MS 461 R

MS 461 R
Fuel efficient and low maintenance, now with a wrap-around handle (R).

Model Features

  • Wrap Handle (R)
    Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.
  • 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.
  • Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.
  • 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
7.1 kg (15.72 lbs.)
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 based on which power head it is installed on.

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 R is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding saw This is a very reliable model and a beast of a chainsaw. I used almost every day, it's very easy to handle and has been easy on my body. Very easy to start and maintain, best of all it cuts through everything I throw at it with ease. This saw is probably overkill for the average user but a must for those who need a heavy duty reliable saw on a daily basis.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw! Best yet. A lot of power. Very easy to handle. Will definitely buy another one!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 084AV and 066Mag have a new brother Been using a 066 Magnum and a 084AV for a long time and last month I bought a MS461R and this saw is doing a great job cutting big timber. The two other saws have been great powerful saws and the 461 R is right up there with both of them with power but lighter and more fuel efficient than both . Myself and my brother run a WoodMizer Mill and cut tons of fire wood and this saw fits in great for what we do !
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only "professional" saw on the market. Logger here. I do it all. Falling, limbing, bucking, stumping, driving the equpiment. Lately we've been in smaller tracks without a cutting machine, so we've been dropping the trees by hand and skidding them out. The other side of the business I work for does mulching, clearing, dozing, things like that. When I work that side I'm required to drop the trees by hand because we don't have a cutting machine on site. So, I bought a MS 461 because I knew I would need a saw that I could put through the paces. Grew up on Huskies, but I always knew I wanted a Stihl professional saw. I was not disappointed. I could sing this saw's praises all day, or sum it up for you. In this business, you get what you pay for. If you reach a little farther and buy the best saw on the market, you're going to be running the best saw on the market. People are going to notice it too. Trust me when I say, this saw is worth every single penny. I'm running my with the 25" bar. I haven't run into anything I couldn't get through yet, though some of those bigger oaks take a little bit of creativity to drop. Still, this is Arkansas, not the northwest. Finally, I will say that I do grab my old Stihl 025 when I'm just limbing trees on the set or topping trees the Skidder has dragged up. The 461 is a big saw and it saves me some effort to pull out the little guy when I just need little stuff cut. I'm not saying this is a Con, just that you are buying a big saw. Keep a little one handy to save some energy. Stihl all the way!
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Primary Saw Running strong with 32 inch guide; makes 42 inch black oak child's play.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Absolutely love this saw. I got it with a 28" bar. Runs very good with it. I recently burned up a husqvarna and didn't like the options I had to get it fixed (Almost the price I paid for it new). I decided, with hours of YouTube video, and meeting my with local saw shops (gotta trust your mechanic), that the 461R was the saw for me. It's lighter, more powerful than my old saw. I will most likely be getting a 25" and a 32" bar in the future. I foresee a long life together with the saw.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice brute Saw. All the stihl saws I own now. This saw puts them all to shame. Love this saw with a 20" bar.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw since the MS 044 Recently our entire wildland firefighting organization switched over to MS 461s. This is a rock solid saw that faces long hard shifts and constantly performs day in day out. I own one myself for woodcutting and couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2015-11-11
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