I bet that chainsaws are like GTs and there are those that just plain like their brand.
Myself? I have only owned a few. In the 80's I bought a small saw at a flea market that turned out to be to small so I bought a used Homelite XL-101. (the blue one) That saw had a 16 inch bar and was great. It had a manual oiler and I liked that cause I could really give it the oill and once I learned how to sharpen a chain, I could cut a lot of wood between sharpening. My father-in-law was a logger and he taught me how. When I had to take it into a shop once, he let me borrow one of his "limbing" saws, which was a Jonsered with a 18"bar. That sucker was fast and worked circles around my homelite. But then again, it was owned, sharpened, and maintained by someone who used it professionally.
Fast forward to 2006, had no use for a chainsaw since the 80's and saw a little red Homelite in a Goodwill store in Florida for 6 bucks. I bought it and brought it to Virginia, put some mix in and it started right up. I have used it to clear up limbs and stuff brought down by the wind. It's a tiny saw and good for what I need it for, but it wouldn't start a couple of years ago so it has been setting. I picked up a little electric saw at a yard sale and have used that a couple of times. I finally took the little Homelite in and they have ordered a carb kit. I saw Craftsman on Craigslist this week and bought it for $50. That has a 16 inch bar and a new chain, so I am all set for awhile.
I have a small woodstove, a Jotul 602. Most folks around here cut their firewood to long for my stove. I order some, tell them that it has to be under 16 inches or it won't fit. They promise to keep it short and I usually have to re-cut about 1/3 of the load, hence the need for a saw.
Edited by robert_p43, January 23, 2013 - 05:12 PM.