I went ahead and bought the shindy 802. I also looked at stihl magnum but did not want to get 4 stroke. I think the echo is a great unit also, but they had 1 shindy left at 499.99. Msrp in my area is 529.99. I have used the blower for about a month now. I would estimate 40+ hours on it and it has impressed me. Starts on first pull and has great power. Seems to get stronger the more I use it. It does go through the 2 cycleix gas pretty quick. If I use around 1 hour full throttle it uses the whole tank which is not bad considering it is maxed out. I would recommend this unit to anyone and I thank everyone who posted on this blog and other forums on this site for helping in my decision.
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