MS 461

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

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 5.0 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saw but a little heavy I bought this saw when I retired my ms 440. Saw is noticably heavier than my 440 but has better power. It cuts great with the 25" bar but cannot handle the 32" bar with a yellow chain. The chain just stops dead on the log so I switched to a skip chain and was able to finish the job but I'm still not impressed with the power on the big bar. I think this saw should max out at 28" bar length. All that aside I still love the saw but I need a bigger saw for extra large wood.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I got to use my new MS 461 for the first time this weekend; WOW; was I ever impressed. It went through a 30" oak tree in nothing flat. With the 36" bar I had everything I needed to fall and buck the tree with minimal effort.Love it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King of the Wilderness I bought this saw a year ago and almost wet myself when I first fired it up. It roars. It turns out this is far more saw then I need, but when I feel I need it, it steps up and gets it done. The only time this saw slowed down a little was when it was fully buried in a 40" fir with my 32" bar and chain attached. That was a big tree. Usually this is fitted with the 25" bar and I have yet to see it slow even a little, no matter what I ask of it. Fires up second pull and runs strong till the tank empties.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Follow-up after 6 months This saw is not merely a means by which to harvest wood, it is a way of life. What makes this saw so much better than every other chainsaw ever made? Well, for starters, the side of the saw says Stihl, which loosely translates from German to English as "Ninja warrior of the woods". Besides that, once started, it will eat more wood than a buck-toothed beaver on Flakka. Ever feel like there is a caged animal inside of you? Well, buy this Stihl and release the beast!!! When it is cutting you may hyperventilate because you have never had a saw run through wood as smoothly as this one before. So, if needed, bring a paper bag to the woods in case you need breathe into it to calm down. NOTE: This saw is for serious wood cutters and not for kids or basement-dwelling millennials. If you have got a beard and wear skinny jeans, but never mixed gas and oil, then you should think twice before buying this saw.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slabbing Red Oak 20" wide Bought this saw to use with my new Granberg sawmill. Was quite pleased from the start. The saw has the power needed to do a great job. Looking forward to slabbing more wood.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mans saw Need a Saw ? A beefy high power saw to get a big job done this is it ! I needed a big firewood saw as I have a woods with Beech ,Oak and Maple up 36" that needs to be cut out. This saw gets it done ! I have a 028,261 c 362 c and now this It isnt my main saw the 261 gets most of my work. Its no lightweight and draggin this brute thru the woods isnt something I looked forward to. After 2 weeks of solid cuttin this hands down has the best flat out cutting power of any saw i have ever ran Its unstoppable.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing saw, worth the cost. This is my 3rd stihl chainsaw.I have a 26 and 261, both good saws but often found I needed a larger saw for bigger trees. After a lot of indecision on the purchase of a 461 just based on trying to justify the $1100 cost, I'm very pleased with the saw. I purchased with standard 20" and added 28" bar and chain. First tree was 36" stump and the 28" bar worked great. I was amazed by how much torque this saw had over my 261, hands down a brute. I would highly recommend this saw.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait! I've had a 271 Farm Boss with a 18" bar since 2011. It runs great but my source for wood become larger in diameter which created extra work. Purchased 461 with a 25" bar yesterday afternoon, got it home and did in 1/2 hour what normally took 2. Why did I wait....Dependability, give me 5 years and I'll review once again.
Date published: 2016-11-01
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  • 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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