Hello, first post here, been reading a lot and still no further than when i started so here i am asking... Currently running an Echo CS440 I've had since 2005 or 06, stock no mods other than dumping the original 18" bar for a 16". Been using this for several years to cut firewood for my dads outdoor furnace along with my wife and her Stihl MS170. Shes ready to step up and likes my CS440. Were planning on moving "off-grid" in the next year or so, so our saw usage will heavily increase as wood will be our source for, well.... everything! Home, sheds, heat, cooking, etc. Im not stuck to any brand specific although the Dolmar/Makitas have me intrigued, EA5000 or 5600, can only find new online around the $500 mark each +/- $30. Locally on CL i can get used Jonsered 2172 Turbo $475, Stihl 034 AV $475 (looks the cleanest of the 3 going by ad photos), Stihl 036 PRO $450 (looks the most used going by ad photos), Ms290 or 291 for $350 ea, no photos on ad. Hisky 257 $300, no photo on ad. The local farm store #1 has Echo, farm store #2 has Jonsered, local tractor store #1&2 both carry Stihl, and then theres Homedepot or Lowes. I would ASSUME the tractor dealers are the only true Dealers, but for chainsaws i dont know.... Can i post CL ad links here so others can comment or is that against rules? Im not a big chainsaw guy so dont know the best options to go with, but i generally like the idea of buying new so im not getting someone else leftover junk their trying to offload onto a sucker. Also, if im moving off-grid, i need something that will be trustworthy and hard working. No idea of dealer support or wood types as i dont have the land yet, but were looking in the South Western Missouri or North Western Arkansas (Ozarks) area. I'm an industrial mechanic, so i can generally work on my own stuff as long as i can get parts online somewhere and/or youtube videos help. Dont want anything that requires special mods to "wake it up", just want a good, strong, trustworthy saw to stand the test of off-grid living and regular usage. On another note, with my cs440 it felt weak until i dropper the stock 18" bar down a size to 16", is that a common situation with most saws, or is that an echo thing? But i also buck trees sometimes that i have to cut both sides, 24 - 30" diameter, and it seems fine, slower than my dads Husky, but it does the job. I'm "thinking" for a general all around saw, i want a 50-60cc, 18" - 20" bar... .325 or 3/8? Or does it depend on the saw i get? Thanks for reading!