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MS 461

MS 461
A well-balanced, professional chainsaw that is fuel efficient and low maintenance.

Product Description

The STIHL MS 461 chainsaw was made for tough cutting jobs and long workdays. This professional-grade saw is up to 20% more fuel-efficient than the MS 460 STIHL MAGNUM®, but delivers every ounce of the power. Now you can spend more time cutting and less time (and money) on re-fueling. It’s ideal for all-around professional forestry and tree care projects, including felling, limbing and bucking of larger diameter trees. And with all that extra cutting, we made sure the MS 461 features our heavy-duty HD-2 filter technology for longer run times between air filter maintenance. This is the saw you need to cut down the hassles of cutting.

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 104.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power to weight ratio. Picked my MS461 saw today for a large tree project. This saw screams and cuts thru hard maple without hesitation. This is definitely a step up for me from my MS311, but I wish I had gotten this saw sooner. If you are thinking about buying this saw; stop thinking and go get it. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw Great power. This saw continues to amaze me with the power to weight. It's a sweet saw
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerfull workhorse today i was cutting 30 inch oak trunks, fast and ez
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong saw. Easy starting, strong running. This saw is a tank. Little advantage in the 661. Live this beast.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an incredible piece of equipment I needed a bigger saw than my 024 that my Dad bought new in 1987!!! You will not be disappointed in this unit. Not whatsoever!
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful saw Needed bigger saw to cut pine stumps closer to ground in pasture .Stumps range in size from 12 inches to 40 inches.The ms461 with 25 inch bar has done great job more than exceeded my expectations.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Saw Bought this because I needed a longer bar for the trees around my house (live in the forest and heat using wood). What an amazing saw. It cuts through these big pines and firs like a hot knife through butter.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Saw the 461 is an Excellent saw the power to wait is great with a 25" B and C. I have a MS361 also and wanted a bigger saw t run a 25" + bar and the 461 handles it with no problem. in the future I do plan on putting a maxflow air filter and porting the muffler to get a little more out of it.
Date published: 2017-07-19
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Standard 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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  • Common Features for Chainsaws
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