I've been running an 036 for the last 12 years. It still runs well but I'm looking to go for a lighter weigtht model that still packs some zip. I think the 260 with a full tank is about 3 lbs lighter than the 036. I'd go with a 16" bar as well. Looked at the 250 as well but I don't know if it's enough saw even though it's similar and $200 less. Plus it's labeled "occaisonal use" which bothers me. I cut 4-5 cords/year, sell a bit and maintain 50 acres of woods. Am getting a nice tax refund so cost is no big deal. Thought about getting a splitter but I still enjoy splitting by hand. Tractor Supply has a 22 ton Husky marked at $999...hmmmmm.