All around this is a solid chainsaw. It isn't the biggest or fanciest saw around (or the most expensive), but it will get the job done. We haven't used it extensively (all day every day), but for projects around the house (cutting up one or two trees that fell in a storm or cutting up several bigger branches that fell), it worked great. It's comfortable to held and relatively easy to maneuver. If one has never used a chainsaw before, then this is a good model to start on and get things figured out. I had never used one before this one, and I figured it out pretty easily once I read the directions and got going. The directions and safety warnings are well-written, and they provide valuable information before starting. The only problem we had was when the chain started binding, but we were cutting through a pine that had a lot of sap, so it may have been the sap that clogged it up. It didn't seem to have problems later after it was cleaned out a bit.