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Stihl MS 261 C-M Petrol Chainsaw

(8 customer reviews)

£733.49£747.98 (inc VAT)


The Stihl MS 261 C-M is a lightweight and powerful, professional chainsaw. It has an electric self-tuning engine management system which means that the fuel supply is electronically controlled so the machine automatically adapts to operating conditions, ensuring optimal performance at all times. It has a memory function which will remember previous operating conditions and allows you to restart quickly after an extended break.

The 2-MIX technology ensures you can get up to 20% less fuel consumption and a 50% emissions reduction compared to other two-stroke engines that do not have 2-mix technology. This saw comes with an easy-clean HD2 filter, controlled delivery oil pump and other features such as a stainless steel muffer, captive nuts on the sprocket cover and monocoque cover with three quick release fasteners.

Standard features

  • STIHL M-Tronic
  • HD2 filter
  • Reduced-emission engine technology
  • Advanced combustion technology
  • Pre-separation air filtration system
  • Anti-vibration system
  • Carburettor heating
  • STIHL ElastoStart
  • Tool free filler caps
  • Compensator
  • Ematic chain lubrication system
  • Side chain tensioner

Parts, Consumables + Accessories for this Chainsaw

Bar & Chain:




Service Kit:


Engine Oil (Good, Better, Best):

Chain Oil (Good, Better, Best):


Cleaning + Care:



Power Type


Bar Length

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.050" (1.3mm)

8 reviews for Stihl MS 261 C-M Petrol Chainsaw

  1. Laurence

    I bought the MS261 around 4 years ago. It was my first foray into cutting our own firewood and the guys at Radmore & Tucker were absolutely brilliant giving no nonsense advise especially regarding personal safety gear. I went on a one day course which included a complete saw strip down, chain sharpening and health & safety. The MS261 is perfect for general firewood harvesting and large enough even for good size fallen oak (using a sharp chain). The saw starts easy and is straightforward to maintain and keep clean. Best thing we ever did – thanks to Radmore & Tucker and, of course, excellent Stihl engineering.

  2. Matt Brooks (verified owner)

    Great service from Radmore Tucker, the price was the best I could find on the internet, and the staff were very helpfull, so I will be using them again !

  3. Andrew Davies

    Stihl ms261 c-m.
    V.early days but pleased with the saw.Possibly stihl’s best all-round pro saw.I went for the 16″ bar which I feel is the sweet spot for this saw.Its offered in the States with a 20″ bar which is a bit silly in my book.If you need that size bar-go for its big brother the ms362.Its my first mtronic saw and hopefuly the teething problems with early mtronic software has been sorted now.This saw is now on v.3 software.Its been fitted with a different solenoid and an upgraded orange fuel filter-available as a cheap kit if ever needed.Also,if problems occur,the mtronic can be reset/recalibrated yourself.If you’re in the market for a stihl 50cc class saw,you may well be tempted by the ms 271.But if you can spend the extra-get this model,more horsepower/a couple of pounds lighter/magnesium casing/captive bar nuts/decomp.valve/elastostart,just a much better built saw which is reflected in its pricing.Radmore&tucker good to deal with and quickly resolve any problems-usually courier related in my experience,competetive pricing too.

  4. Tony Kelly (verified owner)

    I umm’d and aah’d for a while about buying the 261 wondering if I needed another saw and if it was would match the hype because I’ve never read or seen a bad review of it but eventually I took the leap. It was a no brainer to use R&T because their service and delivery are second to none and their prices are always competitive. It’s now on its 6th tank of fuel limbing and bucking downed oak and beech and it’s been absolutely fantastic. Light, fast, plenty of power, incredibly easy to start and not too thirsty on the fuel or oil. I’m using Stihl Super semi-synthetic in the fuel mix and keeping the chain sharp and it’s singing like a bird. Early doors but so far I can’t recommend it highly enough and the same goes for Radmore and Tucker.

  5. Florin Calota (verified owner)

    I’m very pleased with the chainsaw and delivery .The price was the most competitive. I will definitely recommend it.

  6. Bertie Thewes (verified owner)

    I didn’t want to stick a review up on this saw until I’d had a chance to really get to grips with it. Honestly? Probably the very best chainsaw I have owned and used.
    I’ve cut trees for 25 years and this saw is the most fun everyday bit of kit I have had the pleasure to use. 10 months in and I can’t fault it at all – it’s light, got stacks of oomph, easy to clean, efficient on fuel and on cutting….. If you’re thinking of an upgrade, go for the 261. I promise you won’t be let down at all. What a pleasure. Well worth the money.

  7. Bertie Thewes (verified owner)

    …and I forgot to say that Radmore & Tucker are right up there as one of the best online dealers in garden and forestry kit. Thank you all for doing that which you do so well.

  8. Pip Chambers (verified owner)

    Bought the saw for a sculpture commission after my old saw died. Couldn’t be happier. The service from Radmore and Tucker was brilliant. Polite and efficient and delivered in person. The price was below any other I could find. Will be shopping with you again. Thank you.

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