STIHL MS201 TCM Top Handle Chainsaw


Stihl professional top-handled chainsaw for aerial use by qualified professionals.

**Certified training is required to use this chainsaw, as detailed in the Health & Safety Executives guidelines. See product description for further details.**

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The MS 201 TCM is STIHL’s most powerful top handled chainsaw. Comes as standard with M-Tronic (M) & 2-MIX technology, providing optimum engine performance from the start.

The captive nut on the sprocket cover allows for quick changing of the chain. The lightweight guide bar reduces the overall weight & keeps the saw perfectly balanced.

Top handled saws are specially designed for working in an aerial environment and can only be used by trained professionals.

  • Chain 36160000050 (14 inch) 36160000044 (12 inch)
  • Easy file 56057504303


PLEASE NOTE: Under Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, all Top-Handled chainsaw should only be operated by certified/qualified users. We have detailed below some useful information as published by the Health and Safety Executive BUT it is the customers responsibility to ensure they have the necessary up to date qualifications and training prior to using a Top-Handled chainsaw.

Briants of Risborough Ltd does not undertake any form of training in respect to the safe working practice of chainsaws, this must be carried out by an appropriate training centre/awarding body i.e. LANTRA, NPTC. We have provided details of a local training centre below to contact should you need to complete such training.

We reserve the right to refuse / refund any sale of this item where an appropriate certificate or proof of competency is not provided upon request. Any request will be made via e-mail to the address provided in the transaction prior to us shipping the product(s).

Use of Top Handled Chainsaws as documented by the Health & Safety Executive

AFAG308 – Top-handle Chainsaws

Excerpt taken from the publication – “This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be followed when using a petrol-powered top-handled chainsaw for arboricultural off-ground work. Tree work requiring the use of a chainsaw should only be carried out by a trained and competent climber who has experience in chainsaw use, or by a trainee under supervision who is competent using a chainsaw on the ground.

You can use this leaflet, along with the chainsaw manufacturer’s handbook, as part of your risk assessment to help identify the controls to put in place when using a top-handled chainsaw.

You must assess the effect of the site and the weather as well as following this guidance. Operators who do not observe good working practices with chainsaws in trees can cause serious accidents and fatalities. All operators must have had appropriate training in how to operate the machine and how to carry out the tasks required (see HSE leaflet INDG317 Chainsaws at work).

Top-handled chainsaws are only suitable for use off the ground. Operators must use rear-handled saws when working on the ground.

Read this leaflet in conjunction with AFAG401 Tree-climbing operations, 402 Aerial tree rescue and 403 Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) for tree work. For guidance on work preparation see safety topics on HSE’s Treework webpages:”

HSE documents relating to the use of Top-Handled chainsaws:

Chainsaws at Work HSE indg317

Top Handled Chainsaws HSE afag308

Top Handled Chainsaws_Working Practices crr01402

Additional information:

Training Providers:

Vale Training

Personal Protective Equipment

Appropriate PPE is essential when using a chainsaw of any kind. Please see below for suggested protective equipment relating to Top-Handle chainsaws our visit or Chainsaw Protection category .

Product specification

  • Displacement - 35.2 cm³
  • Weight - 3.7 kg
  • Power-to-weight ratio - 2.1 kg/kW
  • Power output - 2.4 bhp

Additional information

bar length

12" inch, 14" inch


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