Rated 5 out of 5 by butch60 more power then the ms260/great all around midsize saw
more power then my ms260, has vibration mounts, stainless muffler, new bar nut design.. works best for me on red oak with 16inch bar, .325 full chisel chain. no bogging out while cutting red oak. tried 16inch bar with 3/8 full chisel chain, 60 drive links, saw would bog while cutting. recommend .325 chain for hardwood for this saw. and 3/8 chain for softwood. that's just me. I also have a ms361 for bigger wood.(awesome). I also have a new ms250. nice light saw. spend the extra money and get the ms260. I started out with a 028 super in 1986. still have it. runs like new. I use 92 octane gas with stihl full synthetic oil, 40/1 mix for extra lubrication. no problem fowling plugs. new gas every 30 days. take care of saw , will last a life time. b.t. from the backwoods of maine
February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rog12345 I'd never buy any others
I really like it a lot. I have three new saws all Stihl. All great ones....
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pwheel The MS261 does everything well.
Captive clutch cover nuts make life easier in the field. Air filtration top notch; air filter keeps clean much longer. Excellent power. Starts reliably, even at 10º F. Notably cleaner exhaust compared to non-strato saws. Good torque; easy to control in the cut.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FireWalker Love this chainsaw
I have had this chainsaw about a year now and use it in summer and winter and it has always performed great, with reliable starting and solid power. I also own a Stihl 026 Pro, which still runs fine, but I like the new features of the MS 261, especially the low emissions, fuel efficiency, and the captive bar nuts (kept losing my old ones in the leaves). The MS 261 has a tad more power than the 026 Pro, but comes with a tad more weight, which (not getting any younger) I do notice.
January 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Schotyz15 Poor Design - Greatly Disappointed
This is my 3rd Stihl chainsaw in 23 years - i accidentally ran over the first two 026 models with my bush hog. My first 2 saws started first time, every time. Reliable, dependable and easy to start. This new MS 261 with the decompression valve, however, is a great disappointment. I have attempted to use the saw six times and have been able to start it just once. The owner's manual is useless and appears to have been written by attorneys as there are more warnings than there are instructions on how to simply start the chainsaw. The procedure must be performed so exact that the slightest variance will result in the engine fouling. I found numerous videos on the Internet on how to start the saw, with comments from numerous others experiencing the same difficulty. A common power tool like this should be simple and intuitive for anyone to start and use. I have been able to start my other Stihl saws for 23 years, every single time. The problem with this saw is it's poor design.
January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rgonzales Rock solid workhorse, best I've ever owned!
I purchased this saw after burning up previous (non-Stihl branded) saws purchased at various big box stores over the years. I was blown away by the quality, balance, and attention to detail put into this design. And the performance, all I can say is wow! I couldn't be happier with this saw and would recommend it to anyone looking for the ultimate in reliability. Yes this model is more expensive compared to others this size but it will not wear out or let you down. Stihl has earned another customer for life!
December 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BJohn Power to spare, and smoooooooth....
My new MS 261 replaces a decades-old Mac 610 that had a cracked case (still runs...leaks like a sieve). Now I know what years of technology can for a saw! This thing screams and feels like it gets lighter when I rev it up and start cutting. I bought a 16" bar and two chains to supplement the 20" it came with and the easy swap when I need it is a plus. I'm not a professional woodcutter but I figured I would treat myself to a pro saw, and this one has just the features I need without the bells and whistles. I thought it might be a lot to ask of it when I needed to do some clearing at 10 degrees recently, but the "winter" setting on the shutter kept it running without icing up the carb.
After about ten hours of hard use I feel I can safely say I'll be happy for years to come. Buy one - you won't regret it. It's worth the extra $$$.
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave99 Awesome chainsaw...
Light but very powerful. I am really enjoying using this saw. Gas and oil seem to last a long time before refill is necessary. It is very easy to maintain. I think this is the highest quality saw on the market. I shopped all the products and in the end I know I made the right choice when I purchased the MS 261. It is just a level above the rest. I have only had this saw for a short period of time but I am convinced this pup will be with me for a real long time. I think the Farm Boss is a great saw but am glad I went with the lighter weight MS261. At my age a few pounds make a big difference. I can cut with this saw for a long time before I have to take a break. Love this saw.
December 12, 2013