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Saw Chains

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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. 5 years ago
    Works great on the MS270
    I've run this particular chain on several of my larger saws in the past, and recently I slapped this chain onto my MS270, and it works incredibly well. I don't even push into cuts with this chain - just put it on top of the wood, and squeeze the throttle - it chews right through everything I've tried it on, including red oak and silver maple of about 12-14" diameter, and I can sharpen it with a regular round file when in the field. VERY fast, aggressive cutting saw chain.
  2. 4 years ago
    One of the best chains I own
    The RS chain is a great chain for bore cutting and cutting down trees. Chain keeps a great edge as long as you keep it out of the dirt. I cut up 3 white ash trees still holding a great edge, just like how I got it out of the box. I'm running this chain on a ms261 and a ms271 I would not put it on a smaller saw. These chains are aggressive and I strongly recommend always wearing your proper PPE, this chain will kick back if you're not paying attention. I recommend for experienced users.
  3. 2 years ago
    Fast Cutter - for the experienced
    Great Chain, but only if you've got a lot of cutting time under your belt. I use this chain when I've got a lot of bucking to do. I use the other safety chain (RM3) for limbing, difficult position cutting, or my hands are getting tired (where there's greater risk). I just used this chain again this weekend for a pile of bucking and it's great. Super Fast cuts and it does a great job of throwing the chips. (I was getting "chips" over an inch long). I only use the Stihl 2in1 sharpener and never ... read more have a problem with this chain being super sharp and cutting straight. I use RS / RM3 & always keep a sharpened spare chain in my bag.
  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. 7 years ago
    stihl full skip tooth chain
    These are the best chain,s that I have found.it,s very fast and don,t bog down in a cut I would highly recommend this chain
  2. 5 years ago
    The chain cuts good
    I use it to cut dead oak trees it cuts the trunk by the ground faster then the other chains and cuts through the oak like a knife through butter. One chain usually dulls after cutting an oak into firewood but this stays sharp longer
  3. 6 years ago
    chain is awesome
    The best chain I have ever used. it is very fast and lasts a long time between sharpening. Very good for the money but why do I have to tell you St IHL products sell themselves the best there is. Thanks St IHL for the great products.
  1. 2 years ago
    Plunge cutting dirty wood and still sharp
    Ok, so I tried plungeing into a tree for the first time a while ago now and was a bit nervous about kickback. So to ease my mind somewhat I put a 33RM-72 on the 20” bar and went for it. I’m sure it probably made little difference in the result but it worked with the “green safety chain” and “green bar” without kicking back at me. I was being pretty careful too! Someday I may give it a go with the RS chain but I’m on no rush since this seemed to work just fine. Nevertheless,, the semi chisel ... read more chain cut plenty fast enough for what I was doing with it and even in some dirty wood it seems to hold its edge quite well. I still haven’t dressed out the teeth and it cuts very well still. I can’t speak for the pro’s who use it daily, but for a homeowner, this seems like to way to go. Keeps an edge and is tollerant of dirty conditions, plus the added security of kickback bump stops. Pretty good bet for the weekend user!
  2. 7 years ago
    Great all-purpose chain!
    This chain came on my MS 271. It has been in use for about a year now cutting dirty, moss-covered, frozen, rotten wood and lots of firewood. The chain only requires an occasional hand filing and is back to throwing chips like new. After a year, the cutters are still about 95%. It should last a long time at this rate (and I bought 3 more spares!) Well worth the extra few dollars over the chain most other manufacturers use. It seems to be sharper right out of the box than other brands as well. ... read more Compare STIHL chain with other brands and you can see the extra effort put into making them.
  3. 2 months ago
    Works as a standard chain!
    I've been using this chain for a few years now. The first one that came with the saw lasted about 3 years of heavy cutting. So I purchased two more for my MS250. This chain cuts a little slower than others, but is matched well to this saw. As a low kick back chain it has saved my bacon, and face several times. I do recommend this chain for the average user.
  1. 2 years ago
    The BEST choice for Big Saws with Long Bars!
    I've been using this chain for years with 041AVES, 066 Magnum, & MS 661 R C-M saws with 24", 28" & 32" bars. I predominately cut P-Pine, D-Fir, E-Spruce, Larch, & W-Cedar. This chain is the easiest to dress in the woods, especially with fewer bits to dress!
  2. 6 years ago
    Fast Cutting on Long Guide Bars
    Skip and square cutter chain from stihl is just flat out awesome. The RSF chain is perfect on long bars in hard wood. You really don't get any benefit on short bars. Full comp chain cuts much fast until you start using longer guide bars. I use this chain on the ms 362 with 25 inch guide all the time. Now if I was using a 20 inch guide bar I would stick with the RSC chain. When using a longer bar saw dust and dirt get trapped in the chain. When that happens the chain can not discharge it fast ... read more enough. Skip chain does a much better job in these situations. Also since there is about 33% less cutters it does allow the engine rpms to stay much higher. Which in turn does make it faster cutting with longer bars. Not to mention it takes less time to touch it up when your out in the woods or in the field working.
  3. 6 years ago
    i own five stihl chainsaws
    I have ran the safety chains and full comp chains. but as soon as I figure out that I could buy a chain that cut faster and sharpen faster because there less teeth to sharpen. I honestly don't think I would buy a stihl saw that you could not a skip chain. my oldest saw is ten or so years old a ms 310 and still has the orginal bar. I have ran other skip chains but the stihl chain run the coldest on the bar.
  1. 5 years ago
    terrific all purpose chain
    I bought this chain to replace the green safety chain that came with my Stihl 291 saw. It is the 26RM74 for use with my 18" bar. When I first used my saw with the safety chain it cut very well-just a bit slow. At the time we were cutting fallen oak. For comparison, I switched to this yellow RM chain and the difference was immediately apparent. The RM chain was much more aggressive. I'm still using the original bar, which is a Rollamatic E bar (green). The chain is easy to sharpen and ... read more maintain. I am not a lumberjack by any means but I usually cut with a friend who typically cuts 10 to 12 cords a year. He tried my saw with both of the chains and he also thought the difference was significant. In not so many words, he basically told me to throw the green chain away. Of course I will not. Instead, I keep the green chain as a spare. Stihl's website warns users that the yellow chains have a higher potential for kickback but I have had no such issues. Again, I'm still using the green safety bar so perhaps that is one of the reasons I've had no issues with kickback. That's about it. The RM chain works very well and is easy to sharpen. Wilkie
  2. 4 years ago
    Best Full Comp Chain
    I can't say enough about these Rapid Micro chains for durability. I used to run all full chisel, Rapid Superb but dulled more quickly. Have changed over to the semi chisel. Stay sharp longer in hard wood. I've tried other cheaper brands but the genuine Stihl is the best chain but important to always keep sharp and properly tensioned.
  3. 7 years ago
    Probably my favorite chain for my 026 Pro
    I swapped the .325 pitch chain on my 026 Pro to run 3/8 so that I was using the same chains as my larger saw. I love the 026 but it's right at the bottom of the power range to pull a 3/8, so the chain really makes a difference. I've used several different chains from Stihl & Oregon, and this one seems to work the best for me. As long as I'm not too impatient, it cuts well and sharpens easily. For reference, I'm NOT a tree professional. I typically drop & cut between 15-40 trees a year and file ... read more by hand with a standard file guide.
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