Stihl MS 260 Chainsaw Review

The STIHL MS 260 is another great product from the STIHL chainsaw line. The robust chainsaw for forestry work is like a homeowner’s version of the STIHL MS 460.

For non-professional chainsaw operators who are looking to invest in an outdoor power tool that is both reliable and layman-friendly, the MS 260 will prove to be a good buy.

Featuring all the standard components of an STIHL chainsaw like the anti-vibration system, single-lever master control, tool free filler caps and Ematic chain lubrication system just to name a few, the STIHL MS 260 is easy to operate. It can also double as a hedge trimmer when attached to a separate appendage (the HS 246).

Like the MS 460, the MS 260 model has a catalytic converter too. However, compared to the professional version, the STIHL MS 260 is lighter (at 4.8 kg) and has a lower power output (2.6 kW). Not surprisingly, the MS 260 retails at a lower price.

There are two other variations of the STIHL MS 260; the MS 260 C-B and the MS 260-W. The special Chain Quick Tensioning function that comes with the MS 260 C-B makes it more convenient than the basic model as it enables the user to adjust the chain with a thumb wheel, without the need for tools. On the other hand, the MS 260-W has a heated handle which would be a luxury in cold weather.

Weigh up each model carefully to determine which one suits your needs best, but remember product specifications vary from country to country so don’t forget to confirm the details with your local dealer before making a purchase.

Stihl MS 260 Chainsaw Technical Specifications
Model Name MS260
Engine Type single-cylinder two-stroke
Engine Capacity 50.2cc, 3.06cu.in
Cylinder Bore 44.7mm, 1.76in
Piston Stroke 32mm, 1.26in
Ignition Type Electronic (breakerless) magneto
Spark Plug Type Bosch WSR 6 F or NGK BPMR 7 A
Spark Plug Gap 0.5mm, 0.02in
Carburetor Type All position diaphragm type with built-in fuel pump
Fuel Tank Capacity 0.46litre
Fuel Mixture 50:1 with Stihl two-stroke air-cooled engine oil
Weight 4.7kg (10.4lb)
Chain Lubrication Type Automatic oil pump
Oil Tank Capacity 0.145 litre