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The chainsaws I recommend for typical home firewood cutting (3-10 cords per year) are the Husqvarna 350 or the Husqvarna 55 Rancher (Slightly more rugged design). For lighter use, other brands may suffice.  A neighbor of mine is a logger and he uses only Husqvarna chain saws (big ones!).  Both my Son-in-law and myself use a Husqvarna chainsaw and are happy with its performance.  My Son-in-law told me a story of a tornado clean-up effort he was involved with in Siren, WI in the Summer of 2001.  Out of a group of 8, he and another fellow (who also ran a "Husky" chainsaw) were the only ones that had functioning saws at the end of the day! If you browse through the forum comments below, the Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws are consistently the most recommended chain saws.

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Craftsman Chain Saw Model 36026

16" Bar

36 cc
16 lbs
  • 36cc displacement
  • 16 in. guide bar
  •  EZ adjust bar
  • Automatic chain oiling
Comments From Kountry Life Forum $160
Homelite Chainsaw Timberman Model

20" Bar

Chain Pitch .325"

33cc
11.2 lbs
  • Ideal for felling small trees, cutting firewood and light cleanup
  • 33cc, 2.0 cu. in.
  •  PowerStroke™ engine with ZipStart™ technology for fast, easy starts
  • Patented Safe-T-Tip™ anti-kickback device
  • 20 in. guide bar, .325 in. chain pitch and auto-oiling system
  • Case included.

 

"I've been using some cheap chainsaw (Homelite) and never realized the difference..."

More general comments

$140 (Refurbished)
Husqvarna Chainsaw Model 136

13"-16" Bar

Chain Pitch .325"

36cc
2.2 HP
10.1 lbs
  • 136 is the Husky smallest chain saw intended for homeowner use
  • Demands on safety, function, ergonomics and reliability are built in
  •  Easy to start
  • flexible with  LowVibe chain

 

"HUSQVARNA WOULD BE THE BEST BUY..."

 More comments regarding Stihl and Husqvarna

16"-$175
Husqvarna Chain Saw Model 141

14"-16" Bar

Chain Pitch .325"

40cc
2.6 HP
10.1 lbs
  • 141 is a lightweight
  • Easy to operate, versatile saw
  • For more demanding homeowner use
  • Meets the toughest demands on safety, easy operation and ergonomics
  • Useful in gardens and yards as well as for felling applications.
     
  16"- $200
Husqvarna Chainsaw Model 350
Recommended For Home Use

13"-20" Bar

Chain Pitch .325"

52 cc
3.2 HP
10.6 lbs
  • The 350 is a powerful and versatile saw
  • Has many of the features of a professional saw
  • Has high-power and low weight
  • Has a high center of gravity
  • Exceptionally low vibrations
  • Features Smart Start for easy starting
  • Equipped with a chain oiler with adjustable flow
  • Side-mounted chain tension adjustment

 

...Both of the saws mentioned [Husky 350 & Stihl MS250] are solid performers... More Comments

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18"- $299
 
Husqvarna Chain Saw Model 353
 

13" - 20" Bar

Chain Pitch .325"

51.7 cc
3.3 HP
11 lbs
  • The 353 is a powerful and versatile saw with many of the features of a professional saw
  • High-power and low weight
  • High center of gravity
  • Low vibrations
  •  Smart Start for easy starting
  •  Equipped with a chain oiler with adjustable flow
  • Side-mounted chain tension adjustment.
All Chainsaw Info 18"-$369.95
Husqvarna Chainsaw Model 357XP

13"-24" Bar

Chain Pitch 3/8"

56.5cc
4.4HP
12.1 lbs
  • The 357XP is among the latest generation of professional saws
  •  High power and rapid acceleration in combination with superior ergonomics
  • Low vibration levels and a slim body ensure both effectiveness and less fatigue
  • Lightweight, reliable saw for users with demanding professional needs
  •  Advanced engine technology with high power, low weight and rapid acceleration for maximum performance
  • Compensating carburetor automatically adjusts to maintain a constant fuel/air ratio and peak performance
  • Rubber suspension reduces vibrations in the carburetor
  •  Provides smoother operation and longer product life
  • Forged three-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications
  • Combined choke/stop control makes the saw easier to start
  • Air filter with bayonet fitting makes the filter easy to remove for cleaning
  •  Adjustable oil pump makes it easy to set the chain lubrication according to your needs
  • Eco-pump that stops the lubrication when idling
  • Angled front handle for better grip and natural working position
  • Double acting chain brake
  • Right hand guard and chain catcher make the saw safer to use
More general info and comments 16" - $475

