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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. 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 2009-2016 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. 2 months ago
    excellent saw
    I've been using chainsaws since the 1960s and now at almost 70 years of age I needed adequate power with less weight. My 362C fits nicely. It"s efficient and fast cutting. Actually, it cuts faster than some of my heavier saws from years gone by. It starts easily and dependably, and is the safest saw I've ever had. With a 20 inch bar it's well balanced and will quickly process everything I need. I've had bad luck with off brand bar and chain oil, so I recommend using Stihl oil. If your saw will ... read more stay in the case for weeks or months at a time, use the pre mixed fuel; it's much more dependable.
  2. 5 months ago
    Great saw
    This has been an excellent saw. I've owned it for about a year, plenty of power to run a 25" bar. Easy to start, lightweight. Only negative is the top of the engine housing is plastic. A small piece of wood got dropped on it in the trailer and cracked it.
  3. 2 years ago
    Very comfortable saw
    Great saw. Has all the power that one could ask for. Starts easy and comfortable to use for extended amounts of time. Only 1 complaint I was using it on a hot humid day and I turned it off for a couple minutes when I went back to start it up it did not want to start. So I let it sit in the shade for a while then went back and it started right up. It only happened once so I am not too concerned about it. Great Great chainsaw. Would recommend it to anyone.
  1. 1 year ago
    Love It!
    Absolutely love this saw. I got it with a 28" bar. Runs very good with it. I recently burned up a husqvarna and didn't like the options I had to get it fixed (Almost the price I paid for it new). I decided, with hours of YouTube video, and meeting my with local saw shops (gotta trust your mechanic), that the 461R was the saw for me. It's lighter, more powerful than my old saw. I will most likely be getting a 25" and a 32" bar in the future. I foresee a long life together with the saw.
  2. 4 years ago
    good saw
    I've had a dozen or so 460's and 660's. Im a professional timber faller so I use these tools every day. I've always loved the 460 and was bumbed to hear that you cant buy them any more. I just bought my first 461 and so far it seems to be a very good saw its very similar to the older saws. It seems to come stock with just a little bit more power. Im very happy with the saw so far.
  3. 3 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!
  1. 2 months ago
    Beast of a saw
    Originally bought this saw for milling,but decided to use it for my felling needs and I've never looked back Im pretty sure I'll never come across anything this saw can't handle.ive ran 066 and 660s and this saw is way above them as far as power and torque and the m tronic take the guess work out of tuning and adjusting for conditions.its been very reliable so far usally two pills and it fires right up.Thos is most definitely a pro grade saw,I had to order mine cause trees companies in my area ... read more bought my dealer out.truly the best saw out of the 4 Stihl saws I own and it definitely kept the Stihl reputation up as being the best .thanks Stihl!!!
  2. 4 months 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.
  3. 3 months 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 !
  1. 1 year ago
    Awesome Saw Better With Wrap Bar
    I still use my 660 but not as much as the 661. It has a stong powerband in the wood. The M-Tronic and great antivibe are big improvements over the legendary 660. The wrap handlebar makes it more versatile felling. Big, smooth power.
  2. 1 year ago
    mini mill monster
    This saw is great for a lot of applications. I have been milling with it and I am very happy with its power. It glides through soft and hard wood and bucks logs like a light sabre. Happy to have it with my smaller stihl saws.
  3. 1 year 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.
  1. 2 weeks ago
    Best safety features for firefighters
    My department bought this saw for its power size and weight, but I recommended that we get the C-MQ for its hand guard mounted brake. Before this saw I had some worries about lesser expirenced firefighters getting hurt when clearing trees from roadways and during brush fires. Now I worry less about the saw and more about the operators. Time for more training.
  2. 4 years ago
    amazing little saw!
    this is an amazing little saw, iv cutt side by side with other professionals w/ bigger saws and this little thing will keep up with bigger saws. 'AKA' the little ripper. great fuel economy, its light, and this one come with floating gear set up instead of normal star sprocket. also much better because of this..from heavy to minor yard or household use to pretty hardcore field cutting, this saw can do the job well
  3. 3 years ago
    Solid Performer
    Have used my MS 261 for over a year and have no complaints. The quality is good and it does everything it advertises. Things I especially like is the weight and number of dealers I can buy parts from. The only complaint I have is not the saw but the stihl carrying case. I can't find a place to carry bar oil or pre-mix in the carrying case. Sounds picky but if you transport a lot, it can be a pain to carry another box.
  1. 2 months ago
    Great little saw!
    I needed a small, professional series saw for logging out trails and clearing fences. After having a baby the old 026 was feeling pretty heavy, but I can pack this around a fenceline and it has all the power I need. My coworker laughed at it at first--now it's the one he reaches for, and the 360 stays in the shop. This is the second year I've had it, and I love how it fires up every time. (And I'm not that strong anymore!)
  2. 10 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. 2 years ago
    Power to weight ratio nuff said
    Was looking for a light pro saw for limbing and cutting brush. Have a ms 362 and though I love it, it is better for bucking the main trunk. I wanted something nimble to dismantle the canopy on th ground. Was looking at the ms 201 rear handle. At a 150 dollars cheaper, a pound heavier, and a lot more horsepower the ms 241 won my choice. The mtronic is nice and starting is a breeze.
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