Shindaiwa 488 or Stihl MS250CBE
I don't want to start a brand war. I've read the posts, but I have a couple other questions. I've owned Stihl. I currently have a Shindaiwa multitool (really like the pole saw attachment).
In my area, the saws are the same retail price with an 18" bar. Weight is the same, I believe.
The Stihl has the easy start thing and toolless chain tensioning. 1 yr warrantee.
The Shindaiwa has more power and an automatic chain oiling pump. 2 yr warrantee.
I limb branches off our big ol trees and cut some firewood. I'll also be cutting up bowl blanks for my new addiction - turning. So being able to rip a 20" diameter trunk chunk is important. I weigh 230, so being able to start the saw won't be an issue for me.
I'm looking for a reliable, well built tool. I know they both are, but considering the difference in features between the two, which would you say is more important for a fairly inexperienced chainsaw owner and occasional user?