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MS 261

This chainsaw offers an optimized power-to-weight ratio, great fuel efficiency and convenience features.

MS 261
MS 261 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 55.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection When I got my old MS 260 stolen I needed to replace it. So I replaced it with the then new MS 261. I almost didn't go for it because it took a totally different type of chain, .325 opposed to the 3/8 chain. I however was pleasantly surprised and glad that I went with saw. I have now been running this saw for several years and I burn about 10-15 cords of wood a season. Other that the standard maintenance I have never had anything major go wrong with this saw. In fact I have never had to stop cutting for the day because of anything mechanical that went wrong with the saw. I will however say that I am glad I got the older version of the saw without Stihl's "M-tronic" carb because Everything I have dealt with on any saw with the M-tronic technology is it is utter garbage. I'm sure it will get better over time but right now I will take my older MS 261 over the newer MS 261 C-M saws any day. Anyway bottom line is this saw is great I wouldn't trade it for anything Stihl is currently producing.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw! Great saw, lots and lots of power. bought it with 18 and 20 inch bar, handles both bars very well!!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have saw! I bought a MS441-CM a year or so ago and was very happy with it at first, but it got heavy in a hurry. I went back to the dealership and picked up a MS261-CM for a middle size saw between the MS441-CM and my T435. I have been nothing but pleased with this MS261-CM. It is a very hot little saw for stock with a 16" bar on it and have been very impressed with the performance! The wide power band and the mighty power packed into this little saw is nothing short of impressive. I named this my "Money Maker" due to the incredible performance and reliability provided to me with less that minimal input. I would recommend this saw to anyone with previous experience with saws--not a very forgiving beginners saw. Thank you Van Wall Equipment of Omaha, NE!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cut between 15 and 18 face cords per year. Always starts right up, has lots of power to cut between 15 and 18 face cords of fire wood per year. I do all my own tune ups and maintenance on my Stihl saw. Several local dealers iny area so getting parts is not a problem. Have only needed to replace my bar once, have several.chains hanging, sharp, and ready to use. Always keep weep holes clean so chain/bar receive oil at all times. That's the only reason I needed a new bar, didn't keep the hole clean. I use a 16" bar but am going to get an 18" bar and several chains to handle larger trees. I would recommend this brand and size of saw. It was about bought new 3 years ago. Saves me a ton of money every year!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This limb saw has great power I was at Central States explaining to kyle what I was going to be cutting. Kyle took his time and explained/compared the saw MS290 to the MS261 to me. It turns out when I bought my original saw the MS290 it was not made for what I was using. After going through a lot of chainsaws, I picked up the MS 261. I asked if they had any with out the Mtronic. Sure enough they did in there warehouse. So, I bought this one. This limb saw for me does way more than my MS290 with out backing down to the task I put it through. I am very happy with my purchase and since then purchase another new saw and a few good used saws in the 0 series. Thanks Stihl for your great products
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw! Saw delivers great power. Fires up with no problems every time. Easy to maintain and highly reliable.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up to the MS261C Owning a small excavating company We frequently use saws. I purchased the 261c and put a 3/8th sprocket and 20" bar on it. The saw has just enough power to handle the set up on bigger cuts. Let the weight of the saw carry it through the cut and it cuts like butter. This saw has great power to weight ratio and runs strong all day. I recommend this saw to the homeowners that have an occasional need for a saw to the professionals who cut every day.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw Great firewood saw for a homeowner great power to weight ratio pulls a 20" bar with .325 pitch chain with ease rs stihl chain .063 gauge thank you for a great product
Date published: 2016-07-10
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