Wow! It never ceases to amaze me how someone can say that is the only way to go. You need to get the saw based on your needs not someone elses favorite brand. If youre going to use this saw as a one for all saw and you are partial to Stihl, you would have a hard time beating the 361! But there not cheap and Husqvarna/Jonsered, RedMax, Echo, Shindaiwa, Efco and Dolmar/Makita makes some very good saws! I had a Shindaiwa 488 (its the 490 now) for a quite a while and I dont think there is a more reliable or easier to start saw on the market. I sold it to a friend with an option that if he ever wanted to get rid of it I get first dibs! I now run a Dolmar PS 7900EHP and a Dolmar 5100S, soon to get the EHP added to it. I would put them against Stihl or Husqvarna any day. If I were brand loyal to Stihl I would get a 260/660 combo for my needs but a 260/361/660 would keep any Stihl fan happy for a long time. If Husky is the only brand that turns you on then you would want a 346xp NE with a 372 and maybe a 395 but a 372 would be enough for my needs. I have had Huskys in the past and I believe their air filter set up is the best of any saw on the market. Of course Jonsereds are the same just different colors and ergonomics. If a 3 cube saw will handle anything you need I would still get the pro version. The Shindaiwa 488/490 may not beat a 5100s Dolmar or a 346xp NE Husky but you cant kill them! They can be had for less than 350.00 if you look hard enough. I got my 488 for less than 300 new. For tree work the MS200T is the one to beat! But being the best in its class cost a few extra bucks. Sometimes its worth the extra money for the best out there. From what you said you needed any 3 cube would do what you need but look at the Shindaiwa 488 used or 490 for a saw you cant kill.