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MS 461

MS 461
A well-balanced, professional chainsaw that is fuel efficient and low maintenance.

Model Features

  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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  • STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
  • Decompression Valve
    The decompression valve, also referred to as 'deco' or 'deco valve', vents compression in the cylinder for easier starting. The decompression valve temporarily reduces the compression in the combustion chamber during cranking and helps reduce the effort needed to pull the starter rope. It is opened manually and closes automatically as soon as the engine fires.
  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
  • Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.


76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
4.4 kW (5.9 bhp)
6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
800 cc (27.1 oz.)
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
33 RS3
STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RS3 84) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 25" 3003 000 4030 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.

Important Information

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.

Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 32reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by fast cutting saw. I have cut logs with a 25" and 32" bar and there is no difference in how the saw cuts.I had a Sthi 390 the 461 cuts faster and is lighter so I am not as tired at the end of the day. I cut on average 15 rank of fire wood a year, I normally don't cut trees big enough to need a 32" bar unless a storm takes one down but when I have needed to use a 32" bar this saw handles it! April 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is the real deal Owning an MS290 for a few years now I haven't used it much until I bought five acres of property last year loaded with storm damaged and uncleared/unkempt oaks and several bull pines. My 290 could get the job done but not without bogging down at times or just taking time to make cuts. I just had to let it do its work at its pace.Not once did it fail me. I am cutting and thinning little by little the property by myself, taking good hardwood and bucking it down to stack for firewood.There are many cords of wood to harvest. I do this three or four days a week for several hours a day so I am definitely putting a chainsaw through its paces for a "farm and ranch" saw. I still have much to do.That said I will cry now once for the price and smile later with an MS461 rather than smile now and cry many times later with some other saw. And smiling I am. The bit of extra weight from the power head and 28" bar doesn't phase me much at all as that full chisel chain and nearly 6 beastly horsepower make quick and easy work of whatever I cut. It just flat out saves time in my cutting jobs and torques through the hardwoods with ease. I now own a saw that has the versatility to handle any job put before it. The 290 will serve as a good smaller saw and backup. I'm not a logger but a homeowner with acreage or a guy that can help a buddy with his cutting needs. March 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's a wood eating monster. I've been using a 51 Husqvarna for over 24 years. Had some loggers over at the neighbors property and they gave me a chance to use their Stihl 461 with a 25" bar. I couldn't put it down, they almost had to take it away from me. It was the best saw I had ever used. I went out and purchased a 461 the following week and am totally satisfied. Wood cutting has never been any easier. March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it... Well I thought I should buy a once in a life time saw. Read some reviews and decided on this MS 461. Now being a home owner and not a logger you should have seen the envy in the eyes of some loggers as I picked up this saw. I ordered it with the 25in bar. It was a little bar heavy but not to bad. I grew up logging in the north east and used a jonsered 70 series as a yard saw. I did not blink at the weight because power is worth the weight. I took the saw home fired her up and went to town on an old rock maple needing to be cut. Hot knife through butter. This saw is a monster. You can not cheat on power and reliablity. Pay the man and walk away with the saw you want I did. I have not stopped smiling yet.!. March 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This saw has the power to eat oak like there is nothing to it. For 13 years I have used a Stihl Farm Boss and it is still running fine today but over the years some of the oak trees on our land has out grown my Farm Boss so I decided to buy a saw that could handle large oaks. The Stihl MS 461 is just the saw I hoped it would be. It cuts through oak with ease and will do it all day. Great power with low vibration and is not bad on the fuel. The MS 461 has cut my work time in half which is great for the old back. Bottom line is this saw is a beast and always handles the job large or small. March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl MS461 Should of bought this saw when it first came out. I bought it to feed my outdoor wood furnace. Trees on my property was just to big for the 032 and 028. I bought it with a 25 inch and 32 inch bar. It is a great saw for felling big oaks. Ive had the 32" bar buried with maybe an inch hanging out the other side with no loss of power. I would recommend this saw highly. It has about 10 cords worth of use so far. If it holds up like my 032 or 028 I will be a happy man. March 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ms461 Very good saw lots of power light the only saw I will ever need February 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great All Purpose Saw My "go to" saw for most work. More torque and power with a 25" bar and chain than the MS 441. This would be the perfect 5 star saw if it had the air filtration system and Mtronic features of the MS 441 January 31, 2015

Standard Features

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