I own about 5 chainsaws but decided i really miss running a top handle arborist saw which i have used in the past quite a bit. I live on a river with very uneven ground and trim from my roof as well. One hand holding myself from falling down a hill and one making cuts.
I have used stihl 200 T saws 35cc with 14 and 16 inch bars... old saws now. They for some reason still command 700 to 1200 dollars. The new stihl MS 201 T is new for about 750 dollars. There are echo and husky top handles available as well. New echo 2511 t. Is super small and light weight for only about 450 dollars.
Any of you guys use these saws in trees or are familiar with them ?? I am not going to use this for a living and am very experienced running these pro style saws.. just trying to decide which one..
For serviceability - I opt for the Huskys. They use a lot more intelligent throttle/choke linkage and the screws that hold the cases together, are all captured and won't fall out.
I worked on a lot of Stihl chopsaws for concrete/asphalt demo work and they could take a lot of abuse - but they were really hard for field repairs like I said.
The Huskys - had the same performance and probably the same problems when you use them to cut concrete and rebar - but they were seriously easier to make those niggling little repairs in the field.
I have a fairly small Poulon that is super light - can cut like it thinks it's 50cc and 24" long! It IS very noisy though - but it is just the thing for times when I am 'up a ladder, letting it all hang out' and don't need the heavier weight of my 350 or 445 Husky.