The only complaints I ever hear or read about RM are about their trimmer carbs going bad very quickly now, and the early 8500 overheating issue. The carb thing is not just from ethanol or all brands would be having problems that quickly. I assume they switched carb brands a while back and that is what is causing the issue. Regardless, I'd probably buy one if they made one big enough to match the 130 or 250. They have the weight down there, just not the power I am looking for.
I'm wanting a loop handle version too. I plan on using it for more than trimming/cutting weeds etc.