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The occurrence called “kickback” can cause serious or fatal injury. Always read the instruction manual carefully before using your saw. STIHL uses a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of ANSI Standard B175.1 (gasoline-powered saws) and §30 of UL 1662/ ANSI Standard B175.1 (electric chainsaws). Ask your STIHL dealer about safe operating procedures and the advantages of the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake, STIHL Quickstop® Plus additional chain braking feature, STIHL reduced kickback bars and STIHL low-kickback saw chains.STIHL recommends the use of green reduced kickback bars and green low kickback chains on all STIHL chainsaws.* 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.
⚠️ 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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• Professional-Grade Power and Performance
• Impressive power-to-weight ratio
• Advanced Features for Easy Use and Maintenance
• Durable Design for Heavy-Duty Cutting Tasks
• 50.2 cc Engine for Exceptional Cutting Power
• Anti-Vibration System for a Comfortable, Secure Grip
Designed for large-volume cutting, the MS 261 features low emissions, high fuel efficiency, and, of course, professional-grade performance. The saw also includes an anti-vibration system to help you stay comfortable during extended use. Its redesigned cylinder and slimmer, ergonomic housing deliver a great power-to-weight ratio, weighing just 10.8 lbs. Its pre-separation air filtration system boosts the efficiency of the engine’s filter system, resulting in less frequent cleaning and maintenance. On the front of the chainsaw, you will find a redesigned bumper spike – now with fewer teeth and wider spacing for optimized wood traction. Stop by Gilford Hardware & Outdoor Power Equipment today and compare the MS 261 with our other professional chainsaws. We’ll help you find the right saw for your specific needs.
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.
STIHL has developed a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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.
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.
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 airflow. This is in contrast to typical carburetors that utilize this air from the “dirty” side of the air box.
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.
STIHL chainsaws are equipped with a chain-stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a STIHL Quickstop® chain brake. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the rotation of the chain if activated by the operator’s hand or by inertia if the saw kicks back with sufficient force. In some working positions, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake can be activated by inertia, stopping the chain within fractions of a second.
EMATIC™ LUBRICATION SYSTEM
The Ematic™ guide bar, when used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, will provide proper lubrication and less oil consumption than conventional methods. The system works because two ramps, strategically placed in the guide bar rail, help contain the flow of oil and direct all lubrication to the sliding faces of the bar and chain links as well as the rivets and driver holes, which in turn can reduce bar oil consumption up to 50%.
MASTER CONTROL LEVER™
The Master Control Lever™ is an easy-to-use single lever, that operates the choke, starting throttle lock, and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.
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.
BUILT-IN THE USA
A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.
MS 261 SPECIFICATIONS
DISPLACEMENT 50.2 cc (3.06 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 3.0 kW (4.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY500 cc (16.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 270 cc (9.13 oz.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN.325 RM3
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS(Recommended ranges) 40 to 50 cm (16" to 20") STIHL ROLLOMATIC® E
POWER SOURCE Gas
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16" 3003 008 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination.
The STIHL MS 261 Chainsaw features a powerful STIHL 2-Stroke engine with 50.2cc of displacement. At a light, 10.8 lbs. this gives the MS 261 a superior power-to-weight ratio.
When compared to STIHL 2-stroke engines in the same performance class without 2-MIX technology, the 2-MIX two-stroke engine can save up to 20% on fuel and can reduce emissions by up to 70%.
Internal combustion engines experience jerky stresses during startup due to compression pressure. According to the compression pattern, the damping element in the ElastoStart special starter grip alternately absorbs and releases force. The end result is an even, smooth start.
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.
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.
This carburetor controller stops the fuel-air mixture from becoming richer as the air filter clogs. Depending on how much air passes through the air filter, the proper amount of fuel is delivered to the carburetor. As a result, the fuel/air ratio in the combustion mixture and consequently, the engine power, remain constant. It won't be necessary to clean the filter until there is a noticeable drop in power.
Control all of the important functions of the STIHL MS 261 Chainsaw such as start, choke, throttle and stop are operated via a single lever
Different bar lengths, types of wood, and sawing methods call for various amounts of oil. The user of the controlled-delivery oil pump can choose precisely the right quantity of oil for the task at hand.
Side-mounted chain tensioning makes it easy to tension the chain safely
CAPTIVE BAR NUTS
When changing the cutting attachment, you will not risk losing the nuts on the sprocket. The MS 261 is the first STIHL chainsaw to be equipped with the captive nuts. A great advantage for all users.
This air filter keeps even the finest dust away from the engine, ensuring a particularly long service life. Thanks to its special material, the filter can easily be cleaned by washing, for example with STIHL Varioclean and warm water.
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Double limited warranty protection applies to select STIHL gasoline-powered products purchased for personal non-income producing, household purposes only. At the time of your equipment purchase, simply purchase a six pack of STIHL HP Ultra Oil or a minimum of one gallon of STIHL MotoMix® premixed fuel to qualify for the double limited warranty coverage. STIHL HP Ultra Oil and STIHL MotoMix® premixed fuel provide for improved engine longevity. Other restrictions apply. See dealer for details or refer to STIHL’sLimited Warranty Policy.