MS 461 - $1,059.95 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.)
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 81.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One bad mamma jamma This saw is something to behold with power. I got this with the 32 in bar on it. I had a 72 in and over 70 foot tall Silver Maple that sustained a lot of storm damage and was always losing very large branches every wind storm. The quotes I was getting to remove and cut it up (I wanted to keep it for firewood) would have bought me two of these saws. Long story short, this saw is perfect for those extra large trees and everyday firewood cutting. You'll look at a big job and think it's going to take you forever, but with this saw it is over before you know it. Another plus, once coworkers know you have it, it starts to pay for itself with favors for helping them cut up trees that are too large for their saws.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 460 magnum I bought a 460 magnum used, cut a hundred cord of wood never failed as far as I'm concerned best saw I ever had ,some body broke into my sheds stole all my stihl saws.i had three my wife bought me my first stihl 026 ive had one ever since until now I would recommend stihl to everybody, you want a good piece of equipment buy a stihl, but keep them hid
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very durable saw As a professional the ms 461 with a 25inch bar has done it's job day in and day out with very minor problems over the last 8 months I have used the saw it hasn't failed to impress on every job site cutting 48" hard wood trees with no problem. I am very happy with this product even with the high price of the saw it is worth the money
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The power to satisfy! I cut 12-16 cord a year to heat my home. I replaced a Stihl 361 with this saw, and I am impressed. The 361 was a great saw, had a lot of power for its size, but this 461 is the Paul Bunyan of the woods. It takes a very large log to even make this saw break a sweat or grunt, even with a 20" bar. This saw spits wood chips like a beaver on steroids chuggin' energy drinks. Easy to start, even without the decompression valve, which I never use. I thought is was a little thirsty on gas compared to the 361, but when I looked at how many more logs I can cut with a single tank of gas with the 461, I think it is just a s fuel efficient. Great all around saw.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIHL Pride This saw is full of power but then again it's STIHL the only saws/brand I will ever buy period! Very easy to maintain clean and identify components I bought it with a 28 and just been very happy and satisfied I purchased this saw. Saw has very bogged down I even cut though a 46 inch locust log and still didn't hesitate at all , love this saw so full of power.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saw but a little heavy I bought this saw when I retired my ms 440. Saw is noticably heavier than my 440 but has better power. It cuts great with the 25" bar but cannot handle the 32" bar with a yellow chain. The chain just stops dead on the log so I switched to a skip chain and was able to finish the job but I'm still not impressed with the power on the big bar. I think this saw should max out at 28" bar length. All that aside I still love the saw but I need a bigger saw for extra large wood.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I got to use my new MS 461 for the first time this weekend; WOW; was I ever impressed. It went through a 30" oak tree in nothing flat. With the 36" bar I had everything I needed to fall and buck the tree with minimal effort.Love it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
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