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The Stihl MS261 first appeared in the catalogue around 2010. The MS261 was the intended replacement for the enormously popular MS260 and does seem to have met the needs of it user group.
Designed with the professional user in mind, the Stihl MS261 is perfect for mid-range work. It’s pitched at a medium price point so it might also interest domestic users looking for a more robust saw.
Power-packed, eco-friendly, light and compact, the MS261 is considered one of the most revolutionary professional chain saws manufactured by STIHL.
Designed as a step up from the popular MS260, this upgraded model claims improved features like low fuel consumption, reduced exhaust emissions and great ergonomics.
The early MS261 featured carburetor heating, manual adjustment of bar oil delivery, a master start/stop control and tool free filler caps.
It lacked some of the modern refinements that now feature in the MS261 C-M and MS261 C-M VR. The MS261 has benefited from a technology upgrade in the form of the M-Tronic electronic metering system. A high tech addition that all but eliminates manual carburetor adjustment. Later models also feature heated handles; a valuable improvement for winter work.
Featuring an Ematic chain lubrication system with variable-displacement oil pump the Stihl MS261 decreases the use of bar oil up to 50% so saving you money.
The STIHL MS 261 was created for effortless handling and maintenance because an easy to use, easy to maintain saw is a popular choice for anyone’s toolshed!
Performance elements include the new HD2 long life air filter system and air intake pre-separation. These features reduce the frequency of replacement air filters, and help prevent maintenance issues caused by debris in the intake, so saving you money in the long run!
Ease of use features include:
Owners would also appreciate the MS261 cold weather features. Carburetor heating that prevents the carburetor from freezing up in sub-zero temperatures, and heated handles for operator comfort and safety.
In short, the STIHL MS261 is a utility-type petrol chain saw that is ideal for any professional.
The MS261 is available to buy brand new from the current Stihl catalogue.
If you prefer to save some cash and buy a used machine, there are dozens listed on eBay at the time of writing.
A Stihl MS261 should give you good service for many years to come. For repair and maintenance needs there are over 1000 spares and accessories listed for sale on eBay, so you’ll never be short of a part to keep your saw running.
|Model Name||Stihl MS261|
|Engine Type||single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Engine Capacity||50.2cc, 3.06cu.in|
|Engine Power||3.0kW, 4.1bhp|
|Cylinder Bore||44.7 mm, 1.76 in|
|Piston Stroke||32 mm, 1.26 in|
|Ignition Type||Electronic (breakerless) magneto|
|Spark Plug Type||Bosch WSR6F ( check on EBay ) or NGK BPMR7A ( check on EBay )|
|Spark Plug Gap||0.5 mm, 0.02 in|
|Carburetor Type||Zama C1Q-S178B|
Zama C1Q-S229B (M-Tronic)
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.5 litre|
|Fuel Mixture||50:1 with Stihl two-stroke air-cooled engine oil|
|Weight||4.9kg to 5.2kg (feature dependant)|
|Chain Lubrication Type||Automatic oil pump with manual adjustment|
|Oil Tank Capacity||0.27 litre|