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MS 362 C-M

MS 362 C-M
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.

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


MS 362 C-M is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 252.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All around excellent saw. My first pro saw. 3 tanks of fuel burned so far. Taking it easy on break-in. Excellent power, weight and starting. Love the compression release for startup. Mostly used for firedwood cutting.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cold start, pull the trigger and push the choke down. To cold start the saw all you got to do is pull the trigger and push the choke down. It is a fully automatic computerized choke. It will start on the first pull. Several people in the reviews section here have mentioned it is hard to cold start stating they had to pull 20 or 30 times to get it to start. Okay that's true for saws of 20 years ago. They obviously don't know about the automatic choke. It is advertised on this model and if you read the manual you would know how to use it. I let my saw sit for 2 weeks on a nearly empty tank and all I did was pull the trigger and push the choke down. It started on the first pull. It is an excellent saw especially combined with the yellow pulling style chain. I'm using the 20 inch bar and a 25 inch bar. You have to take your time a little bit more with the 25 in but it still works. If you're going to be cutting Hardwoods larger than 25 in you really should be running a larger saw. This saw will do the work but it will be hard on it.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 362 Ive had my 362 alittle over 2 years hints the warranty is up and the electronic fuel management is acting up. The saw will not idle. Stilll runs but can't let it idle down or it dies. Overall its a decent saw and has decent power, but for a high end professional saw its not worth the extra money if its not going to last. Ive got a little older 391 saw and haven't had any problems out of it. Its a cheaper homeowner saw. I would think the extra money buying the professional saw it would of out lasted the 391 with no problems.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ChainSaw Purchased this saw a few weeks back. Not a lot of use yet but this saw sure has power, smooth, easy to start, and is well built.I am homeowner who purchased a pro saw just to ensure highest power and durability. This saw is all that and more.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More then enough power! I needed to buy a chainsaw to handle firewood and clearing of some big oaks on my property. The 362 was by far the best chainsaw I have ever used. The run time is great, and worked flawlessly. Hands down I recommend this!
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice saw. This saw has plenty of power very dependable starts up easy. Great features best all around pro saw. Love it. For the people giving the hard to use and not dependable feedback....please put the saw down and back away slowly.
Date published: 2019-05-01
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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

  • Common Features for Chainsaws
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