Stihl MS 261 C M Chainsaw

Stihl MS 261 C M

Stihl is one of those brand names synonymous with specific equipment. In this case, it’s chainsaws, hands down. An object example is the Stihl MS 261 C M Chainsaw, which took the #1 spot on our Best Stihl Chainsaws Reviews and also landed on our Best Chainsaw Reviews list.

So let’s take a look at some of the performance and design features that won that coveted position.

Stihl MS 261 C M Chainsaw Performance

Stihl MS 261 Chainsaw

First off, it’s worth noting that the company makes this tool in the United States. With it, Stihl says you get fuel efficiency and low exhaust emissions.

What’s more, this chainsaw’s engine is actually intelligent in some capacity. For instance, it utilizes Stihl’s M-Tronic engine management system, which uses a built-in computer to make adjustments as you work.


  • Stihl MS 261
  • Engine Type: Gas
  • Fuel Capacity: 16.9 oz
  • 50.2cc
  • Bar: 16 in
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs

This entails adjusting function elements like the fuel mixture. It does this based on elevation, temperature, and fuel quality. Moreover, it will compensate for a lack of air due to dirty air filters, which won’t be necessary with regular maintenance.

Indeed, at one point, we had the chance to test the Stihl MS 261 C M. Overall, it performed quite well maintaining chain speed. And this was with a clogged air filter, no less.

Stihl MS 261 Design

Stihl 16 inch chainsaw

Design-wise, Stihl took into account long work hours by including its anti-vibration system. This feature helps reduce fatigue and provides a more comfortable operational experience.

Stihl also incorporated a decompression valve, which vents compression in the cylinder for easier starting. This is important, especially if it sits for an extended period between seasons.

Moreover, you have a side chain tensioner, which should make the adjustment process simpler and, therefore, more convenient.

Stihl MS 261 C M Price

The Stihl MS 261 C M retails for $679.99.

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