MS 261 - $549.95 DSRP



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This chainsaw offers an optimized power-to-weight ratio, great fuel efficiency and convenience features.

Designed for large volume cutting, the MS 261 features low emissions, high fuel efficiency and, of course, professional-grade performance. The saw also includes an anti-vibration system to help you stay comfortable during extended use. Its redesigned cylinder and slimmer, ergonomic housing deliver a great power-to-weight ratio, weighing just 10.8 lbs. Its pre-separation air filtration system boost...Read More
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MS 261 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.0kW (4.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 270 cc (9.13 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 26 RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE Gas
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 008 6813 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.
Model Features
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    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.
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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.
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    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 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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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    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%.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

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.
* 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.
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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

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    5605 007 1027

    0.325 8.25 3/16 4.8 0811 412 8088

    5605 750 4328

    5605 007 1028

    3/8 9.32 13/64 5.2 0814 243 3384 5605 750 4329

    5605 007 1029

    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

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MS 261 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 82.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great value This is my fifth stihl saw. I have a 024 super, 029,038magnum. Still have my 024 a 180 for trimming and I just bought a new 261 with the 18 inch bar about a month ago to replace my old 029. I have been cutting wood since I was 11 years old with my dad. And now I average between 17-20 face cord a year. I am now 58 years old and 160lbs so I didn't want a big heavy saw. Can't say enough how much I love this saw. It's light, powerful, and runs great! Also it will cut much more wood than my old 029 on a single tank of gas. I've cut about 11 face cord so far with the same chain(RS325). Great chain! I run full chisel chain on all my saws except for the 180. Could not be happier!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chain Saw I have used it only on 3 or 4 trees but absolutely love it. It seems to start on the 4th pull so far. It handles really good and its light, only 10 pounds, which helps out on a larger tree. I had a MS 290 which was stolen from my shed. So I purchased the MS 261 and so far have had no issues at all. I really like that you wont loose anymore bar nuts, pretty good idea. The chainsaw has been plenty powerful enough with a 20 inch bar and the gas seems to last forever. Great chainsaw and I am happy I bought it. The price was well worth it.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to operate, very capable Like the no-tools bar tension adjustment feature and big gas/oil plugs that cannot be dropped. Not so impressed with starting system. Like the tried and true pull cord system better
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw is the Boss This saw made mincemeat out out oak, pine, cherry, camphor.there was no stopping this boy once I put the chain to the bark.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This saw rips! The quality of the materials used and the build quality of this saw are top notch. Once you're standing behind this saw, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you made the right decision. This saw absolutely ripped through everything I've threw at it during hurricane Irma clean up. About the thing I wish I had differently was to buy one sooner.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Saw for 95% of Jobs This is the saw my guys and I always reach for when heading out. We run a short 16' bar on it but as a result it just rips though material and the nice part about it is that it is so light weight that you can run it all day and not feel it unlike our larger 4xx and 6xx saws but yet it keeps up with the exception of in large hard wood but once again it weights 10 LBS. You can't beat it. Worth every dime.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight and powerful Starts easily and is running perfectly. I am very pleased with over all performance.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Saw Purchased the MS 261 to replace an older MS 270 Farm Boss. The MS 261 performs very well and the anti-vibration system is a noticeable improvement. The power-head is physically a little bit smaller than the MS 270, although both saws feel pretty close to the same weight. Regarding power, the MS 261 handles an 18 inch bar very well. Running through Maple is not a problem at all. Is it much more powerful than the MS 270? In my case yes, but my MS 270 has had lots of run time over the last several years. The MS 261 is a pleasure to handle, cuts well, and won't wear you out. It feels very well built and runs pretty smooth. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a nice saw for the long haul.
Date published: 2017-09-11
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