I know i'll get smacked for this one, but the only complaints I have on 026's is is the super sensitive carburetor, the air filter is really not that big a deal although if i had my druthers it would come with a filtration system something like on a 440 or 460.
That being said everytime I look and pick up the 346 it just does not look and feel as solid as the 026/260 and I can't stop thinking it just won't last as long. This may be false and wrong, but I can't get away from that feeling.
I can't live with a saw that gives me those feelings or doesn't feel right in my hands.
Before you all PM me, note that I am not saying it is not a good saw.