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.

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

Reviews

MS 461 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around saw!!! Well guys I reaserched constantly before buying a 461....a year ago I said heck with it, I need a big saw, so I bought it....I am here to tell you this saw ROCKS....I was passing on bigger wood because my biggest saw was a ms362 with a 20" bar....well this 461 with a 25" or 28" bar cannot be stopped.....I only cut hardwood, and it has never had a problem cutiting the hardest wood here in Indiana.....guys if you are debating on buying it, don't wait another second, life is to short....this saw will save you time, save your back, and make you more firewood and money.... eat saw I have ever used, and quite possibly the best saw Stihl is currently making!!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great expectations met I got this saw with a 25" B&C to take down some large dead ash and maple trees (30"+ DBH). This after taking down 29 smaller dead ash, maple and cherry trees with my MS271. I also milled the large ash with the MS461 with a 36" B&C and a Granberg MK III. No problem. This past Saturday I used my MS271 and the MS461 to clear 40+ snags, leaners, and blowdowns on 2 miles of rail trail in under five hours. Lots of bore cutting... There is a very noticeable difference in the capacity of the saws! If I'd brought enough sharp chains with me I'd have done it all with the MS461! (It was TOO COLD for field sharpening!)Great saw!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent professional saw Our company owns many saws, in every size and power range, but the 461 is our go to saw. We put hundreds of hours on them and they always perform. We start them dozens of times a day for months on end. We run various bar lengths, but mainly a 20" bar with a .325 chain for building log homes. We perform every cut imaginable, and run the saw at very high RPM's. We also operate the saw upside down much of the time with no problems. This saw, and all Stihl products, will pay for themselves in no time.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Needed more saw than my 290 had and bought a 461 for felling. I now have 10 gallons of fuel through the 461. With a 28 inch bar and a yellow chain the saw is an absolute beast. It's a big saw, it's a bit heavy but it does big heavy work with ease, I love it....
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw ! One of the best chainsaws made by Stihl ! Has plenty of power and torque. This is my go to saw
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One bad mamma jamma This saw is something to behold with power. I got this with the 32 in bar on it. I had a 72 in and over 70 foot tall Silver Maple that sustained a lot of storm damage and was always losing very large branches every wind storm. The quotes I was getting to remove and cut it up (I wanted to keep it for firewood) would have bought me two of these saws. Long story short, this saw is perfect for those extra large trees and everyday firewood cutting. You'll look at a big job and think it's going to take you forever, but with this saw it is over before you know it. Another plus, once coworkers know you have it, it starts to pay for itself with favors for helping them cut up trees that are too large for their saws.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 460 magnum I bought a 460 magnum used, cut a hundred cord of wood never failed as far as I'm concerned best saw I ever had ,some body broke into my sheds stole all my stihl saws.i had three my wife bought me my first stihl 026 ive had one ever since until now I would recommend stihl to everybody, you want a good piece of equipment buy a stihl, but keep them hid
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very durable saw As a professional the ms 461 with a 25inch bar has done it's job day in and day out with very minor problems over the last 8 months I have used the saw it hasn't failed to impress on every job site cutting 48" hard wood trees with no problem. I am very happy with this product even with the high price of the saw it is worth the money
Date published: 2017-02-02
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  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
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