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MS 461 R

Fuel efficient and low maintenance, now with a wrap-around handle (R).

MS 461 R
Rated 5 out of 5 by 23reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl #1 Best saw on the market. Have taken down a dozen trees, this saw goes through like a hot knife through butter. March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by this is a great saw hard to put it down. Pull the trigger and hold on this saw is powerful and fast. Cut over a 100 rick of wood this year with mine and still cutting. Only thing I would change is maybe a air filter wrap with purchase. Be sure to clean the air filter after every use. January 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing Chainsaw! Great power to weight ratio. This is my most favorite Chainsaw to run by far. I'm so pleased with the power of this saw. It has low end torque that keeps it chugging in big wood. I run a 25" and a 36" bar and am amazed at how well it can pull a 36" chain through hardwood. This is a very well made chainsaw with strength without the weight. I have had no issues to date and predict it will be very reliable like my other Stihl chainsaws. The MS 461R is truly a woodsman's best friend.Oh yeah I almost forgot... This saw has good looks also. Great job Stihl!!!! January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The MS 461R Extremely Powerful,well designed STIHL POWERHOUSE! I've had my MS461R Stihl for a little over six months. I purchased mine with a 32" bar and Full Skip chain. It's hard to explain how amazing this saw is unless you try one out. I cut large Red Oak the day I brought it home and it ate through the tree like a Nuclear Beaver! The 461 is well balanced,easy to maintain, and relatively easy on fuel. The more you use the saw, the better it gets! I highly recommend the 461R to anyone needing a mid-sized Professional saw with amazing cutting power. OUTSTANDING Engineering from STIHL! December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome but ... I love the saw and everything, I use it a lot and haven't had too many problems with it . I just wish it was cheaper in price cuz it drains your average blue collar worker and that's who use them the most. But all in all it's a good saw October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Beast of the East Cutting on the East Coast doesn't require the bars and power seen on the other side of the United States. Sure, one could throw a 660 or 880 at anything to cut faster (not a bad idea actually), but for my purposes the 461 has yet to disappoint.Those purposes are thinning my newly-purchased-unkept 40 acres of woodland and making firewood. At this point I'm roughly 3 acres thinned with trees felled up to 34" near the stump, so nothing super thick. But speed is the name of my game because my full time job is not to work my own land.I have a 25" bar on my MS 461 R and have been using this saw from felling to noodling. I was led to the 461 after cutting with the 261 C-Q for a while. I wanted something that could take a longer bar and cut faster. I heavily considered the 441 C-M but decided on the 461 for three reasons: 1) more power 2) I'm young and can handle more vibrations (more on that in a minute) plus 3) that youth can also handle a few extra start-up pulls.Physics may be at work moreso in my next statement, but I find working with the 461 to be less exhausting than using the 261. The 461 is absolutely heavier, but I'm guessing the combination of it's weight and size cause it to vibrate less than the smaller 261. After cutting with these saws back to back I am a big believer that vibrations will wear one out faster than weight. I can put an estimated 30 minutes to 1 hour of more sawing work in when using the 461. It has made me wonder if I would have been even more effective with the 441, but that thought doesn't last long.So, I can't speak to how the 461 works for professionals nor how it compares to a number of other saws, but I can say it will enhance your firewood efforts in a very noticeable way if you've been using a 50cc saw or smaller. If you're an East Coast homeowner, like me, who cuts many cords of wood a year, I would highly recommend the 461. And if you like to position your saw in varying cutting positions, the R's wraparound handle rocks! October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a very powerful and reliable saw. I am very happy with the STIHL MS 461 mainly for the reliability but also for the power to weight ratio, I use it for many applications including milling with my Granberg MKIII Alaskan mill and my Granberg MKII mini mill and for cutting firewood both with a 32" bar and a special chain that I made for milling (not used for crosscutting only milling I use a full skip tooth chain for crosscutting), I also have a 25" bar for it that I use for felling smaller trees and for cutting the corner notches on my log cabin. Overall I would recommend this saw for anyone that wants a lot of power and not very much weight. It is very easy to start and I would also recommend to use high octane ethanol free fuel. July 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw