ok. So I've been trolling the posts on huskies versus stihl versus dolmar, homelite, etc., etc., etc. I'm not too worried about brand at this point other than serviceability and glaring quality problems (none I know of in the above list of manufacturers). That being said, I'm not sure exactly how much power I need, how much bar, and what "guage" I should go for. Since I know you'll ask... I'm reasonably familiar with chainsaw operation from a couple of years of cutting but can always use more training. I'm a firm believer in PPE and safe cutting methods and I know enough to know that I don't want more saw than I could handle. I have exclusively cut deadfall up till now and until I deplete what's available (in about 10 years) I don't plan to tackle too many standing dead trees (no leaners or risky trees either). Most of my stuff is around 16" or less, especially if clearing junk trees to help the healthy, native stuff. However, I do find occasional downed trees that are 24" inches around at the base, so hacking off the stump requires a lot of moving around to get the bar through. Up to this point, I've used my dad's Poulon Pro (yuck) with an 18" bar (prolly too much for it) and it takes me forever to cut up a cord. I used to think it was just hardwood but after reading up on here and arboristsite I now believe that saw hasn't been cared for properly when I'm not using it (and no, I haven't stripped it...yet - plan to this weekend). So I'd like to upgrade to something that will let me cut up around 10 cord per year for personal use, in quick fashion. To put it in perspective, it took me around 4 hours to cut up a cord last year :shut: Please help me find something stronger/better. Any and all advice is welcome!