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Professional Saws

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 2009-2015 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2016 STIHL


*The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

 

Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Powerhead Weight Fuel Capacity
MS 241 C-M 42.6 cc (2.6 cu. in.) 2.3 kW (3.1 bhp) 4.5 kg (9.9 Ibs.) 370 cc (12.5 oz.)
MS 261 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
MS 261 C-M 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 4.9 kg (10.8 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 261 C-MQ 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.) 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.46 Ibs.) 500 cc (16.9 oz)
MS 362 C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) Flush-Cut (Shown): 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs.)
Wrap-Handle: 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs.)
600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 362 C-MQ 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.5 kW (4.69 bhp) 5.9 kg (13.0 Ibs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz)
MS 362 R C-M 59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.) 3.4 kW (4.6 bhp) 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs.) 600 cc (20.3 oz.)
MS 461 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 461 R 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.) 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp) 7.1 kg (15.72 lbs.) 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
MS 661 C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.56 kg (16.67 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 661 R C-M 91.1 cc (5.56 cu. in.) 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp) 7.66 kg (16.8 lbs.) 825 cc (27.9 oz.)
MS 880 MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
MS 880 R MAGNUM® 121.6 cc (7.42 cu. in.) 6.4 kW (8.6 bhp) 10.3 kg (22.7 lbs.) 1300 cc (44.0 oz.)
  1. 3 years ago
    Best saw I have owned.
    I have a ms280 and ms290. My new 261 is lighter then my 290 with better power. It also has better vibration dampening. My back doesn't hurt like it did with my 290. The 261 has excellent power. I am a believer in you get what you pay for so I spent the extra money. It's worth it. You will have this saw for a long time so don't be cheap and save a few bucks on a saw that will not have the power or the resale value.
  2. 3 years ago
    Fantastic saw!!!
    I had a stihl ms 026 but it had some age on it and was hard to start so i wanted to upgrade to an equivalent saw so i bought the MS 261 with 18 inch bar. Phenomenal saw!! has great power for what i cut. Starts easy. Runs smooth. Great features like: captive bar nuts (cant lose them) antivibration, fuel economy, heavy duty air filter, black line across the shroud to see your cutting line. Yes it was kinda pricy but its a stihl and that means there durable, long lasting, inexpensive parts,and easing to work on
  3. 3 years ago
    Rock solid workhorse, best I've ever owned!
    I purchased this saw after burning up previous (non-Stihl branded) saws purchased at various big box stores over the years. I was blown away by the quality, balance, and attention to detail put into this design. And the performance, all I can say is wow! I couldn't be happier with this saw and would recommend it to anyone looking for the ultimate in reliability. Yes this model is more expensive compared to others this size but it will not wear out or let you down. Stihl has earned another customer for life!
  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. 2 years ago
    The big timber champ
    I've been a professional timber faller for over 35 years. I specialize in jacking big timber. I love the MS880. I run 3/8, .063 full skip chisel chain with an 8 tooth sprocket and this saw will comfortably pull a 60" bar. One of my favorite features of this saw is the flat sided starter cover. It is much easier to sight in my lay with this flat cover as compared to the rounded cover on the 660's. I normally run a 42" bar on the 880 but when the wood gets big or difficult (like really steep ... read more ground), I'll pull a 50" or 60" bar. I do the falling with the 880 and buck the big 16's off the butt with it then finish out the top of the trees with a 660. This saw was made for people like me. It's powerful, smooth, quiet, light weight and reliable.
  3. 4 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.
  1. 5 months ago
    Never fails !!
    I've owned my 362 now for five years it's never once failed on me .yea stihls are pricey but their worth Thier weight in gold .i can't name one arborist who don't swear by them and the quality that goes into Thier craftsmanship.i been doing arbor work for over twenty years and enjoy using all of stihls equipment .
  2. 3 weeks ago
    Perfect saw!
    Pretty much the ideal saw from its light weight, well laid out power head and uber ergonomic rap around handle and silky smooth anti vibration functioning to it's hard hitting no holds barred wood ripping power band that slices through rounds like a hot knife through butter. It amazes me every time! To say that I like this saw would be an understatement. Would I recomend it? Hmm... Let's see... Only if you want the best mid sized saw money can buy. Heh. Yeah I'd recommend it.
  3. 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
  1. 3 months ago
    Great all around saw
    I am an average 6' 200 Lb male and this saw just fits me perfect. I can work with it all day and love to work with it all day. It isn't too large or too small. It is easy to start and I am proud to have it as a friend
  2. 4 months 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. 5 months ago
    MS 362 C-M Love it!
    I've had the MS 362 C-M for about a year now and it replaced a MS 029 purchased in 1996. Starts right up and tears through cutting chores. What a difference between the two saws and I loved my 029 Farm Boss. Stihl is not a cheap product to begin with and the MS 362 is pricey but if I can get a similar 19 years of use of it I'll be very happy with the price tag I paid.
  1. 1 year ago
    Great saw very surprising
    I use saws every day for work and cutting fire wood on weekends. I gave the MS362c a run and to say I was impressed would be an under statement. I used it next to my mate using an 18 month old 46 magnum in a large dead box barrel same bar and chain size and the 362 out preformed the 46 magnum. Both saws had the full 20" bar loaded up and the 362 was cutting much better and faster. This saw will not disappoint. I would not put larger than a 20" bar on this saw if a larger bar 25"+ up grade to a ... read more 66 magnum. I'd recommend this saw for both professional cutters and rural cutters alike.
  2. 1 month ago
    Great running capabilities below 7,000 feet elevation.
    This Stihl chainsaw has been great to work with as long as we have kept it below 7,000-7,500 feet elevation. When we get it to higher elevations, the first tank usually runs great, but after refueling and getting back to work, it usually takes a while to get it started back up again compared to other models and is continuously dying. Without being able to adjust the Carb on the 362 C like you can on the 461, It takes time away from our job messing with it. Other than that, it is a great saw.
  3. 2 years ago
    Great weight to power ratio!
    Best chainsaw I have ever owned. Used and owned several other top brands and they simply don't compare!
  1. 2 months ago
    Plenty of power
    I bought this saw to replace 3 older Stihls. I cut approximately 20 chords of wood for winter. This saw has never failed me once. Fuel consumption is fantastic, and oil capacity is great.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great saw wish I had it sooner
    I cut fire wood to sell all hard wood, oak, hickory and ash. I had been using a red 2171. Driving by the Sthil dealership one day I jokinglly told my wife I should stop and buy a bigger saw. She ask how much it cost, I told her and that was all that was said. Well, Christmas morning it was under the tree!! What a Christmas present, best toy I ever got. This is a great saw. It goes through 20" to 24" oak like it is 12" stuff. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner.
  3. 1 week ago
    This saw "does work"!
    If you want "one saw", this is the saw. Smooth, light for its size, and runs all day through the hardest wood without blinking. It's also the last saw without the microchip in the pro models. Mine is configured with the 25 inch bar, which works for almost all applications and it is easy on the back for guys at my height (i.e., 6'3"), because I do not have to bend over. In short, buy the saw and you will be glad you did.
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