My problem is I don't use a chainsaw much, mostly at the hunting lease and I got this damn Poulan for free. I did manage to get it running with a new carb but tuning the carb has kicked my butt. I should just buy a new Stihl or something and throw this one away.I own a bit of everything but yeah, its hard to go wrong with Stihl or Husqvarna. I have a hard time recommending any of their homeowner or farm/ranch saws (MS271, 460 Rancher, etc) mostly because I'm a snob but they are perfectly fine for a lot of people and a would certainly be an upgrade over any Poulan. They just have a lousy power to weight ratio. The Husqvarna 545 is a great entry level pro saw.
Don't discount Echo and Shindaiwa either. Their CS590 is one of the best bang for buck saws out there. I also like Makita (old Dolmar) but they won't be producing gas saws past 2022 and they don't have the dealer network that Stihl, Husqvarna and Echo have.