When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust the unique features that make STIHL the number one selling brand of chain saws worldwide. And at STIHL, we have a particular fondness for our professional category chain saws. It’s where we built our reputation in the first place.
Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chain saw in 1926 and our first gasoline-powered saw in 1929. And not unlike the early automobiles of the Roaring 20’s, our chain saws’ essential components – engine, bar and chain – remain familiar, though very much advanced, elements of our original chain saw. Today, STIHL continues to put a high value on engineering and performance, we remain the only gasoline-powered chain saw company that designs and manufactures its own guide bars and saw chain to ensure optimal performance in the field.
Reducing emissions by 50% as compared to previous models, the STIHL MS 261 C-Q chain saw's innovative engine technology is less harmful to the environment. The reliable engine also provides up to a 20% increase in fuel efficiency, resulting in longer periods of use between refueling. The compact, space-saving design of the split-barrel carburetor and the stainless steel muffler reduce overall weight, making it ideal for professionals.
This model has several operator-friendly components, including a side-access chain tensioner, toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers, and a translucent fuel tank. Captive bar nuts are retained in the sprocket cover to prevent their loss and are designed for self-guided mounting. Pre-separation air filtration provides greater air cleaning efficiency and longer run times between filter maintenance. The MS 261 C-Q also includes STIHL Quickstop® Plus, an additional chain braking feature designed to stop the chain within one second of releasing the rear handle.