STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America. We also go a step further and custom manufacture our own guide bars and saw chains for all our machines in-house. This ensures our chainsaws meet our standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.
Chainsaw Frequently Asked Questions
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…
A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

  1. Crazy1brown

    2 months ago

    Already own 3 Stihl Chainsaws...Love em

    have big ones and little ones.. Love my Stihl and Wetumpka Farmers Feed service always treats me right

  2. Gofor

    1 month ago

    Good lightweight powerful saw

    I upgraded from the 16" 3/8 043 PM bar with the 61PMM3 chain to the 16" 3/8 050 PI bar with a 63PM3 chain to match the other bars and chains I already had. Initially have used the saw limbing and cutting up trees downed by hurricane Florence. Saw was very easy to start (just use the recommended sequence) and was impressed by the power. This saw was a replacement for my 1980's vintage 015 Stihl, and is more powerful and lighter. Went through 12" trunks (maple, pine, oak, gum) with ease and is ... read more very well balanced with the 16" bar for maneuvering when limbing. Very good on fuel consumption (especially compared to my MS310, another excellent saw). The two bolt bar mount is also a definite improvement over the one bolt configuration of the old 015.

  3. OkieEric

    1 month ago

    Small but can handle big jobs, use premium fuel that is non-ethanol

    For those that have had initial problems starting and keeping it running: I am not sure what gas you are using. But I had similar issues getting it to start and stay running initially (with low octane non-ethanol gas). Couple of tips. Use premium non-ethanol gas, and the Stihl oil additive. Also the air filter is bare-minimum and must be cleaned frequently. Those three things 1. High octane non-ethanol fuel, 2. Stihl oil additive to the fuel. 3. Keep the air filter clean. And the MS170 is like ... read more the mini-Cadillac of chain saws. Also trying to start it while the switch is in the off-position will instantly flood it, and it takes awhile for the fuel to burn off/evaporate or it wont start.

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  1. LDSCharities

    2 weeks ago

    MS 461 - The Chainsaw

    For years our church group (LDS Charities Emergency Operations) has been heavily involved with hurricane cleanup - this year has been no exception. All of my buddies run with Stihl chainsaws - I was always jealous of how much easier their saws were to maintain and how much power there saws had compared to my H. I purchased the MS 461 because I knew how good the saw was - my only regret is that I didn’t purchase it sooner. It’s already seen action in SC, NC and FL. If this saw ... read more is anything like my buddies - I will be using it 10 years from now.

  2. Lgn98532

    3 months ago

    Like slicing through butter

    I do jot need to work near as hard to run this saw. It does not skip a beat and keeps going all day long. I will be able to pass this one down as I get older.

  3. Clint61

    1 month ago

    Great saw

    Took saw out for first time today Took down a huge dead red oak.Once on ground my son and I had it cut up in firewood lenghts in a very short time. The ms461 and the ms362 made it easy. Stihl saws rock.Don't forget the chaps when using these saws because they are fast.I now own four pro grade Stihl chainsaws.Life is good in Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia

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  1. zridling

    2 years ago

    Great value for this saw

    Had a devil of time starting it until it was broken in, and now it starts on the 2nd or 3rd pull every time. Had a 201 and loved it, but was too heavy in the tree for long periods. For any limb up to 8 inches thick, this 193-T slices right through it. It will cut larger limbs and small trees, but the reliable start and easy maintenance make this a real winner at this price point.

  2. mclark

    3 years ago

    Love the balance of size weight and power

    Love the balance of size weight and power I Chain Saw Carve. I was warned away from the top handle for carving. People said it was to awkward. I love the top handle for carving. It’s great for working in tight corners. I was also surprised at how long I can carve on a single tank of gas & bar oil. I rarely use my rear handle 18” saw anymore. This saw can be a fussy starter when it's warm. 3 to 4 Pulls. Maybe I'm the fussy one. 1 pull would be nice.

  3. Funt

    1 year ago

    Perfect for all small tree trimming.

