MS 461 R - $1,129.95 DSRP


Fuel efficient and low maintenance, now with a wrap-around handle (R).

The STIHL MS 461 R is a great all-around professional forestry and tree care chainsaw. 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 a wrap-around handle for use in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions. The heavy-du...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 461 R Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
FUEL CAPACITY 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 325 cc (11.0 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 33 RS3
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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    Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.
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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 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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    Wrap Handle (R)
    Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.
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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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    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 depending upon which power head it is installed.
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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Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl #1 Best saw on the market. Have taken down a dozen trees, this saw goes through like a hot knife through butter. March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by this is a great saw hard to put it down. Pull the trigger and hold on this saw is powerful and fast. Cut over a 100 rick of wood this year with mine and still cutting. Only thing I would change is maybe a air filter wrap with purchase. Be sure to clean the air filter after every use. January 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing Chainsaw! Great power to weight ratio. This is my most favorite Chainsaw to run by far. I'm so pleased with the power of this saw. It has low end torque that keeps it chugging in big wood. I run a 25" and a 36" bar and am amazed at how well it can pull a 36" chain through hardwood. This is a very well made chainsaw with strength without the weight. I have had no issues to date and predict it will be very reliable like my other Stihl chainsaws. The MS 461R is truly a woodsman's best friend.Oh yeah I almost forgot... This saw has good looks also. Great job Stihl!!!! January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The MS 461R Extremely Powerful,well designed STIHL POWERHOUSE! I've had my MS461R Stihl for a little over six months. I purchased mine with a 32" bar and Full Skip chain. It's hard to explain how amazing this saw is unless you try one out. I cut large Red Oak the day I brought it home and it ate through the tree like a Nuclear Beaver! The 461 is well balanced,easy to maintain, and relatively easy on fuel. The more you use the saw, the better it gets! I highly recommend the 461R to anyone needing a mid-sized Professional saw with amazing cutting power. OUTSTANDING Engineering from STIHL! December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome but ... I love the saw and everything, I use it a lot and haven't had too many problems with it . I just wish it was cheaper in price cuz it drains your average blue collar worker and that's who use them the most. But all in all it's a good saw October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Beast of the East Cutting on the East Coast doesn't require the bars and power seen on the other side of the United States. Sure, one could throw a 660 or 880 at anything to cut faster (not a bad idea actually), but for my purposes the 461 has yet to disappoint.Those purposes are thinning my newly-purchased-unkept 40 acres of woodland and making firewood. At this point I'm roughly 3 acres thinned with trees felled up to 34" near the stump, so nothing super thick. But speed is the name of my game because my full time job is not to work my own land.I have a 25" bar on my MS 461 R and have been using this saw from felling to noodling. I was led to the 461 after cutting with the 261 C-Q for a while. I wanted something that could take a longer bar and cut faster. I heavily considered the 441 C-M but decided on the 461 for three reasons: 1) more power 2) I'm young and can handle more vibrations (more on that in a minute) plus 3) that youth can also handle a few extra start-up pulls.Physics may be at work moreso in my next statement, but I find working with the 461 to be less exhausting than using the 261. The 461 is absolutely heavier, but I'm guessing the combination of it's weight and size cause it to vibrate less than the smaller 261. After cutting with these saws back to back I am a big believer that vibrations will wear one out faster than weight. I can put an estimated 30 minutes to 1 hour of more sawing work in when using the 461. It has made me wonder if I would have been even more effective with the 441, but that thought doesn't last long.So, I can't speak to how the 461 works for professionals nor how it compares to a number of other saws, but I can say it will enhance your firewood efforts in a very noticeable way if you've been using a 50cc saw or smaller. If you're an East Coast homeowner, like me, who cuts many cords of wood a year, I would highly recommend the 461. And if you like to position your saw in varying cutting positions, the R's wraparound handle rocks! October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a very powerful and reliable saw. I am very happy with the STIHL MS 461 mainly for the reliability but also for the power to weight ratio, I use it for many applications including milling with my Granberg MKIII Alaskan mill and my Granberg MKII mini mill and for cutting firewood both with a 32" bar and a special chain that I made for milling (not used for crosscutting only milling I use a full skip tooth chain for crosscutting), I also have a 25" bar for it that I use for felling smaller trees and for cutting the corner notches on my log cabin. Overall I would recommend this saw for anyone that wants a lot of power and not very much weight. It is very easy to start and I would also recommend to use high octane ethanol free fuel. July 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great saw I use this saw for firewood. I cut about 15cords a year. Any thing from 10" pine to 40+" fir this saw has no issues. I run a 25" ES bar and full comp 3/8" chisel chain. Starts easily. I usual cut 1 full cord to a tank of fuel. Piles the chips up like mad. I use them to sod my chicken coope. One day I would like to lay my hands on a MS880.Great job stihl. July 19, 2014
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