Originally Posted by saw man
300 hours is not very long! I dont think you really understand the rating system.
Top handled saws are not dangerous! Any chainsaw is dangerous, but a top handled is no more than any other saw.
The Stihl 170 is a joke, dont even bother.
Go to some different shops and see what you like, hold them and see what is comfortable. Ask them about other machines, good and bad. Then decide what fits YOUR needs best, I can only tell you what I use and fits my needs.
Yes I do understand the rating system.
And yes top handle saw are more dangerous because there is less leverage during kick back.
I have been cutting trees over 25 years.
I dont think I know everything, I learn more everyday.
Someone told him to buy a poulan which is one of the worst saws someone can buy. They dont even have crank bearings as many low end models, they use bushings. when they wear out the engine lose's compression and wont run any more.
Husky's are not the machines they use to be, I see many of them now have a 50 hour rating just like there new owner Poulan. with that said they may have seperate lines as in a homeowner and commercial, But I would be very careful before buying one.
I havent used a redmax, but I know they have great engines.