I almost had two eb630's (shindy) one was brand new and the other was used for maybe a week, anyways that did'nt pan out. So for the past month and a half I've been reading all threads regarding my decision. My three choices are 1)eb8510rt 2)ebz8000-rh 3)stihl br600 As far as the shindy goes everyone says there not proven yet, but my main dealer and I have dicussed issues about if valves need adjusted and the such plus i can get one out the door for 482.68 with coupon I have. Oh yeah and I'm sorta of a shindy man......But the issues of valves and taking good many pulls to get up and of to the leaf wars. Redmax seems like shindys equal and proven....but the price and the dealer I would have to get the redmax from is one i've only been to once. Stihl seems like a good unit but it's not as powerful as the shindy or redmax. Yet its lighter and more comfortable than the other two. Keep in mind this blower choice is going to be for the sole purpose of using it during leaf wars as I like to call leaf season.