MS 261 C-M - $559.95 DSRP


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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    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

    5605 750 4327

    5605 007 1026

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    3/8 PM
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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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    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 115.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bought this saw used. this has been the best chainsaw that I have ever owned. I have owned a lot. I tried to enter it in a woodcutting contest at a carnival in ak. they wouldn't let me use it because dealers were showcasing their new saws. it would of put them to shame, and they knew it. it cuts like butter. kind of a showoff saw really. fun to use. kind of hard to start, and is cold blooded. but when it gets hot, watch out and hang on. it is a very hot 2-cycle engine. it ripps. I will never have to purchase another chainsaw, and I wont ever have to worry about anyone cutting faster than me...
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome saw Once I put a non safety chain on it. It is a terrific saw
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and Powerful I used to have an 039 that ran like a top and would cut through anything. I gave it away a few years ago when I thought I was done running a saw. Eventually, I got to the point of needing one again. Liked the power of the 039/MS391 series, but did not want that heavy of a saw with my old back. The MS-261 C-M has almost as much power and is a whole lot lighter saw. Cuts through anything a 20 inch bar can handle without and fuss.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from M-tronic technology is a fancy way of saying big headache I have used Shihl saws for years with great success! Particularly the ms 260. As a trail maintenance worker in the pacific northwest I need a saw that I can trust in the backcountry. For years the 260 was one of the go to saws because they are a light versatile, and reliable saw. More than once the M-tronic technology has left me stranded with a saw that won't run. This has also been the experience for many of my colleagues. Now we are all scrambling to get our hands on older saws, and doing whatever we can to keep them alive! I love Stihl saws. I don't want to badmouth Stihl. I'm begging Stihl to go back to making a saw that the operator can control and adjust when we need to.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is a great saw but a tad pricey. It's for the most enthusiastic cutter. This destroys trees. Hang on tight.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great saw and an improvement on the MS 260 Pro I have had 3 Stihl saws. I have and AVEQ-24 that I have had for over 30 years. I have a MS 260 Pro that I bought so that I could have a saw for my vacation home too. I have enjoyed the MS 260 Pro and wasn't keen on replacing it, but my son needs a good saw, so I bought a new MS 261-C-M figuring I would keep the one I liked the best and give my son the other one. I used the MS 261 C-M this weekend and it starts perfectly and has great power on cuts that required the entire 18 inch bar. I have decided to keep it for myself and gift the other saw to my son.
Date published: 2017-04-11
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