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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.

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MS 261 C-M is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 256.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time chainsaw owner I bought my MS 261 C-M two years ago. I grew up around Stihl saw. Before i bought this saw i did look into the other competitors saws that does the carb "tuning" automaticaly. after approximately 4 hours or more of research i settled on this saw due to some specific detail. one: i like that you could only buy from a local dealer, this may be a down side to some people but i do prefer to support my local person. two: I also prefer the choke/run switch better. three: i like the fuel/oil caps. There may be a few other reasons but they evade me as i write this. I chose the pro model due to to long term longevity and ability to rebuild it. From my research, the homeowner saws can be harder or more expensive to repair in comparison to the pro model. I live in Montana and chose the 20" bar. i have only come across a couple of standing dead that maxed my bar out. i came across these tree at about the time my saw was finished with its break in period. It handled it pretty well. a bigger saw would have made the felling a d bucking a little quicker and easier but was not needed. i also do like the M-tronics. i prefer to not have to worry about adjusting my carb manually. i remember my dad spending time fine tuning his saw and it just seemed like a wast of time. One think to note is after reading some review, is that some people have had trouble with the M-tronics. This device automatically adjust based on fuel, airflow and elevation. From my experience if you go from full throttle then straight to the kill switch the M-tronics remembers that setting and it made starting my saw very difficult even thought it was still hot approx one minute after shutting it off. i was able to get it started with some effort. After this experience and researching the M-tronics more, i let my saw idle after a final cut for one -three second. since i have done this i have not had this issue. i recommend looking up videos on how to reset the M-tronics if you ever have issues with it. On most summer days i can cold start this saw without choking it. i did run the Stihl fuel during my breaking in and warranty period. This is just a preference. i now mix my own fuel with 91 oct non ethanol and the Still premium oil mix. i also hand sharpen my chain and clean my saw after every use.i also flip my bar when i switch chains or after im done for the day. i also wear the chaps, helmet, and earplugs when using my saw.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this saw! I bought the 261 C-M about two years ago, and it has operated flawlessly. I also have an older saw, and I was forever needing to fool with the carburetor adjustments to get it to run right. The M-Tronic system is just awesome. It starts easily and always idles perfectly. That's worth the price of admission right there. If I was a serious logger, I'd probably want to invest in something further up the line that is bigger and had more power, but this one is more than sufficient for my business. I do tree jobs from time to time, but do not run a dedicated tree service. I highly recommend this saw, and will never have another saw that doesn't come with the M-Tronic system!One note: The instructions say to engage the choke every time you start, even if it is hot. This is not true, and will cause more problems than it solves. It starts hot flawlessly on the first pull about 98% of the time. For the 2% of the times it doesn't, flip the choke and it'll fire right up. Happy sawing!
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw! This is my second Stihl saw and first professional series! Coming from big box saws that you replace every other year, I never realized how much they beat you up after running them for a while. The MS 261c runs like butter. It absorbs the bumps and vibration, decreasing user fatigue. It eats everything under the bar. Its been a pleasure to use. While a bit expensive for someone who cuts firewood, it has cut my time by a fraction and has been fun to use. I would buy again without a second thought.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw I purchased this saw just after Hurricane Michael ravaged our area. In the weeks and months after the storm I put well over 500 hours on this saw. It's a beast when paired with the correct bar and chain. When everyone else had to constantly work on their saws, the STIHL continued to scream.
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from just needed some exhuast work when i first got the saw it just seemed a little under powered and sluggish, so i ran it for the break-in period and it got a little better with time. nut i was still not very happy with it, would stall with a 16" full comp chisel chain(stihl). so i opened up the exhaust and now its a amazing saw with plenty of power to pull a 20" bar and aggressively ground full comp chisel chain thru some willow( a soft wood to be sure but it HAULS through it). never had any issue with oiling so long as you keep it clean and seems to not wear spark plugs like a carb unit does. all in all its a powerful workhorse in a light weight package, that will start in 5 pulls no matter what, . would be 5 star but the lack of power out of the box was a little disappointing for a saw of this price. to sum it up it is a great saw for someone who was looking for something better that the 271 series and something lighter weight than the 300 series saws, basically something i can cut as much fire wood as i have gas for and something i don't have to deal with carb tuning issues.
Date published: 2019-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Medium Sized Monster I have two of these saws and they are unstoppable w/20" bars. The decompression feature is a life saver, especially as I get older. It makes it so easy to start. Nothing stops this saw except ME. I wish that you added this feature to your whole line. I have used this model saw for 4-5 years, I even gave one to a good friend.
Date published: 2019-07-16
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
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