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Professional Saws

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 years ago
    Lightweight and runs all day long
    I purchased this saw To compliment my MS192TC . I work them together out in our sustainable pine forest. Windfall,dead fall, invasive control, thinning,slash cleanup you name it this saw is a rock star of chainsaws. Lightweight and easy start are great feature when you work the saw hours at a time. I hire loggers to harvest but with my Stihl tag team cutting trees is a breeze,oak included. I also have a MS250 for light duty but I tell ya that saw has gonads too. All in all my saws are incredible ... read more to work with over long periods, they wont quit. Fuel consumption amazes me too. For a 50cc the MS261 CM is a powerful ,economical and reliable. I am a stihl guy from way back in the 1970's. I never imagined Stihl would make the incredible chainsaws they are making today back then. Once a stihl was left in the dump truck with fill soils . The driver dumped his load and the saw was buried for over 6 months. We were dozing the fill and the chainsaw popped out of the dirt. After cleaning , ,oil,refueling,new bar and chain it started right up. Was back on the job next day. Stihl rocks!
  2. 11 months ago
    Great power and weight
    The saw runs and starts very well with great power. Others have reported issues starting when hot, but i have not experienced this. For me it starts after 2 or 3 pulls when cold and after one pull when hot. I have 20+ tanks through it in the last two months bucking 16-24 inch red and white oak for fire wood. I purchased with a 20" bar which some people report is too much for the saw. The RM chain cuts faster/better on the 20 inch bar than the RS. With normal pressure and a sharp chain, ... read more the saw does not bog down when buried in oak. Of course how much pressure you put on the saw and how sharp the chain is will impact this. A great saw which is easy to handle and has plenty of power.
  3. 3 years ago
    Nothing but great things to say
    This saw is amazing. Hands down. From ease of start, great on gas, lots of power, barely any vibration and it cuts through trees like butter. I have 4 acres of wooded property that I am working on clearing with mainly hardwoods and very large poplars and this saw makes quick work of them. It is worth the extra money in my opinion to buy a professional saw. This is something I can see having for 20 years. I replaced an old 1982 Pro Saw from a different company that I got from my grandfather ... read more that still runs but was starting to be a bit unreliable. I was leary because that old saw was a powerful beast but this thing is just as powerful if not more.
  1. 2 years ago
    Excellent Performance
    I told the salesman I wanted a chainsaw that had enough power that it wouldn't bog down easily and this saw delivers! The 20" bar is great as this saw is big enough to cut down any tree on my property and small enough that I can cut off all the limbs to prep for the chipper without getting fatigued. The compression release makes cold starts easy and it runs great in hot and cold weather. There's no change in performance when turning the saw on it's side to cut the stump at ground level. I would ... read more recommend this saw to anyone looking for a great all around chainsaw
  2. 8 months ago
    Great Saw all around saw
    I have had this saw for a few weeks now, I have cut three cords of wood and fell two trees so far. I am very pleased with the performance and the power that the 362 C-M has to offer. This is my first stihl saw that I have owned, due to being hesitant on paying so much but as I have learned you get what you pay for, and after my experience so far I wont own any other saws. I purchased this saw with the 25" bar the saw has no problem pulling the chain through 24"+ oaks, although I do plan to get a ... read more 20" bar for smaller trees. Since buying this saw I have already began looking to replace my smaller saw with another stihl.
  3. 2 months ago
    Good saw, redesign needed for choke rod
    Saw runs good with plenty of power for moderate to larger jobs. Main complaint is the choke rod assembly being lost due to operator error. The change from a 4 position run selector to a 3 position run selector ( operated by throttle trigger) is causing the rod to be dislodged and can only turn the saw off by using the decompression switch. We have a fleet of 25 saws and users of varying skills with many forcing the selector into the run position (old habits) which dislodges the choke rod. Please ... read more redesign so this is user friendly and at a least can re attach the rod before it’s lost and have to replace.
