I've read that on here about the Redmax tubes feeling cheap, but I can say that they didn't seem that way to me when I looked at them last week. I have a dealer near me that carries everything but the Shindiawa blowers. They do have everything else from Shindy though.
I already have the BR600M and I love it, but I am always looking at new equipment so I browsed around the handhelds for quite a while last week. I liked the Echo generally from reviews, and from seeing them in person, but it felt a lot heavier to me than the BR600 sitting right next to it when I put them both on, even though there's only 2 1/4 lbs difference. May have jusy been the way that it fit me or something. I'd really like to run one for an hour or so to see how I felt after that.