Stihl MS 881 Petrol Chainsaw

(1 customer review)

£1,617.94£1,732.48 (inc VAT)


The Stihl MS 881 Petrol Chainsaw is a direct replacement of the MS 880, the MS 881 is the most powerful chainsaw in the market with the highest displacement (121.6 cc) and engine power (6.4 kW). Built for high-performance work, this saw is the optimum choice for professional foresters and loggers.

Ideal for the most demanding forestry jobs, this chainsaw is excellent for working in extreme conditions when harvesting big timber (Chainsaw can be fitted to a saw frame.) Fitted with a 2-MIX engine to comply with EU5 emission regulation and HD2 filter ensures long service life.

The MS 881 comes in 30, 36 and 41” bar lengths options with a .404” Rapid Super chain

HD2 filter
The HD2 filter is made from polyethylene filter material with up to 70% finer pores than fleece and polyamide filters to trap even very fine dust. In addition, it is oil and water-repellent and thus very easy to clean. The PET-covered filter cartridge with quick-release lock enables the filter to be assembled and disassembled in next to no time, without using tools.

Decompression valve
The decompression valve is part of the easy starting system. The valve should be pressed before starting to reduce the compression pressure when starting, as well as reducing the effort needed to pull the starter rope. The decompression valve is semi-automatic; it must be pressed manually before starting, but then closes automatically.

STIHL ElastoStart
STIHL ElastoStart reduces the shock caused by the compression of the engine during starting. The compression shock is taken away from the user’s joints and muscles through a spring or rubber element in the starter handle.

Sidechain tensioner
The tensioning screw can be found on the side of the chain saw through the sprocket cover. This removes the need for contact with the sharp saw chain.

Variable-displacement oil pump
Allows a precise, demand-based delivery of oil. It’s possible to reduce oil production by up to 50% in the E position. For very long cutting attachments or very dry wood, an additional volume of oil can be added by the user. similar to illustration.

Tool-free filler caps
Special catches on the fuel and oil tanks for easy opening and locking without the need for tools.

Anti-vibration system
Intense vibration at the handles of power tools can lead to long-term effects on blood vessels in the hands and arms. STIHL has therefore developed an effective anti-vibration system whereby the oscillations from the machine’s engine are dampened which significantly reduces vibrations at the handles.

Single-lever master control
All important functions such as start, choke, throttle and stop are operated via a single lever.

This controller in the carburettor prevents the fuel-air mixture getting richer as the air filter becomes clogged. The correct quantity of fuel is delivered to the carburettor depending on the quantity of air passing through the air filter. This keeps the fuel/air ratio in the combustion mixture constant and hence also the engine power. The filter doesn’t need to be cleaned until an appreciable drop in power occurs.

Ematic chain lubrication system
The Ematic chain lubrication system ensures pinpoint lubrication of the saw chain links and guide bar rails. When used with STIHL OILOMATIC saw chain, it will provide maximum lubrication, longer wear and less oil consumption than conventional methods of chain lubrication. The Ematic system can reduce bar oil consumption by up to 50%.

Carburettor heating (V)
By changing the chain saw from summer to winter operation, the intake air is pre-heated over the engine fins. This ensures that the carburettor does not ice up and you can continue working in freezing temperatures.

Technical data Value
System weight kg 1) 12.57 / 13.23 / 14.24
Oil tank volume cm3 700
Oil pump Adjustable
Vibration values left/right m/s² 2) 8.9/8.9
Filler cap Tool-free filler cap
Sound power level dB(A) 3) 118
Chain pitch .404″
Bumper spike 2 Steel claws
Weight kg 4) 9.9
Anti vibration system Standard AV-System
Cylinder Chrome
Sound pressure level dB(A) 3) 106
Tank volume l 1.30
Performance kW 6.4
Chain tensioning Lateral chain tensioning
Filter HD2 filter
Sprocket – number of teeth 7 Z
Displacement cm³ 121.6
Sprocket Ring sprocket
Power-to-weight ratio kg/kW 1.5

1) Unfueled, with guide bar and saw chain
2) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2m / s ²
3) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2.5 dB (A)
4) Without fuel, without bar and chain


Consumables + Accessories for this Chainsaw

Bars + Chains:





Service Kit:


Engine Oil (Good, Better, Best):

Chain Oil (Good, Better, Best):


Cleaning + Care:


Power Type





.063" (1.6mm)

Bar Length

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1 review for Stihl MS 881 Petrol Chainsaw

  1. James Campbell

    I have used one of these saws & the power to weight ratio is outstanding anyone who is considering cutting big wood should seriously consider one of these saws.

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