Ya, I have blowed my old 8001 vs my father-in-laws BR600 and my redmax had slightly more a$$ then the stihl. The Stihl was lighter though for sure. Maybe a couple lbs and made less noise.
For me it's more about the power. I do a lot of shrubs and clean-up stuff so blowing rocks, sticks, wet leaves, and wet grass takes some HP from a blower.