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MS 461

MS 461
A well-balanced, professional chainsaw that is fuel efficient and low maintenance.

Product Description

The STIHL MS 461 chainsaw was made for tough cutting jobs and long workdays. This professional-grade saw is up to 20% more fuel-efficient than the MS 460 STIHL MAGNUM®, but delivers every ounce of the power. Now you can spend more time cutting and less time (and money) on re-fueling. It’s ideal for all-around professional forestry and tree care projects, including felling, limbing and bucking of larger diameter trees. And with all that extra cutting, we made sure the MS 461 features our heavy-duty HD-2 filter technology for longer run times between air filter maintenance. This is the saw you need to cut down the hassles of cutting.

Model Features

  • STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
  • 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.
  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
  • 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.
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT
6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
800 cc (27.1 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN
33 RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Super
POWER SOURCE
Gas
STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RS3 84) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 25" 3003 000 4030 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.

Important Information

* 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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Reviews

MS 461 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 119.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power to weight saw. This saw fills its size perfectly.Great power, 20 to 32 inch bars and easy weight to handle.I put the wide cover and big spikes on mine with standard handle.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap on as gas with loads of power This saw runs awesome, cuts smoothly and has loads of power. Cheap on gas a bonus too.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Deal, Not for Kids Put my 361 20" on a 30" black birch and it slowly made it through, but when the smoke started had to call time out. Price tag (as usual) was a gasp, but when I got back with the 461 28" and laid into it, my neighbor was the one gasping as I cut a 20 footer into stove length in under ten minutes. Read the other reviews, if you are used to a homeowner level saw this baby will have some surprises for you but wear your chaps and it's all good
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great p/w ratio. This saw made short work of a 16" base red oak. My 50cc saws could have done it but nowhere near as quick as this saw. A little hard to start the first time out but after a few start/stop cycles fired right up first couple of pulls. If you need a saw that turns big jobs into little jobs look no further, buy this saw!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from another stihl i should not have bought I needed a 36" saw for hurricane cleanup in south Florida. the only thing available the day after the storm was a MS461. I had to purchase the saw with a 25" bar and chain, and then buy the 36" bar and chain separate. I installed 36, ran it for a minute, then tightened the chain. The next day on the job it needed to make four cuts, that's all. It took us 20 minutes to get it started, same as the last handful of stihl's I bought and threw away the first day. It cut great and had a lot more power than I expected. The next job it had to make five cuts. Of course the chain came off after two cuts and took forever to restart. The next job was a repeat, hard to start and chain comes off. These big saws need a manual oiler. This is the last stihl I will ever buy.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Enough for 100 Year Old Red Oak I had a large Red Oak tree fall, and I figured the cost of getting it cut and hauled off would be roughly the cost of this saw, so I bought one with a 20" and 28" bar and chain. Next year had another Red Oak 108 years old fall. The 28" cut very well. Both trees cut up, and now I am cutting up two large Pecan trees. I had an issue with the saw starting initially, so I changed the spark plug out and problem solved. I've had to replace both the oil and gas caps--not what you'd expect on a saw just a few years old--but they are not expensive. I sharpen the saw myself, and some wood dulls the chain worse than others. Oak is much worse than Pecan or Pine. Also, cutting large vines will tend to stretch the chain more.Anyone who has been around saws knows that a hard-to-start saw is very frustrating. I am over 60, and I've known a few. MS 461 Starting is a breeze. I put the lever to FULL (cold start)choke, pull a few times until the saw almost starts, then switch over to RUN. The decompression valve helps starting also. My saw weighs 20lbs with fuel and the 20" bar, and with the normal reaching, the lower back gets a workout. I am planning on getting a smaller, lighter weight Stihl saw for cutting limbs and smaller trees. It is a good practice too having an extra saw in case your saw gets in a bind and the blade is stuck. I use this saw as needed on limbs and large trees. It performs very well.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this saw I've been cutting trees sense the 1980.My first STIHL was a MS310 and I like most of the StIHL equipment .I own the MS661 all the way down to MS150T. Pro saws are the way to go in my book. I traded in my MS460 for a lighter, smaller and faster MS362CM and love this for an all around finishing saw. But… I miss my MS460 and I'm going to buy another one soon. The MS460 fits in with the MS661CM for those old oak trees and stumps removal jobs. The home owners like the big boys playing in the front and back yards. They feel better about the price I charge when clean professional equipment is used. It's a way to tell the neighbors I'm not cheap.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth sailing Been using a 290 with 20"bar. Had to cut 25 " oak. Bought 461 with 25"bar. Butter, butter ,butter, no I'm in love with it. Only problem was the little white plastic blade rider ,under cover falls off.
Date published: 2017-11-24
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