Convenient access to product reviews, product manuals, helpful videos and much more!

Get the App

MS 461

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

Model Features

  • 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.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
800 cc (27.1 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
33 RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Super
POWER SOURCE
Gas
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 based on which powerhead it is installed on.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 52reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by MORE MONEY MORENSAW NOT MUCH TO SAY THIS SAW HANDS DOWN IS NUMBER ONE.FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE RUN SAWS A GREAT WHILE. NOT FOR A FRIST TIME USER. April 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl, you can't beat em Started with the 090 25 years ago and the 044, now up to 460,461,660, 661. All these are great saws and if it's a Stihl professional grade saw you can't go wrong. April 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl is the best I bought this saw earlier this morning and it cut every tree that I fell today like a hot knife through warm butter I've always been pleased with Stihl and this one it just makes me a firm believer again. PS it was just so easy to use and first crank on a big saw you can't beat that April 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl's 461 is a Great Chainsaw! This is a workhorse of a saw!I've used Stihl saws for 30 years and this saw is excellent. I'm no longer a young man and the saw's weight is significant. When making cuts in the horizontal (felling trees) the weight of the saw is a load. When making a vertical cut the weight really works for you. This saw rips through 24" inch hardwood logs with ease.In short, recognize the strength it takes to make horizontal cuts and you I'll be pleased with this awesome chainsaw!I'm in the middle of a logging project on the family farm and I'm sold on this saw. I think you won't be disappointed. I am a pleased customer and a very demanding customer. BTW my dealer is number 1 as well! March 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw! Have had this saw for two years now, and cut upwards of ten cords a year, so far this saw has been a real power house. It has cut nothing but oak and hardwoods, and has never missed a beat. A bit pricey but worth the money. As with any stihl product it is well worth the investment. February 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Perfect Saw I bought this saw to replace a nearly 30 year old Dolmar that I was completely happy with, but could no longer get parts for. I could not be happier with the Stihl. It is the same weight as my old Dolmar, but is 20cc larger and the productivity increase with the horsepower is amazing. My only regrets are that I did not make the jump sooner and that I did not listen to my dealer and get the 28" bar. I bought the 25" bar instead thinking that it would be more manageable. The shorter bar just forces me to bend over limbing and is harder on the back. A 28" Stihl bar is in my near future.If you're not a pro and are thinking that 76cc is too much horsepower, it really isn't. You just get more cutting done faster, and that really matters in the winter when you're short on daylight hours. Now, the cutting gets done quickly instead of being a long, drawn out chore. The work is also much less fatiguing. The weight to power ratio of this saw is really fantastic.The saw starts and runs perfectly - hot or cold. The side chain adjuster is a joy to use. They have made good strides with chain brakes and this one actuates easily with no danger of inadvertent activation. I'm really liking the master control switch. It took some getting used to, but it turns out to be a real improvement. I also like the ease that the saw can be switched from summer to winter use just by moving a baffle plate on the air filter cover.I'm still on the fence with the tool-less oil and fuel caps, but they haven't been a big issue.If you're on the fence, make the jump. You'll be happy you did. February 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by More power! I have been using Stihl chainsaws since 1984 to cut firewood for personal use. That first saw,an 028 AV Wood boss, has cut twenty cord a year for twenty five years before I purchased a second saw. The newer saw a MS 290 just didn't seem to have the power of the 028, so I went to the MS 461.Now this saw has the power to run a 25" chain through some large oaks,cherry,hickory, and locust without bogging down. I have hauled five cord cut with this saw. That isn't all that much to give a fair rating on the dependability of this saw. With the larger more powerful engine comes more weight though. But it balances out nicely. Once I am done with the big timber I plan on switching to a 20" bar and chain. The fuel usage doesn't seem to be any more than either of the smaller saws.I am quite impressed with the MS 461 so far. For that matter Stihl products too. January 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best We used these as our main fire saws in AK forestry. Also used them for hazard tree removal, bucking out of roadways and bucking up large firewood in Washington.Wonderfully balanced, plenty of power to run a 32" bar with a full-skip chisel chain, easy to start, maintain, run, pretty to look at, and dependable when putting your back cut into a tree.Can't say enough good things about this saw. Stihl really hit the mark with these. REALLY.I do have one complaint: I'm now a home-owner, north of Seattle, and no longer at my old job, where I got to use one of these regularly. I wish I had a reason to buy one for myself!You want a great saw? Buy this one! Period December 11, 2015
2 3next>>

Standard Features

  • Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

You Will Also Need

For Your Safety

Support

Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance - Video
Product Instruction Manual (PDF)
Product Safety Manual (PDF)
STIHL Limited Warranty
Contact Us

  • Seasonal Landscaping Tips
  • Special Offers from Your Local STIHL Dealer
  • Guides & How-To Videos
  • Maintenance Tips