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Saw Chains

High-quality saw chains ready to work

When you demand a lot from your chainsaw, having the right saw chain can make a big difference. STIHL saw chains are individually designed for all types of woodcutting and for most makes of chainsaw. Every saw chain manufactured by STIHL incorporates our exclusive, patented OILOMATIC® lubricating feature. And every component is engineered to work together to maximize the use of bar oil.

STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chains feature specially engineered grooves designed to channel oil to critical wear areas. This superior lubrication feature helps extend the chain’s life and reduce the tendency for stretching. Our saw chains are also pre-stretched before leaving the factory, eliminating excessive stretching during the break-in period.

All STIHL saw chains have the same quality engineering and innovative technology that have made our chainsaws famous. We even care about the details others might miss – like smoothing out the microscopic rough edges from the stamping process to reduce premature and improper wear. If it says STIHL, it’s made to last.

STIHL recommends using low-kickback, green-labeled chain and green-labeled reduced-kickback bars on all powerheads.

Warning!
This colored link indicates that the product has increased risk of kickback injury and is for use only by persons with extraordinary cutting needs and experience and specialized training for dealing with kickback.

Low kickback chain
This colored link indicates that the chain is a low kickback chain. STIHL recommends the use of a green-labeled low-kickback chain.

Unsure which type of saw chain you need? Download our Saw Chain Selection & Identification Chart for easy reference when replacing your STIHL saw chain.
  1. 2 years ago
    Best chisel chain made
    This is by far the fastest and best chain I've ever used. I have the MS 291 and this thing eats wood like a madman. The chain is not meant for beginners and you should have quite a bit of skill before attempting it. I use the Dremel tool with the stihl roto bits to sharpen the chain but you have to take your time and make sure your angles are perfect and use common sense and skill. The chain is hard to sharpen if you did not have sharpening skills take it to the shop. I have used stihl products ... read more for over 20 years and in my opinion there the best saws and chains I've ever used bar none. By 1 it will be the best move you ever made and you won't be sorry.
  2. 5 years ago
    Excellent
    Many moons ago, I bought a MS034. It is a 3.45 cu in saw. The dealer sold me an RM chain. Dealer said that there really wasn't my difference between the RM and the RS. I always cursed the saw as it barely cut. I had and old mac610 that out cut the Stihl saw. Eventually, I wore out the chain and brought an RS chain replacement. What a world of difference. You have to respect the dangerous nature of what you are working with. I always wear my chaps, eye and ear protection, and love my Stihl saws, ... read more with the proper chains. I also always machine sharpen my chains.
  3. 7 years ago
    The best chain around!
    I upgraded the chains on my MS250 and MS290 from the RMC3 to the Rapid Super and was amazed at the difference in the cutting. Previously the saws did not pull into the wood without being forced and with this chain the weight of the saw is plently. This chain definatly brings a Stihl saw to life. The only draw back is the loss of the anti kickback feature which can be useful especially for the beginner. I have been using chainsaws for almost 20 years and understand the dangers. With this chain ... read more you sometimes have to be careful because the saw goes through the wood so quick you will have to catch it before it hits the ground!
  1. 1 year ago
    Great little chain
    Great for cleaning up around the home occasional use.
  2. 2 years ago
    Like a Ginsu knife for your Pole Pruner
    I bought a pole pruner with this chain for trimming up the palm trees in Miami but now I’m using it for trimming all kinds of trees on our property in North Carolina. The chain is still razor sharp after 2 years of “homeowner use”. I use Stihl Platinum Bar Oil in the machine and with the use and storage it still looks new. The chain cut well in the stringy palm wood without clogging up as well as the “normal” fiber outs woods of the north east. This is a well built pro grade product that ... read more performs well in all the conditions I’ve expected it to be used. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a long lasting, easy cutting chain for a pole saw or smaller chainsaw. It also has the advantage of being a low kickback design for added safety with the saws. The chain has exceeded my expectations thus far and continues to perform every time I reach for it.
  3. 4 years ago
    Holds its sharpness
    Great chain holds its sharpness easy to sharpen cheap
  1. 2 years ago
    THE VERY BEST CARBIDE-TIPPED CHAIN MONEY CAN BUY PERIOD!!!
    I bought this CARBIDE TIPPED CHAIN with a few reservations was not sure if it would hold up like people said it would. Well it was one of the best decisions I've made. I bought 20 federal cord of wood delivered on a semi. That's 60 face cord of wood here in Michigan. I cut 4 face cord with a conventional chain. Replaced the chain 6 times because the wood is extremely dirty. Decided to get the carbide tipped and 30 face cord later am still on the same chain, haven't sharpened it yet. Cuts like I ... read more just put it on. Saving me time, money paying for sharpening of chains, wear and tear on my saw because I don't have to full throttle it through logs. Gas. I could go on and on. Thanks for a great product! Buy the way, if this chain failed today I would still be far ahead.
