When one get's into Stihl's Pro Series, chain saws or anything else, that's about as good as it gets. And you will pay a little more for a Stihl Pro. The MS261 c-m is a Pro series saw. Although I could, I simply just don't have the time to fix some things. When I buy something I expect it to start and run like a scalded dog every time I use it. The MS261 c-m does do that.