Didn't really know where else to put this, so here goes.
I'm ready to go out and buy what will essentially be my first "real" chainsaw. I have my Dad's old electric saw, but it's not terribly useful, being electric. I have an older (90's I'm told) Poulan-made Crapman that I got basically free in a trade, but it has never run right. No wonder it was free. I've been borrowing other people's saw off and on for occasional use the last few years.
I know what I want to do with a chainsaw, but I don't which chainsaw to get. I would like a saw that, primarily, I can fell, limb, and buck trees at our cabin with and use to rip boards or make "D" logs with using an Alaska Saw Mill (also obtained in a trade...with aforementioned crap chainsaw). On a secondary use basis, I want a chainsaw that I can carry in a canoe on hunting trips and use with a Lewis winch to either skid or hoist logs or pull or hoist a moose or caribou, or pull the canoe, etc.
Longevity of service life is of utmost importance. I want my son to use this to teach his son how to fell a tree.
Lastly, I would all but insist on buying an American made tool, if at all possible. (That is to say, I don't mind paying 50% more; I'm not paying 200% more.)
Are there just some saws that are better with a lewis winch than others, or some saws that are better at ripping boards than others?
Do the local dealers do "end of season" sales on chainsaws and winches? When is the best time of year to buy one for the best price?