Thanks for the recommendation. I agree that the Husqvana 435 would be a very good saw.
check out the Husqvarna 435, very simple, very reliable saw, easy to service and parts are inexpensive.
I was in fact looking at the Husqvana, along with the Stihl saws. I had discussed my application with each of the local dealers and based on my application, they recommend the Husqvana 240 and the Stihl MS 180 C-BE. I really don't need a higher level chain saw.
Basically, I don't use a chain saw much, just to cut up trees if I have a special project around the house, or to clean up broken trees & branches after a storm, & cut up into firewood (which I give away-no longer burn wood), i.e. very limited use. The 16" bar is right-sized for this. So, the saw pretty much sits around waiting for something to do.
Of the two saws noted above, the Stihl has 2.0 HP & weighs 9.3lbs, whereas the Husqvana has 1.5 HP & weighs 10.3 lbs, plus the Stihl is less bulky in overall size. In my limited judgement, both are very good saws and there are local dealers to service each if I need to have that done. I'm leaning towards the Stihl because of the extra 33% HP & lighter weight, although it would cost an additional $30.
I hate to see the 40+ year old Homelite go as it's been around for a long time, like an old friend, but it'e time for it to retire.
Thanks again for your suggestions.