I use this saw for firewood. I cut about 15cords a year. Any thing from 10" pine to 40+" fir this saw has no issues. I run a 25" ES bar and full comp 3/8" chisel chain. Starts easily. I usual cut 1 full cord to a tank of fuel. Piles the chips up like mad. I use them to sod my chicken coope. One day I would like to lay my hands on a MS880.Great job stihl. July 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Workhorse Only had it for about a month now but I love it. I have a 20" bar and this saw runs it without a problem. Makes cutting enjoyable. The only down fall that I've noticed was that it is a little heavy but not that much more than my 044 at work. April 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Big Saw and Big Smile I needed a bigger saw along side my farm boss 290 and this was the saw. So far i'm 15 tanks of fuel into breaking it in and it just keeps making more and more power. I cut alot of osage orange or "hedge" what we call it here in KS and havn't got into anything that the 461 would not chew through. I have the 25" bar on my 461 and a 16 bar on my 290. I mainly use the 461 for felling and bucking and use my 290 for limbing and bucking on smaller diameter logs. The 461 is not cheap but it worth every penny. If you got the money and need a big saw for big jobs, the 461 should be considered. Starts easy, thanks to the decompression valve and does very well with fuel economy. The only downside of this saw if any would be the weight of the saw, kinda heavy but this saw is not really for the unexperienced chain saw user. I recommended running 91 octane or higher in this saw and try to stay away from the filling stations that have ethanol blended fuels if at all possible. Clean it and service it after each day of use and it will last for years and years. Thanks Sthil for manufacturing yet another great saw! April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fast becoming my favorite saw I own a 460 a 660 and now a 461r and have to say this is a great saw so far, I added the dual port front half of the muffler( I have the dual port mufflers on both my other saws) Stihl says they dont plan on making a dual port and I wondered if it would fit from the 460 well the front piece does not sure on the rear yet. The saw runs great with the front so I may leave it alone. I'm very impressed with the torquiness out of the box, most pro saws wont make full power till around 10 to 15 tanks. This saw seems to run as good a my 460 out of the box,I imagine stihl has done some port work but don't know for sure. The only thing that could make it better is if the R version came with the d/p muffler. April 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw Bought this saw for our volunteer fire department and it's a great saw. It's easy to start and to use, and the power is exceptional. We use a 25" bar and the "R" version with wrap-around handle is USFS wildland certified. Thanks Stihl! April 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by good saw I've had a dozen or so 460's and 660's. Im a professional timber faller so I use these tools every day. I've always loved the 460 and was bumbed to hear that you cant buy them any more. I just bought my first 461 and so far it seems to be a very good saw its very similar to the older saws. It seems to come stock with just a little bit more power. Im very happy with the saw so far. February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing!!!! I purchased a MS310 seven years ago. I was new to the art of chainsaw and fire wood so I purchased something I could handle as a novice. It is perfect to learn with and was adequate as a 6 cord per year saw but as my age (ie stamina) ,, skill and confidence increased i began to want more power. I asked several friends who are professional loggers and some old timers in the area who have spent decades getting forewood, what they would recommended. They all said Stihl. I agreed as my previous saw had been reliable and a dream to use. My logger friends said the MS400 saws were a perfect balance of power and weight. I have been saving up money for three years to purchase a MS 461 R. I finally got it! This saw is exceeding my expectations. It has power for days. I could not be happier with how well it performs. It cut a 30" long 30" diameter pine log (with the grain mind you) into 8- 2" planks in 3 minutes. Incredible! It cut through a similar block (accross the grain" in 22 seconds. It is light enough to handle with ease amd heavy enough to resist kickback and push itself through the wood. With Sthil quality and reliability, and the MS 461 R's power and design I will be joyfully getting firewood for years to come. January 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reliable and fuel efficient. Several weeks ago I replaced my oldest 460R with a new 461R. After more than 60 tanks of fuel, this saw has been very reliable and noticeably more fuel efficient. I get a little more cutting time out of each tank of fuel and save a little money at the same time. Thanks for continuing to build quality machines. November 10, 2012
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