Stihl MS261C - 3 Month Review

Jashley73

LawnSite Member
Location
Louisville, KY
What is it about the 260/261 that makes it a "Pro" saw?

What makes it a better saw than < blah... blah... blah... >

I really appreciate everyone's responses to that question... Interesting stuff. (I just really like, and enjoy using chainsaws...)



Semi Off Topic - One of my first jobs after high school was working service at an eXmark, Stihl, etc.. dealer.

My 2-stroke knowledge was so-so at best, and I didn't stay there long before leaving to start my machining career.

I came to really appreciate how well Stihl products are engineered. It seemed like an engineering marvel at how well thought out their products were. Amazing how much service/repair work you could do with a bar-wrench, a T27 torx driver, flat screwdriver, 8mm socket, and for the really rare occasion, needle nose pliers or a custom-fashioned coat-hanger (for retrieving & changing fuel filters...)

I guess that's where I really came to love Stihl products.

My little MS171 chainsaw & FS80r trimmer are still excellent tools, 17 years later. Obviously I'm not felling the California redwoods with my MS170, but for less than $200, it cuts way better, and has lasted far longer than it ever should have. I am still impressed with it every time I use it. The string-trimmer still runs like a champ, and probably gets 6-10 hours of use a week even still...




If I ever picked up enough tree work to even get close to justifying a new saw- I've coveted the MS460/461/462 with the heated handles for years now. (I don't know if they still make the heated handles or not...)

I guess I'll have to add a 261 to that list too... :)
 

Crazy 4 grass

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Minnesota
I really appreciate everyone's responses to that question... Interesting stuff. (I just really like, and enjoy using chainsaws...)



Semi Off Topic - One of my first jobs after high school was working service at an eXmark, Stihl, etc.. dealer.

My 2-stroke knowledge was so-so at best, and I didn't stay there long before leaving to start my machining career.

I came to really appreciate how well Stihl products are engineered. It seemed like an engineering marvel at how well thought out their products were. Amazing how much service/repair work you could do with a bar-wrench, a T27 torx driver, flat screwdriver, 8mm socket, and for the really rare occasion, needle nose pliers or a custom-fashioned coat-hanger (for retrieving & changing fuel filters...)

I guess that's where I really came to love Stihl products.

My little MS171 chainsaw & FS80r trimmer are still excellent tools, 17 years later. Obviously I'm not felling the California redwoods with my MS170, but for less than $200, it cuts way better, and has lasted far longer than it ever should have. I am still impressed with it every time I use it. The string-trimmer still runs like a champ, and probably gets 6-10 hours of use a week even still...




If I ever picked up enough tree work to even get close to justifying a new saw- I've coveted the MS460/461/462 with the heated handles for years now. (I don't know if they still make the heated handles or not...)

I guess I'll have to add a 261 to that list too... :)
Ever looked at their latest edition the 500i ? Its supposed to be the cats miaow. First fuel injected saw on the market. Ive seen it head to head with the 462 and it smokes it lol
 
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stihlfan05

stihlfan05

LawnSite Bronze Member
Ever looked at their latest edition the 500i ? Its supposed to be the cats miaow. First fuel injected saw on the market. Ive seen it head to head with the 462 and it smokes it lol
I ran one for a little bit. Runs 28” and longer bars way better than the 462. Still wound up buying the 462 because my dealer had it for $1100 vs $1450 for the 500i
 

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