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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 2009-2015 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.


  1. 1 month ago
    Man, what a saw
    I own a ms290 farm boss Which is a really good saw, but I wanted more power. This saw delivers. It has a compression release that makes cranking the saw a lot easier. Used it on 20"+ oak logs and it went thru them like butter. I love this saw.
  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. 4 months ago
    Thumbs up to the MS461
    Great saw. Running a 28" bar with filed down rakes on an aggressive chain and this saw just EATS. I've put a solid season on this saw and its chewed up everything I've thrown at it. This saw is fun to run! However, I do not recommend it for beginners.
  1. 2 years ago
    I am so glad I went with a professional model! I had several lower priced chainsaws in the past and they were toast! I have trees on my property that range from 12" to 24" OAK and Walnut and this STIHL melts right through them all. Chains lubricate well and the chains also wear nicely. One thing for sure that sets these saws above the rest is the ease of starting even when it is cold. I love it and feel great about spending this kind of money for a saw that will "GIT ER DONE!"
  2. 3 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. 7 months ago
    Toss the .325 sprocket
    Best power to weight ratio of any saw I've ever used. I recommend a 3/8 pitch conversion with an 18" bar . I occasionally run a 25" with no problems. I'm
  1. 2 years ago
    Great small saw
    Have this saw for removing limbs. Works excellent for this! Saw runs great and has plenty of power plus its light enough to carry while moving along a downed tree. What I like best about it is that it has enough power to start bucking up the tree from the narrow end while someone with a large saw can start at the large end. My one complaint, like every else's, is that for the money it should have an aluminum handle and magnesium side cover.
  2. 3 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.
  3. 8 months ago
    My go to saw
    I heat my home and water with an outdoor wood boiler and also sell firewood during the heating season. I have had this saw for 3 years now and with only changing the spark plug, fuel filter, and air filter each year I have had no problems with it. I use my MS 440 for falling and trunking and this saw for everything else. I would recommend this saw to anyone.
  1. 1 year ago
    Amazing saw
    I cut trees for a living I bought this saw because I had trouble with other saws bogging down once I got started and not wanting to start when I bought this saw everyone at my work made fun of me because they all have big ol saws from other company's well we had a bet the very first time i used the saw I run a 20inch bar on it an they run 24s on theirs my saw out performed out cut and out produced their saws all day long now my whole crew owns the 362 even the 362c thumbs up the stihl the build ... read more amazing products can never go wrong with this saw
  2. 2 years ago
    Decent saw...depending on the job
    I am 60 and hopefully still making firewood etc for another 10 or more years (Northwestern Red Fir/Tamarack). My primary saw is an aging (like me) 044 with a 25 inch bar and my backup saw was shot so looking at the coming years I opted for this 2 pound lighter saw and the easy start compression release on all these new models. It came stock with a 25 inch bar. It does not have the power or the speed of the larger 044 but does OK on logs under 20 inch diameter. I was careful to follow the 5 tank ... read more break-in process and bought the high-dollar Stihl oil to get the warranty extension. Midway through the break-in process I had a problem with restarting the saw if it was hot but soon discovered it was a fouled spark plug. I would avoid using longer bars ..and if your work is smaller you might consider a shorter bar to improve power to get out when a kerf starts to pinch.
  3. 2 months ago
    Great power to weight ratio
    I bought this saw a year ago as a compliment to my ms260 didn't really need it but wanted a bit more power in case a big tree came along this summer we suffered a ton or downed trees from a major wind storm and was I glad I had it in my arsenal because with the widespread damage you couldn't buy a chainsaw anywhere let alone a good one this saw paid for itself ten times over and so did its little brother what a great pair
  1. 5 months ago
    Excellence personified
    I stepped up to the MS 661 RCM with a 36" bar from a Husky 455 Rancher and won't go back; I'm a Stihl convert! Tremendous power, runs like a champ, I love the wrap handle. You get what you pay for and it's worth every penny, what a saw!
  2. 9 months ago
    Gotta love the power
    This is the saw for a professional that wants a versatile saw runs 25" to 40" bars and chains like a dream. I would recommend full skip chisel chains on the longer bars. Been a little over a year now and haven't had any issues. I would get another one when this one wears out.
  3. 2 years ago
    Everything I was hoping for and more.
    Didn't know what to expect but when I took it to the cut block and put it into a oversize cedar and pinned it I was impressed. Lots of stump power, little to no vibration, and at the end of the day the weight difference makes for a more productive day. Stihl is on to something with this saw.
  1. 3 years ago
    This small saw has features that are normally found on bigger pro saws.
    This is a great saw. I put a 20" 3/8 bar and chain on it and it was like a different saw. The air filter is a major improvement over the old flocked filter. I've got a bigger Stihl for felling big stuff, but this is the saw I run the most. I've had 026's and MS260 but this is the best of that class. When you know how they are made you will buy a Stihl.
  2. 3 months ago
    Worthy replacement for .028 Wood Boss
    After 25 years my Stihl .028 suffered a score on the piston & rings, probably from a piece of carbon breaking loose. I looked to Stihl for a replacement of course and first tried an MS250. I found it was not nearly the saw I was used to using and did not meet my expectations. I then moved up to the MS261. While considerably more expensive it also compares favorably to my old saw, including bar/chain compatibility. It's a great saw with a number of improvements over the .028. I'm very satisfied ... read more and if it lasts me another 25 years I'll be 100 years old and will probably have quit sawing wood.
  3. 4 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.
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