That IS an affliction when you have the kind of saw trouble that requires you to put the saw on the bench, or you get the bar pinched in something. Gonna drag your gear back out of the woods and go get another saw every time?I like my 550XP MKII, it's reasonably light with enough power to do everything I need. But if you can can a used one the original 550XP were lighter.
But I also suffer from the affliction of believing one saw can do it all, so my saw is a cross between what most would consider a bucking and limbing saw.
I carry an extra bar and 3 extra chains. I've also got a 20volt dewalt chainsaw, and an axe. I'm more than covered.That IS an affliction when you have the kind of saw trouble that requires you to put the saw on the bench, or you get the bar pinched in something. Gonna drag your gear back out of the woods and go get another saw every time?
You can mitigate some of that by carrying spare bars and chains and sprockets, but if the saw needs work you can't do with a scrench.... have a nice trip.
Aside from the practical need to have a backup saw, it's just plain nice to have a small, light, fuel sipping saw for limbing, and a big saw that rips through whatever is in front of it for felling and bucking. In a pinch (chainsaw joke there), either one can do the other one's job... but you won't want them to.
I am currently eyeballing milling saws; this is at least partly your fault (Spacebus too).... (though it doesn't help that 2x4s are on track to be twenty bucks each by next year at this rate...)Chainsaws are like cars. You are happy to have one. You buy a second one....you are a bit happier. You buy a third....you think you are complete!
Then comes the forth.......and it is an addition !
"Oh, honey, wood is FREE!"The funny thing is.....it all starts with a wood stove!