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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. 1 month ago
    All around excellent saw.
    My first pro saw. 3 tanks of fuel burned so far. Taking it easy on break-in. Excellent power, weight and starting. Love the compression release for startup. Mostly used for firedwood cutting.
  2. 2 months ago
    Very nice saw.
    This saw has plenty of power very dependable starts up easy. Great features best all around pro saw. Love it. For the people giving the hard to use and not dependable feedback....please put the saw down and back away slowly.
  3. 3 years 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
  1. 6 years ago
    Very capable chainsaw
    I first purchased the Farmboss and went over to my father's house to remove some trees. I was very disappointed that the engine was struggling as much as it was. I took it back that day. The dealer was wonderful about trading a used chainsaw back and I picked up the MS 362. Although it only has a 4cc larger engine, the way it is set up must make the difference, because the next several trees I dropped, it cut through them like a hot knife through butter. This is a much more capable saw.
  2. 6 years ago
    Great saw for all around cutting
    I upgraded to this saw from my MS311. This saw is the same weight, but has substantially more power. I like the dual element air filter, I can be confident that the engine is breathing clean air. I have a 16, 20 and 25" bar and cut everything from Pine to Osage Orange. As long as the chain is sharp this saw will cut everything you throw at it. It does use more fuel than the 311 did, but it also gets the job done a lot faster. My only complaint is that it is sometimes hard to start, but all of my ... read more Stihl equipment takes a few pulls before it fires.
  3. 6 years ago
    great multipurpose firewood saw
    i decided to buy a stihl 362 after running plenty of my friends husqvarna and stihl 50 and 70cc saws. i owned a 455 and wanted more power in a simular weight package. i found this saw to have a great power to weight ratio and to be a good do-it-all saw. With the right bars and chains this saw will take care of the needs of both power classes, mine runs great with a 25" full chisel and a 18" semi chisel.
  1. 8 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. 1 year ago
    I run it six days a week. Always starts and runs strong
    It's been a great saw. I bought it at hurricane Matthew. Ran it for 45 mins . Took it back and it was time for me to go back home. I went and got the saw because they had not fixed it and I w as s going home. I took it to Howard Brothers. A stihl rep came and approved all new engine. The diagnosis was scorn piston. The electronics showed I was telling the truth. 42 mins of run time. Has been an awesome saw since .
  3. 8 months ago
    this product has power to spare
    I own several Stihl chainsaws and until now my most powerful one was my 461. It has plenty of power and durability and thought it would be my last chainsaw but my son in law used it and liked it so much I gave it to him, with the intention of buying another 461. That is until I tried a 661 all I can say is wow. So now I have to keep my son in law from trying this one. Thanks for a very powerful great saw.
  1. 6 years ago
    Fantastic saw!!!
    I had a stihl ms 026 but it had some age on it and was hard to start so i wanted to upgrade to an equivalent saw so i bought the MS 261 with 18 inch bar. Phenomenal saw!! has great power for what i cut. Starts easy. Runs smooth. Great features like: captive bar nuts (cant lose them) antivibration, fuel economy, heavy duty air filter, black line across the shroud to see your cutting line. Yes it was kinda pricy but its a stihl and that means there durable, long lasting, inexpensive parts,and easing to work on
  2. 5 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
    lightweight smooth powerful
    saw very easy starting great power to weight very well balanced and smooth just a comfortable saw to run . I like the capture nuts on the side cover that is a real nice feature .the tank covers are also nice. I worked for a tree surgeon in the 80s we had 09 to 090 stihl it is amazing to see the advancement in technology. this saw just keeps making power up to incredibly high rpm and stays smooth .it has great performance .
  1. 2 years ago
    Fantastic Saw
    I am a land owner about to build a house and needed to do some clearing of medium sized trees and dense brush. A friend came over with a small arborist saw to take care of the upper branches and I stayed on the ground with the MS 261. The saw never had a single hiccup during the entire process except a bar oil cap that popped of and drained the bar oil (user error). It handled every tree with ease. I would absolutely recommend this saw if you want a commercial line reliability/power and are ... read more willing to pay a bit more for it.
  2. 2 years ago
    This latest MS 261 CM is amazing.
    I have had an original MS 261 for six years. It is a great saw. I have been wanting an MTronic one ever since they came out a few years ago. When I held this latest version, I knew it was time. My Stihl dealership is very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Brought the saw home today and went through a half tank of gas in our woodlot before the MN winter drove back inside. This saw was not phased by the cold at all. It's lighter and has a faster trigger response than my last saw. Very ... read more pleased with this saw!
  3. 7 months ago
    Putting it to good use
    I have probably put 30 hours of use on this chainsaw already. As long as I do my part to maintain it and keep the chain sharpened it keeps up with the big boys all day long. At the end of the day I’m not nearly as tired as the other guys with their heavier saws. No fiddling with carb setting, just oil gas and a quick sharpening with the new Stihl sharpening tool and off I go. Total down time is only 5 minutes for all that. Easy care!
  1. 7 months ago
    Best saw Stihl has
    I’ve ran this saw everyday for 8 weeks straight working the hurricane. This saw has been ran more than most people will run one in a lifetime. We have 8 other Stihl saws and 1 husky on the truck. 95% 241 and 5% 261cm.. Its super lite really strong for its size runs perfect and starts with ease. I had to buy another because everyone fights over it so now we have 2. It’s just the perfect all around saw for everything. After all this mess is over this is the one that will stay in the toolbox in ... read more case of emergencies.
  2. 5 years ago
    Great Little Saw for Firewood
    Was looking for a smaller saw to run with my 034 that I have had for 25+ years. Started looking and found this one. Plenty of power and lightweight too. Cut around 12 cords with this saw this year. My go to saw for bucking firewood. If this saw will last as long as my 034 I will never have too replace it. Love the M-Tronics. Saw fires up with in 3 pulls and no stalling. Great saw for firewood. No regrets for spending the money for this Stihl product.
  3. 2 years ago
    Great Chainsaw
    I had two Poulan Chainsaws in the past and they just could not handle it; were getting bogged down, hard to start and quit on me several times. I decided to upgrade and got the STIHL MS 241 C, and I am glad I did. This saw is powerful, light and cuts through trees like they are butter. I needed to clear 15 medium size trees, cut them up and haul them away. This saw works like a dream and made the job a lot easier. There is plenty of power to easily handle the 18" bar and the saw never bogs down.
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