MS 461 R - $1,099.95 DSRP


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Fuel efficient and low maintenance, now with a wrap-around handle (R).

The STIHL MS 461 R is a great all-around professional forestry and tree care chain saw. With the same power and weight as the MS 460, it offers up to 20% less fuel consumption, meaning you can spend less time refueling and less money on fuel. This durable chain saw also features a wrap-around handle for use in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions. The heavy-...Read More
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MS 461 R Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 76.5 cc (4.7 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 4.5 kW (6.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
FUEL CAPACITY 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 325 cc (11.0 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 33 RS3
STIHL recommends #3624 (33 RS3 84) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 25" 3003 000 4030 Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.
Model Features
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    Adjustable Automatic Oiler
    The Adjustable Automatic Oiler allows the user to adjust the lubricant of the guide bar and saw chain for different bar lengths and cutting conditions.
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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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    STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is an exclusive feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor is designed to automatically adjust the air/fuel ratio when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged and maintains the engine’s correct RPM. IntelliCarb™ uses air from the clean side of the air filter to control the diaphragm and flow of fuel. As the air filter becomes dirty and less air is available for the carburetor, the IntelliCarb™ system adjusts the fuel flow to compensate for the decrease in air flow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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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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    Wrap Handle (R)
    Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.
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    Decompression Valve
    The decompression valve, also referred to as 'deco' or 'deco valve', vents compression in the cylinder for easier starting. The decompression valve temporarily reduces the compression in the combustion chamber during cranking and helps reduce the effort needed to pull the starter rope. It is opened manually and closes automatically as soon as the engine fires.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chain Saws
    View the features common to many STIHL chain saws.

You Will Also Need
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    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
    No matter how you slice it (or trim it or shred it), there’s no better protection for your high performance 2-stroke engine than STIHL HP Ultra. This 2-cycle engine oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” lubricating qualities that’s superior to other 2-cycle engine oils. This fully synthetic oil is also highly biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days. We’re so confident this oil will protect your engine, we’ll double your STIHL limited warranty* when you use it. It’s that good.

    *Double your warranty when you include 6 bottles of STIHL HP Ultra Oil or 6 cans of STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel with your STIHL product purchase. Double limited warranty protection applies to STIHL gasoline-powered products purchased and registered for personal non-income producing, family and household purposes only. Other restrictions apply. See dealer for details.
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    Bar and Chain Oil
    Don’t let friction cut down your chain saw’s performance. STIHL bar and chain oil is specially formulated to adhere to your chain saw’s bar and chain, providing optimal lubrication. Special oils help prevent sap and pitch from clinging, prolonging cutting performance and the lifespan of your chain parts. Ideal for use in moderate temperatures, STIHL bar and chain oil provides quality protection for your chain saw – bar none.
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    Woodsman Chain Saw Carrying Case
    Just like our chain saws, our case can handle multiple tasks. Use it to carry and transport your chain saw to and from the work site. It is also ideal for storage when your workday is done. It’s unique, removable bar scabbard has built-in tool holders to carry tools to the cutting site. Fits MS 170 to MS 460 with 20” bar. (Excludes MS 441 and wrap-handle saws.) Replacement parts available.
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    Complete Filing Kits
    Includes file guide, depth gauge, round file, flat file and two file handles in tool pouch. Kits available for the following chain types: STIHL PICCO™ Mini; 1/4" pitch chain; .325" pitch chain; 3/8" pitch chain; .404" pitch chain.
For Your Safety
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    Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps
    For heavyweight protection that won’t weigh you down, choose Pro Mark™ Apron Chaps from STIHL. They’re rugged, yet comfortable to wear and easily fit over your work clothes. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are nine layers of Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to reduce the risk or severity of injury to the body parts covered by the pads in the event of contact with the rotating saw chain of a gasoline-powered chain saw. The open-back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions. These Pro Mark™ apron chaps provide three additional layers of Engtex® than our standard apron chaps. STIHL chain saw protective apparel is also wash and wear, unlike some other brands that require dry cleaning or light surface cleaning.

    The STIHL Pro Mark™ designation identifies products for professional users.

    Available color: High Visibility Orange
    Available lengths: 32", 36", 40"

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    STIHL® Forestry Helmet System
    The woods can hold many dangers. Stay one step ahead with the Forestry Helmet System from STIHL. The protection starts with a hard shell of ABS thermoplastic. It gets even better with a six-point, ratchet-style suspension system that absorbs shock and keeps the helmet stable while you work.

