The largest and most powerful chainsaw in the STIHL lineup.
For the largest, toughest and most demanding jobs, professionals can find the performance they need in the MS 881 chainsaw. With its updated engine design and up to 41” guide bar length, the MS 881R is the largest, most powerful saw in the STIHL lineup. Greater fuel efficiency than the previous model means savings of time and money. Another time-saving feature is the stop switch, which automatically returns to run position after the engine is stopped, reducing the chance of flooding the engine when starting.
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.
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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.
Greater fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions as compared to the previous model
The MS 881 has the same power as the MS 880 while using less fuel and reducing exhaust emissions, saving time and money while also being better for the environment.
Fuel and oil caps with retainers
The fuel and oil cap retainers keep the caps attached to the unit for added convenience.
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.
Easy manual adjustment of the carburetor settings
The simplified design of the carburetor allows for easy manual adjustment.
HD2 Air Filter
The HD2 air filter on this unit is washable, providing extremely long filter life and lowering maintenance costs. The large surface area allows for longer run times between cleanings and high performance even while operating in dusty and dry conditions. Overall, the HD2 air filter provides better protection of the engine compared to standard air filters.
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%.
Efficient stop switch technology
Efficient stop switch technology saves users time and reduces the chance of flooding the engine when starting.
The largest, most powerful saw in the STIHL lineup
With its updated engine design and up to 41” guide bar length, the MS 881 is the largest, most powerful chainsaw in the STIHL lineup.
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.
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.
Note: STIHL recommends #3946 (46 RS 80) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 25” 3002 000 9731 Ematic™ guide bar combination. Compatible guide bar ranges: 21" to 41"