Imho, the top two chainsaws are Stihl and Husky.
You can get a Husky 345 for around $240, and if they are on sale, free
They will last many X longer than the other brands available from HD and
Buy one good chainsaw now for $300.
Buy a cheapo and have to replace it in two or three years. In three years
or so, you have spent more than a good on would have cost in the first
Cheap chainsaws don't generally last. And the "expensive" ones don't cost
that much more for what you get.
I looked and looked and looked before buying my Husky 345 from Norwalk Power
Equipment. The saw was $237, but I got the safety hat, and other things
that bumped up the cost. They did include two free extra chains, and free
I love that saw, and know it will last many years.