I'm looking at getting a high end homeowner/farm saw. I have a buttload of downed wood to cut. mostly smaller stuff, but a few larger limbs (~16"?) and a few larger trees (24"+) in the back 40 that are going to need to be downed in the next couple of years. I've been borrowing my buddy's 42cc Poulan. It's functional but it really struggles on the bigger stuff and is a bitch to keep running. If I'm going to pony up for a saw I want one that will run for 20 years and will never be lacking in power for what I'm doing. There's a high probability that I'll develop a backcountry lot at some time in the future, which would mean extensive felling. Most stuff around here is new growth, even up north, so I don't see the need for a saw that can wield a massive bar. It looks to me like you need a little north of 4hp to handle a 24-25" bar. So I was targeting that range. I'll probably keep an 18" or 20" on it most of the time.
So far considering Stihl MS 391, Husqvarna 460 Rancher. Thoughts? Other brands/models to look at?