Okay guys, I posted a few days ago about my blower "blowing" up and having to get a new one. I went and talked to both dealers in town today. One dealer sells Redmax and Echo. The other sells strictly Stihl and a lot of it. I talked to my Stihl dealer, and he said that if he were me that he would get the BR 420. He said he hasn't heard anything good from the people in the area about the BR 600. I went to my Redmax dealer. He doesn't keep the 8000 in stock, only the 7001. He said that the weight to power ratio was better on the 7001, and he liked it better. The BR 420 and the 7001 are very comparable. It's between these two guys. I know the guy at the Stihl dealership well, have known him for awhile as I used to go to Church with him. The BR 420 has 724 CFM without the tubes. The 7001 has 742 CFM without the tubes. Redmax only does it without the tubes so that's why I'm doing it. The 7001 is $419.99. The BR 420 is $399.99. Which would you go with?