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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. 4 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!
  2. 2 years ago
    a pro saw for joe everyman
    I'm not a professional by any stretch, but I work this saw hard. Felling/bucking dead pine and aspen for firewood, cutting trees that have fallen across single track trails, etc. Haven't tried to accomplish a job yet that this saw isn't up to. It's my third Stihl, and probably as big a saw as I'll ever need. If you're out there wondering whether a pro saw is overkill for a regular guy, the answer is no. A great all around saw that makes any job more fun.
  3. 4 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
  1. 3 years ago
    powerful wood cutter.
    I cut firewood year around to burn & also sell. I use a 441 & for trimming a 211 to save my back. I owned two 441s & one 441c with m tronic. I like my 441 with mixture & idle screws. My first 441 had a throttle cable fray off it was used so much. The older it got the better it sounded & ran! I ran a 28" bar but that was to heavy & nose heavy for me. I like the 20" bar. It races right through anything! Just be alert & careful ,respect the power. The sound of it idling is really cool. Wear ear plugs. Chaps ect.
  2. 2 months ago
    This could be a good saw if the problem was fixed.
    I bought my 441 awhile back. Ran fantastic for the first while then started having starting problems. Felling trees in the deep snow made me put the saw on the shelf cus it didnt like running in the snow. Tried using it during the spring/summer/fall but it would run a bit and quit. Got to the point where it simply would not run for more than 5 minutes. I parked the saw for the last 4 years and today I figured I'll try and get it apart and find what its problem is but reading theses posts, I can ... read more see others are having the same problems. This also tells me that Stihl has not fixed the situation and has left owners with a white elephant. So sad good product lines have to be bypassed due to getting stiffed.
  3. 3 months ago
    Better late than never
    . Bought a new 441 about 8 years ago from a stihl dealer. It has a 25" bar and I have never needed anything else. This is a professional saw, it is heavy, it has high compression so it's tougher to start, always starts on 5 pulls or less. Runs strong. I run 100ll avgas exclusively and have never had to do anything other than clean the air filter, replace one bar, and sharpen or replace chains. USE NON ETHANOL GASOLINE and you'll never need another saw. This saw has cut over 100 chords of firewood in 8 years.
  1. 5 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.
  2. 4 years ago
    Awesome saw and a dream to operate!
    I bought this saw about six months ago and have ripped through hundreds if not thousands of board feet of storm damaged red oak, white oak, hickory and poplar. it is not amazingly hard to start once you get a feel for it. usually takes two or three pulls in the all the way down throttle position and then move one up and another two or three pulls and it fires right up! i have found that warming it up a bit at say half throttle keeps it from cutting off numerous times. i do run high octane fuel ... read more and the new two cycle engine oil for all three of my Stihl saws.
  3. 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
  1. 10 months ago
    Good stuff yeye
    Ime a full time chaser on a thinning yarder, i bought this saw for personal use and use at work when only tree length comes to the landing. We got no processor or dansco and i buck 100+ foot logs with this saw. It starts everytime and doesnt even need the choke if you wanna rip on it a few extra times. My 661 gets tossed, thrown, and stepped on and packed with mud and gets wet all the time and still runs better than the lil 461's. I highly recomend it but ONLY run clear gass mix with stihl's ... read more brand of mixing oil otherwise you do get the same problems as all these other guys who blow up somthing too big for their balls
  2. 3 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
    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.
  1. 2 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.
  2. 3 years ago
    6 Stihl saws
    Needed a 60cc saw to supplement my 25y.o. 028 Super. My 362 R C-M is FANTASTIC ! Easy starting, Great power & balance, I heat with wood & cut approx. 30 cords annually. I also use my saws for disaster cleanup. If every product that we purchased was as rugged, well made & long lasting as these Stihl saws, we would all be wealthier!
  3. 2 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!
  1. 5 months ago
    Simply the Best
    I have owned many saws over the past 30 years and I was hesitant to try the M-Tronic but boy am I glad I did. This is the easiest starting and smoothest running saw I have ever used. The power is unreal for a saw this light too. It flat out eats and begs for more. I'm very very impressed. My MS460 magnum is for sale because It's not in this saws league as hard as that is to believe.
  2. 1 month ago
    Great anti vibration on this saw essay on the hands!mtronic is pretty impressive to
    Cut around 70 cords of wood a year felling and bucking.liked my farmbosss but wanted a pro saw so I decided on 261 after research lots of totally impressed good power torque. Cuts everything I put in front of it! Starts easylike everything about it ! If you need a midrange pro saw there's none better!my opinion.
  3. 2 months 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!
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