MS 462 C-M

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Lightweight, professional chainsaw featuring the STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system

Product Description

Meet your ideal business partner, the STIHL MS 462 C-M chainsaw. The STIHL MS 462 C-M was specially engineered for the pro user who desires more power with less weight and thus less user fatigue from their chainsaw in daily forestry work. At just 13 pounds, the MS 462 C-M is the lightest-ever STIHL chainsaw produced in its fuel-powered class. It features an excellent power-to-weight ratio for added maneuverability tested by professionals in the field. The next generation STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system electronically controls ignition timing and fuel metering. Conveniently, the saw auto-adjusts for changes in its operating environment, such as changes in altitude and fuel quality, for optimal performance. The anti-vibration system is designed for good handling when the MS 462 C-M is equipped with longer guide bars while still reducing vibration which equals less fatigue for the user.

Model Features

  • 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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  • STIHL M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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  • Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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  • STIHL Quickstop®
    STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.

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  • Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
  • 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.
  • Ematic™ Lubrication System
    The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
  • 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.
  • Master Control Lever™
    The Master Control Lever™ is an easy to use single lever, operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.
  • 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.


72.2 cc (4.41 cu. in.)
4.4 kW (6.0 bhp)
6.0 kg (13.0 Ibs.)
720 cc (24.35 oz.)
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
40 to 70 cm (16" to 28")
STIHL recommends 3624 (33RS3-84) OILOMATIC® Saw Chain and 3003 000 4030 25” Ematic™ guide bar. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on the power head it is installed on.

Important Information

WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.

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.


MS 462 C-M is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECTION ALL AROUND If I could give this chainsaw 6 stars, I would. It deserves it. I have owned it for 3 years and it has performed absolutely flawlessly. It is easy to start, perfectly balanced with a 20-inch bar, and has more than sufficient power to cut through anything. With a 25-inch bar, the nose tends to dip a little, but the saw has no problem handling the extra load. I have used it for felling, limbing and cutting maple, black walnut and many dead ash trees, some as large as 30-inch in diameter, with 20- and 25-inch bars, and it has performed perfectly. The design and quality are out of this world. Just the sound of the saw when idling between cuts, with its rhythmic BRMMM-BRMMM-BRMMM, is enough to make you feel good and lets you know that you are holding the right tool for the job. It just doesn't get any better than this! The ideal all around saw and worth every penny. Little wonder that the MS 362 has received more reviews than any other chainsaw in STIHL'S professional series.
Date published: 2019-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the power that you will need First off I want to say this is a awesome saw. IT has whole lot of power very quick got plenty of torque cut any size log no Problems cranks easy runs great I highly recommend it there's no other saw that I need I tried many others this is by far the best.
Date published: 2019-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Boy Toy I’m not a professional but I do cut a fair amount of trees, some of which are quite large. There’s no question that a smaller saw would have met my needs but I wanted a saw that would make quick work of the largest trees.....the 462 did not disappoint!As you would expect from any Stihl product, it’s easy to start, well made and runs great. No surprise that it cuts right through any 18” - 20” log, but again, I wanted a saw that would do the same with big logs. My largest cut so far has been a 40” white oak, sliced right through it. Keep the chain sharpened and lubricated and it’ll get the job done.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Traded my MS391 for this saw, very pleased. Started with the 025 and have owned the MS271. My MS462 is matched with my MS261, great combination.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh...Yeah..... This saw is a beast. It will rip through red oak like it was pine. It has 20% of the Hp of my tractor. That's amazing. Already put allot of trees through this saw. Been bucking 42"-50" rounds lately. It never fails. Starts promptly. You might think it's heavy - but after the first 4-5 won't notice. Wear a face shield - otherwise those 1/2" chips and shavings will get caught in your teeth as you grin felling those 100 footers. This animal will make you feel 20 years younger. And 30 pounds lighter. Your wife will start calling you 'tiger'. And your kids will start respecting you again. Get the saw.
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw rips I had a 044 time to replace so I bought the new MS 462 the saw is a Beast LOVE IT !
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the power to weight ratio! I love this saw! I ordered it with a 20" ES Light bar and duro chain. I can't tell any difference in weight between the 462 and my old 039 with regular 20" ES bar. It has tons of power to cut right through anything I've tried so far. My only complaint that I have is with the duro chain. I have that chain on all my other saws and love it. On this saw I cut up a couple little dead branches that fell during a recent storm, I ran it for less than 5 minutes and 8 cuts. When I was installing the scabbard back on I noticed one of the cutters was broke off, I checked the rest of the chain and found 5 more broke. I might have hit the dirt once or twice, but I usually hold the small branches off the ground with my foot. Maybe the saw was not intended for that style of chain. Other than that, it's the best saw I've owned!
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast light balanced beast Reluctant to buy a smaller saw I run a 661 magnum for everything starting to wear on me ! So I been reading and waiting and just purchased a 462 from local dealer with excellent staff and maintenance department Four Ways in New Castle Pennsylvania . Unbelievable speed and response in all medium and small wood and pulls 25 inch thru big oak fast and impressive will not pull through the big stuff like a 661 but I didn’t expect it to . But overall maybe my favorite saw I ever handled ! Would strongly recommend as all around saw for everything due to light weight and great speed power combo ! Balance is best I ever expierienced on a saw with a 25 lite on it ! A must try for all serious cutters
Date published: 2019-03-29
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