With all of the negativity associated with my previous saw and the ridiculousness that happened so far, I just wanted to turn the page and bring back some excitement to my wood cutting endeavor. I picked up a new MS-290 today. I purchased a spare chain as well. Only got to do a few cuts with it when I got home, before putting dinner on. It cut pretty quick and was decently smooth. It started very easy as well, one pull on full, then switch to half and it started right up. It cut through a small log in a few seconds, and handled the 7-9" diameter log with ease. The weight of the saw was a bit more noticeable than that of my 230, but can be expected with more cc's. I also moved up to an 18" bar on this saw as well. I am looking forward to this saw, and having minimal issues Will post some pics when I get her in the woods. Thanks for looking, and hope all my threads are positive from her on out.