Over the past 6-8 years I have had Poulan (trash, avoid at all cost), new Husquavarna (didn't last long, crapped out and was hard to start) and a new Stihl. The Stihl has worked the best, but I'm fixing to go another route. The Stihl is a pain to start sometimes, but does end up starting and doing the job. However, I have decided that I'm going to get an electric one too, mostly for menial tasks around the yard and orchard. Since I already have a new Makita battery weedeater and tools that I love, I'm just going to expand on those with polesaw and stuff.