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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 85.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and reliable! After owning my MS261 for 7years, I can say it is one great saw! It has taken a 65-70’ drop and was still running. It has never failed to start and gets used quite often. I am amazed how it can set for a month and fires right up after 3-4 pulls. No regrets what so ever on purchasing this saw. Would do it all over again if I had to, but being a stihl I have a feeling I won’t need to for years to come!!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power to weight ratio, and reliable For the past twenty years I've bought saws at the small end of the "Pro" line, and have owned 024, 026, 260 and now a 261. The 261 is a different motor than the 026/260, with significantly higher horsepower. I run a 20" bar, yellow chain on my 261 and regularly cut large timber with it. The power to weight ratio is simply awesome, and it's a perfect saw for bore cutting large trees. I cut up to about 32" on the stump, and that's a big tree. The Stihl dealership network is great; I can always find a dealership open when I need another chain, mix oil, files, etc. I'm a Stihl fan, and the 261 is my best saw yet. Maintenance is a snap with the spin-off air filter, and other than changing plugs, new chains, etc., I haven't had to repair my 261 in any way, and that's after 3 years of fairly tough use. It's expensive compared to other comparable saw brands, but you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts like a beast, light as a feather! The MS261 has the power we demand in our business, but its light weight design provides maneuverability needed to perform safely in a very dangerous environment of cutting and falling Danger Trees.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great value This is my fifth stihl saw. I have a 024 super, 029,038magnum. Still have my 024 a 180 for trimming and I just bought a new 261 with the 18 inch bar about a month ago to replace my old 029. I have been cutting wood since I was 11 years old with my dad. And now I average between 17-20 face cord a year. I am now 58 years old and 160lbs so I didn't want a big heavy saw. Can't say enough how much I love this saw. It's light, powerful, and runs great! Also it will cut much more wood than my old 029 on a single tank of gas. I've cut about 11 face cord so far with the same chain(RS325). Great chain! I run full chisel chain on all my saws except for the 180. Could not be happier!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chain Saw I have used it only on 3 or 4 trees but absolutely love it. It seems to start on the 4th pull so far. It handles really good and its light, only 10 pounds, which helps out on a larger tree. I had a MS 290 which was stolen from my shed. So I purchased the MS 261 and so far have had no issues at all. I really like that you wont loose anymore bar nuts, pretty good idea. The chainsaw has been plenty powerful enough with a 20 inch bar and the gas seems to last forever. Great chainsaw and I am happy I bought it. The price was well worth it.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to operate, very capable Like the no-tools bar tension adjustment feature and big gas/oil plugs that cannot be dropped. Not so impressed with starting system. Like the tried and true pull cord system better
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw is the Boss This saw made mincemeat out out oak, pine, cherry, camphor.there was no stopping this boy once I put the chain to the bark.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw rips! The quality of the materials used and the build quality of this saw are top notch. Once you're standing behind this saw, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you made the right decision. This saw absolutely ripped through everything I've threw at it during hurricane Irma clean up. About the thing I wish I had differently was to buy one sooner.
Date published: 2017-10-01
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