The Stihl brand makes excellent chain saws. We bought ours, I want to say- six years ago and it still works like new! We bought it primarily so that we could go out to the woods in our backyard and cut down the wood we needed to run our wood stove. The price as I remember was comparable to the other brands- a couple hundred bucks. For the entire time we have owned this chainsaw we have needed to do very little maintenance and repairs to it. We have naturally needed to change the chain every once in a while, but we have never experienced any mechanical failures to its operations. It cuts anything we want and it makes chopping down trees almost easy and kind of fun. It is much cheaper to cut down your own wood than to buy it- combine that with the exercise it will give you and this chain saw is absolutely worth the price! I definitely recommend getting a Stihl the next time you need to buy a chainsaw!