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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. 3 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.
  2. 2 months ago
    Nice saw but a little heavy
    I bought this saw when I retired my ms 440. Saw is noticably heavier than my 440 but has better power. It cuts great with the 25" bar but cannot handle the 32" bar with a yellow chain. The chain just stops dead on the log so I switched to a skip chain and was able to finish the job but I'm still not impressed with the power on the big bar. I think this saw should max out at 28" bar length. All that aside I still love the saw but I need a bigger saw for extra large wood.
  3. 2 months ago
    Just what I needed
    I got to use my new MS 461 for the first time this weekend; WOW; was I ever impressed. It went through a 30" oak tree in nothing flat. With the 36" bar I had everything I needed to fall and buck the tree with minimal effort. Love it.
  1. 11 months ago
    Ms 362 still running fantastic
    I have owned this saw for 4 years now. I use in the winter and in the summer. Always starts in 5 pulls. It has a easy to adjust air block that let's you go from outside air to air off the warm engine. I have "never" had to adjust the carb. Cold being (16f) to warm being (85f). Just flip the air block. I have never even changed the spark plug. Great power to weight ratio! I can cut for hours and still feel like doing more when I'm done. I do know that running 87 octane is a no no. Need to run ... read more only premium fuel. (92 octane). Which I run in all my stihl tools. Love the saw! Spend the extra money and buy the ms 362r. It comes with a full rap handle and duel spikes for just a very small amount more vs just the normal ms 362. To try to convert a saw to the (R) model costs quite a bit more. Either way you'll love the saw!y
  2. 4 years ago
    Super great saw
    Great reliable saw very well balanced.I have had this saw for two years and have cut hundreds of cords of wood with no break downs.Nothing but good to say adout this saw. I have a ms361 same deal great saw. Tim from NY
  3. 1 year 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!
  1. 2 years ago
    The big timber champ
    I've been a professional timber faller for over 35 years. I specialize in jacking big timber. I love the MS880. I run 3/8, .063 full skip chisel chain with an 8 tooth sprocket and this saw will comfortably pull a 60" bar. One of my favorite features of this saw is the flat sided starter cover. It is much easier to sight in my lay with this flat cover as compared to the rounded cover on the 660's. I normally run a 42" bar on the 880 but when the wood gets big or difficult (like really steep ... read more ground), I'll pull a 50" or 60" bar. I do the falling with the 880 and buck the big 16's off the butt with it then finish out the top of the trees with a 660. This saw was made for people like me. It's powerful, smooth, quiet, light weight and reliable.
  2. 3 years ago
    Easy to start, very dependable.
    I have been using Stihl saws for years. My bigger saws were the O46 and the O66. Both are great saws. I recently purchased the 880 with a 41 inch bar, thinking it would have around 1/5 more power than my O66 for cutting through bigger logs. I was disappointed in the power with the longer bar. I ordered a 30 inch bar and chain to try and get the cutting speed where I had expected it. It did cut faster, but for the money I would stick with the O66 (now the 660).
  3. 4 years ago
    The ultimate power saw
    I purchased the MS880 Magnum new in 2007 with a 36" bar for my tree service. I started off using it for firewood and to supply power to a 60" Granberg MKIII Alaskan saw mill. I have sawn several thousand board feet of lumber with this saw and felled dozens of large trees. The saw mill loads the engine when making a full width cut, but the saw powers through. My only complaint is the air filter. It requires constant cleaning. I would like to see a more efficient pre cleaning system to extend run ... read more time between filter cleanings. This is also a heavy saw, but it performs well in large log cuts like no other saw.
  1. 11 months ago
    My go to saw
    I heat my home and water with an outdoor wood boiler and also sell firewood during the heating season. I have had this saw for 3 years now and with only changing the spark plug, fuel filter, and air filter each year I have had no problems with it. I use my MS 440 for falling and trunking and this saw for everything else. I would recommend this saw to anyone.
  2. 5 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
    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. 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.
  2. 2 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. 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.
  1. 3 weeks ago
    An American stalwart tool that will be around a long, long time.
    My brother swears by his Stihl M271 Farm Boss chainsaw and told me the only chainsaw to consider was a Stihl. Seeing as he uses his chainsaw extensively on his farm along with his bobcat, trencher, and ATV's all of which he also maintains himself, I figure he knows what's mechanically sound and what is not. He was absolutely correct in pointing me at getting a Stihl. The proprietor of Georgia Chainsaw was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. My requirement was to have a chainsaw that could ... read more adjust to elevation/altitude with the least amount of difficulty. Traveling off road and potentially confronted with a downed tree blocking the route was part of the reason for the purchase. I'm very pleased with my choice and happy to support an American company and American jobs!
  2. 6 months ago
    Excellent power to weight ratio
    After reviewing all the saw features, I decided on the MS261CM. It came with the 18" bar and the green label "Anti-Kickback" chain. So, for the occasional user looking for professional quality, safety and great power to weight ratio, This is throne!
  3. 2 weeks ago
    This producr ia the best in the world
    I bougt 2015 model first becoze we in Croatia dont have this 2016 model vith 4.9kg and 4.1 hp, and i goo in to Ljubljana and buy yesterday this 2016 model and is twice bether than 2015 model is powerful and light is is the best saw in the world. I have aleredy tuning kit and i put it on that saw and i didnt remove it from saw is the best preformance of cuting
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