about $290; husqvarna.com
How do you start this thing? Read the handy instructions printed near the handle. We sliced a dozen pieces of 6- and 8-inch-diameter storm-damaged conifer without a problem. Cutting larger logs with the 16-inch bar required a bit of finesse to prevent the saw from binding. Still, this saw doesn't cause fatigue like a lot of chain saws; springs in the handle insulate you from engine vibration. DIY-friendly indeed.
40.9-cubic-centimeter (cc) engine
12,000 revolutions per minute (rpm)