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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 4.8 out of 5 by 125.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This saw is a beast. Starts easy, and every time. On lighter side with huge power for its class. Makes cutting wood not a chore. Eats it right up. Love the M Tronic, no need to mess with carb. Thanks Stihl!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My wooding cutting friends are always asking to use my saw I bought a professional level saw what a great saw. I use it for getting firewood . Starts great, runs great and has plenty of power. It makes getting wood so much easier than using a home-owners type saw.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw!!!!!!!!!!! I have owned professional saws my whole life as I worked for years as an arborist in one capacity or another. I started using homelites back when they were above average, next came jonsereds when they were highly rated, moved on to (I was stopped from mentioning a competitor brand name here which makes me suspicious any reviews are real!!!) and one big dolmar but always wanted a stihl. I have the 261 c and at this point in my life it is all the saw I will ever want or need. cuts everything and fast! so did the others but this one seems better. if satisfaction counts for anything this saw is better. it is definitely the fastest saw of the neighborhood but that may be because I know some sharpening tricks from my years of experience. buy with confidence this saw is great!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The little saw that thinks it's a big saw I bought the MS 261 C-M because I wanted to stop lugging my 20 year old Stihl 026 between two locations. My 026 has been such a strong and reliable runner for the last two decades I didn't even consider saving a few bucks by switching brands. I didn't think the new saw could best my old favorite (which runs better than new) but, after three days of firewood cutting, I have a new favorite. The M-tronic engine is awesome! Anyone who claims the EPA is "choking" up new saws doesn't know what they're talking about. The 261 C-M bests the venerable 026 by much more than the extra couple of cc's would suggest. Particularly noticeable is the superior torque. When the saw gets deep in the middle of a big cut you can feel the torque kick in and grunt through without bogging down. This is high praise because my 026 regularly out-cuts every other 50cc saw I've tried as it's a particularly strong runner. The MS 261 C-M takes a couple tanks of fuel to enter it's element. The first tank I was concerned I had made a big mistake. The engine had disconcerting power variations in the middle of a cut and made me feel disconnected from the throttle. By the third tank of fuel, the engine was steady and powerful. I chalk this up to normal break-in process combined with the M-tronic brain "learning" and adjusting to the saw as it broke in. Now it cuts steadily and powerfully through the cut and has instant throttle response.I've run my MS 026 hard in demanding tasks for 20 years on 50:1 gas/oil mix (Stihl synthetic for 18 years) and it has been flawless so I plan to do the same with the new saw. Don't think you're doing your saw a favor by giving it a bit of extra oil. It only needs 50:1 and more oil reduces fuel octane and creates unnecessary and undesirable carbon deposits. The M-tronic engine adjusts for fuel quality so you get the full potential w/ the optimum fuel/oil mix.Starting couldn't be easier. The M-tronic system allows you to start the saw exactly the same every time, hot or cold, low or high altitude, just push the lever to start and pull the starter cord (which has extra smooth action). It starts first or second pull when cold and first pull if a little warm or freshly hot. When it fires up, blip the throttle one time and it's ready to start cutting. The saw is equipped with a compression release but it is unnecessary on a saw that pulls this smoothly and easily so I've stopped using it.The new air cleaning system is quicker and easier to maintain and cuts an impressive amount of wood with minimal loading of wood chips. The centrifugal air cleaning system really does work.You can spend a lot less for a 50cc saw but will it be this good? No, it won't. This saw is light for a 50cc saw but has the cutting performance of many 60cc saws. And that's a big win in my book.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect saw for home firewood. After 34 years of cutting I finally purchased the perfect chainsaw. Retired the 028 Super. I have nicknamed my 261 "The Wood Beast" for its performance and reliability around the house. Firewood cutting is enjoyable and virtually effortless. Look no further, spend a little extra, and buy this beast. Your wood burner and family will thank you for it come winter.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome saw! The stihl 026 and ms260 saws were legends and this one continues to carry the torch for the future of superior saws. Better fuel consumption and antivibration along with less smoke to breath in. If batman carried a chainsaw it would be the ms261 for sure!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The go to saw I own 6 Stihls, 011, 023, 025, 261, 044, 660 and out of these saws I must say that my go to saw now is the 261 with an 18" bar as it runs perfectly and has plenty of grunt for most trees, you can use it for hours without getting fatigued due to weight and vibration. Awesome saw
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Saw ran good for awhile... Saw was great for a year and a half (occasional use). Ran the saw the other day and after i shut it off, it was hard to start. Once started, it would idle but would die when trying to rev up. Used only ethanol free gas and only the Stihl premium oil for the life of the tool. Taking back to the dealer, since its still under the 2 year warranty. Will report back on findings.
Date published: 2017-06-07
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