  2. 1 month ago
    OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Duro 3 (RD3)
    i had a old tree that had been floating around the river for years wash up across my drive, it was about 2 feet in diameter, old farmer said i would need alot of chains, cause those trees in the river have alot of silt in the pores of the wood, we made 1 cut with a new regular high speed saw chain, dulled it right away, 2nd new regular saw chain made it about a 3rd of the 2nd cut, put on the Carbide tipped new saw chain, 26RDS3 81, cut the rest of the tree up, just fine, about 20 feet long, ... read more including the root ball, we broke thru the bottom , hit the river road bed, gravel, sparks flying everywhere, thought that would be the end of that chain, nope, still cutting 3"curls, got home cleaned up saw, the teeth on the carbide chain, looked like brand new. i will be buying only carbide from now on.
  3. 4 years ago
    THIS IS ONE AWESOME CHAIN
    I JUST DONT UNDERSTAN THE BAD REVIEWS! I HAVE USED IT CUTTING STUMPS, TREES LIMBS, IT THE DIRT AND DIRTY WOOD, CUT THROUGH LIKE BUTTER
  1. 6 years ago
    Fast Cutting and Long Lasting
    I can't say enough about this chain. The PS3 chain has been on my in the tree saw for 3 months now. I am saying one chain for 3 months with no touch up of any kind. One of my ground guys used the saw and put it in the dirt a bit. I was super surprised that it was still as sharp as it was. That was sometime in month 2. I have been cutting in ash, maple, red oak, and beech. Just to name a few. I know I should have at least ran a file over it before now but, I just wanted to see how much wood I ... read more could truly cut before it stopped throwing chips. So it lasted 3 months doing commercial tree work. It needs to be sharpened now. Boring smoothness is unreal. This chain sure has saved me a lot of money and time! Its probably the best small saw chain on the market today.
  2. 11 months ago
    Awesome
    Finally upgraded bar and started running the ps3 chain cuts extremely well on a ms171 and stays very sharp way better then the chain that came on the saw
  3. 1 year ago
    Only Option For Full Chisel (3/8 Lo Pro)
    This is, like any other STIHL chain, a good one. It cuts fast being that it is a full chisel tooth. Yes it will still dull quicker than the RM chain but it will cut faster too. The part I totally don’t understand is why STIHL offers the PM chain in a pro “yellow link” chain in the 3/8 lo pro but not a “yellow link” PS. Chain??’ (Honestly the PM chain isn’t listed on line either). Anyway, it’s good for what it is, and I run it on my MS170 to clean up branches, take down the odd very small ... read more diameter tree, and some light bucking work. It works well for that mission. Anything bigger and the MS661 3/8 RS comes out. The chain will not disappoint and will cut quick, but dull quick if ya use it in dirty wood or get into the dirt with it.
  1. 4 years ago
    best chain i have used
    I have been cutting wood for over 15 years and this is by far the best chain I have used. I have run this side by side with the RS3 and it would buck four cuts to the rm3's one. No pressure needed, you just let the saw do all of the work. best of all it saves the back during those big cuts that take low kick back chain forever to cut through. Now on that note this is not a chain you can take for granted it will kick back, and if you don't pay close attention it will bite. As to sharpness I have ... read more run 2 cords of red oak and I haven't even seen it break a sweat. It is very durable but I cut clean wood and haven't had it in the dirt.
  2. 2 years ago
    RSK on my MS661 R C-M saw - Wooded 3.7 acre lot
    Awesome chain, not cheap - but you get what you pay for it seems. I’m running the RSK on a 25” ES Light bar hanging in an MS661 R C-M powerhead. The chain is a bit grabby so care and attention must be given to this one. HOWEVER it will perform!!! Soft wood is effortless and “Wow” fast!!
  3. 5 years ago
    Proverbial Hot Knife Through Butter
    Amazingly fast cutting speed. Wider kerf helps a lot when cutting fallen trees up. More room for the log to move before it pinches.
  1. 2 years ago
    Long Lasting Performance - RS Chain
    I bought a 20” Rollomatic and 2 RS Chains to break in a new MS661 R C-M Saw to keep the mileage off my RSK chain, and give the Saw some drag to load the motor for break in. I’m actually pretty impressed with how smoothe the chain cuts and it’s pretty quick for a safety chain. I’m cutting soft pine but It’s still razor sharp 2 tanks into the break in. The 2nd chain has not even come out of the box!!! It’s not as cheap as the “O” brand chain but I’m sold on it. I’d buy another one to keep around ... read more just for the small stuff.
  2. 5 years ago
    Works well, even for plunge cuts
    This the chain that came with my saw. I could have swapped it out for a non-safety chain but after having a couple friends of mine take chunks out of their nose from kickback I decided I would take the safety chain. The big thing I keep hearing is that you cannot plunge cut with a safety chain. This is a myth. Most of the wood I harvest is from windblown trees and I have to do plunge cuts to safely dropped them. I have done a number of plunge cuts without a problem. Keep it sharp and it will eat ... read more through wood like a hot knife through butter.
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