    The system also features a Cool Guard sweatband to keep perspiration out of your eyes, as well as a built-in rain gutter to direct rain away from your face during inclement weather. Adjustable hearing protectors comfortably reduce noise while an epoxy-coated steel full-face screen helps protect from flying debris.

    Hard hat meets ANSI Z89.1-2003 Type 1 Class G & C. Hearing protectors meet ANSI S3.19-1974 and have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 24 dB(A).
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    Cut-Retardant Gloves
    Get a grip on your chain saw with STIHL Cut-Retardant Mitts. Made with water-resistant nylon backs and goatskin palms, these mitts offer exceptional comfort and grip without sacrificing dexterity. Engtex®, a cut-retardant material, is sewn into the back of the left glove. These mitt-style gloves also feature a separate index finger for chain saw throttle operation, while hook and loop wrist straps make fitting a breeze. These chain saw protective gloves are an excellent choice for the professional logger. STIHL chain saw protective apparel is also wash and wear, unlike some other brands that require dry cleaning or light surface cleaning.

    Available color: High Visibility Orange
    Available sizes: S (8), M (9), L (10), XL (11)

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which power head it is installed.
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.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Big Saw and Big Smile I needed a bigger saw along side my farm boss 290 and this was the saw. So far i'm 15 tanks of fuel into breaking it in and it just keeps making more and more power. I cut alot of osage orange or "hedge" what we call it here in KS and havn't got into anything that the 461 would not chew through. I have the 25" bar on my 461 and a 16 bar on my 290. I mainly use the 461 for felling and bucking and use my 290 for limbing and bucking on smaller diameter logs. The 461 is not cheap but it worth every penny. If you got the money and need a big saw for big jobs, the 461 should be considered. Starts easy, thanks to the decompression valve and does very well with fuel economy. The only downside of this saw if any would be the weight of the saw, kinda heavy but this saw is not really for the unexperienced chain saw user. I recommended running 91 octane or higher in this saw and try to stay away from the filling stations that have ethanol blended fuels if at all possible. Clean it and service it after each day of use and it will last for years and years. Thanks Sthil for manufacturing yet another great saw! April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fast becoming my favorite saw I own a 460 a 660 and now a 461r and have to say this is a great saw so far, I added the dual port front half of the muffler( I have the dual port mufflers on both my other saws) Stihl says they dont plan on making a dual port and I wondered if it would fit from the 460 well the front piece does not sure on the rear yet. The saw runs great with the front so I may leave it alone. I'm very impressed with the torquiness out of the box, most pro saws wont make full power till around 10 to 15 tanks. This saw seems to run as good a my 460 out of the box,I imagine stihl has done some port work but don't know for sure. The only thing that could make it better is if the R version came with the d/p muffler. April 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Saw Bought this saw for our volunteer fire department and it's a great saw. It's easy to start and to use, and the power is exceptional. We use a 25" bar and the "R" version with wrap-around handle is USFS wildland certified. Thanks Stihl! April 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by good saw I've had a dozen or so 460's and 660's. Im a professional timber faller so I use these tools every day. I've always loved the 460 and was bumbed to hear that you cant buy them any more. I just bought my first 461 and so far it seems to be a very good saw its very similar to the older saws. It seems to come stock with just a little bit more power. Im very happy with the saw so far. February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing!!!! I purchased a MS310 seven years ago. I was new to the art of chainsaw and fire wood so I purchased something I could handle as a novice. It is perfect to learn with and was adequate as a 6 cord per year saw but as my age (ie stamina) ,, skill and confidence increased i began to want more power. I asked several friends who are professional loggers and some old timers in the area who have spent decades getting forewood, what they would recommended. They all said Stihl. I agreed as my previous saw had been reliable and a dream to use. My logger friends said the MS400 saws were a perfect balance of power and weight. I have been saving up money for three years to purchase a MS 461 R. I finally got it! This saw is exceeding my expectations. It has power for days. I could not be happier with how well it performs. It cut a 30" long 30" diameter pine log (with the grain mind you) into 8- 2" planks in 3 minutes. Incredible! It cut through a similar block (accross the grain" in 22 seconds. It is light enough to handle with ease amd heavy enough to resist kickback and push itself through the wood. With Sthil quality and reliability, and the MS 461 R's power and design I will be joyfully getting firewood for years to come. January 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reliable and fuel efficient. Several weeks ago I replaced my oldest 460R with a new 461R. After more than 60 tanks of fuel, this saw has been very reliable and noticeably more fuel efficient. I get a little more cutting time out of each tank of fuel and save a little money at the same time. Thanks for continuing to build quality machines. November 10, 2012
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