Was just at my local Stihl dealer today. He says the 290 was set to be discontinued 2x, and sup[posdly is on the chopping block for discontinuation still. He recommended either the 270 or 280. Says the 280 is his choice. Its lighter than the 290, and although smaller displacement, actually cuts faster & better. Of course its also about $459.00 list. Anyone know much about Jonsered saws? I have a local penny shopper in my area, guy is selling new ones for comparable pricing as Husky's & Stihls. Anyone using the Makita saws? The also have a comnparable priced saw with a larger displacement.