Sure guys rave about their 30 year old Stihls and Husqvarnas, but a cheap Poulan will last just as long if you take care of it. Mine's about 6 years old. I bought it used off Craigslist for only $50. The guy who owned it before me had already swapped the original 16" bar for an 18" Oregon. All it needed was a new chain. (Around $20.) Best $70 I ever spent. It still starts right up and runs all day. I cut a 30' maple into 2' logs in around 5-minutes yesterday. I used to have to do that kind of thing with an old fashioned tree-saw and it took me hours! Don't hesitate to buy a Poulan. There really are still a few good bargains in life.