So I have been window shopping for chain saws. I have owned and operated saws here in Alabama more than I really care to think about. However the environment here is the total opposite of Alaska so I was wondering if anyone has any advise. Our goal around here is green hardwood like oak and hickory, I think you guys tend to cut mostly downed trees or beetle kill? In our area the Stihl MS 880 Magnum is the king of the beasts. This is a really big saw and it's needed for the larger oaks. The thing is when I look at the trees around fairbanks they seem to be pretty small at the base. I hate to buy a 2k dollar saw and never really need that much. What do you guys that cut all your own wood use?