This last weekend I got to use my 346XP NE (16" Bar) for the first time in earnest and I must say I'm quite impressed. This saw would be a great saw for any user from beginner to pro as it's light, makes great power and is very nimble compared to my 372XP. I cut several large red fir trees of about 18" diameter at the base with the 346 and the saw performed well even when fully buried in wood. It has a lot more grunt at lower RPM's than the old 346XP. The one thing I have found I don't like and this seems to be typical of Huskies is that it can sometimes be hard to start when warmed up and then off for about 5-10 minutes. I found in these cases instead of starting on the first pull it took 3-4 pulls. However if you shut the saw off and then pull it again it starts right up. It's very easy on gas and has at least as much power as my old 455R did. I was able to cut up almost a whole pickup load of wood on two tanks of gas. Overall I'm very impressed with this saw. If you mostly cut smaller wood (under 20") I highly recommend it.