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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. 2 months ago
    Flat gets it on, awesome saw!!!
    This saw cuts like a monster hungry for wood! Give this saw some RPMs and it wants to pull it’s way through trees. Keep the chain sharp and hold on! By far the best saw I have ever had a chance to run! Would definitely recommend it to a friend. The only drawback is it’s a little bit pricey, just save up and enjoy the experience! I did.
  2. 1 month ago
    Cold start, pull the trigger and push the choke down.
    To cold start the saw all you got to do is pull the trigger and push the choke down. It is a fully automatic computerized choke. It will start on the first pull. Several people in the reviews section here have mentioned it is hard to cold start stating they had to pull 20 or 30 times to get it to start. Okay that's true for saws of 20 years ago. They obviously don't know about the automatic choke. It is advertised on this model and if you read the manual you would know how to use it. I let my ... read more saw sit for 2 weeks on a nearly empty tank and all I did was pull the trigger and push the choke down. It started on the first pull. It is an excellent saw especially combined with the yellow pulling style chain. I'm using the 20 inch bar and a 25 inch bar. You have to take your time a little bit more with the 25 in but it still works. If you're going to be cutting Hardwoods larger than 25 in you really should be running a larger saw. This saw will do the work but it will be hard on it.
  3. 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.
  1. 2 years ago
    This chainsaw has a perfect power to weight ratio.
    I bought my first stihl saw about 20 years ago.It was the 066 magnum,and it sure did a great job for me. It was used to fell trees and for everyday firewood cutting. I sold this saw due to lack of work. i recently purchased the new MS 661 magnum and WOW is this the saw for me. Plenty of power and very easy to start and surprisingly light weight for its class. This saw will do it all. LOVE MY STIHL. Todd G Robertson.
  2. 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.
  3. 2 years ago
    Built Alaska Tough!
    I bought this saw two years ago and have used it extensively to cut old growth hemlock and sitka spruce on my land. This saw handles the big stuff like none other. I have put countless of hours on this saw under some extreme conditions and it never misses a beat! Plenty of power to cut through the biggest logs with total ease! Best investment I've made in a long time. This saw has made my life much easier!
  1. 4 months ago
    Exceptional Saw on Every Front
    Equipped with a 20" bar, this saw is definitely not for the inexperienced user - tons of power and extremely handy for its size. It's been exceptionally reliable. I have never had an issue with cold or warm starts - it always does exactly what I ask of it... extremely well. I've tried it with up to a 28" bar - never an issue with power. I prefer the shorter bar for maneuverability.
  2. 3 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. 4 days ago
    This saw has amazing power.
    I had a few hiccups with this machine in its first few weeks. My dealer fixed it very quickly, and it was back running in less than a day in the shop. After that it has been a beast, working harder than I ever could!
  1. 6 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. 4 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.
  3. 1 year ago
    This is a great saw for an old person that still enjoys working outside and has lots of wood to deal with.
    I am 76 years old and have lots of wood on our property. We also enjoy the features of a really nice fireplace. This saw, light, but powerful, and easy to start is perfect for me. I can run it for extended periods of time without the fatigue of my older 036 or 026. I also have a relatively new pruner saw, but find more times I just use the 241. Great saw if you can spend the few extra bucks for this pro model. And we burn as we choose with no rationing of the firewood.
  1. 3 months ago
    I couldn't wait for the U.S. release so I purchased through a Canadian dealership. I was lucky enough to get the Arctic version that has the heated carburetor and handle. I love it. Thankfully I live close enough to the store I purchased it from if any issues I can go see them. But to be honest I strongly doubt I will have any issues. I have put 6 tanks of gas through it and it is only getting better. I will want bigger felling spikes but that is just a personal preference. Maybe someone ... read more can explain to me when most of Europe has had this saw almost a year, why it has taken so long to finally arrive in US. And such little stock once the stores receive the item.
  2. 3 months ago
    This saw is awsmoe
    I got the 462 to take the place of my 441. After seeing it the weight difference is a lot. compared the two side by side. I think it is better balanced also. thought its a little pricey, after using it and cutting all day including limbing. I have not used my 260 sense.
  3. 3 months ago
    Fast light balanced beast
    Reluctant to buy a smaller saw I run a 661 magnum for everything starting to wear on me ! So I been reading and waiting and just purchased a 462 from local dealer with excellent staff and maintenance department Four Ways in New Castle Pennsylvania . Unbelievable speed and response in all medium and small wood and pulls 25 inch thru big oak fast and impressive will not pull through the big stuff like a 661 but I didn’t expect it to . But overall maybe my favorite saw I ever handled ! Would ... read more strongly recommend as all around saw for everything due to light weight and great speed power combo ! Balance is best I ever expierienced on a saw with a 25 lite on it ! A must try for all serious cutters
  1. 2 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. 5 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. 2 years ago
    Scary Powerful
    This saw has been a dream of mine. And now I own it! All I can say is the wait was well worth it. This saw is so powerful it's scary. The saw encourages a good challenge this saw will laugh whatever is in front. Just begs for more wood to cut! You will NEVER wanna put this sexy saw down once you start it! I bought this with a 41 on it and never looked back just always so happy I can say and proudly tell people I own the Stihl 880ms
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