Rated 5 out of 5 by Bartholomule1 This saw is powerful and precise.
I have owned the 461 for 1 month during which time I have run the saw for 60 hours at altitudes between 10000 and 120000 feet. It has performed perfectly through break in and it now has full power. I find that with the length of bar combined with power I don't have to bend over to cut small trees. I have been cutting through thick windfall timber between 20 and 30 inch tree diameters, Fir and Spruce, the saw sprays the wood out like a fire hose. It is a heavy saw and if I was doing anything but cutting windfall and firewood I would have considered a 441. But I am pleased with the machine and plan to be very careful not to over rev or overheat the saw. It has a penchant for running on the ragged edge of what is achievable by German engineering, so I monitor, tune and maintain the saw very carefully.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waterboy7 Plenty of power!!!
Purchased this saw to up-grade from my ms 362 and have no regrets! Awesome saw with plenty of power to knock down all hard wood you could find. Bought this saw to use on any job. Clearing fence line, felling trees, bucking firewood, this saw is perfect for anything. If you don't mind the extra pound compared to the ms 362, and have the budget, I highly recommend the ms 461
September 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dt54 great saw but having problems
I purchased the saw a month ago and worked with it daily cleaning up after a wild fire on a Montana ranch. It is a great saw, good power, easily cleaned after a hard days work and well built. I started to loose power in the cut and the saw sounded different and it is in the shop right now. It has been well cared for, followed the Sthil guidelines so not sure what is up with the saw. I would still recommend the saw and hope mine is going to be fixed.
July 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dopeonplastic Excellent choice for wood burning homeowner
I was on the fence about which saw to buy. I needed a saw for firewood since we put an insert in 2 years ago. I've used a MS250 for a couple of years but got tired of borrowing it and wanted my own saw. I wanted to upgrade to a larger saw so that I can buck up larger trees. I also wanted the option of using a chainsaw mill at some point in the future and they require powerful saws. So I opted for the 461. I've been very happy with it so far. The first delivery I got from the tree service guy was 28" oak. No problem for this saw. Little effort required and very little vibration. Starts very easily. The only slight downside is that this saw drinks fuel. But I guess that is to be expected when using a more powerful saw.
In conclusion, the 461 is not too much saw for a homeowner who has occasion to use it occasionally. If budget is not your primary concern, I'd get the larger saw if you're on the fence.
June 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Radar Awesome
I cut a good bit of firewood for myself and my dad and have a 311 which is a really good saw for what it is but I wanted something with a little more meat. I thought about the 441 but found out the 461 was 10% off so I said why not. So I got it and the first tree I fell was 25" across. Wow. The power was awesome. Only being about a pound heavier than the 311 I was impressed. After a few cuts I got my 311 just to feel the difference. I was amazed at how much less vibrations the 461 had. I have since then put six tanks of gas through it and it runs better and better. It cuts my cutting time in half as well which is a plus. I still have the 311 and switch between the two for cool down periods but I love when I pick up the 461. I have always been a Stihl man and this proves my loyality is well placed. I also have other Stihl products and am well pleased. Thank you Stihl for a great saw.
June 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RetiredfirecaptainB Great saw for the professional cutter
Love the power to weight ratio plus a longer bar is easier on the back, esp if you are tall. Easy to line up cuts on the stump with the full wrap handle and the anti-vibration system is superior to comparable brands. I have cut professionaly for close to 30 years and would recommend stihl brand saws for most of my friends.
March 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by logger3403 saw is lighter than 660 but not as powerful.
Saw has great power and is comfortable to use. But it uses same amount of fuel as a 660. I believe it lacks to power needed to take down the larger trees.
March 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VANNESTC LOVE THE POWER
JUST PURCHASED A MONTH AGO. I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT WILL BOG THIS SAW DOWN. I LOVE IT! EVERY TANK OF GAS IT JUST GET'S MORE AND MORE POWER! IF YOU WANT A SAW FOR THE PURPOSE OF JUST CUTTING BIG WOOD THIS IS IT!
January 21, 2013