MS 461 R Rescue

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A powerful and well-balanced saw that is designed exclusively for fire, rescue and emergency work service.

Product Description

When conducting rescue operations, time is of the essence. Emergency workers need a dependable chainsaw to access trouble spots, provide additional ventilation, or assist with Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) operations. With the input of professional firefighters, STIHL designed the MS 461 R Rescue specifically for fire, rescue and emergency services work. With features like an extra-large starting handle (for use with fire gloves), an extended chip deflector, a built-in tool holder and muffler, this saw is a valuable asset for first responders from coast to coast. When time matters, this rescue saw matters.

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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  • Wrap Handle (R)
    Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.
  • 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.


76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
7.0 kg (15.4 lbs.)
105.4cm/30.0cm/32.0cm (41.5"/11.8"/12.6")
101.2 L (3.57 cu. ft.)
800 cc (27.1 oz.)
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
3/8" RDR Rescue Chain (RDR)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges)
40 to 63 cm (16" to 25")
STIHL recommends #3944 (36 RDR 72) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 20" 3003 000 9421 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on. *Depth Limiter Kit consists of depth limiter and special 20" guide bar (3003 002 9421) which must be used. Maximum depth of cut with depth limiter is 7.8 in. (20 cm).

Important Information

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

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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MS 461 R Rescue is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid performer among the field of Rescue Saws on the market. The MS 461 power head is a solid performer for us. We currently have 5 front line saws spread over a truck and 3 engines. During initial testing with the modern emissions standards, it out performed the competition at idle in smoke condition. Power to weight is good, performance on scene has been solid, machines are reasonably priced, and being able to get parts and service locally were the majority of reason for us to choose Stihl. Use a premixed non ethanol fuel (Motomix is an option) for predictable results and performance. Machines are easily changed over to run a variety of rescue chains. Keep in mind with out good fuel, clean air filter, and enough oxygen in the atmosphere (out of the heavy smoke) no saw will meet peak performance.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This saw keep dying during roof operations. Our saw has been serviced several times by an authorized dealer. The sad will not keep running and often will not re start. When it does run it runs good for the few minutes. Do not depend your life or other firefighters on this saw.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great rescue saw we have 2 engines, one serves as our rescue also. we have this saw on the rescue and another stihl on the other truck. this saw i a bit on the heavier side, so its a bit cumbersome on a roof, but it WILL cut through anthing and thensome. always starts right up. decent on fuel. overall, us at GVFC we love the saw
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great saw We bought this saw for our volunteer fire dept. We have a carbide and regular chain. Saw is easy to start with bigger starter cord handle. Has lots of power for cutting what ever you want to cut. Would recommend this saw to any fire dept.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For firefighting its dependability is on scene is unmatched. Although a bit cumbersome while doing roof operations(not a one handed saw) the Rescue saw's dependability and durability are what we count on most when on scene and it never fails to deliver.
Date published: 2013-04-16
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