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MS 261 C-M

The same great MS 261, but with advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ technology for optimized performance in various conditions.

MS 261 C-M
MS 261 C-M is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 250.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl 261 with M-tronic Very pleased with 261 CM. Very powerful for its light weight. Set it up with 3/8 .050 with 18” bar. Cuts like butter through 16” white oak. No vibration at all, amazing...Starts on 2nd pull when cold and 1st pull when hot. Very good on fuel and oils very well. No regrets would highly recommend this saw.
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of power and light weight. I have had the opportunity to fell a few trees since my purchase, all I can say is money / investment well spent. Ms 261cm plenty powerful, light enough and starts very easy.
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the M-Tronics with altitude changes Generally not a 'reviewer' but had to comment on this product. Had to replace my older 4 Stihl saws of different sizes after they (and off grid remote property) got burned up in forest fire:( ... and my remaining truck saw (Stihl 230c) started suffering unreliability issues due to overuse/multiple parts failure. Eventually shop was able to get 230c running ok again, but in meantime I picked up this Unit due to promises of easy starts and ability to compensate for altitude better without screwing around with carb adjustments. Seemed like a good compromise for an all purpose truck saw.Although other saws were always used regularly for firewood, trail clearing, felling, building, etc....this one with 18 inch bar gets used very intermittently and for short times at altitudes ranging from 5000 ft to 12000 ft to remove downed obstacle trees (2"-24" diameter) while cruising 4WD back roads. Especially a problem in last few years with all the bark beetle dead trees in Colorado/New Mexico. A little PM wind will give you a few obstacles in your path in AM. One down tree in non yankable/winchable location needing an ax (forget that bs) or saw (hand saw-lazy-no way) can screw up your trip or make you take a very long reroute or force you to break out backup hatchet:( Impressed with M-Tronic ability to adjust for altitude/temperature to keep Unit running well. Seems like it always fires up easily even though I always just leave the Stihl premix fuel sitting in it for months at time between uses and it gets rattled around constantly bouncing around in truck. Truly pleasantly surprised at ease of use. Great Capable Power Saw.
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new addition I wanted to wait till I had put some hours on my new 261 before I posted my findings. This saw is a great saw. More power then my ms 290 and more fuel efficient to.At 2 lbs lighter then the 290 it's much better when working for long periods over the 290. The air filter design is also much better and doesn't need cleaning near as much as the 290 does. I may just sell my 290 and get another 261. It's that good. I cut over 100 cords of firewood a year so I do a lot of cutting.Oh, the throttle response is much better as well.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power to weight ratio Bought this saw to replace my 30 year old 024 a.v. .Was kind of skeptical of the new mtronic carbs but this thing has been flawless so far . When I purchased it it was labeled as having a 16" bar but after a couple days of cutting with it I realized it had an 18" one on it. I had several new 16" chains for my 024 so I took it back to my dealer and showed them the bar mistake. They gladly gave me a new 16" bar and chain since it was marked that way. It cut really good with the 18" bar as well as the new 16" one.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not like hot starts When it's in the cut, it is fantastic. But if you stop to take a break or refuel, you will have issues getting it started again. do a web search for m-tronic hot starts and you will find thread after thread about hot start issues on these saws.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the finest saws I've run I've had and run several saws. I went in to the shop to buy a 241 but that has been discontinued. The owner asked why I was wanting a 241 and suggested that I look at the 261. I'm glad he did. That 261 runs circles around my MS291 which on paper has better/bigger power numbers. I sold it, no need for another saw as the 261 covers all of my needs.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw Light and easy to use with enough power to do the job.
Date published: 2019-05-07
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