 25 inch bar on it and has plenty of power to use every inch of it.
  3. 4 years ago
    Great saw for the right tasks!
    When you're looking at all the saws Stihl offers, be very sure you're getting the right one for you. Go talk to your dealer and see what they recommend. I personally use the 362 for a variety of projects. I'm a resource conservation and fire sciences student at the University of Montana which means the saw it seeing a ton of varied use. Ranging from thinning projects, active fire use, bucking blocks for our timbersports team and even using the saw for competitions occasionally. This is a great ... read more mid size saw, I regularly use larger Stihl saws on thinning projects and at work but I come back to this saw regularly and always bring it with me!
  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
    Highly recommended saw
    After purchasing this I ran it for the first time the very next day for 7 hours straight minus time to refuel and add oil. Runs strong, and smooth. Vibration is no more and maybe less than my 026 Pro. Much lighter than the 041 Farm Boss that it replaced. Sips fuel compared to the Farm Boss. Weight was not even close to being an issue. Thanks Uncle Jacks Saw Shop in Stedman, NY for reccomending this saw. I love it.
  3. 6 years ago
    Powerhouse of a chainsaw
    Over the years i have many different styles, models, and manufacturers chainsaws. My Stihl chainsaws have been there when i needed them. Always up to the task at hand, and kept on cutting wood when the others would give up. I will always have a stihl chainsaw available and will continue to purchase stihl saws. The Stihl company has gained a customer for a life time. I wish i hadnt of wasted my money on the other guys stuff.
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