18" - $476

20" - $479

Husqvarna Chain Saw Model 359 

13"-24" Bar

Chain Pitch 3/8"

59 cc
3.9 HP
12.1 lbs
  • This is a professional, quality saw with 3/8" chain pitch
  • Advanced engine technology with high power, low weight and rapid acceleration for maximum performance
  • Compensating carburetor automatically adjusts for peak performance
     
  • Rubber suspension reduces vibrations provides smoother operation and longer product life
     
  • Smart Start. Decompression valve for very easy starting
     
  • Combined choke/stop control makes the saw easier to start
     
  • Air filter with bayonet fitting makes the filter easy to remove for cleaning
     
  • Adjustable oil pump
     
  • Eco-pump that stops the lubrication when idling
     
  • Angled front handle for better grip and natural working position
     
  • Double acting chain brake, right hand guard and chain catcher make the saw safer

 

"Most people looking for a “good” chain saw..."

 

20"-$539.95
Husqvarna Chainsaw Model 55 Rancher

18" Bar

Chain Pitch 3/8"

Recommended For Home Use

53 cc
3.3 HP
11.4 lbs
  • This is a contractor, logging quality saw with a chain pitch of 3/8"
  • Rugged, reliable and strong enough for a wide variety of tasks
  • High engine power combined with a wide power band and good pull
  • A lightweight saw featuring  LowVib vibration dampening system makes simple work of the most difficult tasks
"I fell with my Husky Rancher 55" . . .More comments 18"-$354.95
 
Makita Chain Saw Model DCS 4401

 16" Bar

39 cc
2.3 HP
13.4 lbs
 
  • For general forestry operations, pruning, tree surgery, limbing and construction work
  • "Fast Start" feature reduces the force required on the starter pull (66 lbs. to 20 lbs.) 70% less strain
  • Inertia chain brake for fast stopping of chain
  •  External electronic ignition
  • Anti-vibration design with strategically placed rubber buffers
  • UL listed and complies with U.S. Forest Service standards 
   
Poulan Woodsman Chainsaw

16" Bar

34 cc
16 lbs
  • Full Wrap Handle for Increased Control and Comfort
  • Gear-driven Automatic Chain Oiler
  • Inertia Chain Brake
  • Lowest Price of nearly any saw
It's a lightweight, homeowner "hobby" saw, and I got just what I paid my $129 (new) 

Other Comments

$135
 
Poulan Pro Chain Saw Model 220

16" Bar

38 cc
10.5 lbs
  • Anti-Vibration
  • Gear-driven Automatic Chain Oiler
  • Inertia Chain Brake
  • Primer Bulb for Easy Starting
  • Quick Adjust Chain Tightening System
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Stihl Chain Saw Model 009L

16" Bar

40.8 cc
2 HP
9 lbs
  • Small, lightweight, powerful homeowner saw
  • Great for trimming and cutting small trees
  • No anti-vibration
  • No easy-access air filter
  • Not available via internet sales; must be purchased from an authorized dealer
     
You are going to pay more for stihl or husky, but its worth it,especially if you get their heavy duty models ...

More Comments

More comments from Snowmobile Online

 

$270
Stihl Chainsaw Model MS191 T

16" Bar

46.5 cc
1.9 HP
8.8 lbs
  • Combines value and performance in a compact chain saw
  • Has excellent balance and a retractable carrying ring
  • Exclusive curved side handle allows tree trimmer to operate saw in various positions
  • Rear air intake
  • Side access for chain tension
  • Not available via internet sales

 

"Standard Stihl 026 myself, we find they are the best for training..."

More comments on Stihl Chainsaws

 

$340
Stihl Chain Saw Model MS260

16" Bar

50.2 cc
3.5 HP
10.6 lbs
  • This professional grade chain saw has an excellent power-to-weight ratio
  • Improved air filter system
  • Side-access chain tensioner
  • IntelliCarb™ compensating carburetor
  • View-through fuel tank
  • Toolless fuel and oil caps
  • Not available via internet sales
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