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The Stihl MS260 was introduced to the Stihl chainsaw line in 2001, discontinued in 2011 and replaced by the MS261 in 2010. Stihl billed the MS260 as a robust chainsaw for forestry work.
Stihl recommended this saw for professional use. Some users dispute that idea and consider the MS260 a good saw but for non-professional use. Most owners consider the MS260 reliable and layman-friendly, and a good buy for use around the yard and farm.
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 MS260 is easy to operate. It can also double as a hedge trimmer with the separate HS246 attachment.
The MS260 features a retrofit catalytic converter, weighs 4.8 kg and has a power output of 2.6 kW.
There are two other variations of the STIHL MS260; the MS 260C-B and the MS260-W. The special Chain Quick Tensioning function that comes with the MS260 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. Always remember to use the correct safety equipment when operating your chainsaw.
The HS246 hedge trimmer is one of the more unusual Stihl accessories, and is available for the MS260.
In a few easy steps, the HS246 hedge trimmer attachment can be mounted on the MS260 chainsaw. The HS246 features a 60cm cutting blades and weighs in at 1.8 kg.
The Stihl MS260 has been replaced by the slighly heavier but more powerful MS261. Used MS260 machines can frequently be found for sale on auction sites. Check out machines available on Ebay.
If you already own an MS260 then it’s good to know that there are still hundreds of spare parts advertised for sale. Have a look at the spares available on Ebay.
|Model Name||Stihl MS260|
|Engine Type||single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Engine Capacity||50.2 cc, 3.06 cu.in|
|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||All position diaphragm type with built-in fuel pump. Walbro WT-426, WT-427, WT-581, WT-590, WTE-1.|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.46 litre|
|Fuel Mixture||50:1 with Stihl two-stroke air-cooled engine oil|
|Weight||4.8 kg, 10.6 lb|
|Chain Lubrication Type||Automatic oil pump|
|Oil Tank Capacity||0.145 litre|
It is fair to say that most comments on the Stihl MS260 are positive. Stihl sold this model saw for many years and it was clearly popular with their regular customers. However, it is not without the occasional negative review.