Written on: 12/01/2012 by jack_paine (3 reviews written)
A brilliant device, excellent quality unit, a lot quieter and good to handle and work with plenty of power. We are using this machine for our firewood business and the Sthil has never let us down, we have never had to be repair it in the past 2 years that we have used it. Would recommend Sthil equipment for heavy users as its reliable and cheap to maintain if well looked after. (read more)
Written on: 25/12/2011
I own three Stihl products including a MS260 and NONE of them run correctly. I have had THREE new carborators installed on every one of them and they still don't run right. I only use Stihl authorized dealers and Stihl products in them so don't let them tell you that's the problem. Every time I try to use on of them it costs me $100 and they spend a week in the shop. Stihl is producing a horrible products and I will NEVER own another one. (read more)
Written on: 25/12/2010
Since passing my Certificate of competence for chainsaws in 2007, I have not used any other saws apart from Stihl. I find them simply the best for the job! I have used a MS200, 036, MS 361 and now a MS 260. For me the 260 is a brilliant ground saw as I have used one solidly everyday over the last winter and also over this winter too. I have had very little fail on me and is more than capable power wise for felling small trees. To date the only thing that broke is the front chain break... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2010
I just purchased a Stihl 260 after owning a Stihl 034 for 25 years. The 034 was an exceptional saw for me and cut 12 cords of wood a year for me.
I made the mistake of loaning to a neighbor and he forgot or did not mix
oil with the gas and burnt it out. With apprehension I did not know whether the new 260 would fill the void. I was pleasantly surprised after
using for 4 1/2 hours on some pretty big trees. It cut through ash trees like butter. The gas and oil caps were a little... (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2010
I have worked with chain saws for over 20 years as my main occupation. I bought a MS260 as the work I was doing didn't require the larger saws I was used to. It was great at first as the smaller size and less weight made my work much easier. I was cutting trees about two to three inches, clearing around smaller planted trees. I realize that doing this all day might be hard on a saw but my larger ones never had any problem doing the same sort of work with much larger trees, up to ten inches,... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2010 by woofers46 (1 review written)
The stihl is an excellent chainsaw (when used and serviced correctly)
I have had it three years and took on jobs that were far bigger than it should have been used for. I have now had it serviced and a new clutch fitted. I have put a deposit on the MS390 which I will use for large trees.
Written on: 31/12/2009 by TreeSurgeon (1 review written)
What can I say, this is a nice little saw. Of four saws that I own, this is one of my favorite saws. (I have a MS192, 246XP, 260 and 372XP).
It is a dependable saw, works every time and does all that is required from it.
If it ever does die, I would buy another. If looking for a smaller saw, do not hesitate. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009 by death2spam (1 review written)
I am not, nor ever have been an employee of Stihl or any other company.
I love this saw because of the reliability, wieght, service and support. It is not my first Stihl, but it may just outlast me. They are one tough saw. I also own and abuse a MS192CE, and both saws punch way above their weight. We live in the country, and there are 4 service centres within 30 minutes. The MS260 drops and junks up 15-20" softwood trees day after day, and makes short work out of 10-15" hardwood. East... (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009 by Woodcutter (1 review written)
This is one of the best saws available today, and has been for a long time.
The MS260, previously known as the 026 has been in the Stihl lineup for 20 years, and is one of their best selling saws.
Why is it best selling, why have they kept it around so long, because it works. Same reason that Coke does not mess with their beverage recipe.
It is a small, dependable, lightweight powerhouse used daily by tree professionals world wide. We have three of them (one is actually a 026), and run... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2009 by Treeclimber57 (8 reviews written)
We use several saws in daily use (as an Arborist). We have primarly saws from Husqvarna and Stihl, with a few Echo's in the mix.
We run Stihl's from the 200T up to the MS660 (we used to have 2 X MS880's and years ago had an 090 as well) However this is about the smaller end of the lineup.
