I have both the 460 and the 660 and have logged with them for years. Now Stihl has discontinued the 460 in Scandinavia or maybe all of Europe, for all I know. I wore a black armband for a week after hearing that.
This new year I bought a 441, and I love it. It is the most vibrationfree saw I have ever owned, Great torque even at lower rpms and the new turboclean airfiltration system, that Stihl stole from Jonsered works fantastic.... in 3 months of solid logging, I have only cleaned the airfilter twice. Get one, You won't regret it.
440's are no more, rumor is 460's will be a thing of the past as well. the 441 isn't the same saw as the 044/440, Its a good saw and in a few years most folks will never have known what it was like to cut with a 44. if you want a good saw that will do better in hardwood get the 460, I would buy two. I'm getting another one next month.
Yeah Butch, the old rules of Stihl numbering don't hold anymore.
If you want the 440 (if you can find one in a store somehwere) 460 or 660, get them now. They'll be gone in a year or two, in favor the new 441 design on all of those motors-461/661 on the way.
It's the newer, cleaner, quieter, smoother running saws.....note I didn't say "better." They are good and well-designed, but the older free-breathing saws are hard to beat.
Dave said in a few years people won't even know what it was like to run a 440. He's right. Hell even within the 044 to 440 there were significant differences. The original 044 ran like a raped ape compared to the choked down 440 of later years.