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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 2009-2016 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. 5 months ago
    This saw has great power.
    I was going to buy the Stihl MS391 for it's power but the saw was to heavy and I decided to spent the extra money on the MS362 and I'am glad I did this saw has fantastic power and the weight is very light for the amount of power.I don't think there is a better Chain Saw out there that can even come close to this MS362,.buy it you will not be sorry.If you purchase a case of motomix Stihl 4 quarts minimum Stihl will double the warranty from 1 year parts and labor to 2 years parts and labor but you ... read more have to purchase that with the saw at the same time.
  2. 2 months ago
    Great Saw
    I wanted more power then my MS261, which is now my limbing saw, and the confidence with more power to tackle larger jobs. The MS362 does just that. Plenty of power, handles the 20" bar with ease, and starts reliably. I have found my "groove" with this saw, and now have what I believe to be a reliable arsenal of STIHL saws to tackle anything the woods here throw at me. Can't go wrong with this saw, you will not be disappointed.
  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. 2 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.
  2. 2 years 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.
  3. 3 years ago
    Out cuts My MS660
    I own 4 Stihl pro saws, MS362 Arctic, MS461R full wrap MS660R full wrap and now this MS661R full wrap. I cut dead seasoned locust almost exclusively and the saws all eat it up very fast. My 660 has a dual port muffler and is tuned to run but it seems this saw may have it beat, I was skeptical about the M Tronic as this is my first saw with it. Judging by the performance and easy starting I will own more. My MS362 was the last non M tronic saw they had and now I wished I'd have waited and bought ... read more one with it. Time will tell over the long term but I am very happy with the saw so far and it only has one tank thru it, its definitely going to gain power as it breaks in.
  1. 4 years ago
    Great chain saw and have recommended it to other people
    I broke the chainsaw in when it was 11 degrees outside and it performed flawlessly, I am sold on that m-tronic technology, no more having to take time and adjust the carburetor when cutting. The anti vibration handle is also a great feature, after cutting all day my arms didn't feel like jello. If you heat your home with wood like I do and you don't want to be wore out at the end of the day after cutting wood, I would highly recommend this chainsaw. The saw also cuts through the wood very ... read more quickly with little effort.
  2. 3 years ago
    Power Stick
    I love this saw ! Anything that I throw at it, it eats it right up. This is enough power than you need to take down or cut up anything. I saw a lot of big stuff for my company . Huge coast redwoods, hard black walnut , tons of oak and fir, nothing can stop this beast. This saw is all you need trust me, you just have to know how to saw right along with it . It always starts right up for me and never have any problems. Just make sure you clean it after every use and don't let it sit . This saw is ... read more without a doubt worth the money.
  3. 3 years ago
    Excellent saw with many uses
    Purchased with 28in bar for use with Alaskan mill to custom mill hardwood slabs. Very reliable, starts on the first pull everytime. Great ergonomics for hours of use, but don't under estimate the weight, or forget to respect the power. The weight can be a little tiring after a few hours, but is a positive for bucking large logs. Very efficient at felling, limbing, and bucking large hardwoods up to 4 feet in diameter. The tool-less fuel and bar oil plugs are great, and have never vibrated open. Great saw.
  1. 3 years ago
    EXCELLENT CHAINSAW FOR HOMEOWNER/PROFESSIONAL
    I own a MS261 CQ, the power to weight ratio is superior!! The QUIK handle chain break is a must for me, definitely a safety feature that I like. Serviceability, is made easy with the canister style air filter, and escaped bar nuts. Mine is equipped with a 20in bar, with a RS chain, WOW is the response from everyone who try it!! I LOVE MY STIHL!!!! We own STIHL EVERYTHING, wish they built cars!!
  2. 3 years ago
    Wow!
    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!"
  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. 3 months ago
    powerfull workhorse
    today i was cutting 30 inch oak trunks, fast and ez
  2. 12 months ago
    King of the Wilderness
    I bought this saw a year ago and almost wet myself when I first fired it up. It roars. It turns out this is far more saw then I need, but when I feel I need it, it steps up and gets it done. The only time this saw slowed down a little was when it was fully buried in a 40" fir with my 32" bar and chain attached. That was a big tree. Usually this is fitted with the 25" bar and I have yet to see it slow even a little, no matter what I ask of it. Fires up second pull and runs strong till the tank empties.
  3. 2 months ago
    Awesome saw
    Great power. This saw continues to amaze me with the power to weight. It's a sweet saw
  1. 7 months ago
    Great saw
    I bought the saw because my old farm boss couldn't keep up with the clean up from hurricane matthew. I have not been disappointed once by this saw. It takes down trees in a hurry. Wind blown pines, white oaks, and large gum trees. Some of those oaks were 44 inches and against a 36 inch bar with a full skip chain, not a problem. My saw runs great but recently I started thinking it could be better. I sent it to a west coast faller and it is now a Magnum Insane-O Magnum. Check his 661c on ... read more youtube. hotsaws101 it runs like the terminator on steroids now.
  2. 4 months ago
    Powerful saw
    I see a lot of people having a problem with the saw starting after running hot or after running for long periods of time. I found when you re-start any of the saws just pull the cord with out choking or doing anything you would do when cold starting and especially with the mtronics. Usually starts every time one pull because the gas is already there. if you re-choke after running hot, it floods the carburetor causing the no starts. Just pull the cord. Unleash the beast.
  3. 3 months ago
    Nice hefty saw
    Shy of an 880 for milling or clearing the rainforests - I can't imagine anyone needing a bigger saw. The 661 is a beast. It don't find huge power advantage over the 461, but it's noticeable. Love the MTRONIC. This saw doesn't let down.
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