    I own 2 other stihl chainsaw for taking down trees. Have cleared lots for homes with them. But purchased this cheap little saw for all the fire wood and just to take branches off of some trees. It starts super easy and cuts logs I wood normally use my big saws on. Just a great saw for the price. Trees bigger than 8" I say a bigger saw for that. Now it will do bigger but I belive it could put it in some unnormel conditions. That's the reason they make a bunch of sizes. So get the right saw for your job.

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  1. MightyMike32

    2 years ago

    Once you go LIGHT, you might say "A'IGHT!"

    I will seriously never buy another standard bar again!!! While the LIGHT is more expensive, it IS 100% worth the price!!! I was running my 661 with a standard 28" Bar and it never really felt heavy to me... until the end of the day when the 97° heat and costal Southeast humidity caught up with me. Now, I'm running my 661 with a 28" ES LIGHT. Man, what a difference! It feels like I'm only running a 20" bar! I'm kind of mad I didn't switch a few years sooner!

  2. Choinumni04

    3 years ago

    Makes limbing and bucking alot easier

    Started using this 32" .50 gauge bar on a 461 falling mainly fire killed trees in the Central Sierra Nevada forests. I was a bit skeptical at how flexible this bar was thinking it would bend easy but have found it is holding up well for all the falling, bucking and limbing work I have put it through. Have a few thousand trees into it so far and have alot more to go but I like the lighter weight on the bar tip which makes limbing easier. I will likely change over all my bars over here soon.

  3. Gypo66

    2 years ago

    Lightest and strongest

    I fall timber for a living and ran several types of bars especially the light weights on steep ground and the Stihl light bars are the best they last they are not floppy and throw chains when your limbing fast or back baring your face cut and I think they feel lighter then the other brands in the same bar length it's the best of both worlds the strength and ridgedness of the regular bars without the weight

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  1. Red18

    8 months ago

    Great Power

    Needed a saw that could handle large trees. I bought my MS 661 with a 28" bar and I am running a skip chain. The large oaks I am cutting are larger than that. Even with the full bar engaged, it ripped through the wood! The power never failed. I love it! It is heavy but you can't have that power without the weight. You understand that when you need big power so I do not consider this a negative.

  2. JM2946

    4 days ago

    Great saw

    Love the saw. I’ve been in the tree service for a long time. The recent hurricane here in Florida had me breaking out the old saws. Once I started cutting big oaks I started looking for a bigger saw then my 044. I spoke with Dan that’s works with stihl and he suggested the 661. I’m so glad I did. The saw is awesome, plenty of power. Once again Stihl hasn’t let me down.

  3. WalkTallTree

    4 weeks ago

    So worth it!

    This is my first large professional saw and I am not kidding when I say I was a little intimidated by the raw power and size with a 36 inch bar on mine. I found this saw to be very manageable and I am kicking myself for not getting it a longtime ago. What would normally take 2 to 3 hours to do now takes me around 30 minutes. The start procedures are simple to say the least with the M-tronic system. Simply press down the decompression detente, squeeze the throttle fully while moving the run ... read more selector down to the black triangle setting and then release the throttle and pull start it until it starts running. That's it! If you follow the procedure it's not going to flood. You never need to adjust the carburetor. All you have to do is put this wood eating beast to work. If time is money, and it is, this is a true game changer.

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  1. BDean1

    3 weeks ago

    Great power and smooth cut

    I have struggled with keeping chainsaws up and running until now! I cleared many lanes cutting through mesquite trees and thorn bush trees at the deer lease. The saw never failed and I am not real easy on it. So I give the saw the highest rating I can give.

  2. Aspen12

    3 weeks ago

    Good value for the money

    I am impressed with the quality, reliability and durability of this saw. I rate it on par with my MS250 Wood Boss but with only slightly less power. I've had no issues with trees and limbs up to 14" so far.

  3. Tolerson

    2 months ago

    So far so good

    I purchased this saw to trim limbs, branches and cut small trees on my property. I am not a professional logger by any stretch. I have found this saw to be exactly what I needed so far. I was concerned about the ease of use especially starting. I have found the saw to be fairly easy to start when cold or hot. It runs and cuts to my expectations. I have other Stihl products and I am just as happy with this saw as I am with my other Stihl products.

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