I live in an area that has a lot of old pines and a lot of wind, so I find I'm having to clear downed trees every few months. I've found that an 18" saw is sufficient for most jobs.
I've owned a number of chainsaws. Each time I've purchased a new saw I've gone up in price hoping for better results, but without fail, after a season or two, it takes so long to get the saw running, I often give up and do the work with a bow saw instead.
I understand the normal maintenance of two cycle engines. I have a lot of other yard equipment that I keep operational. For some reason, chainsaws seem "special".
I am interested in purchasing yet another chainsaw, but this time I want to get some advice from other chainsaw owners.
What I am looking for is an 18" saw that will start and run reliably for many years. I have a life, so I don't want something I have to work on regularly to keep running. I am more concerned about long term reliability than price. Maybe I'd like to find something for under $300.
Ok. I'm not asking anyone to do any research for me. I'm doing the normal stuff you do to check out products. I've got access to consumer reports.
I would like recommendations from real chainsaw owners. Just make and model.