The go-to for felling smaller trees or clearing downed branches, a good chain saw should be easy to start, effortless to maneuver, and a cinch to adjust chain tension. The Stihl MS 251 C-BE masters all three requisites, with an 18-inch-long bar nimble enough to prune an overgrown shrub, but with a gutsy 45.6cc engine with the strength to easily buck hardwood logs into firewood. [$370; stihlusa.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
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