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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 2009-2016 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. 9 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
  2. 3 years ago
    BEST SAW! LOVE
    Incredible saw! AMAZING POWER! Love the professional line! The MS 261 C-M is perfect for me as a homeowner for all the sawing I do! Cannot say enough good things about this saw or STIHL!
  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. 11 months 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 11 months 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.
  1. 6 months ago
    Does it all! Great power to weight ratio, balanced, torque, build quality and M-tronic!
    This saw does everything very well! It has a great power to weight ratio, it is very well balanced, has great torque and the build quality is exceptional! I had no problem paying more for this than either a homeowner or ranch saw. It also starts, idles and restarts great! The M-tronic is a great feature! I now would require the M-tronic on any other saw I purchase. I'm extremely please with it! Simply put it is exceptional. I'm not sure what I would recommend to improve upon it?
  2. 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.
  3. 3 years ago
    My 1st Stihl Chainsaw Purchase
    Rode the McCulloch chainsaw for 25'ish years before she gave-up the ghost so a new purchase was in-order. Met with and talked to several people plus a little research on-line and ended up at a local Stihl Dealer. A representative from Stihl was actually there and we discussed my needs and expectations. I had them write it up and i took it home. I am totally amazed at the MS261. The power, simplicity and the overall user experience has been exceptional; Kudos !!!
  1. 12 months ago
    Great performer
    I had the choice of an MS362 and an MS311. The side by side comparison was difficult as the are similarly equipped. I chose the 362 just because I intend on keeping it forever. I bought it to clear my property and I am not a pro. To my old big box chainsaws there is no comparison. This saw ate all of the trees in my yard to include a 28" sweet gum. The beauty is this saw is capable of doing that much everyday. Glad I paid the extra 200 for a saw I will eventually put in my will. Mike
  2. 3 months ago
    Worth every penny!
    I have owned many saws over the years, primarily for cutting my own firewood, some I have liked and others were just ok. This is the first saw that I have had that I am excited to get it out of the case as I know it is up the to task. It starts easy and cuts easy without working me.
  3. 7 months ago
    a pro saw for joe everyman
    I'm not a professional by any stretch, but I work this saw hard. Felling/bucking dead pine and aspen for firewood, cutting trees that have fallen across single track trails, etc. Haven't tried to accomplish a job yet that this saw isn't up to. It's my third Stihl, and probably as big a saw as I'll ever need. If you're out there wondering whether a pro saw is overkill for a regular guy, the answer is no. A great all around saw that makes any job more fun.
  1. 4 months ago
    Great saw
    Just took my new saw out today for first time .I was really pleased with this saw.The power to weight ratio is great.Saw starts easily. Cuts through red oak like a knife through hot butter. I am very happy that I can buy a quality product like this and keep my fellow Virginians working
  2. 1 year ago
    Bad to the bone.
    Working as a Stihl tech gives me the ability to test just about every saw out there. Having a small firewood business on the side has me cutting dozens of cords every year. After the first time I tried this saw I bought one and won't pick another up unless it needs testing. Perfect balance and feel along with buttery smooth engine thanks to the M-Tronics management system make this saw the ultimate firewood saw.
  3. 2 years ago
    Good saw!!
    On about my 10th tank, great little saw. Good for limbing and all the little stuff. I've been having tennis elbow type problems, so bought this little saw to help take the load off my elbow. It's very light, and pretty powerful for it's size. Only thing I'd change is put an aluminum handle and magnesium clutch cover on it. Only add very small amount of weight, if any. That would make it the absolutely PERFECT small saw. Hope Stihl is listening and open to making improvements.
  1. 4 weeks 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
    The best choice
    Upgraded from a ms660 mag and immediately the results were noticeable. The ms661 never loads up....it has more low end torque along with overall more power a refined power band....its quieter and uses less fuel....along with easy starts in any temperature . It has less vibration and easier to use. Thanks again Stihl
  3. 11 months ago
    Priceless
    I do full time selective harvest low impact logging. Broke in the 13th saw in collection. Bore cut a butt 60 inches wide. Went to the back and finished her off quickly..bucked off the log at 37 feet.35 inches at that height. Cut clean.no splits cracks or imperfections..thank you stihl..let's just say this is a good example of 26,000 reasons to buy a stihl!! Sincerely jack the veneer hunter..PS.,the wife made quick work of the limbs with a 441c..
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