MS 261 C-MQ - $719.95 DSRP



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The same great MS 261, but with advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ and STIHL Quickstop® Plus technologies.

The MS 261 C-MQ features low emissions, high fuel efficiency and the advanced STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system and STIHL Quickstop® Plus chain braking system. STIHL M-Tronic™ digitally monitors changes in elevation and temperature, then automatically adjusts for maximum performance across a wide range of cutting conditions. The MS 261 C-MQ also features redesigned cylinders and a slimmer, ...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 261 C-MQ Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 5.2 kg (11.46 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 500 cc (16.9 oz)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 270 cc (9.13 oz)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 26 RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE Gas
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 008 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    STIHL M-Tronic™ 
    This product features M-Tronic™ (M) - a new generation of Intelligent Engine Management that eliminates the low and high speed carburetor adjustment screws, compensates for dirty air filter and changes in elevation and fuel quality for optimum engine power at all times.

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    Pre-Separation Air Filtration System
    This time-saving technology boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, doubling the time between air filter cleanings. Air drawn into the engine is first separated via centrifugal force, ejecting the heavier dirt particles before being routed to the air filter. This pre-separation means less dirt to be captured by the air filter, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance.

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    STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) - an additional chain braking feature
    STIHL offers an additional, manually-activated chain brake on some models. This system is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. Available on some models.

    See it in action!
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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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    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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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
WARNING! The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus (Q) additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.

STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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MS 261 C-MQ is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Undependable My 261 I bought last year ran fine for a while but now it won't idle and even though its under warranty, the dealer I bought it from told me they don't have the equipment to fix it. I'm pretty sure its the m-tronic junk. Not being able to tune this saw without a laptop will most definitely make me look to a different brand and I've been a logger and run a tree service for decades. I've hallways been 100% stihl until this junk came out... Just awful.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 261C great lite chainsaw that cuts like butter I was thinking about getting the farm boss but the salesman recommended the 261. It weighed less, had better construction (metal instead of plastic) Same bar length... about $150 more in price, but commercial grade. Well he was right, and yes you get what you pay for. Been doing a lot of clearing and cutting off rootballs in burn piles. it's weight saves me a lot of work toting and makes handling a lot safer in sometimes precarious positions. For me it was the right choice. Also it starts up every time with a maximum of 3 pulls, usually 1-2 though.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw! This was an upgrade I'd researched after inheriting a homelite saw and attempting to cut with it when I purchased some land which required clearing. This saw is ridiculously great. I have predominately white oak, and no matter how I cut it or what I put it through, it gets the job done with ease. It's been through a couple bad accidents due to my own stupidity, but I was able to order and replace the parts on my own and the saw starts right up every time. Just keep the chain sharp, and don't choke it when starting hot.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one saw that does everything Simply put, I don't do enough cutting to have multiple saws, but at the same time, when I do need a saw, it needs to work and get the job done.With that being said, i read a lot on the 241 and 261. I settled on the 261. With a weight over only 11 pounds - it makes you wonder if it can do the job... but when you squeeze that trigger and drop it in to a log - all that wonder is dispelled and all you see is chips flying. I've used the saw multiple times - run about 5 tanks thorough it. Always starts, and always pulls hardWhile it isnt cheap - it will last me years of reliable service. Another thing that made me pick this saw is the almost cult following it has for in and post warranty customization items.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saw for power and weight I use this saw primarily as a volunteer with the National Parks and I am hiking miles with it. From a power to weight ratio you can not beat this saw. I have not found a tree yet that this saw will not handle with ease. The saw is easy to maintain and has been super reliable in the field.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice light weight commercial saw Using this saw to manage 87 acres. New to chainsaws but this saw is easy to start operate and maintain. I just got to get familar with the dos and donts when cutting. Pinch my bar before I got the any of the paint worn. Rooky mistakes.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best safety features for firefighters My department bought this saw for its power size and weight, but I recommended that we get the C-MQ for its hand guard mounted brake. Before this saw I had some worries about lesser expirenced firefighters getting hurt when clearing trees from roadways and during brush fires. Now I worry less about the saw and more about the operators. Time for more training.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from and another m-tronic with a hot start issue... Was the perfect saw until the m-tronic hot start issue appeared. Google m-tronic hot start and see what I'm talking about. Other than that critical flaw, it's an awesome saw. I run a 20" bar and a rapid super chain. Cuts like crazy, but forget it restarting when it's hot.
Date published: 2017-04-18
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