I have this same saw. Great little wood butcher. I can leave it sitting for a season and it never fails to start right up. Plenty of power and easyy to handle.My dad has a cheapo Remington electric he bought at Walmart I think. I was bashing him for getting electric, but it's really very useful. They have several large trees that drop branches all year with storms and it handles everything fine. He's in his 80's now and can still use it. No hard to start, no mixing fuel. Can sit forever and not need attention. I think it was $50. The only thing I don't like is the cord. Battery operated would be the best, BUT..... I hate rechargeable batteries because they seem to be as problematic as carbs and they always seem to update/discontinue and you now have a tool that is useless without the correct battery. I have an Echo CS 300 or 310 gas that i think was about $175 that I love. Little fella with a 14" bar. Engine runs great I've used it to do landscape timbers, deck posts, annoying brush, great little saw IMO.
Amen Brother! Bought new Husqvarna 266XP and still in great condition after being used for cords and cords every Summer since 1987.I've had the same Husky 266 since 1980, and have 400 cord of wood on it...still going strong....the trick is to get the XP model....not the Lowe's homeowner model. All Echo's are good as well as Sthil.
I've had my Shindaiwa 488 for 12 yrs and would put it up against any saw in its class. I do like the Husqvarna XP models, too. Plenty of used saws out there on Craigslist or similar.I've heard great things about Shindaiwa as a whole. Stihl is hit or miss depending on what model you buy or so I'm told.
Those 266XPs were/are a great saw. I tend to favor the Husqvarna 372XP, but it's a bit heavy for a firewood bucking saw. I bought a Husky 51 the same time I bought my Honda HS828 (1991) and it has cut more than a few boatloads of firewood and is still going strong. Doing a little math, between what I cut and burn and all the help I gave friends and family, that little ol' 51 has probably cut at least 700 face cord of Northern Hardwood. Never put more into it hardware-wise than new chains, new bar every 2-3 years, one new clutch sprocket and repaired the pull rope and a couple of spark plugs.Amen Brother! Bought new Husqvarna 266XP and still in great condition after being used for cords and cords every Summer since 1987.
I prefer Husqvarna, just don't buy any of the new models with auto-tune.
I carried a Stihl for eight hours a day for 4 months doing timber stand selection for a company with a USFS contract. Stihl is generally not for me.
But when I am not drooling over a top handled (and thus extremely dangerous for kickback) Stihl MS201T topping saw or a Husqvarna 395XP...