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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 93.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 461 Arctic 461 ArcticAwesome machine! Very easy to start, even in cold weather. I love the heated handles!!! I wish I did that year's ago!!!!The service after the purchase is excellent. The saw will last me during my time with it, and I will hand it down to my next generation after me. I'm a fourth generation logger in my family. This saw is a fantastic product! Excellently engineered, the BMW of production grade chainsaws!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job as intended The saw starts easy, and runs very well. My only gripe with it is that I don't feel the automatic oiler puts out enough oil. Mine is running the 25" bar and it doesn't seem like it is using enough on logs that thick.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best investment for this year Works great, starts easy, cuts like a knife through butter.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 36" bar produces sawdust rapidly. While bucking a five foot diameter log my boot quickly gets buried under sawdust.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Chainsaw backed by Extensive Dealership Network Purchased Stihl MS461 Chainsaw and have been very impressed with this saw so far. First time buyer of a chainsaw of this magnitude. Currently own an MS250 & MS362 which are both great saws but this MS461 is simply a beast of a saw !Have used it to fell and cut up some dead post oaks some of them around 30" in diameter. Have used 28" & 32" bar and chains and this saw has cut through the dead timber like butter. Have encountered absolutely no problems so far with this saw. If you do encounter any problems our local dealership network will take care of it with whatever parts and service are necessary to get you back going again. Stihl products are made with quality craftsmanship to deliver reliable, dependable service for whatever use they are chosen for ! Stihl products are not cheap but neither is quality manufactured equipment ! If you are thinking about whether or not to purchase a chainsaw of this size do not hesitate any longer - you will not be sorry !
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 461 not like 460 This saw has a lot less power than 460. Our old 460 blows the doors off our new 461 in a race. Buy up as many old 460s as you can.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This saw cuts big fir with ease. It may be a bit to much for the occasional firewood cutter - but it sure is nice for big jobs.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stihl priduct Bought this saw equipped with a 25" bar and chain. Have fell and cut up 2 tress with it, a 24" red oak and a 44" cherry. Saw performed great, excellent handling.
Date published: 2017-03-20
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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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