MS 461 R - $1,139.99 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 chainsaw. 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 chainsaw also features a wrap-around handle for use in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions. The heavy-du...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 7.1 kg (15.72 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 800 cc (27.1 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 325 cc (11.0 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN 33 RS3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS (Recommended ranges) 40 to 80 cm (16" to 32")
STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E Super
POWER SOURCE Gas
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 based on which power head it is installed on.
Model Features
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* 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.

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MS 461 R is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The get it done saw this is the saw I use when I'm done playing and need the job done, this saw will give you more time for fishing and family,
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing saw Great saw so much power highly recommend.. The warp around handle is great you can cut at any angle.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Upgrade! I live up in a small mountain range in central NJ, and we're overloaded with big old red oak, ash and beech up here. I've had a MS290 with a 20" bar for about 8 years now (cut my chops on an old 029 with a crazy local tree guy in my youth), and that saw has been a work horse, never letting me down. As time has passed here, more and more big trees (3ft+ diameter) keep falling in all the storms, plus my local tree guys keep dropping off bigger and bigger logs/trunks for my wood pile. I decided it was time to add an upgrade saw.I did my homework, tested out a few models (362CM, 441CM, 461R and 661CM-R) and decided on the 461R with a 25" bar. I got it about 2.5 yrs ago, and all it does is amaze me and anyone I work with by the power and ease as it rips through anything up here. After a few months, I added the 36" ES Light bar w/full skip chain, and have successfully felled/bucked some of the biggest oaks (45" single trunk and 7+ft, multi-trunk monsters) you can find with no hangups. It's amazing that a saw this big does not feel that heavy or is a burden to use (I've gone 2+ hour sessions straight with it and never feel worn out from using it)! The ES Light bars make a huge difference as you go bigger. Maintenance/cleaning is a snap, as Stihl did a great job on the design. I also got help from my local dealer to identify the part number for and order the rubber "Scrench" mount for the wrap handle (standard on the rescue model), which adds an invaluable storage/access feature (as the wrap handle models will not fit in the Stihl cases where you would normally store this).As others have commented, a well weighted, easy to manage, powerhouse of a saw. If you have the need, be it for larger size personal or professional use, you can't get better bang for the buck than this saw!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 461R - Hold on, it's a beast! I've added this saw to my fleet as I needed a powerful saw for felling and bucking up the old growth oaks that I have on my property. I did a lot of research on the 461R prior to buying it, and with the Stihl saws that I have, all pro saws, this one fits into a range where it will handle with ease large diameter felling and following up with bucking larger logs for firewood. I have mine setup with the 25" bar and run the 36RM chain. It bites into the wood hard, a little too hard at times, and there is noting yet that I have cut into that will bog it down. It is breaking in nicely as with each tank of fuel it gets better. What a beast, but I will admit that with the longer ES bar on it does wear you down after a while. The only thing I would look into is a lighter version bar and as mentioned before a prefilter sock over the HD air filter. The wrap handle does help in awkward cutting positions as well.Overall this is a fantastic engineered and designed saw and fits a range that will work for just about any cutting needs. The quality of the parts and the fit and finish are top notch. This saw will compliment perfectly a smaller lighter weight saws for limbing and cleanup jobs.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Munchaholic - Wow This Saw Eats! I upgraded to this saw after owning the 311 for a year due to the 391 and 461 being sold out at the time. The 461 is about twice the price and has 50% more horsepower than the 311 but only 2 pounds heavier. The dealer will always tell you something that I have found to be very true - pick the saw you think will work best then buy the next size bigger. This 461 came with a 25" bar and I purchased a longer 32" also for the big trees. All new / newer Stihl saws like fresh gas - so if your saw sits more than a couple of weeks, dump the old and give it some fresh - some of the reviews say hard starting on most saws. All in all the 461 is the best I have ever used / owned.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trustworthy, powerful, quality chainsaw. I am 52 now & have been sawing my own wood since I was a kid. Also extra to sell. My first saw ,which was not a Stihl, blew up. I have owned many Stihl saws since. None ever blew up. My 461R is one of my best. I though my favorite was a 441. But after trading it for a 461 I like that the av mounts are not so soft. And the better torque. Any pro saw is better than a homeowner saw. You get your money worth if you need or can get the best. These saws are ones you can be very proud to own. Also enjoyable to operate.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet saw This saw gets it done, very reliable, and has plenty of power for the big stuff!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome equipment I am a Professional sawyer in the service of the US Government, I love the dependability and Availability of the 461R. Never fails when needed
Date published: 2017-10-31
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