Hello, some time ago I asked about buying a McCulloch gas chainsaw. Thought it was a good brand, was told they went down the tubes some time ago, and are now Chinese junk (not to be confused with the boats!) wringing every last penny out of their former good name. Is that the same general idea about the Homelite saws, they are disposable, not serviceable saws? One is on sale at Menards for $149, hubby said I should ask y'all about it. I think I know what you will say: Stihl or Husky or forget about it. ;-) Funny thing, hubby just read an old book about chainsaws, and had me read some parts of it. It said McCulloch was a good brand, but the book was more than 20 years old. By a guy named Barnacle Parp, which didn't sound like a real name to me . . . By the way, our Craftsman electric chainsaw (14") has worked really well for us so far, and I am sure you don't think much of that one either. We have had it about 10 years, but only got serious with it last year. To seize some future opportunities we really need to find a gas chainsaw sometime. Our intentions are to burn however much wood is needed to heat our home in chilly Wisconsin for a long time to come. I would say 5-6 cords a year. We scrounge and get free wood, so do lots of hauling, cutting, and splitting.