I just bought the pas266. I liked the way ran better than the Stihl. It seems easier to control the throttle on the echo, and the initial build quality seems damn good. still on my first tank of fuel so I can't say too much about it except that I have no second guesses in my purchase. Also, I'm small time guy like you. part time solo with 12 weekly lawns.
p.s. I think the pas 280 is more comparable to the km130. I may be wrong, but the price difference should be comparable between the 130 and the 280
Last edited by TuffTurfLawnCare; 04-29-2013 at 06:04 PM.