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 36.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well balanced and strong powerband I've always wanted a large displacement chainsaw and the time finally arrived to buy one. My friend bought the ms461 with wrap handle and I bought the ms661 with wrap handle. I've ran about a gallon of fuel through it so far and it's ran fantastic. I have cut both ash and oak to date. On large oak cuts even against the grain the 661 pulls like a boss. Fuel consumption is decent for a saw this size. Currently I'm running a 25" bar with a 3/8 chain which seems perfect for cutting the larger sized trees in this area. The fit and finish and ergonomics verse the comparable 395 husky is better on air cleaner servicing, fuel caps, trigger and basic control layout. I value attention to detail on design. I do wish stihl had a sock that went over the air cleaner that helped shed off larger sawdust chips as the Oem design clogs up quick. I would recommend this saw!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a Right Tool for Every Job and for trees over 8 foot diameter; this is the right tool. I have never had a chain saw make me feel like a kid again as an adult. I knew it would have plenty of power but I didn't think it would make me feel small again. It made me smile to feel small again if only for a little while.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Saw! I run Sthils 36" "Light" bar on my 461R and couldn't imagine running anything else on the saw. No it has never bogged down because of it. Ive got 4 smaller Sthil saws and I enjoy reaching for an appropriately sized saw for what I'm cutting. I wish Sthil made "Light" bars for all their saws. They are AMAZING! My 461R came with the standard 36" bar and it felt real nose heavy. I swapped for Sthils "Light" bar (yes it cost more) and the saw feels lighter than my MS310! The extra money is worth every penny in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around saw This saw is easy to start, maintain, and use. Great power to weight ratio.
Date published: 2017-02-05
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