Stihl MS261C - 3 Month Review

Crazy 4 grass

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stihlfan05

stihlfan05

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Even comparing to the biggest one you listed the 311, the 261 has it beat.
Only farm and ranch saw that outcuts the 261 is the 391. Even then it’s barely ahead. A little port work would get the 261 back on top
 
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stihlfan05

stihlfan05

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Its amazing that the 50cc 261 is neck and neck with the 65cc 391 all while being 5lbs lighter!
Helps that the 391 is a shadow of the 039 and 390. The smaller, lighter and cheaper Echo 590 would hand a 391 it’s rear end easily
 

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What is it about the 260/261 that makes it a "Pro" saw?

What makes it a better saw than say, a 271, 290, 311, etc... (The "Farm & ranch saws...) I know that the 261 has the de-comp valve. Is that the only difference?

Like others mentioned, power to weight and build quality is what separates the pro saws from the farm/ ranch and home owner saws. For example that 271 weighs almost 2 pounds more than the 261 with about a half HP less than the 261.
 
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Mac-s Lawn & Snow

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What is it about the 260/261 that makes it a "Pro" saw?

What makes it a better saw than say, a 271, 290, 311, etc... (The "Farm & ranch saws...) I know that the 261 has the de-comp valve. Is that the only difference?
Using stihl's old numbering system, even numbers were the pro saws. So the 026 036 044 were the pro models. Odd number saws were the homeowner model 017 021 029. Don't know how well it holds true with the new numbering system but the 026 became the 261 or 262
 

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