Husky 268xp replacement
I posted this last spring, but I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a new chainsaw, so I thought I would see what the current responses might be.
I've had a Husqvarna 268xp for about 20yrs. Great saw, but it's somewhat oversized for what I'm using it for now and I'd like something lighter. Originally I was thinking I could save a few buck and stay with a landowner or "prosumer" saw. However, I've been coming to conclusion to stick with a smaller pro saw - specifically the 346xp. Looks as though I could pick one up for about $460. I've got 2 Stihl and 2 Husqvarna dealers close by and I took a hard look at Stihl, however, there mid-range saws like the MS270/290 just didn't come across as something I should consider - too pricey or too heavy. I've got nothing against Stihl - I own a 18 yr old Stihl string timmer that won't quit and a leaf blower I've had for 2 years that I'm very satisfied with. The 260pro saw would be a good option, but it no less than 346xp and even up, I'd stick with the Husqvarna.
I'm doing a final check of a few saws against the 346xp. One if the Husky 353, seems to have a number of pro saw features and would save me $60+. The other are the Echo CS-530 and Dolmar PS-5105. Dealer options are much less than the Husky or Stihl but I can still find dealers within a reasonable distance. Neither saw appears as though it would save me significant $$ against a $460 346xp, but I thought I would see what others might think of these three saws against the 346xp.
I use the saw primarily for a maintaing my property (heavily wooded rural/suburban), a family vacation property, a few other family properties, neighbors every now and then, along with storm clean-up etc. I don't cut much firewood. A pro saw is probably definitely overkill for my use, but I don't like buying consumer junk and I expect this saw to another 20 years with no issues and with a pro saw, I can expect to sell it at that time for something more than peanuts. I've given the Echo and Dolmar a little harder look since they seem to have only one "line" of saws, opposite of what Husky and Stihl and have done. Maybe with these, I could spend less than a pro Husky saw and get pro or near-pro quality, performance, etc. Any comments on these 3 specific saws and how they might stack up against a 346xp?