I've been doing a lot of reading, and I think I'm ready to pull the trigger, so I thought I'd throw out the question before I go and drop a few hundred bucks. I need a new saw, and I'm pretty sure I'll get a Stihl due to dealer proximity. I made the mistake of buying a crummy Craftsman a few years back and it died on me last year. I have a little pile of wood sitting in my front yard from the recent wind storm and its time to cut it up and move it. I was hoping to buy wood by the grapple and get my cord wood that way, but I was told by a logger that due to low power lines that won't work for me. So it will be mostly C/S/D for now, and the occasional load of scrounged wood or 4 footers delivered in a dump if I can find it. So there won't be too much annual firewood processing, unfortunately. The more likely action for the saw is cutting up really tall white pines that surround my property and seem to drop a few limbs down every winter. Most of them are in the 12" - 18" range. This will probably be my only saw. I've read a lot that the MS 290 is a good versatile saw, but at ~$70 less and a little lighter weight, the MS 250 may fit the bill and save me a few bucks (not looking to ignite the battle on the benefit or drawback of saw weight ) Any advice on making the decision would be helpful. I'm hoping to buy something that will work well for me and last many years.