MS 461 - $1,079.95 DSRP


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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.)
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.
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.

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MS 461 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 127.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size for an all around saw Picked one of these up a couple of months ago used, but with only about 6 tanks of fuel through it. Hadn't really planned on buying this saw as I recently purchased a 661, but I couldn't turn down the deal I got on it. I love this for a multi purpose saw, as it's not quite as heavy as the 661 for limbing, but it still has lots of power when you want to get into some of the bigger wood. One other thing I've observed is that this saw doesn't have the same antivibe system as the 661, but I don't notice any difference in the smoothness between the two when I'm cutting which really surprised me. I still love my 661, but its also nice to have this saw when running for a long period of time with a little less weight. I can also set each one up with the appropriate size bar, and not have to switch around. If I was forced to only run one saw, this would be the one I would use. I also like the fact that the 461 has almost an extra 7cc over the 441, yet they weigh nearly exactly the same.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saw I've owned I've cut firewood for many years and this saw out performs any saw I had in the past. First used it on some large pin oaks with 32" base. Plenty of power to cut the extremely hard wood, I'm very happy with this saw. It seemed expensive but I quickly learned it was worth it. I bought my first set of chaps after running this saw. I've one issue with the saw and wondering if anyone else has had the same issue with their saw. I cut would all times of the year and only have issue when it's well below freezing. When I first run the saw when it's very cold out it starts fine. If I shut it off and let it set for quit awhile in the cold I can't get the decompress value to work. The button goes down but I can't pull the starter cord to get it started again. I have to put it in my truck and warm it up before the compression valve will work again. I asked the dealer about the problem and he said he hadn't heard of anyone having that problem. I read through a lot of reviews but didn't see anyone that had that problem. Guess I need to call Stihl and ask them what the problem could be. It doesn't effect the performance of the saw but is an inconvenience.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I have been very satisfied with the saw. It handles anything you throw at it.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power to weight I own two homes, one in town and the old family farm 60 miles away that has 60 acres (25 of them are woods). I wanted a saw powerful enough to handle the large Pecan and Oak trees on my farm, but light enough to use most of the day. That’s what led me to this saw with a 25 inch bar. This saw is a beast and doesn’t have any issues chewing it’s way through large timber with all 25 inches buried! If you have large timber and only want one saw, you just found it. I have a feeling that I will be picking up a smaller pro saw (like the MS 261 CM) to use on smaller jobs and limbs as I get tired at the 4 hour mark using this saw, but I think that’s respectable for an office worker. I also have my eye on a chainsaw mill and would like to get the MS 661 CM for that. Here’s the thing though, I’m in no hurry for either of these other saws as this MS 461 is a the perfect one saw does it all solution for me!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I want in a chanisaw I have already cut several cords of firewood with this saw from small limb wood to a 30" black oak that had fallen in a storm. After deciding it was time to trade in my 044 which I had used for 28 years, I was stuck deciding if I wanted to go w/ a smaller saw or this slightly bigger saw. I'm very happy I went w/ the new MS 461 as I can push it as hard as I want, knowing its built tough enough to handle it.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ran a ms 361 for 13 years upgraded to a 461 wish I purchased one sooner I own many saws 025,026 ,ms361,2101xp husqvarna and by far I can get more cut with less fatigue with my 461 with a 28" bar would recommend to any one cutting wood larger than 24" consistently
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A REAL HANDFUL OF SAW!!! I have purchased other big box brands and decided 5yrs ago it was time for a REAL saw, I purchased a ms 271/18" bar, works excellent, needed longer bar so my dealer recommended an ms461, it came with a 20" bar I also purchased a 25" bar. First time out was a 28", next up a 42" elm..again wow. The power of this saw commands your respect, not for the inexperienced user, im a big guy 275# and this saw has put me in my place more than once, and I love it,I use both saws weekly. As far as cold starting...1.Stihl oil, non-ethanol premium gas, 2. Full choke until it pops, then one click up and it will start every time. I heat with wood, burn 7-8 cord a year, I depend on my Stihl saws,
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw I have had an MS290 for about 8 years now for firewood and I just bought this for the bigger trees. The weight and balance is perfect with a 25 inch bar, but I got a 32 as well for the big stuff. The power is amazing, anti vibe works great. Decompression valve is nice for starting when the saw is hot. Elastostart works really well too especially when I don’t use the decompression valve.
Date published: 2018-01-15
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