I mentioned in another thread that I was looking into a 50-60 cc saw this week to back-up my aging 034. I like the local Stihl service guy so I went with the 290. I was looking at a 455 but I didn't care much for the service reps there. Still may end up with a 346 xp in the stable if I can find a good Husky shop. Some noodles in some of the hardest red oak I've ever seen. I could not split this stuff with a maul to save my life, and I have a lot of a$$ to put into the swing.