Pros: Reasonable price, good power, many safety features
Cons: A little bulky
I have been employed as a hardware store owner/manager for the last 25 years. All of those years have been spent as a Stihl dealer, technician, and user. I can say without reservation that if it says "Stihl," buy it! The 029 is the ultimate firewood cutter's saw. While not designed for use by professional loggers, I have seen many 029's in daily pro use. Safety features include a chain brake that is both manually- and inertia-activated; a wide rear handguard; a chain catcher; lo-kick chain; and ergonomic handlebars & controls. Stihl is, to the best of my knowledge, the only manufacturer to use the "single-lever master control," which puts the choke, throttle latch, and kill switch all on one button. This alone is worth the price of admission. Including electronic ignition, sprocket-nose bar, and manual oiling, I recommend it to anyone.