I'm currently using a 1981 Pioneer Farm Saw that was given to me but it's time for an upgrade! Couple of things to note: - I'm new to chainsaws and the Farm Saw was my first saw about 9 months ago...it's huge, uncomfortable and freaks me out! - cutting 3-4 cords per year - use it for property maintenance if needed but primarily for firewood - felling medium sized trees and bucking up dead wood too - ash, maple, poplar, some oak - I'm 6'0 and 200lbs With that said I WAS looking at the Husqvarna 455 Rancher but after looking at Stihl yesterday I'm sold. The Stihl's felt great in my hands and they seem more robust with less plastic. I looked at the 271, 291 and the 261. It seems all the "1" versions will be replacing the "0" versions as the new models have better emissions, new air filters, easier starting, etc. The models vary slight in the USA but generally they are pretty much the same as they are here in Canada. So...here's what I thought and hopefully you guys can help me out. Many models are on sale right now and come with the extra chain, hat and carry case. 261 - awesome, lightweight saw - not sure I need a "pro" saw - it's the most expensive of the three - it's only 50cc's and I had the impression this is a little low for felling and processing firewood? - price $599 CDN 291 - a bit heavier than I wanted but good for a woodlot type saw and the extra weight would help in bucking...I think. - in Canada the 291 comes with the tool less type chain tensioner - I liked it and it worked, but it did seem a bit gimmicky....and I was skeptical that the plastic would be OK for winter use. I was envisioning it snapping in the cold and I will be cutting in the winter for sure. the bolts and screw method seems pretty time tested and proven. - easy to start option was good although adds extra weight - price $499 CDN - 55cc's 271 - a pound lighter than the 291 and 50cc's - everything else is the same as the 291 except the anti vib system is more like a pro saw - price for some reason is $529 CDN and I can't figure why but that's what it is I think the 291 is the best price for features but I'm not sold 100% on that plastic chain tensioner....and I like the idea of the 261 pro for features and weight but not sure if 50cc's is enough power. So what do you guys think about this? Thanks for any and all opinions.