The paint on the bar totally wears off after only two weeks. Might be it's been getting used a bunch though, as an older guy I try to get it picked up before any any of the other guys do. I take it they use oregon bars as oem, the Stihl bars take forever to wear the paint off of, just kind of surprised that they don't use better paint, not that it effects performance any. Since I've pretty much run Stihl's all my life with Stihl bars, (one exception theJD 56) What would you guys recommend as a heavy duty long lasting 16"bar for the 346? I really don't care for the oregon bar on the JD saw, it hasn't wore near as well as the Stihl ES bars. I really want something comprable to the quality of the Stihl bar, cost isn't the concern but quality is.