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MS 461 R

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

MS 461 R
MS 461 R is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 461R - Hold on, it's a beast! I've added this saw to my fleet as I needed a powerful saw for felling and bucking up the old growth oaks that I have on my property. I did a lot of research on the 461R prior to buying it, and with the Stihl saws that I have, all pro saws, this one fits into a range where it will handle with ease large diameter felling and following up with bucking larger logs for firewood. I have mine setup with the 25" bar and run the 36RM chain. It bites into the wood hard, a little too hard at times, and there is noting yet that I have cut into that will bog it down. It is breaking in nicely as with each tank of fuel it gets better. What a beast, but I will admit that with the longer ES bar on it does wear you down after a while. The only thing I would look into is a lighter version bar and as mentioned before a prefilter sock over the HD air filter. The wrap handle does help in awkward cutting positions as well.Overall this is a fantastic engineered and designed saw and fits a range that will work for just about any cutting needs. The quality of the parts and the fit and finish are top notch. This saw will compliment perfectly a smaller lighter weight saws for limbing and cleanup jobs.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Munchaholic - Wow This Saw Eats! I upgraded to this saw after owning the 311 for a year due to the 391 and 461 being sold out at the time. The 461 is about twice the price and has 50% more horsepower than the 311 but only 2 pounds heavier. The dealer will always tell you something that I have found to be very true - pick the saw you think will work best then buy the next size bigger. This 461 came with a 25" bar and I purchased a longer 32" also for the big trees. All new / newer Stihl saws like fresh gas - so if your saw sits more than a couple of weeks, dump the old and give it some fresh - some of the reviews say hard starting on most saws. All in all the 461 is the best I have ever used / owned.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trustworthy, powerful, quality chainsaw. I am 52 now & have been sawing my own wood since I was a kid. Also extra to sell. My first saw ,which was not a Stihl, blew up. I have owned many Stihl saws since. None ever blew up. My 461R is one of my best. I though my favorite was a 441. But after trading it for a 461 I like that the av mounts are not so soft. And the better torque. Any pro saw is better than a homeowner saw. You get your money worth if you need or can get the best. These saws are ones you can be very proud to own. Also enjoyable to operate.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet saw This saw gets it done, very reliable, and has plenty of power for the big stuff!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome equipment I am a Professional sawyer in the service of the US Government, I love the dependability and Availability of the 461R. Never fails when needed
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well balanced and strong powerband I've always wanted a large displacement chainsaw and the time finally arrived to buy one. My friend bought the ms461 with wrap handle and I bought the ms661 with wrap handle. I've ran about a gallon of fuel through it so far and it's ran fantastic. I have cut both ash and oak to date. On large oak cuts even against the grain the 661 pulls like a boss. Fuel consumption is decent for a saw this size. Currently I'm running a 25" bar with a 3/8 chain which seems perfect for cutting the larger sized trees in this area. The fit and finish and ergonomics verse the comparable 395 husky is better on air cleaner servicing, fuel caps, trigger and basic control layout. I value attention to detail on design. I do wish stihl had a sock that went over the air cleaner that helped shed off larger sawdust chips as the Oem design clogs up quick. I would recommend this saw!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a Right Tool for Every Job and for trees over 8 foot diameter; this is the right tool. I have never had a chain saw make me feel like a kid again as an adult. I knew it would have plenty of power but I didn't think it would make me feel small again. It made me smile to feel small again if only for a little while.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Saw! I run Sthils 36" "Light" bar on my 461R and couldn't imagine running anything else on the saw. No it has never bogged down because of it. Ive got 4 smaller Sthil saws and I enjoy reaching for an appropriately sized saw for what I'm cutting. I wish Sthil made "Light" bars for all their saws. They are AMAZING! My 461R came with the standard 36" bar and it felt real nose heavy. I swapped for Sthils "Light" bar (yes it cost more) and the saw feels lighter than my MS310! The extra money is worth every penny in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-03-17
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