  1. 1 month ago
    If I could give this chainsaw 6 stars, I would. It deserves it. I have owned it for 3 years and it has performed absolutely flawlessly. It is easy to start, perfectly balanced with a 20-inch bar, and has more than sufficient power to cut through anything. With a 25-inch bar, the nose tends to dip a little, but the saw has no problem handling the extra load. I have used it for felling, limbing and cutting maple, black walnut and many dead ash trees, some as large as 30-inch in diameter, with 20- ... read more and 25-inch bars, and it has performed perfectly. The design and quality are out of this world. Just the sound of the saw when idling between cuts, with its rhythmic BRMMM-BRMMM-BRMMM, is enough to make you feel good and lets you know that you are holding the right tool for the job. It just doesn't get any better than this! The ideal all around saw and worth every penny. Little wonder that the MS 362 has received more reviews than any other chainsaw in STIHL'S professional series.
  2. 1 month ago
    All the power that you will need
    First off I want to say this is a awesome saw. IT has whole lot of power very quick got plenty of torque cut any size log no Problems cranks easy runs great I highly recommend it there's no other saw that I need I tried many others this is by far the best.
  3. 5 months ago
    This saw is a beast. It will rip through red oak like it was pine. It has 20% of the Hp of my tractor. That's amazing. Already put allot of trees through this saw. Been bucking 42"-50" rounds lately. It never fails. Starts promptly. You might think it's heavy - but after the first 4-5 won't notice. Wear a face shield - otherwise those 1/2" chips and shavings will get caught in your teeth as you grin felling those 100 footers. This animal will make you feel 20 years younger. And 30 ... read more pounds lighter. Your wife will start calling you 'tiger'. And your kids will start respecting you again. Get the saw.
  1. 3 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.
  2. 7 years ago
    stihl ms880
    if your going to run a big saw like a stihl ms880 or a stihl 084 i highly recommended you use the decompression valve when starting this big boy.i started out on smaller saw like the stihl 025,029,ms310,038,and finally went to a 066 and now i have two stihl 084,s.i run a stihl full skip tooth chain on it 404 .63.gauge which is great for cutting big.i would recommend this saw to anyone.with experience
  3. 3 months 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.
  1. 4 months ago
    another great product bought from my local dealer wilson hardware
    love the light weight and with 28in light bar this thing is amazing glad my dealer could order it and set up the way that i like it it blows my 441c out the water and 3/4 wrap just makes it easy to use and is sexy the throttle response is wicked fast with a sharp chain i could barley stall it out on hard wood thanks stihl for another great product and thanks again to wilson hardware where unlike the big box stores your knowledge and help has yet again made me glad after 4 yrs from buying my ... read more first saw from them i bring all my friends and family to this store i appreciate all help from Dave and his wife
  2. 8 months ago
    Amazing saw.
    When pulled from the box, my first impression was that it was a toy. It is so much lighter than the Stihl saws I’m used to using. Power is way up there and seems to be getting stronger with every tank. The angle of the handle is different and so the saw “points” differently than the previous generation Stihls’. It’s very much a “better” saw by design, lighter and more powerful than any other saw in its 72cc class. And it’s easier to use too. You’re gonna love this saw.
  3. 3 months ago
    Had a 271, nearly the same weight, better ...... Everything... I can tell its going to be a workhorse for many years. Worth every penny.
  1. 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.
  2. 4 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.
  3. 1 month ago
    Runs great,outstanding power, easy to start
    I was a little nervous about electronic engine control after reading some negative reviews, but I have had zero problems with this saw a couple of weeks in. Power is excellent - it feels like a lot more than my trusty 460, but I don't have numbers to back that up. The new start system works great and you don't have to guess about which start cycle to use. My last 90cc saw was an 056 Magnum II, and starting that was a complete Jane Fonda workout. Probably didn't help that the crank seals were ... read more shot. The 661 does go through a lot of gas on full throttle, but I have never seen a saw pile up sawdust like the 661 - you're ankle-deep before you know it.
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