A big thank you to all the members of this forum. Because of everyone here I now KNOW that I need a new bigger saw...in spite of what my wife thinks.
Initially I was really liking the 372XP because it seemed to fit my needs and it would be really hard for my wife to tell it apart from my 55 unless I was stupid enough to leave them out...side-by-side. So, for the last few months I've been carefully saving my pennies toward that goal.
Then today I discovered a local dealer that carries Jonsered and Dolmar. I spent almost an hour swapping lies and fondling..ah examining the Jonsered 2171 and the Dolmar 7300. I was pleasantly surprised by both of them and have succeeded in making my choice much more difficult.
I know the Stihl vs. Husky guys will line up behind their brand and do battle until the bitter end..and bless you all for your loyalty. What about all the Dolmar and Jred guys out there? You all seem less vocal and more laid back. I'm sure you are just as loyal to your brand but, there seems to be less chest beating about it.....
So I guess I'm asking the Jonsered and Dolmar clans to sound off! Are these saws as good as they seem to be? Are they legitimate competition for the 372XP?
In the plus column, the dealer seems to have his ducks in a row, He appears to have good common sense, has experience with the equipment, does repairs and stocks a bunch of parts.
If I do end up with a Dolmar or Jred, is anyone willing to keep my new saw at their house so my wife doesn't find out?