I know this comes up a lot and I've been reading old threads dealing with the best saws; or should I say best saw for the situation. All this research has led to more questions. I'm looking for a new saw to replace my current little Poulan. Actually, I'll probably keep the Poulan with the 16" bar for limbing and trimming. I may then put an even smaller bar on this saw. With that in mind, I'll tell you a bit about me and my situation. I live in Southeastern Wisconsin and will likely (hopefully) cut 4-5 cords of wood a year. I work with a buddy who has a big saw for dropping and bucking the really big stuff. I'm not sure what it is, it's older but had no problem pulling a 36" bar through a downed oak a couple of days ago. I'll mostly be going after the stuff that's down and probably up to 24" or so in diameter. I would like the option to tackle bigger stuff once in a while if the need arises. I seem to run into a wide variety of wood; pine, box elder, oak, cherry, poplar, elm, maple, etc. It's definitely not all soft wood. I am thinking that a saw that will pull an 18" bar most of the time, with the option of going as high as 24" would be ideal. Since I have no real experience using any makes of saw other than the Pouland and a couple of old Homelites, I don't have a bias to one brand over another. I would like to purchase from a local dealer, as I will want to take it there for service if necessary. Based on searching past threads, I'm thinking of (in no particular order) the Husky 359, 353, 372XP, Dolmar 5100, Stihl MS361. I would also like to hear any recommendations that you think would fit my situation. I tend to take care of my equipment pretty well and would like to buy a good saw that will last for quite a few years. Thanks in advance for your help.