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MS 461

A well-balanced, professional chainsaw that is fuel efficient and low maintenance.

MS 461
MS 461 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saw but a little heavy I bought this saw when I retired my ms 440. Saw is noticably heavier than my 440 but has better power. It cuts great with the 25" bar but cannot handle the 32" bar with a yellow chain. The chain just stops dead on the log so I switched to a skip chain and was able to finish the job but I'm still not impressed with the power on the big bar. I think this saw should max out at 28" bar length. All that aside I still love the saw but I need a bigger saw for extra large wood.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I got to use my new MS 461 for the first time this weekend; WOW; was I ever impressed. It went through a 30" oak tree in nothing flat. With the 36" bar I had everything I needed to fall and buck the tree with minimal effort.Love it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King of the Wilderness I bought this saw a year ago and almost wet myself when I first fired it up. It roars. It turns out this is far more saw then I need, but when I feel I need it, it steps up and gets it done. The only time this saw slowed down a little was when it was fully buried in a 40" fir with my 32" bar and chain attached. That was a big tree. Usually this is fitted with the 25" bar and I have yet to see it slow even a little, no matter what I ask of it. Fires up second pull and runs strong till the tank empties.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Follow-up after 6 months This saw is not merely a means by which to harvest wood, it is a way of life. What makes this saw so much better than every other chainsaw ever made? Well, for starters, the side of the saw says Stihl, which loosely translates from German to English as "Ninja warrior of the woods". Besides that, once started, it will eat more wood than a buck-toothed beaver on Flakka. Ever feel like there is a caged animal inside of you? Well, buy this Stihl and release the beast!!! When it is cutting you may hyperventilate because you have never had a saw run through wood as smoothly as this one before. So, if needed, bring a paper bag to the woods in case you need breathe into it to calm down. NOTE: This saw is for serious wood cutters and not for kids or basement-dwelling millennials. If you have got a beard and wear skinny jeans, but never mixed gas and oil, then you should think twice before buying this saw.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slabbing Red Oak 20" wide Bought this saw to use with my new Granberg sawmill. Was quite pleased from the start. The saw has the power needed to do a great job. Looking forward to slabbing more wood.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mans saw Need a Saw ? A beefy high power saw to get a big job done this is it ! I needed a big firewood saw as I have a woods with Beech ,Oak and Maple up 36" that needs to be cut out. This saw gets it done ! I have a 028,261 c 362 c and now this It isnt my main saw the 261 gets most of my work. Its no lightweight and draggin this brute thru the woods isnt something I looked forward to. After 2 weeks of solid cuttin this hands down has the best flat out cutting power of any saw i have ever ran Its unstoppable.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing saw, worth the cost. This is my 3rd stihl chainsaw.I have a 26 and 261, both good saws but often found I needed a larger saw for bigger trees. After a lot of indecision on the purchase of a 461 just based on trying to justify the $1100 cost, I'm very pleased with the saw. I purchased with standard 20" and added 28" bar and chain. First tree was 36" stump and the 28" bar worked great. I was amazed by how much torque this saw had over my 261, hands down a brute. I would highly recommend this saw.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait! I've had a 271 Farm Boss with a 18" bar since 2011. It runs great but my source for wood become larger in diameter which created extra work. Purchased 461 with a 25" bar yesterday afternoon, got it home and did in 1/2 hour what normally took 2. Why did I wait....Dependability, give me 5 years and I'll review once again.
Date published: 2016-11-01
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