Picked me up a new Stihl MS250C a couple months ago. Specifically bought it for the EZ start feature. Love it. It has the 18" bar and plenty of power. A neighbor lost about 10 trees in last storm. Cut them up, no problem. But I cut mainly oak slab wood. Stack about 5-6 good size slabs on my rack and cut them up into 24" pieces. Cut 9 bundles with the saw so far. I also have a 029. Bought it about 15 years ago. Always been hard to start. Rope pulls too hard. Seems like too much compression for me. I have disc problem in my neck and that seemed to aggravate problem. With the 250 EZ start, I can start that thing 20-30 times a day with no effort. So, if anybody has arm/shoulder/neck problems, check out the EZ start.