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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.


76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
6.6 kg (14.6 Ibs.)
800 cc (27.1 oz.)
325 cc (11.0 oz.)
33 RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges)
40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
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.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 65reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by WOW Tornado hit my house in Feb of 16 I live in the woods to say the least I originally purchased a ms251 to begin clean up i was impressed worked it 2 days straight with zero problems a few months and some research later I wanted to get more work done a Lititle faster and I noticed the ms461 was just what I was hunting I bought it and headed straight to my backyard and wow what a saw I have a 25" bar and it will spit out wood chunks like no other previously we have used other top name saws but never could leave them sitting for a month and go back and crank them I have had both my stihls for 8 months with out a hiccup never will I buy another make of saw #stihlusa October 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is well balanced, for all day work. This is my second MS 461 saw. Had a new one last year , still running. Wanted a new one, using old one for back up. October 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw. Dependable Great saw for felling and for firewood. A bit heavy. October 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of power I been using chainsaws a long time mostly firewood and storm related but also own and manage several hundred acres of timber. I have two stihls already the 028 WB and MS 290 but wanted something with a bit more power so recently purchased the MS 461 with a 25" bar and not disappointed one bit. It has power to spare on most cutting jobs plenty of torque to go along with it. Very happy with my new addition and knowing of my use of sthils since mid 1970"s how reliable they are as my older stihl saws run great even now. September 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My working Buddy When it comes to really big jobs and working all day long, this is my go-to machine. Efficient, low fuel consumption, longer run times and reduced emissions. Strong enough to cut smoothly, no bucking or binding make it safe for all day operation in the deep woods. . September 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just as good as the MS 460, but better The MS 460 is a great saw, but the MS 461 is even better. You can cut longer and it seems like more power. I always run 93 octane in 2 cycle engines. Ran 4.5 tanks of fuel through it. The saw over 8+ cord of firewood in less than 5 hours We generally cut and sell 50+ cord a year. Well worth buying it. If you are going to cut a lot buy professional grade, not farm and ranch or homeowners. My MS 460 was a 2009 model in decent shape, but it blew a seal and clutch. Compression was 170 psi. It got pinched. I can't find anything wrong with the MS 461. I guess some loggers are just set in there ways. Thank you Smith's Saws and Service September 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolute work horse I have been running this saw for over a year and it is bullet proof. I have have fell, bucked, limbed and even climbed with it, and it is relentless! With the 28" bar it eats wood alive, and it still excels with a 36" bar. I am sold on this saw, it is worth every penny. Very dependable August 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thumbs up to the MS461 Great saw. Running a 28" bar with filed down rakes on an aggressive chain and this saw just EATS. I've put a solid season on this saw and its chewed up everything I've thrown at it. This saw is fun to run! However, I do not recommend it for beginners. August 18, 2016
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  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
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