MS 261 C-M - $579.95 DSRP



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The same great MS 261, but with advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ technology for optimized performance in various conditions.

The MS 261 C-M features low emissions, high fuel efficiency and the advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system. STIHL M-Tronic™ helps deliver maximum performance across a wide range of cutting conditions. The system digitally monitors changes in elevation and temperature and automatically adjusts for fuel quality, varying octane levels and dirty air filters. The MS 261 C-M also features red...Read More
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MS 261 C-M Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.9 kg (10.8 Ibs.)
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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    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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    Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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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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    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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    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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    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 M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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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.
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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    Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
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    Chain Pitch File Diameter File Guide
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    Sharpening Kit
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    in. mm in. mm Part Number
    3/8 PMN 9.32 5/32 4.0 0811 411 8073

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

    1/4
    3/8 PM
    6.35
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    5/32 4.0 0811 411 8091

    5605 750 4327

    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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    Meets protection for chainsaw operators OSHA Reg. 1910. 266 and classified by UL using ASTM Test method F 1414 in accordance with ASTM standard F 1897 for leg protection.

     

     

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MS 261 C-M is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 121.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect saw for home firewood. After 34 years of cutting I finally purchased the perfect chainsaw. Retired the 028 Super. I have nicknamed my 261 "The Wood Beast" for its performance and reliability around the house. Firewood cutting is enjoyable and virtually effortless. Look no further, spend a little extra, and buy this beast. Your wood burner and family will thank you for it come winter.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome saw! The stihl 026 and ms260 saws were legends and this one continues to carry the torch for the future of superior saws. Better fuel consumption and antivibration along with less smoke to breath in. If batman carried a chainsaw it would be the ms261 for sure!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The go to saw I own 6 Stihls, 011, 023, 025, 261, 044, 660 and out of these saws I must say that my go to saw now is the 261 with an 18" bar as it runs perfectly and has plenty of grunt for most trees, you can use it for hours without getting fatigued due to weight and vibration. Awesome saw
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Saw ran good for awhile... Saw was great for a year and a half (occasional use). Ran the saw the other day and after i shut it off, it was hard to start. Once started, it would idle but would die when trying to rev up. Used only ethanol free gas and only the Stihl premium oil for the life of the tool. Taking back to the dealer, since its still under the 2 year warranty. Will report back on findings.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro saw I've had the regular carbed 261, the original 261cm and now the updated 261cm. I muffler modded the 261, had the first 261cm ported and they both were good runners that were fun to use. This 2017 261cm is excellent without any mods. Use a non safety chain like the full chisel RS or semi chisel RM and you're good to go. I wouldn't go over an 18" bar in hardwoods though. Great little saw that's gonna last a long time. Good job Stihl.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Saw Starts easily, love the decompression valve, and it's a lot lighter than other saws for the power output (one lb plus lighter, a big difference over a day). As a strong woman, I can handle this saw just fine, a 271 or 291 is a bit too much. Just wished I would have purchased it sooner. Handles anything I need, got an 18" bar.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from weight to power ratio is excellent Been using Stihl since the 1970's. 031, 036, and 041 and now ms261c. Power, well balance and light. Starts easily even in cold weather. What more can you ask for in a saw?
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from MS 261 average 18 bar ~ lacks power good for cutting limbs 261 LikesCustomer Service ~ bumped me up to a bigger saw from a 261 to a 362261 DislikesPrefer manual oiler system261 engine 50 cc is to small to cut a sized treesmall fuel tank, bar tankengine would bog when using full bar...lacked the cc and powerA standard chain dull very quickly when using full bar...The good news ~ yes a 7 day satisfaction policy bumped up to a bigger saw 60 cc more of saw I'm used to.
Date published: 2017-05-12
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