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Professional Saws

High-performance saws to help make your job easier

When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood...
When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust the unique features that make STIHL the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America**. And at STIHL, we have a particular fondness for our professional category chainsaws. It’s where we built our reputation in the first place. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, Q = an additional chain braking system, R = wrap handle, and M = STIHL M-Tronic™.

Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chainsaw in 1926 and our first gasoline-powered saw in 1929. And not unlike the early automobiles of the Roaring 20’s, our chainsaws’ essential components – engine, bar and chain – remain familiar, though very much advanced, elements of our original chainsaw. Today, STIHL continues to put a high value on engineering and performance. That is why we custom design and manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures optimal chainsaw performance in the field.

For a side-by-side comparison of all STIHL chainsaws, download our Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions

** "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2016 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. ©2017 STIHL


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

 

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  1. 2 months ago
    Great saw
    First stihl chainsaw I am impressed with the power of this saw. Also like the ease of the chain adjustment and the guys at construction rental in North Platte Nebraska very help every time I stop buy the shop.
  2. 2 months ago
    Great all around saw for anyone
    I am not a pro logger but I own property and I cut firewood like a pyro. I love this MS362-CM saw and have had zero issues so far. I am on about my 7th tank of fuel and the saw gets more and more powerful as I use it and it breaks in. I recommend spending the extra money on the PRO SAW since that amounts to pennies when spread out over the lifetime that this tool will last you. It makes cutting wood so much more fun. Its like accord vs corvette. Its that simple.
  3. 2 months ago
    Wish I would have purchased one years ago
    Great saw, I burn about 6 cords of wood in my stove every winter, helps me get the job done much easier and quicker, no problems at all.
  1. 3 years ago
    6 Stihl saws
    Needed a 60cc saw to supplement my 25y.o. 028 Super. My 362 R C-M is FANTASTIC ! Easy starting, Great power & balance, I heat with wood & cut approx. 30 cords annually. I also use my saws for disaster cleanup. If every product that we purchased was as rugged, well made & long lasting as these Stihl saws, we would all be wealthier!
  2. 6 months ago
    Added 25" bar.
    Standard 20" bar great for most projects however the added capability of the 25" makes this saw excellent. Love the wrap handle and it's added balance. Power just great and fuel efficiency is not terrible.
  3. 2 years ago
    Great saw for the right tasks!
    When you're looking at all the saws Stihl offers, be very sure you're getting the right one for you. Go talk to your dealer and see what they recommend. I personally use the 362 for a variety of projects. I'm a resource conservation and fire sciences student at the University of Montana which means the saw it seeing a ton of varied use. Ranging from thinning projects, active fire use, bucking blocks for our timbersports team and even using the saw for competitions occasionally. This is a great ... read more mid size saw, I regularly use larger Stihl saws on thinning projects and at work but I come back to this saw regularly and always bring it with me!
  1. 5 years ago
    good saw
    I've had a dozen or so 460's and 660's. Im a professional timber faller so I use these tools every day. I've always loved the 460 and was bumbed to hear that you cant buy them any more. I just bought my first 461 and so far it seems to be a very good saw its very similar to the older saws. It seems to come stock with just a little bit more power. Im very happy with the saw so far.
  2. 11 months ago
    Just an awesome saw!
    Purchased the saw new in august with 28 bar". I have put through it's paces. The emerald ash borer decimated my trees. Long story short, saw hasn't missed a beat! 40 face on the fence right now! I love running this saw, and will add that it is less tiresome to run than my older MS 310. I can't wait to run the 20" bar on it. Erik
  3. 2 years ago
    Love It!
    Absolutely love this saw. I got it with a 28" bar. Runs very good with it. I recently burned up a husqvarna and didn't like the options I had to get it fixed (Almost the price I paid for it new). I decided, with hours of YouTube video, and meeting my with local saw shops (gotta trust your mechanic), that the 461R was the saw for me. It's lighter, more powerful than my old saw. I will most likely be getting a 25" and a 32" bar in the future. I foresee a long life together with the saw.
  1. 2 months ago
    Great Chain Saw
    I have used it only on 3 or 4 trees but absolutely love it. It seems to start on the 4th pull so far. It handles really good and its light, only 10 pounds, which helps out on a larger tree. I had a MS 290 which was stolen from my shed. So I purchased the MS 261 and so far have had no issues at all. I really like that you wont loose anymore bar nuts, pretty good idea. The chainsaw has been plenty powerful enough with a 20 inch bar and the gas seems to last forever. Great chainsaw and I am happy I ... read more bought it. The price was well worth it.
  2. 4 years ago
    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.
  3. 5 months ago
    Best saw in every way
    I've had my MS 261 for over a month now and use the saw every day. It will always be my first choice to use. It seems eager to get to work. Starts with ease, won't bog down even when I'm cutting big maple, oak and ash. I was a little hesitant to lay down the cash for this saw because I've been using the other orange brand with decent results...but convinced myself I should buy the Stihl to do a real comparison. I will never own another saw brand but Stihl now, and going into the purchase I was ... read more nervous I'd feel the opposite. I was worried I'd buy it and find little or no difference. My advice to anyone looking for a saw now.....but the Stihl....it's worth every penny.
  1. 4 years ago
    BEST SAW! LOVE
    Incredible saw! AMAZING POWER! Love the professional line! The MS 261 C-M is perfect for me as a homeowner for all the sawing I do! Cannot say enough good things about this saw or STIHL!
  2. 3 years ago
    Wow!
    I am so glad I went with a professional model! I had several lower priced chainsaws in the past and they were toast! I have trees on my property that range from 12" to 24" OAK and Walnut and this STIHL melts right through them all. Chains lubricate well and the chains also wear nicely. One thing for sure that sets these saws above the rest is the ease of starting even when it is cold. I love it and feel great about spending this kind of money for a saw that will "GIT ER DONE!"
  3. 2 weeks ago
    Great Saw for power and weight
    I use this saw primarily as a volunteer with the National Parks and I am hiking miles with it. From a power to weight ratio you can not beat this saw. I have not found a tree yet that this saw will not handle with ease. The saw is easy to maintain and has been super reliable in the field.
  1. 2 months ago
    This chainsaw has a perfect power to weight ratio.
    I bought my first stihl saw about 20 years ago.It was the 066 magnum,and it sure did a great job for me. It was used to fell trees and for everyday firewood cutting. I sold this saw due to lack of work. i recently purchased the new MS 661 magnum and WOW is this the saw for me. Plenty of power and very easy to start and surprisingly light weight for its class. This saw will do it all. LOVE MY STIHL. Todd G Robertson.
  2. 1 month ago
    Built Alaska Tough!
    I bought this saw two years ago and have used it extensively to cut old growth hemlock and sitka spruce on my land. This saw handles the big stuff like none other. I have put countless of hours on this saw under some extreme conditions and it never misses a beat! Plenty of power to cut through the biggest logs with total ease! Best investment I've made in a long time. This saw has made my life much easier!
  3. 4 months ago
    Powerful saw
    I see a lot of people having a problem with the saw starting after running hot or after running for long periods of time. I found when you re-start any of the saws just pull the cord with out choking or doing anything you would do when cold starting and especially with the mtronics. Usually starts every time one pull because the gas is already there. if you re-choke after running hot, it floods the carburetor causing the no starts. Just pull the cord. Unleash the beast.
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