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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. 3 months 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. 5 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. 3 months ago
    Both Strong and Easy Handling
    I heat with wood and bought this saw because of it's weight/easy handling and very strong power. It has proven to be a great workhorse that easily fells and logs trees. Starts easily and runs well; I have taken to calling it The Beast. I have a 251CM for limbing/small work and the two saws make a great combination!
  1. 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!"
  2. 2 months ago
    The one saw that does everything
    Simply put, I don't do enough cutting to have multiple saws, but at the same time, when I do need a saw, it needs to work and get the job done. With that being said, i read a lot on the 241 and 261. I settled on the 261. With a weight over only 11 pounds - it makes you wonder if it can do the job... but when you squeeze that trigger and drop it in to a log - all that wonder is dispelled and all you see is chips flying. I've used the saw multiple times - run about 5 tanks thorough it. ... read more Always starts, and always pulls hard While it isnt cheap - it will last me years of reliable service. Another thing that made me pick this saw is the almost cult following it has for in and post warranty customization items.
  3. 4 years ago
    amazing little saw!
    this is an amazing little saw, iv cutt side by side with other professionals w/ bigger saws and this little thing will keep up with bigger saws. 'AKA' the little ripper. great fuel economy, its light, and this one come with floating gear set up instead of normal star sprocket. also much better because of this..from heavy to minor yard or household use to pretty hardcore field cutting, this saw can do the job well
  1. 4 years ago
    the only saw I need
    I have had my saw for two years now with no problems whatsoever. The saw has plenty of power to run a 20" bar comfortably, and 25" if you need it. This saw pulls the 25" bar and chain through large oak trees no problem. For someone who heats with firewood in my area, this saw is the perfect saw. I do not even own any smaller or larger saws, this saw is the saw that anyone should pick if they were only to have one, as I do. From small diameter trees and limbing, to felling and bucking 36" ... read more diameter trees, this saw gets it done.
  2. 2 months ago
    Very reliable saw!
    After burning down three of the other orange brand saws in a year and a half I bought my first stihl. I have owned the ms362 now for 5 going on six years. The saw is used weekly on the farm and we cut an average of 20 cords a year. Three bars and countless chains later and the powerhead is yet to give us any problems. I'm sold on the stihl brand.
  3. 4 years ago
    Highly recommended saw
    After purchasing this I ran it for the first time the very next day for 7 hours straight minus time to refuel and add oil. Runs strong, and smooth. Vibration is no more and maybe less than my 026 Pro. Much lighter than the 041 Farm Boss that it replaced. Sips fuel compared to the Farm Boss. Weight was not even close to being an issue. Thanks Uncle Jacks Saw Shop in Stedman, NY for reccomending this saw. I love it.
  1. 1 year ago
    great powerhead
    Another great saw right out of the box. I use this saw to power my turbosawmill. Plenty of power right out of the box, no need for mods. Its expensive, but your not buying it for the price point, your buying it because you need guaranteed dependable power right from the start, and that's what you get.
  2. 5 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. 4 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).
  1. 2 years ago
    Love It!
    Absolutely love this saw. I got it with a 28" bar. Runs very good with it. I recently burned up a husqvarna and didn't like the options I had to get it fixed (Almost the price I paid for it new). I decided, with hours of YouTube video, and meeting my with local saw shops (gotta trust your mechanic), that the 461R was the saw for me. It's lighter, more powerful than my old saw. I will most likely be getting a 25" and a 32" bar in the future. I foresee a long life together with the saw.
  2. 3 years ago
    The MS 461R Extremely Powerful,well designed STIHL POWERHOUSE!
    I've had my MS461R Stihl for a little over six months. I purchased mine with a 32" bar and Full Skip chain. It's hard to explain how amazing this saw is unless you try one out. I cut large Red Oak the day I brought it home and it ate through the tree like a Nuclear Beaver! The 461 is well balanced,easy to maintain, and relatively easy on fuel. The more you use the saw, the better it gets! I highly recommend the 461R to anyone needing a mid-sized Professional saw with amazing cutting power. ... read more OUTSTANDING Engineering from STIHL!
  3. 1 year ago
    Just an awesome saw!
    Purchased the saw new in august with 28 bar". I have put through it's paces. The emerald ash borer decimated my trees. Long story short, saw hasn't missed a beat! 40 face on the fence right now! I love running this saw, and will add that it is less tiresome to run than my older MS 310. I can't wait to run the 20" bar on it. Erik
  1. 5 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
  2. 7 months ago
    Great power to weight ratio
    Saw is great once you figure out the M-Tronic system. I am still wondering if Stihl has quite figured it out. I love not having to tune the saw in the field. Overall it is a great machine. I cut 3 cords of pine in just a few hours and that was with the green safety chain. Saw has alot of power for the weight. I will likely get the 25" bar so I dont have to bend over so far for limbing as I am 6'3". I really wish Stihl included more information about calibrating the MTronic system for altitude ... read more change and temps. I live at 8000 feet and cut up to 12000 feet. The saw needed to idle for a while at each spot. Glad i brought the old 029 to limb while it warmed up.
  3. 2 years ago
    Never fails !!
    I've owned my 362 now for five years it's never once failed on me .yea stihls are pricey but their worth Thier weight in gold .i can't name one arborist who don't swear by them and the quality that goes into Thier craftsmanship.i been doing arbor work for over twenty years and enjoy using all of stihls equipment .
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