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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 82.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Saw for 95% of Jobs This is the saw my guys and I always reach for when heading out. We run a short 16' bar on it but as a result it just rips though material and the nice part about it is that it is so light weight that you can run it all day and not feel it unlike our larger 4xx and 6xx saws but yet it keeps up with the exception of in large hard wood but once again it weights 10 LBS. You can't beat it. Worth every dime.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight and powerful Starts easily and is running perfectly. I am very pleased with over all performance.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Saw Purchased the MS 261 to replace an older MS 270 Farm Boss. The MS 261 performs very well and the anti-vibration system is a noticeable improvement. The power-head is physically a little bit smaller than the MS 270, although both saws feel pretty close to the same weight. Regarding power, the MS 261 handles an 18 inch bar very well. Running through Maple is not a problem at all. Is it much more powerful than the MS 270? In my case yes, but my MS 270 has had lots of run time over the last several years. The MS 261 is a pleasure to handle, cuts well, and won't wear you out. It feels very well built and runs pretty smooth. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a nice saw for the long haul.
Date published: 2017-09-11
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