MS 362 C-M

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The MS 362 chainsaw plus our exclusive STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management technology.

Product Description

Brains and brawn come together in this well-rounded professional chainsaw. The MS 362 C-M features the same great power, weight and fuel efficiency as the MS 362, but also features our exclusive STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management technology. This innovative microprocessor-controlled engine management system optimizes engine performance and compensates for changes in operating conditions, such as temperature, elevation, fuel quality, and dirty air filters. It makes sure you’re working with optimal cutting power in any cutting condition.

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 M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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  • Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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  • Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.


59.0 cc (3.6 cu. in.)
3.5 kW (4.69 bhp)
Flush-Cut: 5.6 kg (12.35 lbs.)
Wrap-Handle: 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs.)
600 cc (20.3 oz.)
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
3/8" RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
40 to 63 cm (16" to 25")
STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RS3-72) OILOMATIC® Saw Chain and 20” 3003 008 8921 Ematic™ guide bar. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

Important Information

WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.

* 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.

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MS 362 C-M is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 258.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saw is a Beast I have run Stihl farm saws for many years in the South, felling oak, hickory, walnut and pine. The 291 & 310 were both fine saws, but they ain’t in the same league as the MS362 CM! Just bought the saw this weekend and fell, limbed and blocked two half dead gigantic post oaks in south central Texas, and they stood no chance with my new saw. Had to purchase with the 25” bar/chain combo, but on the way to dealership I asked to put a yellow link chain on a 20” bar, and that is what I ran with. I have several trees that may require the larger bar, but for now I will stick with the 20”.This saw is ALL a man could ask for!
Date published: 2019-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good saw, redesign needed for choke rod Saw runs good with plenty of power for moderate to larger jobs. Main complaint is the choke rod assembly being lost due to operator error. The change from a 4 position run selector to a 3 position run selector ( operated by throttle trigger) is causing the rod to be dislodged and can only turn the saw off by using the decompression switch. We have a fleet of 25 saws and users of varying skills with many forcing the selector into the run position (old habits) which dislodges the choke rod. Please redesign so this is user friendly and at a least can re attach the rod before it’s lost and have to replace.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Out of the Box I put this saw straight to work and it hasn't disappointed. It works hard and runs great.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money! Upgraded to the Stihl MS 362 C-M chainsaw, used it for a full day and it exceeded my expectations. Went back to the dealer the next day because I wasn't familiar with its sawchain changing process. Got a 15 minute tutorial that covered not only changing and tightening the sawchain but also a complete maintenance overview. Love my new Stihl chainsaw and my Stihl dealer!
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from FAILS TO RESTART Sometimes it will not restart ! It's junk sooo mad ! You cant do a days work WITH it ! And its not flooded . ran saws for 40 years WHY ISNT THERE A RECALL TO FIX THIS ! Today 2 hours and will not restart. Im back at my shop now ! STIHL POST A RECALL DO SOMETHING ! 362C
Date published: 2019-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst chainsaw I have EVER owned This is the worst chainsaw I have EVER owned. Would never buy another one, woul not recommend it and am thinking about going with another brand.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw ... big power small package Nice middle to high usage light-weight saw running a 25 inch bar with yellow chain loops.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from some owners need to read reviews for their issues ! I had an 034 for 20 years and cut lots of firewood of various types and never had a performance issue besides the idle adjustment a couple times. Bought this MS362-C and put a 28" inch light weight bar on it and am glad I did. Premium no alcohol gas is all I ever run in all my power equipment and the 362 starts on the 3rd or 4th pull every time when cold. loses some power on logs over 24" but it's not a big timber saw. I also mix my gas a little rich like .9 gallons to the small bottle of stihl mix. The 034 still ran like new when I horse traded with it. The 362-C will probably be the last saw I'll ever have to buy.
Date published: 2019-06-01
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Optional Accessories

  • Wrap Handle (R)
    Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.

Standard Features

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