The 026 and newer MS260 is an excellent saw with power to weight ratio, and one you can run all day long, every day of the week. Like any saw, they do require some care and maintenance, but nothing... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2009 by wonka41 (1 review written)
bought my stihl ms in 2002 for $canadian 655.45 worked maybe 20 hrs then probs. like prev mentioned, spark plug wire broke. which gives an intermittent start no start. oh and they dont just sell the plug cable, need to buy coil +
then a carb rebuild.
when it works it works great, nice balance with a 16" bar.
thanks for the info on the oil hole, will keep it clear with compressed air. i always do check to make sure the bar is throwing a bit of oil, before cutting. (read more)
Written on: 24/12/2008
This is a great little saw very handy and capable. To the people putting 20"! bars on them you are not too clever. if you need a bigger saw buy a bigger saw a 20" bar is way to much for these i run a 14'' and i feel that is perfect. i have a 066 with a 25" and if i need a mates got a 880 with a 3ft but i have never yet needed it. i agree that it is overpriced but so are many others. overall not a bad saw at all. touch wood, i have had no probs yet. (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2008 by dennis88 (1 review written)
The Stihl MS 260 is an excellent saw for me. I see others have had problems, but this may be due to a higher failure rate at the factory than other saws. Everyone in my area who uses Stihl chainsaws raves about how well they work. (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008
my Stihl MS 260 does alot of work, I'm a tree surgeon and it usually only cuts branches up and light work. Also reliable and recommend it to someone for smallish jobs. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2008
My Stihl MS 260 cuts great as always learn to keep your chains sharp.usaually sold with a 16"'blade try a 20"it works great.i have had it for 2 years not one problem at all.Have cut alongside bigger huskys,without taking a backseat.i have only replaced the filter in this time period.And i still have the same 2 chains that came with the saw. (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2008 by mr chainsaw78
the Stihl MS 260 is a fantastic saw,im a forrester and have lots of big saws but this is the best for limbing and smaller stuff,wouldnt be without it! (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2008
I've owned this saw for 3 years now and have used it mostly for cutting firewood. It has never given my any trouble at all. It chews through hardwood all day without complaining. (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2008 by iandlv (1 review written)
First engine lasted less than 10 hours. 400 euros later second engin lasted less than 4 hours. Stihl service policy seems to be the customer is wrong. I cannot find a way of buying the parts do do the job myself.
Unable to find a better alternative at this time. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2008
Progressed from old 026's which were excellent. Bought this new and have found it the biggest pile of rubbish i have ever owned. Own a jonsered and a husqvarna which are both 25+ years old and find them more reliable. It has now packed in again with a fueling problem and can't be bothered to look at it again. Will never buy a stihl again as friends are having various stihl problems too (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2008
Excellant saw for the purpose designed. Good power to weight ratio.No problems at all with this saw to date. I think if you use the correct fuel/oil ratio-clean fresh fuel -your probs will be negated. (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2008 by statex (1 review written)
I also have a Stihl ms 260 and after only 5 hours use it will not idle fuel line and electrics ok . The saw is piece of junk. I had a Partner chainsaw that I bought for £35 from a boot sale and it lasted me over 15 years without any problems and I abused it too. Never buy a Stihl again. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2008 by matt 1234
Bought my Stihl MS 260 about 7 years ago, having learned on a Stihl 026.
Have given it some serious punishment in that time, including dropping it out of a tree a couple of times. It's regularly thrown around in the back of my pick up. And I've never cleaned it, ever. This saw is fantastic. Trouble free and superb value for money.
If you can bear the initial cost, it's the best all round saw you'll ever buy. (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2008
My story SOOO much like the above. Never ran particularily well. Finally stopped running.
Took it in "needed new carb". ok. Not as nifty as the above person, paid the $100 plus bucks for a new carb. Ran well for about 1/2 a tank of gas (I always empty the tank on the saw after use). Next time, dead 'er than a doornob.
Haven't thrown it against the wall yet, but I'm going to war with the rep soon. (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2007 by red99
The saw has a 2 year warranty. Stihl Ms260 and 026 and ms260 pro and 026 pro, I own one of each and have had NO problems and they come with a 2 year warranty. (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2007 by gthomas (1 review written)
My Stihl MS 260 chainsaw may be a lemon, so read this review with that in mind. After 10 years of completely trouble-free service from a mid-range Poulon, I decided to upgrade to a purportedly "professional" saw. I bought the MS 260 ($450), and it worked well for several months, then the troubles began.
Problem #1: Apparently the chain bar oil ports clog more readily than my Poulon did; result: replace sprocket. Okay, my fault; I'll be more careful.
Problem #2: No spark. Cause: Very... (read more)