I'm in the market for a new general purpose saw - had one of the entry level Husqvarnas and was failry happy with it though it always seemed as if the bar (16) was too short. The saw "went for a walk " last year and I now need to replace it. Plan on sticking with the Husqy line - and had it narrowed down to the 350 or 455. Friend has the 350 and thinks it's great. Reading a few comments on here reminded me that his opinion of "great" and mine can vary widely on occasion, generally about beer, boats and women but..... The 455/Rancher seems to do what I want but for the extra $75.50 from Norwalk it seems as if the 346XP would give me the same power, 20% less weight, 10% less vibration and be a more solid piece of equipment. Does this make sense to you guys? Oh, and this time around an 18 inch bar - 20 seems too big for what I'm doing. Also what do you guys think of the newer square style carry/storage cases? Seems as if there is more space in them. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.