MS 461


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

With the same power and weight as the MS 460, it offers up to 20% less fuel consumption, meaning you can spend less time refueling and less money on fuel. This durable chainsaw also features high torque over a broad RPM range to deliver professional performance. The heavy-duty HD-2 filter element provides longer run times between air filter maintenance. Wrap handle (MS 461 R) and severe cold weath...Read More
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MS 461 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.
Model Features
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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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    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.
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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.
Standard Features
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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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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

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.
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MS 461 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 118.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw in Stihl's lineup since the MS460 I've owned this saw for a little over two years, the first job I used in on, it paid for itself 3x over. I immediately installed a MaxFlow filter and a dual-port muffler, and adjusted the carb accordingly. Just replaced both crank bearings due to clutch side bearing failure, and replaced the piston while I was in there. Part of me feels that the bearing failure came prematurely, but this saw is my primary ground saw for felling big timber. I've hauled it 80'+ up into the tops of Pines, Firs, and Cedars with a 32"/36" bar and 36RSLF chain at least a few dozen times. So part of me feels it's earned the rights to the new parts. In the past, I would cringe a bit when looking at the price tags on Stihl products. However, the higher prices are directly reflected in the quality being (at least) a notch above. And what's a couple bucks if it's making you money and keeping the headaches away?
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Logging Saw Have 5 of these saws running everyday. Great power sectioning out logs we cannot put through chipper. Great Saw!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a sprained ankle....nothing to play with Unbelievable power...novice use caution when using this product. Like a sprained ankle it's nothing to play around with.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chain Great saw but just cant seem to keep the chain tight might be me I guess starts good after leaving for a while Love the saw except as I say have to keep adjusting the chain
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Saw!!! Good on gas, powerfull, and dependable! I have been using a 50 cc saw to cut up pulp cords of oak. I have back issues and wanted a saw with significant power to operate a 25" or greater bar so I wouldn't have to bend over nearly as far or as frequently as with my smaller saw. Man, this baby has power and cuts through the 25 to 30 inch oak logs like it's butter. I have the 25 inch bar on it and I just love how it cuts. It starts like a charm too. Great saw.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw for the money ! Stihl is a very good product! Starts with ease and I love the cut of this saw ! No problems with this saw!
Date published: 2017-10-17
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Saw I've Used The MS 461 is by far the best saw that I have ever used! It is very easy to start, 1-2 pulls and its running, even when the saw is hot, after refueling. The saw is very powerful, Cherry and Locust are no match for this saw! Also, you get what you pay for
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw!!! I cannot say enough good things about this saw! I use it every day for cutting up and felling and milling logs with an Alaskan mill and it never fails to amaze me with the power and reliability of it.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The MS461 is a good saw. The MS461 is a powerful saw, only thing is it hasn't truly come into the future with the m-tronic saws. I have a 441c-m and a 661c-m and love the pull off the m-tronic in the cut. If you haven't already tried an m-tronic, I highly recommend you do. Don't get me wrong here, the 461 will cut very good, it would just be wayyyyy better with m-tronic and the new antivibe system.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 461 Arctic 461 ArcticAwesome machine! Very easy to start, even in cold weather. I love the heated handles!!! I wish I did that year's ago!!!!The service after the purchase is excellent. The saw will last me during my time with it, and I will hand it down to my next generation after me. I'm a fourth generation logger in my family. This saw is a fantastic product! Excellently engineered, the BMW of production grade chainsaws!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job as intended The saw starts easy, and runs very well. My only gripe with it is that I don't feel the automatic oiler puts out enough oil. Mine is running the 25" bar and it doesn't seem like it is using enough on logs that thick.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best investment for this year Works great, starts easy, cuts like a knife through butter.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 36" bar produces sawdust rapidly. While bucking a five foot diameter log my boot quickly gets buried under sawdust.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Chainsaw backed by Extensive Dealership Network Purchased Stihl MS461 Chainsaw and have been very impressed with this saw so far. First time buyer of a chainsaw of this magnitude. Currently own an MS250 & MS362 which are both great saws but this MS461 is simply a beast of a saw !Have used it to fell and cut up some dead post oaks some of them around 30" in diameter. Have used 28" & 32" bar and chains and this saw has cut through the dead timber like butter. Have encountered absolutely no problems so far with this saw. If you do encounter any problems our local dealership network will take care of it with whatever parts and service are necessary to get you back going again. Stihl products are made with quality craftsmanship to deliver reliable, dependable service for whatever use they are chosen for ! Stihl products are not cheap but neither is quality manufactured equipment ! If you are thinking about whether or not to purchase a chainsaw of this size do not hesitate any longer - you will not be sorry !
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 461 not like 460 This saw has a lot less power than 460. Our old 460 blows the doors off our new 461 in a race. Buy up as many old 460s as you can.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This saw cuts big fir with ease. It may be a bit to much for the occasional firewood cutter - but it sure is nice for big jobs.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stihl priduct Bought this saw equipped with a 25" bar and chain. Have fell and cut up 2 tress with it, a 24" red oak and a 44" cherry. Saw performed great, excellent handling.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around saw!!! Well guys I reaserched constantly before buying a 461....a year ago I said heck with it, I need a big saw, so I bought it....I am here to tell you this saw ROCKS....I was passing on bigger wood because my biggest saw was a ms362 with a 20" bar....well this 461 with a 25" or 28" bar cannot be stopped.....I only cut hardwood, and it has never had a problem cutiting the hardest wood here in Indiana.....guys if you are debating on buying it, don't wait another second, life is to short....this saw will save you time, save your back, and make you more firewood and money.... eat saw I have ever used, and quite possibly the best saw Stihl is currently making!!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great expectations met I got this saw with a 25" B&C to take down some large dead ash and maple trees (30"+ DBH). This after taking down 29 smaller dead ash, maple and cherry trees with my MS271. I also milled the large ash with the MS461 with a 36" B&C and a Granberg MK III. No problem. This past Saturday I used my MS271 and the MS461 to clear 40+ snags, leaners, and blowdowns on 2 miles of rail trail in under five hours. Lots of bore cutting... There is a very noticeable difference in the capacity of the saws! If I'd brought enough sharp chains with me I'd have done it all with the MS461! (It was TOO COLD for field sharpening!)Great saw!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent professional saw Our company owns many saws, in every size and power range, but the 461 is our go to saw. We put hundreds of hours on them and they always perform. We start them dozens of times a day for months on end. We run various bar lengths, but mainly a 20" bar with a .325 chain for building log homes. We perform every cut imaginable, and run the saw at very high RPM's. We also operate the saw upside down much of the time with no problems. This saw, and all Stihl products, will pay for themselves in no time.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Needed more saw than my 290 had and bought a 461 for felling. I now have 10 gallons of fuel through the 461. With a 28 inch bar and a yellow chain the saw is an absolute beast. It's a big saw, it's a bit heavy but it does big heavy work with ease, I love it....
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw ! One of the best chainsaws made by Stihl ! Has plenty of power and torque. This is my go to saw
Date published: 2017-02-14
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