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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 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. 

The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.


  1. 2 months ago
    Stihl 261 with M-tronic
    Very pleased with 261 CM. Very powerful for its light weight. Set it up with 3/8 .050 with 18” bar. Cuts like butter through 16” white oak. No vibration at all, amazing... Starts on 2nd pull when cold and 1st pull when hot. Very good on fuel and oils very well. No regrets would highly recommend this saw.
  2. 2 months ago
    Plenty of power and light weight.
    I have had the opportunity to fell a few trees since my purchase, all I can say is money / investment well spent. Ms 261cm plenty powerful, light enough and starts very easy.
  3. 1 month ago
    A Medium Sized Monster
    I have two of these saws and they are unstoppable w/20" bars. The decompression feature is a life saver, especially as I get older. It makes it so easy to start. Nothing stops this saw except ME. I wish that you added this feature to your whole line. I have used this model saw for 4-5 years, I even gave one to a good friend.
  1. 4 years ago
    Great saw for the right tasks!
    When you're looking at all the saws Stihl offers, be very sure you're getting the right one for you. Go talk to your dealer and see what they recommend. I personally use the 362 for a variety of projects. I'm a resource conservation and fire sciences student at the University of Montana which means the saw it seeing a ton of varied use. Ranging from thinning projects, active fire use, bucking blocks for our timbersports team and even using the saw for competitions occasionally. This is a great ... read more mid size saw, I regularly use larger Stihl saws on thinning projects and at work but I come back to this saw regularly and always bring it with me!
  2. 3 years 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. 1 year ago
    Perfect saw
    I LOVE this saw. I use it everyday for felling trees, bucking logs and even have a mill for it. I run a 25 inch bar on it and has plenty of power to use every inch of it.
  1. 2 months ago
    Best Chainsaw You Can Buy
    My MS261 is about 8 years old now. It's never let me down, starts easy, and tackles the biggest trees I throw at it, including a 30" diameter oak tree. I have cut well over 100 facecords of wood now with it, so it's well used. I have the 20" bar on it and it's great. It's also the lightest of the professional saws. I almost went with the MS362, but very glad I chose the 261. It's lighter and gets the job done.
  2. 6 years ago
    Love this chainsaw
    I have had this chainsaw about a year now and use it in summer and winter and it has always performed great, with reliable starting and solid power. I also own a Stihl 026 Pro, which still runs fine, but I like the new features of the MS 261, especially the low emissions, fuel efficiency, and the captive bar nuts (kept losing my old ones in the leaves). The MS 261 has a tad more power than the 026 Pro, but comes with a tad more weight, which (not getting any younger) I do notice.
  3. 2 years ago
    Solid and reliable!
    After owning my MS261 for 7years, I can say it is one great saw! It has taken a 65-70’ drop and was still running. It has never failed to start and gets used quite often. I am amazed how it can set for a month and fires right up after 3-4 pulls. No regrets what so ever on purchasing this saw. Would do it all over again if I had to, but being a stihl I have a feeling I won’t need to for years to come!!
  1. 10 months ago
    Best saw for big jobs
    Absolutely love this saw. It cuts through the biggest trees like butter. Bucking albizias over 100' tall and over 36" in diameter into 2' sections everyday for the past six months without a problem. This saw cuts fast and keeps cutting hour after hour and is even more impressive in adverse conditions. If you want high quality, dependability, and tons of cutting power you will not be disappointed with the ms661.
  2. 2 years ago
    This chainsaw has a perfect power to weight ratio.
    I bought my first stihl saw about 20 years ago.It was the 066 magnum,and it sure did a great job for me. It was used to fell trees and for everyday firewood cutting. I sold this saw due to lack of work. i recently purchased the new MS 661 magnum and WOW is this the saw for me. Plenty of power and very easy to start and surprisingly light weight for its class. This saw will do it all. LOVE MY STIHL. Todd G Robertson.
  3. 1 year ago
    Great Power
    Needed a saw that could handle large trees. I bought my MS 661 with a 28" bar and I am running a skip chain. The large oaks I am cutting are larger than that. Even with the full bar engaged, it ripped through the wood! The power never failed. I love it! It is heavy but you can't have that power without the weight. You understand that when you need big power so I do not consider this a negative.
  1. 2 years ago
    Like a hot knife in butter.
    As a timber farmer here in the PNW, I have been running saws for almost 30 years, and this is the best Stihl that I have ever used. My old 066 used to vibrate so much that after 4 hours of use I could not feel my hands. No more. This saw has a very much improved isolation system and even more power. My dealer told me to be careful with its fuel, and I have not had it long enough to comment. But I bought the Stihl canned gas just in case I give the chainsaw work a break for a few months. Want the ... read more best? Spend the money and get this saw.
  2. 5 years ago
    A great replacement for the MS660
    This saw lives up to everything I expected it to be and more. Being next to the biggest saw Stihl makes,it's heavy and powerful. I've owned 2 MS660's and ran them extensively. The new MS661 has them beat. Uses less gas, has less vibration, starts easier, power delivery is more consistent, an overall pleasure to run. As long as it continues to perform this good I have no regrets about my purchase. Also, a shout out to my Stihl dealer. Brown's Supply in Acme Pa. Great guys to do business with.
  3. 5 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. 2 weeks ago
    This saw is a beast
    I bought the 880 and 59 inch bar to use in a chainsaw Mill, and a 36 inch bar to use for felling. It took me a couple of tries to get the starting procedures down, but has given no trouble since. I've yet to use it in a situation where more than about thirty three inches of bar was engaged, but with that much engaged it doesn't even pretend like it wants to pull down. It is heavy and it sure ain't cheap, but if you want a commercially available saw that is adequate for a bigger mill, this is the one.
  2. 1 year ago
    Just for the people that say there saw died after your first use. YOU NEED TO READ THE DIRECTIONS THERE IS A BREAK IN PROCESS you can’t just get it and start cutting wide open. Also they take 93 octane fuel. The 880 is the most powerful saw on the market and no one can duplicate it. If they could they would of and it’s been the king of chainsaws since it came out and there is still no competition.
  3. 2 years ago
    Love my new ms880magnum
    Just got my saw from broadwater trading company in gate city va,the service was awesome as always and let me tell you, the ms880magnum is great,the quality is perfect in every way.i would highly recommended this saw to anyone who is serious about cutting big wood and/or chainsaw mills.put a 25"bar on it and it's a great firewood saw,put a 36inch bar or larger on it and fell some big timber,the saw dosent care what's on it ,it just flat out preforms.this chainsaw is an all-in-one power house.
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