Years ago I ran a Husquavarna and truly believed that the sun rose and set on it. I dunno how many chords of wood I went through on Pop's farm with that thing. I was probably the only kid in my school who had his own saw in Grade 7. Pop taught me how to use it and care for it and foolishly thought the machine belonged to him - and I was content to let him believe it. As long as he paid for the odd bar and chain and the gas I saw no problem with it. When Pop sold the farm he got rid of all the farm machines in an auction and that was the last I saw of my beloved saw. I was actually a little bummed out by it.
Couple years back I went to buy one of my own... and went straight for the Husquavarna's. I was almost heartsick - it's the same old story - the brand was whored out to the corporate chithawks - who promptly started using it to flog cheap junk. The last time I looked into this - Stihl was the best of the bunch in my scholarly opinion. But I suppose the same thing will happen to Stihl one day too. If it does - I will turn my nose up at them too. Life is too short to be buggering around with an inferior saw.