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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 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. 


The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which power head it is installed on.

 

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  1. 4 months ago
    Excellent Running Saw!
    I really like my MS 362 C-M. I have the 25 inch bar and full chisel chain on it. I purchased this saw with the intent of cutting some large ash trees on my farm wood lot. It has good power to cut through 24 inch or larger diameter trees. My saw starts right up with a few pulls. I love the decompression valve for cold weather starting. I also have older stihl 028 and 034 saws which still run great. Stihl makes very durable, reliable, long lasting products.
  2. 3 years ago
    a pro saw for joe everyman
    I'm not a professional by any stretch, but I work this saw hard. Felling/bucking dead pine and aspen for firewood, cutting trees that have fallen across single track trails, etc. Haven't tried to accomplish a job yet that this saw isn't up to. It's my third Stihl, and probably as big a saw as I'll ever need. If you're out there wondering whether a pro saw is overkill for a regular guy, the answer is no. A great all around saw that makes any job more fun.
  3. 4 years ago
    Very comfortable saw
    Great saw. Has all the power that one could ask for. Starts easy and comfortable to use for extended amounts of time. Only 1 complaint I was using it on a hot humid day and I turned it off for a couple minutes when I went back to start it up it did not want to start. So I let it sit in the shade for a while then went back and it started right up. It only happened once so I am not too concerned about it. Great Great chainsaw. Would recommend it to anyone.
  1. 4 months ago
    Beware of oiler
    Have not had the saw long. Ran first tank of gas and when I went to refill I noticed that the saw has used no oil for chain. I turned Oiler adjustment up as far as it would go and the saw did oil but at 1/2 ratio to feul. The saw runs and starts great. It demonstrates excellent weight to power ratio. Hopefully the Oiler will work as intended. My suggestion is turn Oiler up all the way from the start. I have used a 362 cm for a couple years and it needs Oiler full go as well.
  2. 4 months ago
    Very Impressed
    I own a logging company and eagerly anticipatied the US release of this saw. It did not disappoint!!! Very good power and light weight Best air filtering system I’ve seen yet from Stihl
  3. 4 months ago
    This saw is awsmoe
    I got the 462 to take the place of my 441. After seeing it the weight difference is a lot. compared the two side by side. I think it is better balanced also. thought its a little pricey, after using it and cutting all day including limbing. I have not used my 260 sense.
  1. 1 week ago
    another great product bought from my local dealer wilson hardware
    love the light weight and with 28in light bar this thing is amazing glad my dealer could order it and set up the way that i like it it blows my 441c out the water and 3/4 wrap just makes it easy to use and is sexy the throttle response is wicked fast with a sharp chain i could barley stall it out on hard wood thanks stihl for another great product and thanks again to wilson hardware where unlike the big box stores your knowledge and help has yet again made me glad after 4 yrs from buying my ... read more first saw from them i bring all my friends and family to this store i appreciate all help from Dave and his wife
  2. 5 months ago
    Amazing saw.
    When pulled from the box, my first impression was that it was a toy. It is so much lighter than the Stihl saws I’m used to using. Power is way up there and seems to be getting stronger with every tank. The angle of the handle is different and so the saw “points” differently than the previous generation Stihls’. It’s very much a “better” saw by design, lighter and more powerful than any other saw in its 72cc class. And it’s easier to use too. You’re gonna love this saw.
  1. 2 years ago
    My absolute favorite saw!
    I bought my MS261 a few years ago from Hillside Small Engine in Lehighton. The very freindly and highly knowledgeable owner strongly recommended this model. My father has a small armada of about 10 saws and every time I borrowed one I kept going back to his MS260. After a few years , I have cut quite a bit of wood and this thing just rips right through it no matter what species. Very powerful, not too heavy and it really stretches a tank a gas. Spend the extra money and get it, you'll have a ... read more great saw for a long time.
  2. 1 year ago
    Packs a smooth punch!
    I am a retired pro. I live on 21 acres and about 15 of it is woods. We heat with wood and play in the woods quite a bit. I have an ms441 w/ a few different bars. My ms250 was modded and what I used for my light duty stuff. After many years she finally wore out. The ms261 came highly recommended. I am not disappointed! It's like a mini 441! Kind of scary how smooth it runs. I just cut up a big red oak and a hickory that fell in a storm and this little lady loved every minute of it!
  3. 6 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.
  1. 5 years ago
    This is a good saw but it is a handful
    I just bought a ms 660 and a MS 880 some of my older saws was stolen the 880 is powerful it runs beautifully with it I purchased a skip chain a 41 and 60 inch bar I cut oak wood this monster goes through it like butter I had steel products for 10 years never had manufacturer defects but like anything else you have to maintain them if you want the least amount of trouble in the field if I had to replace them again I would do it the same choice
  2. 1 month ago
    Best chainsaw i have ever used and i have used all leading brands
    I am a logger in the northwest in Washington state and i use the stihl 880 daily with a cannon 56 inch bar for felling trees. This saw can cut all types of trees. This saw has never failed in all types of weather from heat to snow and yes lots of rain. This saw has had several trees fall on it and has rolled down many mountains and still runs great. This is the best saw i have ever owned. This saw is pretty heavy so not everybody could sling this saw all day felling trees.
  3. 5 years ago
    Easy to start, very dependable.
    I have been using Stihl saws for years. My bigger saws were the O46 and the O66. Both are great saws. I recently purchased the 880 with a 41 inch bar, thinking it would have around 1/5 more power than my O66 for cutting through bigger logs. I was disappointed in the power with the longer bar. I ordered a 30 inch bar and chain to try and get the cutting speed where I had expected it. It did cut faster, but for the money I would stick with the O66 (now the 660).
  1. 5 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. 3 years ago
    Perfect saw!
    Pretty much the ideal saw from its light weight, well laid out power head and uber ergonomic rap around handle and silky smooth anti vibration functioning to it's hard hitting no holds barred wood ripping power band that slices through rounds like a hot knife through butter. It amazes me every time! To say that I like this saw would be an understatement. Would I recomend it? Hmm... Let's see... Only if you want the best mid sized saw money can buy. Heh. Yeah I'd recommend it.
  3. 1 year ago
    Perfect saw
    I LOVE this saw. I use it everyday for felling trees, bucking logs and even have a mill for it. I run a 25 inch bar on it and has plenty of power to use every inch of it.
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